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Innsbruck Airport (LOWI) - LOC DME East Approach Tutorial
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Innsbruck Kranebitten Airport (IATA: INN, ICAO: LOWI) is the biggest airport in Tyrol in western Austria. It handles regional flights around the Alps, as well as seasonal international flights to other destinations. During the winter, activity increases significantly, due to the high number of skiers traveling to the region. The airport can handle aircraft up to Boeing 767. No commercial carrier operates from the United States to Innsbruck directly, but always connects via a European airport. The approach is very difficult, even more so in the winter, when the traffic soars. The approach and descent is a very complicated process, the Alps create vicious winds and currents, which the pilot has to deal with throughout the process. Because there are mountains all around, the plane typically circles the airport, enters a pattern, to decrease both speed and altitude.
The airport is being made more famous by being the starting airport on the X-Plane 9 flight simulator. Microsoft Flight Simulator X also has a mission where the user must make the challenging approach to land at Innsbruck in minimum visibility.
Innsbruck Airport is well known for having a difficult approach due to surrounding terrain, prohibiting certain aircraft types from operating at the airport.
This video is a full briefing and approach into Innsbruck Airport (LOWI), Austria by FSX404, one of the best Microsoft Flight Simulator X pilots on YouTube.
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