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User currently offlineMischadee From Sweden, joined Apr 2004, 271 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5921 times:

I'm sure this has been discussed before, but it's been a while so here we go.

What, in your opinion runways on what airport gives you the best views before touch down? I was wondering about New Yorks 12 runways on the three major airports but any contribute with pictures are welcome.

The best one I've had was on a downwind to Frankfurt runway 07 L. I saw the whole city of Frankfurt on my left side then the whole airport in all it's glory before a nice left turn and touch down. Best landing I've ever had.

How about you guys?

Mischa.




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User currently offlineTR From UK - England, joined May 2001, 953 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5896 times:

I guess I'll never experience anything like my Kai Tak landings.


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User currently offlineEi2ksea From Ireland, joined Jul 2004, 578 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5883 times:

I would suggest 3 anyways;

Innsbruck, Austria - feels as though you are landing right in the heart of the mountains on a clear day! Fabulous little place!

Seattle-Tacoma - The view coming from the Southeast as you pass the Cascade Volcanoes and finally the might of Mount Rainier is truly amazing before the blue Puget Sound pops into view.

LHR landing from the east can give an amazing view of all the landmarks in the city centre, Millenium Dome thru Westminster.

Sorry I cant give exact runway numbers and stuff like others might....

Regards
Ph






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User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2528 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5860 times:

EWR- Runway 29... Simply Amazing

User currently offlineMidway7 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5836 times:

MDW - 22L, especially coming in from STL late at night. With the reduced traffic, you basically do a tight downwind approach. The views are amazing.



User currently offlineBucky707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1028 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5829 times:

river visual to DCA. Great views of Washington DC

User currently offlineUTA_flyingHIGH From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5838 times:

The CDG approach gives you airport overviews regardless of runway orientation :

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The LHR approach enables you to view landmarks such as Windsor castle or Twickenham stadium:

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The GVA approach has nice mountains :

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The DUB approach has the Irish coast on one side and Dublin on the other

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The ICN approach is also nice :

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But my last AMS approach rocked Big thumbs up :

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User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3541 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5820 times:

Yeah that 22L approach at MDW is awesome. Taking off from 4R or 4L is also sweet, you're basically heading right for the sears tower. I think all the ORD, PWK and MDW approaches are sweet. at ORD at times you get to go over 294 and see all the traffic, or fly right over all the train yards (thats at MDW or ORD), and PWK offers fantastic views of downtown chicago....

nothing beats the visual approach to rwy 18 at meigs though  Sad


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User currently offlineFLYSSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7428 posts, RR: 57
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5777 times:

THIS is my favorite...

Male Airport (MLE), Maldives.


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Other great approach :

MAU, Maupiti, French Polynesia...


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User currently offlinePhotoLPPT From Portugal, joined Jul 2004, 520 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5761 times:

I'm suprised no one mentioned FNC curved approach to runway 05...


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I rest my case  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Regards
Luis


User currently offlineLamedianaranja From Venezuela, joined Nov 2004, 1246 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5732 times:

Caracas, Maiquetia at night: be sure to be seated on the righthand side. After you make the turn to line up with the runway you're still high enough to look over Avila mountain and see the millions and millions of blinking lights from the city.
During the day it's better to sit on the left side, especially coming from Europe, you can see the beautiful coastline until the aircraft turns.



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User currently offlineMikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1403 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5667 times:

Bucky707, definitely agree with you there. Not only for the views, but for the rocking and rolling all the way down following the Potomac. A great time!  Big thumbs up

-Mike



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User currently offlineFoxy From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 179 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 5582 times:

Can't believe no one has said LCY yet

User currently offlineRamerinianair From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5541 times:

You haven't lived untill you have experienced a Canarsie approach!!!!!!!!
JFK is truely a great airport!!
SR



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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5527 times:

What about PIE and landing from the south and making the sharp left turn  Big thumbs up


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User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4764 posts, RR: 44
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5483 times:

JFK Canarsie, especially when you cut short and turn to land on 13R!


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User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5420 times:

Southwest gate then right base into 16R at DEN (preferably at night). You come in over the mountains, fly literally right over Downtown not more than 5,000 AGL, then curve around to land. The view at night is simply amazing.

