In 2006, I stumbled across a New York sectional chart from 1978. It had been tucked into an AOPA Airports Directory, and long forgotten. Having since become an X-Plane flight simulator fan, I thought it might be fun to add the Zahn’s runways to the New York scenery, and relive some old memories.
As a young Civil Air Patrol cadet, I spent many weekends at the CAP shack at Zahns Airport, hoping to catch a flight with one of the pilots offering orientation rides.
At 16 (before I could drive) I took my first flight lesson. It was at Zahn’s in an old J-3 Piper Cub.
Needless to say, I had many fond memories of that airport.
Adding the two (un-numbered!) Zahns runways to X-Plane was pretty simple. But flying a pattern around an airport-less runway loses its charm pretty quickly. The X-Plane scenery editors allowed much more detail to be added.
So I decided to add as much detail as the simulation would allow!