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User currently offlinePrivateFly From UK - England, joined Oct 2011, 3 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6298 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 onlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 874 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6291 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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Sveinn  



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User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8967 posts, RR: 76
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6278 times:
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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 offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6129 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6254 times:
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MEX
SDU
AEP
MDZ (from SCL)
CPH (You think you are going to hit the Malmo bridge)
DCA



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User currently offlineosubuckeyes From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 666 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6250 times:

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

SEA
PDX
DCA- Along the river and around the sights.
SLC
TEX


User currently offlineIdeekay From Switzerland, joined Jun 2012, 206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6239 times:

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


User currently offlinebyronicle6 From New Zealand, joined Oct 2011, 393 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6213 times:

ZQN - Mountains on all sides
WLG
HKT


User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 514 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6210 times:

For me I'd say:

ZQN : Gorgeous scenery
LHR
SYD


User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6205 times:

For me:

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



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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6185 times:

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


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User currently offlineMSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1903 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6176 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, 538 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6171 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 offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2752 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6161 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
Blue



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User currently offlineHOONS90 From Malaysia, joined Aug 2001, 2999 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6142 times:
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From experience

SFO 19R (although I've heard 1R is far more impressive, I haven't experienced that approach yet)
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ElK-R4Ghx-U
LGA (not sure which runway this is, but I am guessing 4?)
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jPi4IM3Wrxw
ANC
YVR
LHR
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 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6103 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, 24803 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6092 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, 659 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5951 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, 3622 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 5950 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, 2973 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5902 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 onlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3116 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5886 times:

My votes go to:

BOS
SAN
SEA
ACK
SYD
TLV



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User currently offlineairontario From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 548 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5819 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, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5772 times:

My favorites are:

SAN
SFO
SEA
ORD - Arriving from over the lake
HNL


User currently offlineflybaurlax From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 638 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5767 times:

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

PSG
WRG
ADQ
ADK
JNU
SIT
KTN

LAX
SFO
PSP



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User currently offlineshamrock604 From Ireland, joined Sep 2007, 4159 posts, RR: 13
Reply 23, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5746 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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User currently onlinejsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2017 posts, RR: 15
Reply 24, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5704 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?

Europe
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

Australasia
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


User currently offlinesaleya22r From France, joined Mar 2007, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5695 times:

Saleya 22R (not surprisingly) votes for NCE, specially the approach my user name refers to!

GIB: Flown there twice..I remember specially the approach and landing with Monarch's 757. You can walk to downtown across the RWY after arrival.

EZE: The initial approach over River Plate, you get an impression of the huge size of greater BA.


User currently offlineLOWS From Austria, joined Oct 2011, 1112 posts, RR: 1
Reply 26, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5636 times:

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 at Uni Pitt, and I ended up flying into PIT and departing from MGW to visit some people who live there. I always like flying into Pitt, especially if you go over the rivers and see the bridges.

MGW was a fun departure, given that it is kind of on the side of a mountain.


User currently offlineFalconKutscher From Austria, joined Dec 2012, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 27, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5634 times:
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INN - full procedure fromthe west (LOC-DME-West-APP)

User currently offlineSpeedbird2012 From UK - England, joined Dec 2012, 7 posts, RR: 0
Reply 28, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5629 times:

LHR - Night approach along the Thames. Particularly good at the moment with all the Christmas lights and the Winter Wonderland attraction in Hyde Park
LCY - Personally prefer the departure, but great views of East London and Docklands.
GIB - Some great views of the rock can be had on a clear day
SIN - For the boats and the bays
LAS - The terrain and then the lights of the strip
BGI - Coming in around the bay, past the cruise ships and then into Grantley Adams


User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22718 posts, RR: 20
Reply 29, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5413 times:

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 the valley and feel like you are about 1000' AGL when you touch down because all of the terrain that you can see is much lower than the airport.


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User currently offlineklm672 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2433 posts, RR: 3
Reply 30, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5381 times:

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 29):
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 the valley and feel like you are about 1000' AGL when you touch down because all of the terrain that you can see is much lower than the airport.

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.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26845 posts, RR: 58
Reply 31, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5372 times:

My all time favourite is BEY . Lovely view over the city as you land from the sea.

