Welcome to Toronto – A Guide to Toronto City/Billy Bishop International Airport
While there are many resources (charts, information, scenery, etc.) available for many of our major destinations, some smaller and less well-known airports can be just as fun and challenging as some of the larger ones. Toronto City airport is a relatively small airport with a brand new (March 2011) terminal featuring 10 gates. Originally refurbished and designed for Porter Airlines, the airport has seen some expansion recently from Air Canada Express and MetroAir and is becoming a hub for travel between Canada and the US while providing easy access to the downtown core of Toronto. The airport’s location close to downtown Toronto not only makes it convenient for passengers and crews, but also makes for some interesting challenges when flying.
The new terminal is divided into two sections: domestic and international. The international side of the terminal features Canadian customs facilities, but does not have US border pre-clearance facilities, so passengers must go through US customs at their destinations. The international gates (used by MetroAir) are indicated on the image below with the green dots.
Despite having 3 runways, only 1 is long enough to use for the Q400 operations and even then there are restrictions placed on the loading of these aircraft. When flying aircraft into/out of CYTZ, the aircraft are restricted to a maximum of 70 passengers and fuel must be loaded correctly or the length of the runway will not be enough to take-off or stop the aircraft. Due to the proximity of the city, there are several restrictions on the arrival and departure on these runways to avoid issues with the skyscrapers in downtown.
-When departing on runway 26 (the main runway for arrival/departure), climb to 650 feet and make a left turn to heading 201
-When departing on runway 8, climb to 1100 feet (minimum 310ft/NM) to 1.9 DME (110.15 ITZ) and turn right to heading 141
-The approach to runway 26 is flown from an angle facing in to the CN Tower from the lake to avoid contacting a smokestack on the approach to the runway (see image below)
-The approach to runway 8 follows the lakeshore to the south-west until the localizer is intercepted
In order for everyone to be able to experience the airport, I have made available a new set of scenery files which will update the defaults from FS2004 and FSX (only tested in FSX but should work in 2004). Click here to download the package.
MetroAir has two daily flights from Baltimore and two daily flights from Chicago-Midway (MET128/129, MET130/131, MET1707/1708, and MET1709/1710) into the airport which make it a fun alternative to the larger Pearson International (CYYZ) outside the city.
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