Gabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3485 posts, RR: 12 Posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6657 times:
In December i'm flying to the States, and am looking for some advice about which side of the plane to sit to get the best views for landing and takeoff. The main things I want to see are Northern Lights (on US 732, I imagine I'd have to sit on the left), and views of Washington (US 3108 and US 750) and New York (US 4584 and US 947).
LGW – CLT US 733 1135-1550 A332
CLT – DCA US 3108 1755-1915 E175
DCA – PHL US 750 1600-1708 A319
PHL – MSP US 1847 1805-2012 A319
MSP – PHL US 1838 0951-1325 E190
PHL – LGA US 4584 1515-1612 DH8
LGA – CLT US 947 1445-1649 A321
CLT – LGW US 732 1815-0710 A333
B6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2913 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6647 times:
Hate to tell you, but NY area airports change their runway usage configuration A LOT, sometimes multiple times in a day. No way to predict what runway would be in use this far away. General rule of thumb is that the winds would probably be coming from a northerly direction in the winter to blow in the cold air, so either runway 4 or 31 for LGA, so left side of the plane to see the city. But again, around here they can't even tell me what the weather is going to be this afternoon...let alone over 2 months from now! LOL!
Sectional chart here to get a better idea of the airport and surrounding areas for LGA:
PI4EVER From United States of America, joined May 2009, 706 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6644 times:
You've got a 50/50 shot at the Georgetown/Rosslyn river approach at DCA so I would suggest the left side for US3108. You'll be arriving at dark so Washington is beautiful at night either approach. LGA is hard to call as well, but on the Dash 8 sit in row 9. Rows 6, 7 and 8 on it have missing or misaligned windows. Row 3 up front is good, but near prop and engine nacelle.
On 733 and 732 - sit right westbound on 733 and left on 732 eastbound. Avoid row 10 (no window) and rows 22 and 38 (bulkhead no recline) on the A333.
Plan on cold weather everywhere you're going. I hope you enjoy your trip to the US.
RJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6621 times:
Both are totally dependent on what runway is being used. For DCA, sit on the left side and hopefully (50% chance) you'll get a gorgeous view of DC--easily one of the nicest views upon landing in the United States.
At LGA, I would also recommend sitting on the left side. If you really want to make sure you get a good view, I'd check the landing pattern before your flight and choose the correct side accordingly.
Btw, I live in DC so if you need suggestions for what to do around here or want to meet up for a drink, feel free to message me! Have a great trip!