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Whats Your Favourite Approach?  
User currently offlineVirgin747LGW From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 225 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3768 times:

I'm guessing airports like LHR and JFK must rank pretty high but i want to know about any less famous ones.

anyone pilots here flown into SXM?

or Kai-Tak?

edit: forgot to add mine! i love MCO cos im a space geek as well as an aviation one lol and to see the launch pad on approach is amazing

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[Edited 2007-12-15 16:01:57]

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User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3768 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3758 times:

I always loved Kai Tak, however now that has gone  Sad

I however do enjoy the approach into Dubai at night  Smile
London Heathrow over London is also nice, along with Miami

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User currently offlineTb727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1597 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3755 times:

Any visual. I like to look around no matter where I go.


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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3744 times:
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Quoting Tb727 (Reply 2):
Any visual. I like to look around no matter where I go.

Yeah, and it sure doesn't hurt that you fly a jet with beautiful handling and no SLF in the back....  Wink

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User currently offlineEbs757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 758 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3732 times:

Landing on one of the 27's at ORD will sometimes bring you right up the skyline of Chicago over Lake Michigan. On a clear day its awesome.


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User currently offlineLHboyatDTW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3724 times:

I enjoy almost any approach, but I love approaches at night. Every time I've flown into MCO, I seriously feel like I'm mostly flying over water seeing how the lights are laid out.

User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7175 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3716 times:

Well I guess I will say only approaches I have been on.
#1: Watson Island Approach coming in from the west, Downwind to the west make some hard turns right over Downtown Miami fly east right next to some buildings and go right into the busiest passenger port in the world and be right in Downtown Miami. AMAZING APPROACH, Sadly not possible to do anymore.
#2: MIA 26L I get to fly over and see my favourite city in the world Miami.
#3: DCA River Approach, get to see the other city I live in, even get to see where I live, fun approach get to see the sights of DC as long as your on the left side of the plane.
#4: LGA not sure which runway but when you get to see Manhattan
Cant really think of any other great approaches from all the other airports I been too.



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User currently offlineTb727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1597 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3700 times:



Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 6):
#4: LGA not sure which runway but when you get to see Manhattan
Cant really think of any other great approaches from all the other airports I been too.

Yeah, that is a nice one onto Runway 4. I did the ILS into there in the snow 2 weeks ago and we broke out at like 1000' and my copilot pointed over and it looked pretty awesome. I'm glad he pointed, I was just staring at the instruments and would have never seen it!

Now one of the best departures is the Coast 5 or Skyline 3 out of OAK, it wraps you right around the SF Bay and you get to see everything including SFO!
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User currently offlineSDLSimme From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 461 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3695 times:

ORD, DCA and LHR are my favorites. You can get great views over the cities if you are seated on the "good" side of the plane and you get the "good" approach  Smile


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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3693 times:

LAX and LHR are the best one. Especially LAX, love the approaches.


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User currently offlineATCtower From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 542 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3678 times:

I dont think anything will touch the LOC/DME approach to ASE. Just coming over the ridge on the visual is amazing, but successfully shooting the instrument approach just makes it that much better.
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User currently offlineBok269 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 2104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3649 times:

I just got back from SAN. The approach to rwy 27 over the desert and the city was great.

My favorite is the Expressway visual into LGA. Let's go Mets!


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User currently offlineEvan767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2957 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3636 times:

1. Express Way visual into LGA

2. River approach into DCA

3. Over-the-mountains approach into PVR



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User currently offlineTennis69 From Qatar, joined Apr 2007, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3629 times:
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My favorite was landing at the old CAN airport. You could litterally wave to the folks having breakfast on their apartment balconies and they would wave back.

User currently offlineMidEx216 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 3622 times:

Granted, it's not necessarily a very special approach, but I liked flying into FRA. Coming on the right downwind for 24, you see the whole city below you, the Main river, and all the other planes on final. Then you turn back around to final, and you get another angle of the city, followed by the Commerzbank-Arena, and all the roads around the airport just before you touch down (I remember seeing a truck that said "Bork" on the side, and nearly breaking out in laughter, partially from lack of sleep).


