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User currently offlinePrivateFly From UK - England, joined Oct 2011, 3 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6355 times:

Murdo Morrison, editor of Flight International reckons that London City has the best approach on this poll.

Do you agree? What are the most impressive or exciting approaches that you have flown?

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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6348 times:

My votes would be:

TGU - Tegucigalpa Toncontin International Airport, Honduras
IFJ - Isafjordur Airport, Iceland
LUA - Lukla Airport, Nepal
SXM - St Maarten Princess Juliana International Airport, Netherland Antilles
CUZ - Cusco Alejandro Velasco International Airport, Peru


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User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9032 posts, RR: 75
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6335 times:

What is zhe best Approach for you? Scenery? Difficulty?

I always likes LHR as you are approaching over the city. Difficult but awesome was UIO and I enjoy LAX every time I fly there...


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User currently onlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6216 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6311 times:
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User currently offlineosubuckeyes From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 716 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6307 times:

These are the ones I enjoy the most. Limited to the US just because I haven't been to many other places

DCA- Along the river and around the sights.

User currently offlineIdeekay From Switzerland, joined Jun 2012, 210 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6296 times:

JOE - Very nice landscapes with much lakes
ARN - Over the City

User currently onlinebyronicle6 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2011, 419 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6270 times:

ZQN - Mountains on all sides

User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6267 times:

For me I'd say:

ZQN : Gorgeous scenery

User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 6262 times:

For me:

SNA - steep take offs and landings.
DCA - Along the river.

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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 6242 times:

I vote for EGE...........great view.

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User currently offlineMSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1947 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 6233 times:

My votes are U.S. only as well:

DCA - the river visual is outstanding
HNL - the downwind sector along Waikiki/Honolulu/Pearl Harbor is just beautiful.
MDW - skimming houses puts your aircraft speed into a new perspective.
ANC - when it's sunny out, few panoramas have so much to offer.

User currently offlineATCtower From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 542 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6228 times:

ASE was fun before their appch control took it all over. now, EGE gets cute, CHE is fun with 4k/min descents, TEX is amaxing with the scenery

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User currently onlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6218 times:

My personal favorites are:
LGA-Just something about coming in over the water that I love. Even as a pilot it freaks me out to see water and then boom runway.
SYD-Only done it a handful of times but it is gorgeous
MSP-Might not be a gorgeous view, but I love the twin cities

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User currently onlineHOONS90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3015 posts, RR: 52
Reply 13, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6199 times:

From experience

SFO 19R (although I've heard 1R is far more impressive, I haven't experienced that approach yet)
LGA (not sure which runway this is, but I am guessing 4?)
SIN (all those boats!)
GMP 32
PUS 18

Edit... How could I forget the Canarsie approach at JFK?

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rvobWo3gRMg (admittedly I was sitting on the wrong side, but it was still awesome)

[Edited 2012-12-08 04:59:25]

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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6160 times:

I'm highly surprised that you guys don't consider SNA awesome with the steep take-offs!   

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User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25346 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6149 times:

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 14):
I'm highly surprised that you guys don't consider SNA awesome with the steep take-offs!

Subject of the thread is "approaches".

User currently offlinedeltaguy767 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 663 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6008 times:

LGA- On VFR days, great views of Manhattan and the skyline no matter the rwy, but gotta love the Expressway Visual to 31.
DCA- River visual to 19 should be on everyone's bucket list.
LCY- Steep over the Thames and plops you right in the middle of Canary Wharf
AEP- While Buenos Aires doesn't have as many distinguishable landmarks as say NYC or LON, still a fascinating approach right by the docks.
LAS- Last time we did an approach to 25R and circled to land on 19L, had us in tight by the strip, can only imagine what it must look like at night.
Gibraltar- Haven't done it personally, but visited the airport and a colleague flew in once, coming in with great views of the strait and the rock along with the added bonus of cars waiting behind the railroad style gates to cross the runway.
JAC- Breathtaking view of the Tetons on the way in.
SEA- Coming in on 16's gives you a great view of Downtown and of course BFI where you can spot the prototype B747 along with Concorde.

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User currently offlinelewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3636 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6007 times:

I did like LGA's approach, a good view of Manhattan and then a steep descent over water and very cool breaking action upon landing. I do like LAX's approach too, it is a very nice tour of LA as the aircraft fly above the city.

User currently offlineBoeingGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 3076 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5959 times:

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 8):
SNA - steep take offs and landings.

Is the glide path angle any different than SNA? Not to my knowledge. The initial takeoff angle on 73Gs these days is something like 18 degrees AFAIK, which really isn't much different than normal. 757s do (or at least used to) do more like 25 degrees. Now that is spectacular.

I like SJC when landing on the 30s. You fly right over downtown San Jose just before touchdown. The entire approach on the SEA-SJC flight is spectacular when sitting on the left side. First you fly down the Marin County coast. Then the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco is just to your right; then flying right over the top of SFO with the resulting Bay views. Then down over the coastal range and loop around back into the Santa Clara valley. The Loop Departure out of SJC is just as spectacular.

User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3171 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5943 times:

My votes go to:


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User currently offlineairontario From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 551 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5876 times:

There are quite a few spectacular approaches in the BC interior especially YCG. Navigating the mountains is quite the experience.

