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Ten Approaches To Fly Before You Die  
User currently offlineaviationweek From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2010, 55 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4114 times:

Aircraft broker Private Fly have ranked the ten most visually thrilling approaches (full article here - http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/blogs...logScript&plckElementId=blogDest).

The list is:

1. Sion airport, Switzerland
2. Princess Juliana airport, St Maarten
3. St Barts airport, (Caribbean)
4. Gibraltar airport
5. St Gallen-Altenrhein airport, Switzerland
6. Funchal airport, Madeira
7. London City airport
8. Lukla airport, Nepal
9. Las Vegas McCarran airport
10. Barra airport, Outer Hebrides, UK

What other airports would you add to this list? Is Barra a surprise entry?

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User currently offlinedanvs From Brazil, joined Jul 2009, 254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4095 times:

I would add SDU to that list. Landing a B738 on a 1320m (4340ft) runway (shorter than LCY), with water surrounding both thresholds, is definitely thrilling.
Besides, there's Rio's landscape, which is memorable.

I just couldn't figure out why LAS is on the list. What is thrilling about landing there?


User currently offlineTUGMASTER From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jul 2004, 690 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4085 times:

Quoting aviationweek (Thread starter):
2. Princess Juliana airport, St Maarten

What's thrilling about that..?

It's only Thrilling if your on the beach right...?

If your on board, all you get is a side view of sea..... plenty of approaches like that around the world.

i'd add TGU to that list, ...surely has tobe one of the great's both inside & out of the aircraft.

rgds

Also you can add any of the airports on flight WF930 operated weekdays TOS-KKN via 6 other amazing approaches...

[Edited 2010-11-22 08:38:18]

User currently offlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4930 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4069 times:

Quoting aviationweek (Thread starter):
9. Las Vegas McCarran airport

Having flown many flights into LAS, I don't know why they are on the list. Not too "thrilling" flying into there, just another regular busy American airport.

I would add either the River Visual Approach, or the Expressway Visual Approach into LGA to the list.



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User currently onlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7147 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4055 times:

Quoting aviationweek (Thread starter):
9. Las Vegas McCarran airport

Take that out and give me the DCA River Approach any day!



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 4053 times:

Ajaccio, Corsica

visual approach and landing Airbus 321 from the flight deck
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PigMC...1&list=PL2134F31947D68860&index=27

AF 747-400 approach/landing - Ajaccio
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41NTQxiGNIk&feature=related

AF 747-400 take off Ajaccio (just so you can see)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm8bLOruHcU

     



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User currently offlinebgm From United States of America, joined Sep 2009, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 4041 times:

I've always enjoyed landing at SAN.  

User currently offlineisitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4040 times:

We can't leave MDW out, can we/
safe



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User currently onlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6187 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4012 times:
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SDU: I agree with danvs, that´s a fantastic approach. I´m sure the pilots of most types would engage the thrust reversers before touch down if they could. You also get to see the faces of the drivers going down the Niteroi bridge.

MEX has a great approach: If you land over the city, both at night and during the day. On a clear one, you can see both volcanoes, and they make for a fantastic sight.

La Paz, Bolivia: If you come in the afternoon, the sunlight is bouncing off the peaks and the the whole city gets bathed in an eerie red light. You also have great, scary view of the sorrounding mountains, particularly Mt. Illimani.

MDZ: When coming from SCL, the airplane is usually still over the middle of the Andes when the crew reduces to idle and deploy the speedbrakes, unless they want to give a wide circle over flatter ground, adding at least 10 mins. to the flight. In winter, those snow covered Andes look out of this world.

AEP: I don´t know the runway where this occurs, but on a certain approach, you will get to see the entire city on the rigght side, and close to touchdown, if you are a soccer fan, you´ll be rewarded with an intense, close up view of River stadium.



MGGS
User currently offlinedanvs From Brazil, joined Jul 2009, 254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3963 times:

Quoting AR385 (Reply 8):
AEP: I don´t know the runway where this occurs, but on a certain approach, you will get to see the entire city on the rigght side, and close to touchdown, if you are a soccer fan, you´ll be rewarded with an intense, close up view of River stadium.

