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FS2004 Scenery--Fort Smith CYSM in NT Canada revised. This is a revised version to include the missing texture. Fort Smith is just north of the border between Alberta and Northwestern Territories, midway between Lake Athabasca to the southeast in Saskatchewan (80 miles) and Great Slave Lake to the northwest (90 miles). The runways all used to be larger, and while the history is now known it looks as if it is ex-military and these are the remains of what were once 10,000 feet of asphalt. The main runway is now 11/29 and 6000 feet long, and the secondary one is 1800 feet of mostly gravel. There is an airline based at the field, Northwestern Air, and fuel (both 100LL and JA-1) is available at a self service point. The town of Fort Smith is two miles east of the airfield, on the bank of the Slave River and where there are some rapids that require a portage to get around them. Before aviation started the river was a major route to the north and all those furry animals, which was why the Hudsons Bay Company established an outpost there in 1872. By Roger Wensley.