User currently offlineStlHsvSfoSan From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5829 times:

My favorites are:

ORD - Arriving from over the lake

User currently offlineflybaurlax From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 638 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5824 times:

I think the state of Alaska has to be at the top of my list.



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User currently offlineshamrock604 From Ireland, joined Sep 2007, 4175 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5803 times:

Of the ones i've done:

NCE - Touching down right at the waters' edge.
LHR - On the 27's for the views of the City
LCY - on RWY 09 (for same reason as above)
DUB - Approaching from the west, over the south of the city, out over Dublin bay, and into RWY 28
SFO - For the VERY close proximity to other aircraft, and the views
LAX - For endless urban sprawl.
LAS - for the strip views
SIN - For the endless amount of ships visible approaching from the sea
PEN - Because its landing in paradise
SXM - Well, because it's SXM!

User currently offlinejsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2036 posts, RR: 15
Reply 24, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5761 times:

My votes are below. Not surprisingly, you'll see I love urban approaches, or ones that give you an awesome introduction to the place you're visiting:

North America
LGA - a treat basically no matter which runway you come in onn. 22 is the most dull, and it's not even that bad
BOS - left side during approach to the 4s, great views of the city
LAX - it's not particularly hair-raising, but still exciting to come in over such a massive city
MDW - frighteningly close views of Chicago bungalows
SXM - this one speaks for itself
SBH - a controlled dive over the top of a hill, what's not to love?

LIS - if you're coming from the south or southwest, you're over the city until just before touchdown - great views
LHR - if landing from the east. Western approaches are super dull (Windsor Castle notwithstanding)
MAD - something about the highland landscape around MAD is just quintessentially Spanish; great sense of place

SYD - citizens may hate the noise, but landing on the 16s, there is no doubt you're in Australia's capital!
ZQN - unbelievable views of the Southern Alps and a hair-raising corkscrew landing pattern
HND - massive city and water under the plane until the last moment
SHA - you thought Los Angeles was big and bustling?
LPQ - gorgeous mountain scenery and great views of a beautiful little town
BOM - slums, high-rises, beaches, roads choked with traffic. Welcome to India!

South & Central America
MEX - same as the others, you're right over the city and it's a big one. Love that turn onto final right over Reforma.
CGH - nothing like skyscrapers a few hundred feet below the wing
SDU - the airport on a postage stamp. Spiral approach over the water, killer views of the city and a landing that needs a tailhook!
GUA - steep descent over the mountains, the city appears out of nowhere, and you're over it until the last second

Africa & Middle East
CPT - beautiful scenery and an interesting introduction to South African society - townships right under final approach
MQP - mountains all around and a bit of a "surprise" landing, since the airport is on a plateau
LVI or VFA - with some luck and a seat on the correct side, you get a killer view of Victoria Falls

25 saleya22r : Saleya 22R (not surprisingly) votes for NCE, specially the approach my user name refers to! GIB: Flown there twice..I remember specially the approach
26 LOWS : Well, I'm partial, but SZG has some great views, and sometimes I get to see my house if we get routed to the south. I was in the US for a conference a
27 FalconKutscher : INN - full procedure fromthe west (LOC-DME-West-APP)
28 Speedbird2012 : LHR - Night approach along the Thames. Particularly good at the moment with all the Christmas lights and the Winter Wonderland attraction in Hyde Park
29 Cubsrule : One of the more unique ones that hasn't been mentioned (probably because it's not really a destination) is to 5 at CRW. You come in over the city and
30 klm672 : I was just going to mention CRW. I was an FA all the times I've flown into CRW, but I hear that from the front office it's a great view.
31 OA260 : My all time favourite is BEY . Lovely view over the city as you land from the sea.
32 n729pa : LHR...view of the city and you get a good impression of the scale of London SYD...Iconic view of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, plus the harbour
33 Post contains links Viscount724 : Another airport with that characteristic at Pasto, Colombia (PSO). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Odyw9zwn83g
34 DanVS : Separated by continents, like jsnww81 put: North and Central America JFK - Canarsie approach. MEX - huge city, a true sea of lights at night. Europe L
35 canadianpylon : My list is pretty North America-based, but it is where I've done most of my flying: YXX - Navigating the mountains before touching down on a shorter r
36 warren747sp : The one and only Kai Tak while it lasted!
37 RussianJet : Just experienced my first LCY approach, and it didn't disappoint - very cool how quickly you go from bursting through the clouds to wheels being plant
38 UA787DEN : HNL, LGA, NCE, and BOS have fun OMG only 50 feet up and still above water approaches. LGA-NYC BOS-islands, ocean, city, lighthouse SXM-nuff said DCA-1
39 Coal : BUZZ, you're wrong. Sydney is not Australia's capital. Canberra is Australia's capital. For me, I personally like the following in no particular orde
40 blueflyer : LAS at night. ANC at sunset. LCY anytime. ITM anytime as well. I flew in only a handful of times (when it was still the Osaka airport) and every time,
41 rahulrahul : GOI or Goa in the early morning with sunrise. Beautiful, very beautiful.
42 PHX787 : Coming into PHX is really nice, especially when you're on the A side of the plane. If you're landing to the west, you pass right by ASU and Tempe Town
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