Challenge #1: VOR/DME Approach to Queenstown (NZQN)

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Queenstown is situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, in the southern South Island. Queenstown is one of New Zealand's most famous tourist towns, well known for it's skiing, hiking, Winter Festival, adventure tourism and overall spectactur views of it's surrounding mountains.

Queenstown Airport (NZQN), is located in Frankton, on a section of Lake Wakatipu known as the Frankton Arm. The airport is surrounded on all sides by mountain ranges, some of which are 7,500' high. Up until recently, the only approaches to Queenstown were VOR/DME approaches with 5.4%+ gradients, which also required a circling manoeuver to be completed in a small valley North East of the field.

The VOR/DME approaches here are some of the most challenging approaches pilots will encounter, especially in marginal weather.

All approaches are circling, apart from the RNP approaches.

The Challenge:

Fly the VOR/DME-B Approach for Runway 23 or the VOR/DME C Approach for Runway 05.

Important Information:  

The maximum size of aircraft suitable for this airport is B738/A321.    All VOR/DME approaches are circling approaches.

Routes:(correct as at 10 March 2014 - you will need to check the currency when you fly your flight)

From Dunedin (NZDN) - 85nm
SW H434 QN

From Invercargill (NZNV) - 88nm
NV Q787 QN

From Christchurch (NZCH) - 195nm
CHQN3: CH Y266 QN

From Wellington (NZWN) - 350nm
WNQN2: WN V306 SABDA Y622 MESIX H159 CH Y266 QN

From Auckland (NZAA) - 555nm
AAQN2: AA Y320 QN

 

Tutorials:

Non-precision approach tutorial - Part 1
Non-precision approach tutorial - Part 2
Queenstown VOR/DME Alpha Approach Video: (NOTE: This approach is no longer available at NZQN, an updated video will be posted in the future)

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And this is how the real guys fly the RNP-Y approach to Rwy05 (filmed by VATNZ member Will Barnes when he was flying as a First Officer on the A320 for Jetstar)
NOTE: RNP approaches are not generally available in the terminal procedure files from Navigraph or NavDataPro so you may not be able to fly this approach.