That's the approach to runway 13, the most used runway at that airport.  


User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3873 times:

I have done a couple of interesting approaches as a passenger and my top three are:

1. Sion, Switzerland (SIR/LSZS) - mountains, narrow valley
2. Innsbruck, Austria (INN/LOWI) - mountains, narrow valley, turn in final approach
3. Lugano, Switzerland (LUG/LSZA) - mountains, narrow valley, sharp turn in final (if from north)

Other great one I had the pleasure of experiencing include those:
Interlaken, Switzerland (---/LSMI) - mountains, narrow valley, one-way approach
Rio de Janeiro - Santos Dumont, Brazil (SDU/SBRJ) - sharp turns in final approach unter Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugar Loaf mountain
Hong Kong - Kai Tak, China (HKG/VHHH/closed) - right turn in final approach
St. Tropez - La Mole, France (LTT/LFTZ) - valley, one-way approach
Reggio Calabria, Italy (REG/LICR) - left turn in final approach
Hilo, USA (ITO/PHTO) - left turn in final approach over city
Ajaccio, France (AJA/LFKJ) - northern approach, mountains, valley
Barra, UK (BRR/EGPR) - landing on beach
London - City, UK (LCY/EGLC) - steep approach, view of city
Kosrae, Micronesia (KSA/PTSA), flight around the island
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland (SFJ/BGSF) - approach into fjord


User currently offlinebananaboy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1578 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3861 times:

Quoting longhauler (Reply 3):
Quoting aviationweek (Thread starter):
9. Las Vegas
McCarran airport

Having flown many flights into LAS, I don't know why they are on the list. Not too "thrilling" flying into there, just another regular busy American airport.

I disagree, but only if you are on approach to the 19's as you fly down The Strip. It's a great view. Otherwise, whilst I like the mountain scenery around there, I am sure that there are greater views to be had near other airports.

Mark



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User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2496 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3851 times:

LGA and LAS (particularly on 19 at night) are must-haves. Hmmm, no mention of SFO, MRY, HNL, DCA, LIH or OGG (the turn to final from the west/southwest is also memorable)? While it's no Kai Tak, I think the "new" HKG is still worth a mention. I also found AUA to be particularly appealing since you almost always pass over Eagle Beach on the turn to final.

Finally, I have to give "props" (pun fully intended) to the former Island Air's Dash-8 service to PJHM; seriously, does it get any better than this? Kaanapali beach, Lanai and some of the best golf courses on the planet at your fingertips:

Arrival: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8L_AGKyFMg&feature=related
Departure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vOlJQCGYL0

777fan



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User currently offlineairevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 879 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3723 times:

Nuuk in Greenland is quite good and one I really enjoyed is to Medellin´s Olaya Herrera airport in Colombia, beautiful quite steep approach. And while the final approach is not THAT spectacular, a flight to Khorog in Tajikistan is probably among the most spectacular and nerve-wrecking experiences in a positive way. Paro in Bhutan must be nice, too, but I haven´t been there yet.


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User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3682 times:

I'm a bit biased but I think that ZQN should be added to the list. The approach goes through a valley with mountains surrounding you & it feels like you can almost touch the ground.

It's best to do this approach in a jet (A320's and 737's service the airport) and in winter when you can see the beautiful Snowcapped peaks

Regards
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25170 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3671 times:

Two more:

PBH - Paro, capital of the Kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalayas between India and China. 6,445 ft. runway, elevation 7,300 ft. Video of Druk Air (the only operator) A319 approach.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlKApjc9T2U


PSO - Pasto, Colombia, elevation 5,951 ft. Avianca Fokker 100.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0H8D3XLG6I&feature=related


User currently offlineflybaurlax From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 638 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3651 times:

I'd definitely have to add JNU into that. Going through the Gastineau Channel for Rwy 26 is amazing.


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User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (3 years 9 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3599 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 15):
PSO - Pasto, Colombia

Now that approach is pretty amazing!


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