danvs From Brazil, joined Jul 2009, 226 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3558 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?
AR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 5495 posts, RR: 26 Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3475 times:
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.
danvs From Brazil, joined Jul 2009, 226 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3426 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.
LXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 591 posts, RR: 5 Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3336 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
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.
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777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2441 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3314 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:
airevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 844 posts, RR: 3 Reply 13, posted (3 years 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3186 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.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23169 posts, RR: 23 Reply 15, posted (3 years 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3134 times:
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