MSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1565 posts, RR: 4 Reply 10, posted (5 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3356 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.
jetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2021 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3341 times:
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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
Professor Foltz: You push down on that yolk, the houses get bigger, you pull back on the yolk, the houses get bigger.
deltaguy767 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 633 posts, RR: 2 Reply 16, posted (5 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3131 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.
lewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3444 posts, RR: 5 Reply 17, posted (5 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3130 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.
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.
shamrock604 From Ireland, joined Sep 2007, 4039 posts, RR: 13 Reply 23, posted (5 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2926 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!
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jsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1855 posts, RR: 17 Reply 24, posted (5 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 2884 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:
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 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