Likely one of the few situations where a turboprop so easily dominates the ramp! Enjoying a bit of sun and fresh sea air on Croatia’s highest – and most challenging – airport. Perched on a high plateau surrounded by hills near the top of the eponymous island, Brač Airport (BWK/LDSB) sports a cocktail of characteristics that requires you to be very much awake on landing, including a 1750 ft elevation, a 1.4% runway gradient (1.7% in places even), notorious rotors and turbulence on all approaches, summer temperatures well above 30 degrees Centigrade – and a tight 1600 by 30 meter runway that can accommodate only a handful of airliner types. All of this together makes Brač Croatia’s only Category C airport – requiring special crew and operator qualifications for operation.

However, while its suitability for airliners is limited, its attractive location makes it the natural habitat of the light aircraft, whose variety rivals anything seen at bigger airports on the mainland.

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