FSX Ghost Airport Collection - California Scenery

Preview Ghost Airport Collection California (CA). Southeast of Los Angeles, past Long Beach, east of Sunset Beach and north of Huntington Beach there once was Meadowlark Airport, the quintessential hangout for general aviation fliers. The Pac Man of progress ate the airport when the land became more v...

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Ghost Airport Collection California (CA). Southeast of Los Angeles, past Long Beach, east of Sunset Beach and north of Huntington Beach there once was Meadowlark Airport, the quintessential hangout for general aviation fliers. The Pac Man of progress ate the airport when the land became more valuable than the service the airport provided. The airport grudgingly became a memory. Relive that memory in FSX. By Richard O. Finley and Bruce Gregg.

Screenshot of California Scenery.

Screenshot of California Scenery.

Southeast of Los Angeles, past Long Beach, east of Sunset Beach and North of Huntington Beach there once was a general aviation airport that opened in 1945 as East Long Beach Airport. In the mid 50's, it became the Sunset Beach Airport. In the summer of 1963, it became Meadowlark Airport with its location listed as Huntington Beach.

Meadowlark was the quintessential hangout for general aviation fliers. Even if you did not belong there, you were always welcome to stop in and hang out. While you were doing some hangar flying, the kids could hang out at the pool. Watching the banner tow aircraft pick up or drop their tows was worth the trip itself. The airport was home to up to three hundred aircraft.

You never saw professional pilots dressed in their quasi-military uniforms waiting by a Jetstream for the chairman of the board to return from his meeting. No, those guys were there but they were there in jeans working on their Cessnas, Pipers, Mooneys, etc.

Paul Freeman's website, Abandoned & Little Known Airfields, nailed it with this quote: According to an article by Patrick Mott in the Los Angeles Times (courtesy of Bob Cannon), "It's been the seat-of-the-pants flier's favorite hangout in Orange County since 1945, a home for the gypsy in the private pilot's soul, a gravelly oasis where you can cruise for burgers in your Cessna."

Yes, they had a restaurant, the Meadowlark Cafe. It was not exactly the kind of place you would take your girl on a formal date. However, if you and your girl were out cruising in your Luscombe and needed someplace to go, you could not find a better place to drop in for a burger and a milkshake, a hotdog and a Coke, etc., etc..

There was always something going on. People were out at the airport cleaning their airplane while others tinkered with their homebuilt. Young students practiced touch & go's while young pilots tried to hustle a date at the Meadowlark Cafe. There were pilots who came to the field to look at an airplane that was for sale. At times there was a Stearman there hopping rides. They had quite an active banner tow operation. Older pilots would get a good hangar flying session going at one of the FBOs. There were pilots going out for a local flight. There were errant students busting into the middle of the traffic pattern at the end of one leg of their long cross country. It was the thing dreams are made of.

This airport was built using Airport Design Editor v1.40.07. Most of the information to build this airport came from Paul Freeman's website, Abandoned & Little Known Airfields. The rest of the information came from Bruce Gregg, a former Meadowlark pilot and the guy who suggested this project.

This is very simple. Having unzipped the downloaded file to read this, put the two resulting .BGL files in the folder ~~microsoft flight simulator X\addon scenery\scenery and go have fun. The easiest way to select the airport is put L16 into the airport identifier box.

This scenery is released as Freeware.

Richard O. Finley

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The archive ghost_airports_l16.zip has 6 files and directories contained within it.

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Readme - L16.txt02.17.114.32 kB
L16_ADEX_ROF.BGL02.17.1123.90 kB
L16_ADEX_ROF_CVX.bgl02.17.11445 B
Waco UPF-7 Aerobatics Over Meadowlark.jpg02.17.11477.45 kB
flyawaysimulation.txt10.29.13959 B
Go to Fly Away Simulation.url01.22.1652 B
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Richard O. FinleySat, 01 Nov 2014 05:14:26 GMT

The "Related" files that relate to Richard O. Finley's FSX enhancement files are a little confusing and somewhat redundant. If you search FSX Scenery for Finley, you will find first: Willows (97PA), a brand new stand-alone airport with many photo-real buildings etc. Second: Ghost Airports - Pennsylvania Update 7. This includes all the latest versions of my collection of 48 Pennsylvania airports. All previous Ghost Airports - Pennsylvania updates are superceded in the latest Ghost Airports - Pennsylvania Update. When update 8 comes out, 7 will be superceded and redundant. The readme file itself is worth the download. Third: Erie International Update 5 is the current latest update for the Erie International Airport enhancement. This has many, many upgrades over the stock airport. It also contains quite a few custom and photo-real buildings. Fourth: Ghost Airports - Maryland is a stand-alone airport with no updates. Fifth: Mitchel AFB is a stand-alone airport and Update 3 is currently the latest version. There is a little confusion about since it is only a half mile from Roosevelt Field. At one point I tried to combine the two neighbor's updates. This turned out to be confusing to many people. Sixth: Ghost Airports - New York Update 1 is the file where I combined the two New York neighbors. Now, however, the Ghost Airports Rooseveltfield Mineola New York included .zip file is the only valid update since Mitchel AFB Update 3 supercedes the Mitchel AFB in this delivery. Everybody seems to be downloading the original version of the Roosevelt Field file, the one with the pretty picture of the Curtiss Condor. The file in this delivery is the latest update worth getting. seventh: Ghost Airports - Youngstown Exec. and - Martin Field are both stand-alone deliveries. Eighth: Ghost Airports - Oil City (KOIL) is my first FSX scenery file. This is the file with the green and yellow Taylor J2 Cub as a thumbnail picture. This file has been greatly improved and is now included in the Ghost Airports - Pennsylvania Collection.

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