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Most Scenically Beautiful Departure You'd Had  
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19550 posts, RR: 51
Posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3783 times:

Flew from REP to KUL today with AK (9M-AAX; 733; flight time 1 hour 45 minutes).

Although we were 1.5 hours late taking off, we did, shortly fter departure, get an unbelievably good view of Angkor Wat (specifically the actual temple of that name), with its huge moat around its square island. It was very beautiful.

About 5 minutes (I was timing) from touchdown in KUL, we unusually lowered our gear and thence extended our flaps to landing position (25 or 30) in one go. Then we began our final turns, after which we began a steep nose-down approach.

What's the most scenically beautiful departure you've had?

James in Kuala Lumpur (again).

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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12095 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3769 times:

When I actually thought about this I realised that just about all of the particular scenic memories from my flights were upon landing, probably because I don't like to leave until the late evening having been somewhere and it's normally dark by then. There was one departure from Plymouth where the view was perfect and the light beautiful, so I think it has to be this one. I love the countryside around where I live, so getting to see it so clearly from above is quite special.

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User currently offlineThepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3754 times:

The departure out of OSL and going to the north is absolutely beautiful. You get to overfly all the Norwegian Fjords.

Also, any departure in the San Juan Islands in WA is beautiful. It is hard to keep your eyes in front of you looking for other traffic!

From YVR
User currently offlineGAIsweetGAI From Norway, joined Jul 2006, 938 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3714 times:

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User currently offlineFighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1462 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3710 times:

Mine would have to be one of the flights I did last summer working for Atikokan Aero. It was a very early August morning, the sun wasn't even up yet, and we had a flight to one of our outposts. After checking over the plane and pumping the floats on DZH, (on of the DHC-2's) we took off in a fine misty fog that was on the water. It was so beautiful, all the lakes had a little fog in them and the sun was just rising, not to mention we were flying in a de Havilland Beaver. Big grin It could not have gotten any better.

Cal  airplane 

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User currently offlineFlyONT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days ago) and read 3706 times:

I have two stories of very beautiful departures.

The first was on 07/09/06 on a United A319 from Boston to Denver. We took off around 11:30 A.M. and banked to the right and saw hundreds of sailboats across Boston Harbor. It was clear and sunny. Just an amazing sight to see with all of the little islands in the background and all the sailboat masts waving around the distance.

And the other would be also lasty year, 12/27/06 on an AA 757 from Los Angeles to Eagle/Vail. As it was a night flight and we banked slightly to the left while departing I had the most spectacular view of the LA Basin completely lit up. Though I have lived in the LA area almost my whole it never ceases to amaze me how large the area truly is.

User currently offlineJeremy From United States of America, joined May 2001, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 5 days ago) and read 3703 times:

That's a tough one, but I would say departing from Bonaire(BON) with a great view of the beaches and ocean.

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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3688 times:

I am a sucker for EGE and heading up the canyon but SXM is also beautiful turning to the southeast to avoid the mountain with the crystal clear water below.

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User currently offlineKPDX From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2889 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3675 times:

Seattle all the way! Big grin AA 1306 SEA-DFW AA 752

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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3672 times:

Quoting KPDX (Reply 8):
Seattle all the way

Gotta admit I forgot about the beauty of flying past the mountains and the jewel Mt. Rainier with the VFR climb until above it.....stunning. Nicely done KPDX!  

[Edited 2007-01-10 16:27:36]

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User currently offlineDoor5Right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 710 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3655 times:

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Flights in and out of Barra on a crisp, clear sunny day are enchanting.

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User currently offlineBaguy From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 546 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3646 times:

It has to be FNC. The view (as shown on the photo below) is almost like a dream.........

BAguy  cloudnine 



User currently offlineTK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4897 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3643 times:

Right after you take off from Dalaman, heading north toward IST, you pass over Dalyan beach. It is always a sad goodbye leaving that sight.

User currently offlineAirAmericaC46 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 590 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3619 times:

Still New York LaGuardia LGA for me. Flew LGA-PIT several times. Choose window seat A (on the left) and hope the take-off is towards the southwest. To avoid the airspaces over JFK and EWR vicinities, the aircraft will make a U-turn seconds after take-off giving you a whole view of LGA airport then the entire Manhattan Island. Hope someone posts pix here on those take-off views.

User currently offlineGemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 6207 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3616 times:

Easter 1971, Shorts Sandringham S25 VH-BRI @ Lord Howe Island. A take off south across the lagoon, unstick and initial climb along side the two mountains at the south end of the island, then a long, slow climb to the left around the southern end of the mountains, then still climbing along the north side of the island, crossing back across the north end of the island, then turning south east for SYD. MAGICAL.

Most beautiful arirval: same trip on arrival into LHI on VH-BRC, arriving from the south at exactly dawn (civil first light), a straight in approach, into the shadow of the mountains, then out across the lagoon, running to a stop in North Bay, then a gental taxi to the wharf.


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User currently offlineFutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2617 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3611 times:

One of my all time favorites is taking off from Catalina (AVX), off the coast of Southern California. I love taking off to the west, and continuing around that side of the island, where it is virtually untouched, and then turning to overfly Avalon before heading back towards Long Beach or Dana Point. Anybody who has done this knows what I mean.

I suppose I could add a takeoff I had out of LAF (not the most senic of places) but we were going IFR that day and the clouds were a steely gray, and we had a light rain pelting the windshield. I glanced up momentarily while we were waiting for our release and thought the scene belonged in a WWII movie with some P-51s about to go into the break overhead...maybe Im just crazy?