User currently offlinen729pa From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 389 posts, RR: 0
Reply 32, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5308 times:

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
AYQ (Ayers Rock/Uluru)....no matter how many times you've seen films/pictures of the Red Centre of Australia, nothing can prepare you for just how red it really is oput there, the soil, the sand dunes etc and plants dotted about, very unique and very unusual.
STO...I found interesting you get to realise how many islands there are in Sweden and lakes etc very interesting


User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24803 posts, RR: 22
Reply 33, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5273 times:

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 29):
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 the valley and feel like you are about 1000' AGL when you touch down because all of the terrain that you can see is much lower than the airport.

Another airport with that characteristic at Pasto, Colombia (PSO).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Odyw9zwn83g


User currently offlineDanVS From Brazil, joined Jul 2009, 254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 34, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5125 times:

Separated by continents, like jsnww81 put:

North and Central America
JFK - Canarsie approach.
MEX - huge city, a true sea of lights at night.

Europe
LIS - lovely view of the city on approach to runway 03 (the most used rwy).
CDG - if coming from the south and depending on the runway in use, you might see most of Paris passing underneath you.

South America
IPC - one of the most remote places on earth (if not the most)!
CGH - when approaching runway 17R, you have the impression you'll crash on the buildings below (take a left seat).
SDU - basically an aircraft carrier, the shortest runways 738s operate (1.323 m/ 4,340 ft). The approach to runway 20 is nice, but landing on 02 is magnificent (not different from Kai Tak, the Sugar Loaf playing the role of the checkerboard).
VIX - landing on runway 05, you have a full view of the city on your right-hand side.
AEP - nice view of Buenos Aires if you're on the correct side of the airplane.

Africa
CPT - beautiful scenery (Table Mountain).
CAI - weather permitting, you can see the pyramids!
LVI or VFA - Victoria Falls

Australasia
ZQN - wonderful scenery (Alps and lake).


User currently offlinecanadianpylon From Canada, joined May 2003, 307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 35, posted (1 year 7 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4974 times:

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 runway. YLW is similar. YVR is up there as well.
YTZ - Landing besides the Downtown Toronto waterfront and CN tower. WOW!
LAS (at night) - When I went, we landed using the 'Stratosphere' approarch. Simply amazing with all of the lights of the Strip!



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User currently offlinewarren747sp From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 36, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4705 times:

The one and only Kai Tak while it lasted!


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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7688 posts, RR: 21
Reply 37, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4705 times:
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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 planted on the runway.


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User currently offlineUA787DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 420 posts, RR: 0
Reply 38, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4704 times:

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-19 visual
DEN-on clear winter days, when you can see the snowy Rockies, downtown Denver and you approach past the fuel farm.
ANC-amazing on clear days.
These two aren't the most amazing, I just like the approach for some reason
SAN-when you are lower than the hill and near the Pacific.
CLT- if you come in at the right place you have nice city views, airport glimpses, and land past the museum.
SYD-rwy 16s


User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1985 posts, RR: 9
Reply 39, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4546 times:

Quoting jsnww81 (Reply 24):
SYD - citizens may hate the noise, but landing on the 16s, there is no doubt you're in Australia's capital!

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 order:

MZL
MIA - when landing from the East
FLL - when landing from the West
HKG - when approaching from the Northeast
SIN - when landing on the 02s
DPS

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User currently offlineblueflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3919 posts, RR: 2
Reply 40, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4448 times:
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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, the approach was pretty straight in but remarkable by how close the last buildings are (were?) to the threshold. I would always swear we'd tear off someone's roof, or at the very least their aerial, on the way down...



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User currently offlinerahulrahul From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 41, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4341 times:

GOI or Goa in the early morning with sunrise. Beautiful, very beautiful.


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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7180 posts, RR: 17
Reply 42, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4322 times:

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 Lake and the Mill Avenue district. A really nice photo op! Coming into the east, you fly right next to downtown, at a height lower than the Chase Tower! Also you can see the Baseball Stadium too. When coming in for a landing to the east, you fly right around Camelback and you can see all the swanky resorts in Scottsdale too.


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