The Margouilla's Advice on Nightstopping in Booue

BOOUE (FOGB/BGB)

 

What airfield can I expect?

Booue is a 1000-meter laterite runway nested in the Ogooue River valley. This public airport was mainly used by local timber companies, but flights in and out of Booue are scarce today, so take a good look at the runway before you attempt a landing. It is even safer to have somebody in Booue check it for you beforehand, and maybe hire locals to cut the grass if possible. The largest aircraft operated into Booue are normally King Airs, Caravans, Cessna 400 series and the like.

A normal arrival into Booue would involve a descent below the clouds at nearby la Lope, where the valley is wider. You would then follow the river eastbound while staying below the clouds; the valley gets tighter, with hills on both sides, but sharp turns are never needed with anything flying slower than 200 knots. Booue is the first town you will come across, and the runway is just south of it. You are at that point in a perfect position to perform a low pass on runway 12 and check out its condition. You can then make a left hand traffic around the town, and come back to land on that same runway. Runway 30 is preferential for takeoff, due to terrain - it still involves a right turn just after airborne to avoid a hill and follow the river.


Booue RWY 30 (2005)

 

Where am I?

Booue was one of the first French outposts in the Gabonese hinterland, founded in 1883 by explorer Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza. As such, Booue's airport was also one of the first public airports opened in Gabon's harsh backcountry, mainly to support the growing timber industry right after the war. Booue's importance declined over the years, though, and it lost its status as capital of the Ogooue-Ivindo province in 1958. Today, Booue isn't much more than a forgotten village in the middle of the rainforest.

 

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