I landed on Catalina island runway 22 last Saturday after the installation of a new concrete runway.
To make it easier for heavyweight planes to land and after a short roll stop, they have made the runway curving up. It was very tricky to land. Because of optical illusion.
I realized at the numbers I was barely a few feet up and considering the fact that the runway starts at the edge of a deep cliff, it was potentially catastrophic.
I make sure I watch out for this and adjust my glide slope next time.
My question is shouldn't they provide some sign or on the ASOS add a heads up.
To clarify, the US Marines did the renovation of Catalina project recently which apparently has finished about a week ago. They have changed the topography of runway in a certain way, made it like bowl apparently, to make it easy for heavy airplanes to land in this short runway.
The changes have not been reflected in VFR charts or Supplement, or other aviation documents, at least to the best of my knowledge.
I just add my comment for pilots who plan to land at Catalina.
Because of the fact that the vanishing point (the point the sides of the runway merge in horizon in pilot's perspective) has changed, appearing higher than before, at the short final one perceives they are flying at a higher altitude, look out for this.