Cushman Meadows (KCMW)
Imagine Your Ideal Airport
We’ve all done it, sat around shooting the bull about what we’d do if we won the lottery—this is the airport version of that game.
This time around, I decided to let my imagination take wing, and to design the airport of my dreams. As a Pacific Northwesterner, I knew right where it had to be – smack dab in the middle of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. This is a wild location, studded with towering snow-capped mountains, swaths of rain forest, and crystal clear lakes.
I found the perfect site on the shores of Lake Cushman. The airport was cut out of a stand of forest adjacent to a finger-shaped inlet. For the land runway, a modest but serviceable asphalt runway was paved, and an eclectic collection of hangars, covered parking, a clubhouse, cafe, and a small flight school sprang up beside it. Some locals with more enthusiasm than funds even hauled in some shipping containers and built their own “control tower”. The inlet provided a great protected spot for a water runway, and next thing you know a floatplane repair facility and refueling dock appeared. An enterprising hotelier even bought a parcel of lakeside land nearby and began renting cabins and RV hookups.
This, I thought, was the airport I’d love to be based at for my PNW adventures. I liked it so much that I found myself wanting to clear off a spot of land just for myself—close enough to drop in on KCMW whenever I wanted, but a little more off the grid. That little slice of heaven turned out to be a few acres at the northwestern end of the lake, a few acres of filbert orchard with a barn for a couple of horses, a cozy house with great views, and a deck for partying during the warm months. There was even a makeshift structure that ended up being ideal for parking my bird. Seriously, what more could a plane nut ask for? I call it Bear Gulch, and if it sounds like a good spot to you, head on up the lake and check it out.
Most of all, just enjoy the scenery. These airports were custom-made just for a certain kind of GA pilot. If you’re reading this, you’re might be one of us.
I just want to say that this scenery is fantastic!!!!! After a short walkaround and a quick flight, I have to say “AMEN”!!!!!!! The fps are just amazing, the Cafe Latte in the bar is cheap, just $2.50. You have outdone yourself again, where will this end!!!! The people flow just adds so much life into the scenery.
- Jack J. Jackson, ORBX forums
WOW!! What an amazing piece of scenery. The detail is astounding and the people flow just adds to the sense of realism. Makes you feel like you could really be there. There’s something for everyone, asphalt for the bigger aircraft, a seaplane base, and a little dirt strip. Definitely one of my new favorite destinations.
- Edwin V., Flightsimstore.com Reviews