How to Fly to VNKT Tribhuvan International Airport in FS2004 with Thai Creation
If you are a fan of flight simulation games, you may have heard of FS2004, also known as Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight. It is a flight simulation video game released in 2003, and is part of the Microsoft Flight Simulator video game series. It is the last version to support Windows 98 / 9x series of operating systems.
FS2004 has been one of the most popular and highly developed flight simulator packages that Microsoft have ever released for PC. Some users even swear by it, preferring it to FSX. FS2004 provided a major leap in terms of environment textures, 3D modeling and weather systems from the previous releases and could be run on almost all of the latest computers at the time of the release date.
One of the features that makes FS2004 so appealing is the ability to install add-ons and sceneries that enhance the realism and variety of the game. There are thousands of freeware downloads and add-ons for FS2004 available on the internet, covering aircraft, scenery, tools, utilities, vehicles and more.
In this article, we will focus on one of the most impressive add-ons for FS2004: Thai Creation's VNKT Tribhuvan International Airport. This is a detailed and realistic scenery of the main airport of Nepal, located in Kathmandu. It is the gateway to the Himalayas and a popular destination for adventurous pilots who want to challenge themselves with high-altitude flying and tricky approaches.
Thai Creation is a team of talented scenery developers who have created several high-quality add-ons for FS2004 and FSX. Their VNKT Tribhuvan International Airport for FS2004 is a must-have for Nepal enthusiasts. It features:
High resolution ground textures with realistic night lighting.
Custom-made buildings, terminals, hangars, towers, vehicles and static aircraft.
Accurate runway, taxiway, apron and parking layout.
Animated jetways and ground service vehicles.
Dynamic scenery with moving traffic and people.
Custom-made mesh terrain with accurate elevation data.
Seasonal textures and effects.
Friendly frame rates and VAS usage.
In this article, we will show you how to fly to VNKT Tribhuvan International Airport in FS2004 with Thai Creation's add-on. We will cover:
How to download and install Thai Creation's VNKT Tribhuvan International Airport for FS2004.
How to plan your flight from a nearby airport to VNKT.
How to fly the approach and landing at VNKT.
How to enjoy the scenery and explore the airport.
How to download and install Thai Creation's VNKT Tribhuvan International Airport for FS2004
The first step to fly to VNKT Tribhuvan International Airport in FS2004 with Thai Creation's add-on is to download and install it on your computer. You can purchase the add-on from SimMarket for 14.99 EUR (about 17 USD) here: https://secure.simmarket.com/thai-creation-namaste-nepal-tribhuvan-intl-airport-fs2004.phtml. After you complete the payment, you will receive a download link and a serial number via email.
Once you have downloaded the file, unzip it and run the installer. You will need to enter your serial number and select your FS2004 folder. The installer will automatically copy the files and folders to the correct locations. You will also need to activate the scenery in your FS2004 settings. To do this, launch FS2004 and go to Settings > Scenery Library. Click on Add Area and browse to the folder where you installed the add-on (usually C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Flight Simulator 9\Addon Scenery\Thai Creation - VNKT). Select the folder and click OK. Make sure the scenery is at the top of the list and click OK again.
Congratulations, you have successfully installed Thai Creation's VNKT Tribhuvan International Airport for FS2004. You can now start your flight from or to this amazing airport.
How to plan your flight from a nearby airport to VNKT
The next step to fly to VNKT Tribhuvan International Airport in FS2004 with Thai Creation's add-on is to plan your flight from a nearby airport. You can choose any airport that is within your aircraft's range and has suitable facilities for your departure and arrival. For this example, we will use VIDP Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India, as our departure airport. It is about 400 nautical miles away from VNKT and has a large selection of airlines and aircraft to choose from.
To plan your flight, you will need to use a flight planner tool such as SimBrief or SkyVector. These tools will help you generate a realistic route, flight plan, weather information, fuel calculations and more. You can also use them to export your flight plan to various formats such as FSX, PMDG, FMS, etc.