Of any airline flight, flying into DEN and seeing the rockies at sunset...and sunrise for that matter, were both beautiful. I do enjoy climbing out of SAN and going over the coast as well. Climbing out of OGG has been quite stunning both times, as was Kona, but I have only been though HNL in the dark.

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[Edited 2007-01-11 04:25:41]

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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3805 posts, RR: 26
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3602 times:

Quoting AirAmericaC46 (Reply 13):
Hope someone posts pix here on those take-off views.

Here are some pics of an approach to 31 at LGA, flying up just east of the East River and then turning over Flushing and coming in...

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User currently offlinePilotdude09 From Australia, joined May 2005, 1777 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days ago) and read 3599 times:

For me it would be taking off from Grand Canyon Airport. Simply incredible to be flying over the Grand Canyon.

Breathtaking and Mindblowing

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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3591 times:

I love the view while climbing out from SEA. You can actually see the paths the lahars will take when Mt. Rainier blows. Poor Tacoma...


User currently offlineAzza78 From Australia, joined Sep 2006, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3585 times:

I would have to say queenstown NZ, on a sunny winters day. Spectacular take off amongst the snow covered mountains....
Shame i never got any photos!

User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3208 posts, RR: 11
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3578 times:

Melbourne 2003 on take off, SAAB340 turned at the right time to get a decent shot; pity it wasn't sunny with blue sky.

Cairns 2006 about 10 minutes after take off. Great Barrier Reef down below.

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User currently offlineRyanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3529 times:

Without a doubt it has to be Cape Town for me on a clear day (the approach is even better too).

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It doesn't get any better then that, it's a shame that I haven't been since 2004.


User currently offlinePanAmOldDC8 From Barbados, joined Dec 2006, 960 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3522 times:

My most scenic departure was from Grenada, taking off from Point Salinas Airport and flying over the West of the island and then over the mountains. A really beautiful sight especially at dusk, with sun glinting on the wings as we banked and the golden sunset reflecting on the mountains. Paradise indeed

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User currently offlineAzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 779 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3487 times:
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Mine would be taking off from Juneau, Alaska, one April day. It was a clear, blue sky day, and as we climbed out, as we got above the level of the mountains to the east, it was pure white and "bumpy" as far as the eye could see. It was absolutely breathtaking!!

Also, I think the landing at Salt Lake City is among the prettiest in the States...the Great Salt Lake, the valley stretched out below, the mountains rising from the valley, etc. I always love that view.

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User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (9 years 1 month 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3481 times:

Ryanair737 is absolutely right. I flew out on December 28 out of CPT and it was definitely the most stunning scenery I have ever seen on take-off. Not only do you get a good view of Cape Town and table mountain if your heading towards JNB (you do have to strain your neck a little if you're on the right side of the plane to see it while heading east, but if on the left side of the plane you'll get a better view on take-off), but there are some amazing valleys for at least a good 20 minutes after take-off...It beats LGA, KOA, STT, and even ANC. Simply amazing.

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The proper term is "on final" not "on finals" bud...
25 NateDAL : Tough choice. Probably SBH.
26 Jetset25j : ZQN (Always stunning, in or out) followed by KEF (Just rugged and beautiful). One from LAX once to JFK- the beautiful departure off over the sea and r
27 SW733 : I personally love taking off West from San Diego...circle around over the Pacific...beautiful.
28 AeroWesty : Top departures: 1) Around sunset, taking off from the 1's at SFO, then circling over San Francisco to turn to head south; 2) Departing LGA with a full
29 Post contains links and images Graphic : View Large View MediumPhoto © Eric D Smith- Rocky Mountain AvPhotos View Large View MediumPhoto © Eric D Smith- Rocky Mountain AvPhotos View
30 Evan767 : Obviously not many of you have flown out of CPT. You don't know what you're missing!
31 SW733 : Oh gosh, what a beautiful departure to the south. Beautiful arrival from the south too.
32 Airtrainer : For me it's a wonderful overview of Manhattan after a departure from LGA... and last year a nice view over Las Vegas.
33 Kmh1956 : Taking off from BDA, particularly to the NE, is gorgeous. To the NE there are a lot of shallow reefs and the water color is spectacular!!
34 Post contains links and images Fbgdavidson : My arrival was pretty amazing, well it was for my wife, from my window I didn't see much but the wife was on the other side of the aircraft and from
35 Rmcf : I complety agree with you... Amazing approach and departure. If Table Moutain has the "table clothe" it's even better! bye! rmcf
36 AlexPorter : A few that spring to mind (chronologically): 1. PVR-MSP: Departed over the beaches and over the Pacific before turning back inland. 2. DEN-PHX: Nice v
37 ReidYYZ : Many years ago, climbing out of LAS riding jumpseat, I asked about the deep red rock formations and the Capt' told me is was Southern Utah (heading NW
38 PanAm747 : I don't know if "beautiful" is the right word, but certainly the most emotional departure I have ever had occured at Newark, in January, 2002. I was f
39 Post contains links and images KPDX : Yep! Approach can be amazing to! In summer of 2004, I flew a American Airlines MD-82 (N553AA) into PDX from DFW, and the sun was setting, and their w
40 Post contains links and images Superfly : Departing out of San Francisco (SFO) Departing out of Molokai, Hawaii. Also Sedona, Arizona
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