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What's Your Favorite Runway?  
User currently offlineaircatalonia From Spain, joined Nov 2007, 558 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6101 times:

My favorite is rwy 02/20 at VNO because it has a huge slope at its centre: it goes from 193 to 175msl. You can clearly feel the bottom of the slope on a heavy takeoff from rwy 20.



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User currently offlineandz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6064 times:
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JNB 03L in a fully laden 346 takeoff run can be fun/terrifying. 21R is slightly less so because there is quite a long stretch of grass beyond the tarmac while less than 500m from the end of 03L is an 8 lane highway.

With it being my home airport, looking out the window I know where various buildings are in relation to the runway, it can feel like forever before you feel the plane start to rotate, often I have felt that "BRACE BRACE BRACE" was coming just before the nose lifts and the gear scrapes the fence.

Being a few hundred feet high already when you cross the fence in a 738 or 744 isn't half as much fun  



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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6028 times:

Since the only time I fly is when I go on vacation, whatever runway that's being used for the flight from my home airport to my vacation destination and the runway said flight will be landing on at that destination.

Runway 1L/19R and 1R/19L at LAS are pretty good as they run parallel to Las Vegas Blvd., so you get a really good view of the Strip if you are sitting on the side of the a/c that faces it. It's really cool at night, especially when you land on the 19 end, as the way they typically route flights coming from the East when using that runway, you get a great overview of the Strip from the air.


User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6016 times:

STL's parallel runways are incredibly huge (in width size). I like them, especially during dark hours.


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User currently offlineCoachClass From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6011 times:

San Francisco's 28L. The left runway heading north usually used for landing. Hope I have the right designations for the runways.

I like coming in over water from the south after passing San Jose, seeing at the base of S.F Bay the various brilliant colors of the water ponds. Then continuing over water seeing the San Mateo hills off to the west and all the lights and businesses off of 101. Finally, at the very last second, the runway appears out of the bay just as you're touching down.

San Francisco 01L. (Runway headed east)

Take off going east taking sharp left turn to go north to go over San Francisco with a fantastic view of the bridges, twin towers and all the other sites in proceeding to continue to bank to head south to LAX.

The "A" window seat is the ticket landing and taking off.


User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6001 times:
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17R at GFK. I am a little partial but it is where I started my flight training. I'll never forget doing power off 180s and seeing a DL connection jet sitting there waiting to take off. The pilot clicked the radio and said "Nice landing kid". I thought I was the best pilot in the world at that point.
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User currently offlineCoachClass From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5961 times:

Quoting CoachClass (Reply 4):
twin towers

Sorry, I meant Sutro Tower at Twin Peaks/Upper Market.


User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5877 times:

Hi!

One of my favourites is Kristiansand in the South of Norway. I've mainly been to Oslo Torp but Kristiansand is very similar. Not only are many of the approaches in Norway very beautiful but I really like the way the runways are painted in Norway with yellow lines and lettering. They look very different from any other airports in the World.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5sDC7lx7pk

Many thanks,

Pierre


User currently offlinejeffry747 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 963 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5711 times:
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Always liked Runway 4R at Chicago Midway. Come in low and slow over residential neighborhoods, almost skimming rooftops, thunk the plane down, hammer the brakes 'cuz you have maybe 5,000ft left to stop, pull off the runway right up to the gate. Always an adventure at MDW.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKeWZ...CHp7XWlPWvRPQ&index=5&feature=plcp



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User currently offlineDocGATTACA From Singapore, joined May 2011, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5675 times:

My favourite is on the beautiful island of Tioman (TOD). A great place to unwind for a few days.

The approach on a Berjaya (J8) DHC-7 is certainly entertaining. Since there is a rather large hill at the end of the runway, takeoff is in the opposite direction to landing.


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User currently offlinejporterfi From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 445 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5369 times:

My 2 favorites would have to be runway 8 at BUR and runway 1 at JAC. They are both very short and require aircraft (particularly bigger aircraft) to land close oto the runway threshold and use reverse thrust. I like the way that the gate are is directly adjacent to the runway at BUR. At JAC, landings are very firm because the pilots have very little room to stop. I have flown on an A319 into JAC and MD88s and a CRJ into BUR, and always wonder how the 757s I see at those gates managed to stop on those short runways (thinking that my own experience was already exciting enough).

User currently offlinejonathanxxxx From United States of America, joined Feb 2011, 673 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5280 times:

Landing at FLL after the construction is done on the new runway would be pretty neat...

User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 months 2 days ago) and read 5180 times:

My username is my favorite. You can see my house 1000' right of centerline 45 seconds before landing.


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User currently offlineCoachClass From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 months 17 hours ago) and read 5106 times:

Quoting jporterfi (Reply 10):
I have flown on an A319 into JAC and MD88s and a CRJ into BUR, and always wonder how the 757s I see at those gates managed to stop on those short runways



I believe that even L1011's used those runways at BUR as Lockheed had some operations there years ago. One Southwest B737 flight didn't stop one time and crashed through the barricades and went right into a gas station across the street. No fatalities, as I recall, except maybe for the pilots' jobs.


User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7175 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 months 16 hours ago) and read 5097 times:

There are a lot of great runways out there I like, such as SBH or TGU.

The best runway I have flown into and out of would have to be DCA runway 19/1 the world famous river approach. Have dome that landing many times and it never gets old. Takeoff from runway 1 is a good one too.

At MIA I am not a huge fan of the approaches from the west but I also enjoy runway 9/27 it gets you the closet to downtown when taking off of 9 or landing on 27 a great view and a nice entrance for the visitors of Miami.



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User currently offlineqf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 2987 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 months 7 hours ago) and read 5063 times:

My repertoire of airports isn't particularly big, but I do enjoy taking off from 34R/16L at SYD in an A330, massive power followed by a sharp bank a couple of seconds after you leave the ground with great views of the water/city...

User currently offlineEIDAA From Ireland, joined Oct 2006, 830 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4987 times:
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I have a few favourites, but one of the more recent highlights was flying into SDU a few weeks ago. The approach to 02R there was one of the most spectacular approaches I have had.


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User currently offlineKaphias From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4972 times:

Both runways at JNU are great, but the approach to 8 is usually a little more exciting. Usually you don't get out of the last turn and wings level until you're over the runway. Great views from the left side of the plane too! Here's a couple videos, from inside:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewET8CoZ_cA

And from the ground:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51fAxbcHFKg



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User currently offline63bobster From Netherlands, joined Jan 2012, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4972 times:

Manston (EGMH) RWY 10/28. Dimensions are 2748m x 61m, so it's so wide that we always joke about how a pilot can easily land a Cessna 152 sideways when there's enough wind from 190  

Norderney (EDWY) RWY 09/27 is the opposite. It is just 20m wide, I actually had to make a crosswind landing at that field and it was fun but challenging!


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25346 posts, RR: 22
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4937 times:

Quoting CoachClass (Reply 13):
I believe that even L1011's used those runways at BUR as Lockheed had some operations there years ago. One Southwest B737 flight didn't stop one time and crashed through the barricades and went right into a gas station across the street. No fatalities, as I recall, except maybe for the pilots' jobs.

Yes they were both fired.
http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/story?i...=118853&page=1&page=1#.UA8nWqAWkxo

Note the gas prices (March 2000). The gas station was subsequently closed and demolished for safety reasons.



User currently onlinekann123air From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 968 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 1 month 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 4931 times:

Reef Runway (26L/8R). I'll never forget taking off there in August 2008 in a Hawaiian B717 and seeing a 767 marked "CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN". I didn't believe my eyes, that was (then) candidate Obama's plane!!


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