Just to be sure - I don't know anything specific about certified vs qualified, etc. I just tried to take a few informal notes and post them to the forum.

I've also wondered about the special qualification situation, probably dating back to my flight into and out of a remarkable airport in Milford Sound on the South island of New Zealand. There was a 7000 foot mountain at the end of the runway, and the short runway required some sort of special certification or whatever, according to the pilots of the very small airplane we used to visit this most beautiful place. They have over hundreds of cm of rain per year in the area, and our boat tour of the fjord allowed to use see "tree slide" areas, where trees would join together in an avalanche-like event during heavy rains. One could see downed trees on the sides of the steep fjord where a recent tree slide had occurred.

In any event, here's the wikipedia link to Paro:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paro_Airport

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here's the link to wikipedia's info on the allegedly most dangerous airport in the world. In the documentary, they described how it is on top of a small hill, not level, and has a mountain at the end of the runway. There is no "missed approach" procedure. If you don't land correctly, you will hit the mountain at the end of an uphill section of the runway! There is no tower either other than someone who will tell you if the runway is fogged in or obstructed. Since there are no roads in or out of the airport, it's best not to crash in the first place.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenzing-Hillary_Airport

I wonder who grants the certifications in each country? Is this something the airport manages or the national flight licensing authorities?
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Phil Bunch
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