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User currently onlineNorthstarBoy From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1832 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3616 times:
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Quoting Tennis69 (Reply 13):
My favorite was landing at the old CAN airport. You could litterally wave to the folks having breakfast on their apartment balconies and they would wave back.

how about them TU-154 fly straight onto the ground, slam down and slam on the brakes landings, throwing everyone and everything forward as the plane literally slammed to a stop in about half the runway, flying CAAC was fun stuff, there's a teeshirt that proves it, it says "I flew CAAC and survived."

as for approaches....

The Potomac River approach at DCA is fun. Flying straight up the middle of the river on final, you feel like you're on a 170 mile an hour hovercraft.

Kai Tak is always a favorite, land in the right direction and you get a 400 mile an hour tour of downtown Hong Kong.

I think LGA also has a water approach, kind of scary for a little kid, escpecially at night where you're coming in over the water, no land in sight, getting lower, lower, lower, and at the last minute when you're starting to put your swim fins on, you glide over the threshold.

finally. how about landing in a 747 at Lax in the marine layer, when you can't see out the window, because you're enveloped in fog, and you hope the pilots remember where the airport is as they deftly maneuver an aircraft the size of a three story house.



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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 16, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3573 times:



Quoting ATCtower (Reply 10):
dont think anything will touch the LOC/DME approach to ASE.

The approach to EGE will give ASE a run in my mind. Just love the views and the challenge it gives the crew if you're not on speed and altitude.



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User currently offlineIDISA From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 261 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3570 times:

Two of the most exciting approaches I remember are CPH and LIS.

I like CPH because of the windmills plant and the almost constant presence of strong winds that can make your approaches a little different...

Then LIS, I landed once from the east (flying over the city) and once from west with the Ponte 25 de Abril on my left..just wonderful!

LHR also is very scenic, you can almost spot all the highlights of the city!


User currently offlineMauiman31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3567 times:
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SAN - when you come in over downtown. Scary, but beautiful. Especially at night. I make the trip a lot for work and always get a kick out of a fellow pax first time --- when they see the buildings so close and not the runway till the final seconds. My buddy who is a Captain for AA says SAN is one of the most challenging.

User currently offlineATCtower From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 542 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3553 times:



Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 16):
The approach to EGE will give ASE a run in my mind. Just love the views and the challenge it gives the crew if you're not on speed and altitude.

I have to give it to you, EGE is an awesome approach as well. Colorado just has some of the best approaches in the mountains. LXV (Leadville) is fun too, not quite the same views but it is awesome knowing you just landed at 3025m.



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User currently offlineSDLSimme From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 461 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3535 times:

Oh, the approach to BMA is really cool too if you come in on the approach from the east. You then fly over the central parts of Stockholm, and it feels like you are about to land on the rooftops of the houses near the airport. I've heard someone here refer to it as Sweden's Kai Tak. Has anyone else heard that?


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User currently offlineAustinAirport From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 643 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 3491 times:

the appraoch into AUS is always nice. Last time that we flew WN MCO-AUS we came over the capitol building and as it passed under our wing. it was pretty cool


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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 3489 times:



Quoting SDLSimme (Reply 20):
Oh, the approach to BMA is really cool too if you come in on the approach from the east.

Yep, that is true. You get a great view of Stockholm. But it can get scary on final approach, because there are many houses and a road really near the runway.

Quoting SDLSimme (Reply 20):
I've heard someone here refer to it as Sweden's Kai Tak

Have never heard that, but now when you say it, it doesnt sound so stupid.



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User currently offlinePITIngres From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1145 posts, RR: 13
Reply 23, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 3471 times:

I guess I'd have to give kudos to the LAS approach at night. Not that it's particularly special, but it's usually clear enough to see the Strip, other planes wandering around, etc. Nice.

I remember my dad talking about the CRW approach being "exciting", but I've not done that one myself.

For a one-time most exciting, I guess it would be the time I was flying LJU-FRA in heavy fog, wondering how long we would be circling on hold, and then *thump* we landed! I still don't know how the devil they did that, visibility must have been <100ft at the time...



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User currently offlineGarethW From New Zealand, joined Apr 2006, 308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (6 years 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3461 times:

4 stand out for me...
1, Kai Tak (watching people's TVs in their apartments!)
2, ZQN in between the mountains and lakes, spectacular.
3, DXB at night is wonderful, especially the first time.
4, SYD on that lovely approach over the northern suburbs with the Opera House and Harbour Bridge to the left.



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