For this example, we will use SimBrief to plan our flight. You will need to create a free account and log in to use SimBrief. Once you are logged in, go to Dispatch System > New Flight. Enter your departure airport (VIDP), arrival airport (VNKT), alternate airport (VNLK Lukla), flight number (AI217), airline (AIC Air India), aircraft type (A320), cruise altitude (FL310) and other optional parameters. Click on Generate OFP (Operational Flight Plan) and wait for SimBrief to process your request.
SimBrief will then display your flight plan summary, which includes your route, distance, time, fuel, payload, weather, NOTAMs and more. You can review the details and make any changes if needed. You can also download or print your flight plan in various formats by clicking on the icons at the top right corner of the summary page.
For this example, SimBrief generated the following route for our flight: ALI R460 LLK A589 SMR G348 ROMEO G348 TONVO G348 BHP G348 KTM. This route takes us over northern India, Nepal and the Himalayas before reaching VNKT. It is about 413 nautical miles long and takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to fly.
Now that we have planned our flight, we can proceed to the next step: flying the approach and landing at VNKT.
How to fly the approach and landing at VNKT
The final step to fly to VNKT Tribhuvan International Airport in FS2004 with Thai Creation's add-on is to fly the approach and landing at VNKT. This is the most challenging and rewarding part of the flight, as you will need to navigate through the mountains and valleys of Nepal and follow the complex procedures and restrictions of VNKT.
VNKT is located at an elevation of 4390 feet above sea level and has a single runway (02/20) that is 10000 feet long and 148 feet wide. The runway has an asphalt surface and is equipped with PAPI lights, but no ILS or other precision approach aids. The airport has a VOR/DME (KTM 112.3) and an NDB (KTM 334) that can be used for navigation. The airport also has a terminal control area (TCA) that extends from the surface to 12500 feet within a radius of 25 nautical miles from the airport.
The approach and landing at VNKT require a high level of skill and concentration, as you will need to deal with high terrain, variable weather, low visibility, steep turns, speed and altitude restrictions, and possible traffic conflicts. You will also need to follow the published charts and procedures for VNKT, which can be found here: https://aim-india.aai.aero/eaip-v2//index-en-GB.html. You can also use online tools such as Navigraph or Jeppesen to access the charts.
For this example, we will assume that we are flying an Airbus A320 from VIDP to VNKT and that we are cleared for the RNAV (GNSS) Z RWY 02 approach. This is a non-precision approach that uses GPS or RNAV equipment to guide us to the runway. The approach has a minimum descent altitude (MDA) of 5700 feet and a minimum visibility of 5000 meters. The approach also has several waypoints, speed and altitude restrictions that we need to follow.
The following steps will guide us through the approach and landing at VNKT:
As we approach Nepal, we will contact Kathmandu Control on 119.7 MHz and request clearance for the RNAV (GNSS) Z RWY 02 approach. We will also obtain the latest weather information and runway in use from Kathmandu ATIS on 128.6 MHz.
After we receive clearance, we will descend to our initial approach altitude of 15000 feet and intercept the KTM VOR radial 021 inbound. We will also set our navigation equipment to the KTM VOR frequency (112.3) and the runway heading (021).
We will then fly towards the initial approach fix (IAF) ROMEO (N27 47.9 E085 18.9), which is located 25 nautical miles from the runway threshold. We will reduce our speed to 250 knots or less and maintain 15000 feet until ROMEO.
At ROMEO, we will turn right to intercept the final approach course of 021 degrees and descend to 13000 feet. We will also reduce our speed to 220 knots or less and arm the approach mode on our autopilot.
We will then fly towards the intermediate fix (IF) TONVO (N27 42.5 E085 21.4), which is located 15 nautical miles from the runway threshold. We will reduce our speed to 180 knots or less and descend to 11000 feet.
At TONVO, we will continue on the final approach course of 021 degrees and descend to 9000 feet. We will also reduce our speed to 160 knots or less and extend our flaps to position 1.
We will then fly towards the final approach fix (FAF) BHP (N27 40.6 E085 22.1), which is located 10 nautical miles from the runway threshold. We will reduce our speed to 140 knots or less and descend to 7500 feet.