Mischadee From Sweden, joined Apr 2004, 271 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6243 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.
Planespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3547 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6142 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
Lamedianaranja From Venezuela, joined Nov 2004, 1246 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6054 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.
DLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5742 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.
PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (11 years 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5709 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.
Iowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 931 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (11 years 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5704 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.
FLY2LIM From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1203 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (11 years 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 5461 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.