User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5387 times:

SAN - the bumps you feel on approach aren't from turbulence, they're from scraping the rooftops from downtown, like a stone being skipped across a pond. Try it in a Saab SF340 (American Eagle) or an EMB-120 Brasilia (United Express) when they dive like a bird of prey. Amazing!!

I couldn't find any really dramatic photos of the approach, but from a passenger's perspective, either side of the plane gives you some incredible views of the city. My favorite is the right side, overlooking Balboa Park.


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Happy viewing!!



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User currently offlineIowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 931 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5382 times:

First a quick question, New Yorks 12 runways at the three major airports...aren't there only 9, 4 af JFK, 3 at EWR, and 2 at LGA?

Anyway, my favorite approaches:

1. Kai Tak - Nothing will ever beat the old approach into Kai Tak
2. San Diego - Approach into runway 27. You come down right through the city. You have downtown on your left, Balboa Park with all its attractions on your right, and then again on your left, you have the harbor and usually an aircraft carrier or two.
3. San Francisco 28L or 28R approach. I love coming out across the hills over San Jose and then slowly following the bay up to SFO, passing the Dumbarten and San Mateo Bridges.
4. National - The river approach is also hard to beat. I should probably finally do it on the right side, but I love the view on the left: Georgetown, National Cathedral, the Mall, monuments, the Capital...
5. Honolulu - Approach to 8L or 8R. I really enjoy coming in from the mainland and passing by Molokai and then getting to see Maui in the distance before Oahu with Diamond Head and Waikiki comes into view on the right. Particularly, I enjoy the loop around for approach that gives you the great views of Pearl Harbor. - Woohoo, I get to see this again in two days!
6. Approaching the LAX basin at night. I have only done this a couple of times, but one time into Ontario, I remember coming through a pass in the mountains and just seeing all of that city lit up is impressive.


User currently offlineJoKeR From Serbia, joined Nov 2004, 2245 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5344 times:

I always liked landing in Tivat, interesting approach...


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User currently offlineAA777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2544 posts, RR: 28
Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5305 times:

I always love the approach to Heathrow RWY 27 R/L. You get to see all the major sites in London-- Big Ben, Tower Bridge, London Eye, Buckingham... etc

I also love the approach into DCA- rwy 18. You can see all of washington DC, The Whitehouse, Capitol, Supreme Court.... etc etc

ZRH: you get to see gorgeous mountains & scenery. Plus when you land you see all those Swiss tails  Smile

-AA777


User currently offlineMikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1403 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5220 times:

First a quick question, New Yorks 12 runways at the three major airports...aren't there only 9, 4 af JFK, 3 at EWR, and 2 at LGA?

Runway diagrams:
  • LGA
  • JFK
  • EWR


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    User currently offlineBuyantUkhaa From Mongolia, joined May 2004, 2915 posts, RR: 3
    Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5171 times:

    I like the 03 and 35 approaches over LIS as you fly over the river and the centre of the city (and of course the bridge).


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    User currently offlineFLY2LIM From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1188 posts, RR: 10
    Reply 23, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5139 times:

    One time I was on a ORD-EWR flight on AA that got delayed due to rain. So the landing at EWR was around 2 a.m. I landed North to South with a full view of NYC to my left. This was back in 96 so everything was intact and the whole city was lit up. Truly incredible.
    Having said that, I hope everyone can experience the approach into CUZ. It's breathtaking, figuratively speaking. Then, once you get off the airplane, it literally is "breathtaking" at such altitude.
    FLY2LIM



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    User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8978 posts, RR: 39
    Reply 24, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5102 times:

    CGH is awesome:





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    However, SDU is my favorite approach:



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    "If goods do not cross borders, soldiers will" - Frederic Bastiat
    25 Drerx7 : Definately Las Vegas hands down--especially at night.
    26 Logan22L : Coming into MDW over the HUGE railyards of Chicago is pretty impressive. Last time I had a great view of the City as we took off to the south and then
    27 ERAUPilotATC : MCO 35 (now 35L) at night is cool. When sitting on the left side, you can't see anything and think you're just gonna slam the ground. EWR 22L, followi
    28 Post contains images Fbgdavidson : Of the ones I have done: LHR - As long as it is landing from the east. ANU - That magnificent blue water EIS - (Beef Island, Tortola, BVI) Wow SFO - H
    29 Dogfighter2111 : Whenever you are making an approach to Larnaca, Cyprus, you are almost hitting the waves. You are only about 100ft from the sea.
    30 Jfklganyc : Expressway Visual to runway 31 at LaGuardia. VOR 13L-R (Canarsie) approach at Kennedy. Midway also had an awesome appraoch.
    31 STLGph : I agree with the Midway approach but also think the Midway/O'Hare approach coming in from over the lake is really neat...especially at night. And of c
    32 I15846375 : Thanks for the great pictures and the info about the approaches! I love watching as I land in any city I fly to. Although I agree with one of the abov
    33 Mischadee : Iowa744fan What I was referring to was that for example runway 4L/22R at EWR is two separate runways. But I actually forgot runways 29/11 at EWR so th
    34 Post contains links and images EZEIZA : AEP! View Large View MediumPhoto © Jorge Albanese View Large View MediumPhoto © Jorge Albanese View Large View MediumPhoto © Dario Crus
    35 Post contains images Rjpieces : I'm gonna have to go with the Canarsie approach to 13L/R at JFK......I grew up with that approach!
    36 Post contains links and images CanadianNorth : YXY has quite a nice approach... MyAviation.net photo: Photo © James Connor CanadianNorth
    37 Erj145lr : #1-- St. Marin #2-- DCA (when they are operating on south op. meaning you fly fight over the wonderful city b4 landing at a wonderful airport!) #3-- S
    38 Post contains images BA : Beirut, Lebanon. Self-explanatory: Regards
    39 Ual4me : Maybe I'm partial, but the approach from the east into PDX, with the summit of Mt Hood a stone's throw away, always reminds me I'm home.
    40 Post contains links and images Airplane : View Large View MediumPhoto © Ander Aguirre Quito, very tough one. Beautiful sight. JP
    41 Flybyguy : BA, Where did you get those cool satellite images?
    42 Boeingfever777 : UTA, Your pics are pretty amazing man. BoeingFever777,
    43 ZKSUJ : My Favourite will have to Be ZRH and AKL. But I would imagine that INS and ZQN would be quire nice, as well as SXM
    44 Post contains images Bullpitt : Landing at MAD from any aproach because it means I'M HOOOOOOOOME sweet HOOOOOOME
    45 AirWales : I love the approach in to CWL. Cant beat sweeping in over the Bristol Channel - sometimes you feel as if you will land in the see. If you sit on the r
    46 Post contains images Thom@s : Two favourites come to mind. Kai Tak: And St. Maarten: Thom@s
    47 Post contains images Thrust : Nothing beats Kai Tak International Airport in Hong Kong. You just can't get any better than the old checkerboard approach Why on Earth did they close
    48 ANCFlyer : ANC . . . especially on a clear day when you can see Mt. McKinley 280 miles north . . . DCA . . . North River approach. Left, right, left, right . . .
    49 Flyer737sw : 1.Kai Tak Hands down... 2.Las Vegas Landing on the 19's from a right base entry... 3.San Diego Landing on runway 27... Kevin
    50 Post contains links and images DColeMAN : My top 3 from experience View Large View MediumPhoto © Dale Coleman View Large View MediumPhoto © Bailey - AirTeamImages View Large View Med
    51 Post contains links and images Danpio : Finally, someone mentions SXM! View Large View MediumPhoto © Edward Pascuzzi Beef Tortola-EIS is awesome as well. And no one has mentioned Courch
    52 Post contains links and images PPVRA : FEN is realy nice too, RG makes has a 'round the island' special: View Large View MediumPhoto © Carlos A. Morillo Doria Amazing diving spot too..
    53 Post contains images LJ45 : Personally, I'd have to say LGA, JFK, EWR, HNL,(from expierience) FL90,(been there, but not from expierience) and although I've never been to these pl
    54 Buckieboy : Sorry that I don't have any piccies. Kai Tak is the obvious one. When I first flew in, the guy next to me 'joked' you can see what the people are havi
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