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Most Scenic Approaches In The US  
User currently offlineandyinpit From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 320 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5126 times:

From the flight deck, what airports have the most scenic approaches in the lower 48? Don't know what else to type so............thanks  

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User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2775 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5114 times:

When I saw the thread title, I was gonna say LIH, but then you said Lower 48, so...bubkes.


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User currently offlinejetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1468 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5101 times:

I'd say LGA. Never been on the flight deck on approach to LGA but as a passenger, flying over Manhattan during sunset is spectacular.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6022/5894916517_73e5c61147_b.jpg


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6042/5894917657_9e2a34f895_b.jpg



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User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1481 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4995 times:

I vote for San Diego...landing over downtown with the bay in view...a little piece of heaven.

User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 3016 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4991 times:

LAX... at night. Incredible sight.


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User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4985 times:

I personally loved the approach into LAS, you see the desertic mountain, then the city and the airport is close to the Strip. Nice.

Also, I loved the approach into MIA.

Never been there, but approaches to places like JAC, BZN, EGE, TEX, WYS and others must be pretty scenic too


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User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7280 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4959 times:

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 5):
Also, I loved the approach into MIA.

MIA from the east is a great one.

The best IMO is an easy choice. The river visual into DCA.



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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4929 times:

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 5):
I personally loved the approach into LAS, you see the desertic mountain, then the city and the airport is close to the Strip. Nice.

I've flown into LAS 11 times, and most of those times in a window seat and it never gets old, day or night. Flying over the Grand Canyon and over Lake Mead/Black Canyon before making the approach into LAS is beautiful. One trip, the approach path took the flight over Black Canyon just north of Lake Mead (Most of Black Canyon was filled to create Lake Mead.), and the canyon walls were a beautiful almost brick-red color. Now flying in at night is another story. Darkness, darkness, darkness, darkness, and like a bolt out of the blue, lights. The closest you can get to such an experience driving is if you're coming in from California on the I-15.


User currently offlinereadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3367 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4925 times:

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 5):
Also, I loved the approach into MIA.
Quoting flymia (Reply 6):
MIA from the east is a great one.

At dusk, turning right to MIA looking out the window on the right handside, following 3 or 4 aircraft in on 27R, great. 



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User currently offlinejonathanxxxx From United States of America, joined Feb 2011, 673 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4916 times:

Definitely MIA coming from the East. The way you see downtown Miami, the ocean, the cruise ships, it's just too great! Although from the West it's pretty different...

User currently offlinetb727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1652 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4916 times:

Just about anywhere in the northern states now with the peak colors of fall. Great time of year to be flying.


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User currently offlinePI4EVER From United States of America, joined May 2009, 706 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4904 times:

River visual to DCA...at night seated on left side.
My real favorite since it means I am home....the approach to TPA over the Gulf&Beaches southbound and then turn north for landing.



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User currently offlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4875 times:

Quoting flymia (Reply 6):
MIA from the east is a great one.

Yes it is! About a month ago i had an approach that used both the west and east. Flew down the west coast of Florida then over the Everglades, and took a turn north, flew over Key Biscayne and then came in on the South side of downtown.

Quoting jonathanxxxx (Reply 9):
Although from the West it's pretty different...

Bland as can be. Total swamp until you hit the Pike.

ATL can be nice if you fly around Stone Mountain.

ORD over the lake is simply amazing!


User currently offlinewashingtonian From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4828 times:

Quoting flymia (Reply 6):
The best IMO is an easy choice. The river visual into DCA.

Have to agree. MIA is also awesome. I love, when flying there from the Northeast, how you hug the coast and then cross over Miami Beach and Downtown....Awesome views!

DCA,MIA,LAS,LGA have to be my top choices....


User currently offlineblink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5485 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4784 times:

I'm a sucker for LGA at any given time of day, and even though I've arrived on both runways more times than I can count, never gets old. Every day I see aircraft departing/approaching over Manhattan, and I wonder what they must be seeing from a few thousand feet up. JFK, late afternoon, is also neat if you get views of the heavies on departure and approach over the water.

JAC, EGE, and ASE provide breathtaking views and are a lot of fun as those approaches can raise hairs and make you appreciate an aircraft's handling capability and pilot's skill.

PWM should also get an honorable mention if you approach/depart over the water.



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User currently offlineandyinpit From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 320 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4707 times:

Quoting blink182 (Reply 14):
PWM should also get an honorable mention if you approach/depart over the water.

PWM was my first facility as a controller. It was amazing how every single pilot flew the Harbor Visual different.


User currently onlineHOONS90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3085 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4697 times:
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As mentioned above, LGA is also very interesting too.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPi4IM3Wrxw

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User currently offlinebluewhale18210 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 237 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4598 times:

SEA on the PDT.CHINS7 STAR. Cross Humpp at or below 15,000 with Mt. Rainier on the left, 20 miles away at most.
Mt. Rainier tops out at 14,410ft and most of the times it's so huge it fills the entire window!



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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 18, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4590 times:

It's tough to beat the mountain airports during the height of the fall colors or after a fresh snow. I remember long ago taking a jumpseat into EGE, incredible view.

Quoting bluewhale18210 (Reply 17):
SEA on the PDT.CHINS7 STAR. Cross Humpp at or below 15,000 with Mt. Rainier on the left, 20 miles away at most.
Mt. Rainier tops out at 14,410ft and most of the times it's so huge it fills the entire window!



Agreed, simply beautiful if you're on the left side of the aircraft, otherwise you must look around the person across the aisle. Not quite as impressive yet still a lovely sight is inbound to PDX on the BONVL Arrival passing Mt. Hood which is also on the left side of the aircraft.



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User currently offlinespacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3674 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4583 times:

SEA, PDX and RDM are all really nice approaches. I believe on the approach from the south to SEA you get Mount St. Helens on one side and maybe Mount Rainier(?) on the other - you fly right by the peak of whichever that second mountain is.

Flying into RDM from the west, you are basically *in* the mountains until the last couple minutes, when you break into desert.

I was also impressed flying into Salt Lake last time; I didn't realize how mountainous it is around that city. Different kind of mountains, though; desert mountains, so everything's red (at this time of year, at least). Pretty interesting. Downside is bad turbulence, which may have just been my flight but it seemed like the terrain invites it - it's alternately either completely flat or mountains, and there's basically a basin around the city that all the wind can flow into and then get forced up by the mountains on the other side.

It is tough to beat any mountain approach for scenery.



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