Along the Golden Coast lies a beautiful oceanside town called Half Moon Bay. Home to fancy restaurants and private golf fields, Half Moon Bay is quite a high-end place, and the views you can capture there are nothing less than that. It’s the kind of airport you would fly into for the afternoon, grab a bite to eat at the famous cafe before circling the bay on the way home. Following along the beautiful California coast into and out of this airport makes it quite unique. An interesting fact about HAF is that it is almost always IFR, as being on the coast it is subject to the Bay Area’s marine layer that comes in every morning and evening. Only in the summertime may it be possible to have clear skies here. Another interesting thing is that the airport lies right underneath SFO’s massive class Bravo airspace. The different shelves require you to skim the ocean at 1,000FT AGL to be able to duck under the shelf.
Being right across the ridge from San Francisco it’s not too hard to understand why this airport hasn’t been created for FS yet. The scenery surrounding HAF is breathing taking and worthy of being put into a sim, but its virtual location near a heavy scenery area has made it hard to do due to VAS and other performance sacrifices, but Orbx has defied the odds and made a beautiful rendition of Half Moon Bay without too much of a performance hit. Luckily this airport isn’t large, so a lot of detail was able to be put in small things both on and off the airport.