Legacy Destination of the Week 151: The Great Gig In The Sky Hradec Králové Airport (LKHK) 14 Aug to 21 Aug 2022

Our Destination of the Week challenge features a new destination airport on a weekly basis. Every week we get to fly to a remote or a big commercial airport, depending on the monthly theme. Although there are multiple airports in the theme, each one is a separate destination and not linked in any way other than the common theme.

The Rules:

1. Depart in the aircraft of your choice from the airport of your choice, anywhere in the world (as long as you respect maximum flight hours). Consider this a new "cold start" flight.
2. Fly to the Destination of the Week airport. 
3. On completion of the flight, go to the PIREP page and file your flight as a DOTW mission. There is no flight tracking software involved. This is purely a fun exercise. Enjoy!

Welcome to our Legacy Destinations of the Week!

As our president, Stijn, announced in our March 2020 Newsletter our Destination of the Week officially comes to a close after 500 weeks of running. This means that we are now in DOTW ReRun mode. The original thought was to start with the very first DOTW, HUEN, however we had to consider DOTW theme timing. Some DOTW's are seasonal or calendar themed while others are holiday themed.

I want to thank Stijn for his DOTW creative efforts. The DOTW series has been a masterful effort on his part and unarguably one of our most successful programs here at Platinum Airways.

Stijn, if you live to be 100 years old, that will be 10% of your life dedicated to Platinum Airways. We can never thank you enough!

Hello and welcome to our DOTW summer series, The Great Gig in the Sky. We borrowed the theme from Pink Floyd's epic The Dark Side of the Moon album, as it is a perfect description of what we are going to do over the next two months: we'll be visiting nine music festivals all over the globe.GigBanner

LKHKp00Hip Hop Kemp is an international hip hop festival held every August in eastern Bohemia, Czech Republic. It is one of the biggest hip-hop festivals in Europe, with an audience of almost 20,000. The festival takes place in late August, usually in Festival Park, Hradec Králové, and has been running since 2002.

Originally, what was a small festival for a few thousand local fans has turned into a festival which is popular throughout Europe and much of the world. Apart from Czechs and Slovaks, Festivalpark in Hradec Králové usually also hosts hip-hop fans from Poland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, England, Sweden, Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Australia and Mexico. Numerous stages and hangers have a full line up of local and international DJs as well as artists, breakdancers and graffiti artists over the course of three days.

Hradec Králové Airport

LKHKp06To cater to a growing international audience, the promoters added English hosts to the main stage, to co-present with Czech presenters. More hangers have also opened as stages offering other related genres such as grime, dubstep and club music.

This year's line-up includes Kendrick Lamar, De La Soul, Baauer, El-P, Shystie and H16. Additional activities include the Czech international freestyle motocross championships, freestyle corner with hiphop workshops, performances and jam sessions, a wrestling competition in a chocolate pool, a tomato battle and much much more.

Hip Hop Kemp takes place at Festivalpark, a unique project created for the musical, cultural and sporting events. Festivalpark is located right next to the former military airfield in Hradec Kralove on a 33 ha surface. There are a lot of beautiful trees, shrubs and grassed areas, so the whole area has a large well-kept park. It has a 10,000 cars parking area, has a camping area for more than 20,000 tents and provide spaces for up to 120,000 spectators.

LKHKp01Hradec Králové is a city in Bohemia. The city's economy is based on food-processing technology, photochemical and electronics manufacture. Traditional industries include musical instrument manufacturing – the best known being Petrof pianos. The University of Hradec Králové is located in the city, and Charles University in Prague has also faculties of medicine and pharmacy there. The city is lies at the confluence of the Elbe and the Orlice river close to the Czech highest mountains Krkonoše- Giant Mountains.

The original name of one of the oldest settlements in the Czech Republic was Hradec (the Castle); Králové (of the queen) was affixed when it became one of the dowry towns of Elisabeth Richeza of Poland (1286–1335), who lived here for thirty years having been the second wife of two Bohemian Kings, Wenceslaus II and then Rudolph I of Habsburg. In Latin, the Castle of the Queen was called Grecz Reginae, the original German Königingrätz was shortened to Königgrätz by 1800. It remained a dower town till 1620.

LKHKp02Hradec Králové was the first of the towns to declare for the national cause during the Hussite Warsin the first half of the 15th century. After the Battle of White Mountain (1620) a large part of the Protestant population left the place. In 1639 the town was occupied for eight months by the Swedes. Several churches and convents were pulled down to make way for the fortifications erected under Joseph II. The Battle of Königgrätz, the decisive battle of the Austro-Prussian War took place, on 3 July 1866 near Hradec Králové. This event is commemorated in the famous Königgrätzer Marsch.

The city is situated in the centre of a very fertile region called the Golden Road and contains many buildings of historical and architectural interest. The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit was founded in 1303 and the church of St. John, built in 1710, stands on the ruins of the old castle. During the 1920s and 1930s the city grew rapidly. Many modern buildings were constructed and Hradec Králové became known as the Salon of the Republic. This was a nickname given to it by citizens who were spellbound by the unique architecture of Josef Gocár and Jan Kotera that can be seen in the East Bohemian Museum.

LKHKp03Although the journey from the capital Prague to Hradec Králové takes only an hour by car, we have decided to use the former military airfield itself. Airport Hradec Králové is a regional airport to civilian traffic. Only VFR landings are possible. Hangar aircraft or shutdown is possible on request and short-term parking is available. Currently the airport has the status of public domestic airport and and nonpublic international airport within Schengen area.

Construction of the military airport was approved in 1927. In 1929, the airport started organising annual airshows. It used to be the home of the CIAF (Czech International Air Fest), that later moved to Brno airport. Currently, the airport provides private flights, leases its premises for special events and organises hot-air balloon flights, tandem skydiving and other adrenalin activities. The airport organises sightseeing flights for the disabled (Open Skies for Handicapped) a unique event in the whole Europe.


Hradec Králové Airport has five runways:
33L/15R     2,625ft / 800m     Grass
33R/15L     7,874ft / 2400m     Concrete
Elevation:   791ft / 241m

Live flight tracking is available from Flightaware.

LKHK charts are available here.

Freeware scenery for FS9 could not be found.

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Cessna C525B Citation CJ3 landing and taking off at Hradec Králové Airport...


A Boeing 737-436 landing and taking off at Hradec Králové Airport...


Landing at Hradec Králové Airport...