Challenging Airports - Sucre, Bolivia (SLSU)

Sucre, Bolivia (SLSU)

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Keep in mind that some automatically calculated aircraft performance data may not take into account the extreme elevation, resulting in significant performance reduction.

 Soucre, the official capital of the South American country of Bolivia, is located in the highland valleys of the Central Cordillera. With mountain peaks to over 21,000ft, Bolivia is an extremely challenging region for aviation, with obvious geographic obstacles, mountain weather and route pairings that have challenges from take-off to landing. For over four decades, passenger services to Sucre were enabled by Juana Azurduy de Padilla International Airport (SLSU), carved out of the high valley floor at an elevation of 9,527ft. In May 2016, the airport was transferred to military control and a new airport (Alcantari Airport / SLAL), 20 miles to the south, was opened to serve the city. With our flight simulators however, we can still enjoy the unique challenges that the old Sucre Airport provided.

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The missed approach point on the VOR/ DME to Runway 23 has a high minimum descent altitude (1,043ft AGL) and a missed approach escape route to the south down the valley

Geographic challenges

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