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Best Side Of The Aircraft?  
User currently offlineBoeingDrew From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 55 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6690 times:

As the title suggests what is the best side of the airplane to sit on for various airport approaches. Here is my suggestion - please add onto the list if you can.

Airport: SAN
Best Approach Side: Left
Why: You will have a beautiful view of the bay and downtown San Diego.

Looking forward to what we can put together.  Smile


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User currently offlineHighFlyer9790 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6680 times:

Airport: BOS
Best Approach Side: Left
Why: When landing on 4R and 33L you can get spectacular views of Boston and the terminals.



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User currently offlineRhuertas70 From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2005, 55 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6589 times:

This topic in particular may need to be moved to the poll & preferences section. (Just a suggestion).

Airport: Kahului, Maui,(OGG)
Best Approach Side: Left (no Kona winds)
Reason:
As you approach the Hawaiian Island you will see the imposing Mt. Haleakala and on a clear day Mauna Kea & Mauna Loa on the Big Island. As you fly over Maui through the itsmus (valley) and exit the south side of the island you will catch a glimpse of the town of Kihei, Molokini (a semicircular reef good for snorkeling) and again part of the Big Island once the Haleakala doesn’t longer block your view. As the aircraft performs a U-turn for final alignment with the runway (on the north side of the island) you will see the islands of Lanai and Molokai and even the eastern tip Oahu to the West as well as the western mountains of Maui.

Airport: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Best Approach Side: Right (no Santa Ana winds)
Reason:
You will catch a glimpse of Palm Springs, Big Bear and San Bernardino Mountains followed by downtown LA and if you are lucky the Hollywood sign. Of course if you don’t like smog sit on the left.


User currently offlineTR763 From Brazil, joined Mar 2001, 775 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6559 times:

Airport: GRU
Best Approach Side: When approaching for 9R left, for 27L right.
Why: Because you get a view of the whole terminals and of all the planes, including that plane graveyard.
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User currently offlineBWI757 From Israel, joined Dec 2004, 429 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6529 times:

The BEST side to sit on is the FRONT side bigthumbsup 

If that does not work, you would need to know how they are going to approach the airport ahead of time to pick the best place to sit. I gave up trying to figure that out.

BWI757



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User currently offlineKennyK From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 482 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6516 times:

I reckon the best side to sit on is the backside  butthead , gets uncomfortable otherwise.

User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6478 times:

The sun decides where I sit. Nothing like going cross county at 37000 feet trying to gawk out the window with the sun in your eyes. Always sit on the opposite side of the sun. The view is always better.
safe



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User currently offlineTornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6357 times:

Assuming it's a westerly wind day for use of the 28's...

Airport: PIT
Side: Left
Reason: Beautiful views of the skyline, rivers, bridges, stadiums, etc.


Airport: MGW  Wink
Side: Either
Reason: You come in over a 300 ft deep valley less than 1/2 mi before the threshold, assuming you're on R/w 18, which is the ILS. Pretty freaky to see the ground come up at you so fast as you cross the other side of the valley and then hit the ground.

Of course I doubt many A.netters will go to MGW for that... and if they do Air Midwest better upgrade those B1900's  Smile

[Edited 2005-07-12 03:14:46]

User currently offlineHKGKaiTak From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6308 times:

How do you pick the best side in advance? Can you really work out which runway you are going to land on?

Usually I pick whichever side isn't in the sun and usually the right side.



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User currently offlineTornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6261 times:

Quoting HKGKaiTak (Reply 8):
How do you pick the best side in advance? Can you really work out which runway you are going to land on?

If you know the winds that day... you'll typically be landing into the winds.


User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5239 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6247 times:

For LGA landing on Runway 4, the best side is the left side. Then you can see the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and Manhattan.

For ORD, if you are coming in from the Northeast, and the pattern is landing to the west, then sit on the left side of the plane, so that you can see the Loop.

But otherwise, there is no sense in trying to pick a side for seeing the sights. The patterns are incredibly unpredictable, depending on spacing and runway preference.


User currently offlineBushpilot From South Africa, joined Jul 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6239 times:

Into ANC it is the right side. Especially when coming up from the lower 48states or southeast Alaska. You skirt the coast line for a few hundred miles and overlook beautiful Mount St Elias Natl Park, then Prince William Sound and all of the glaciers. Then coming down Turnagain Arm where you overlook the city of Anchorage and can see ANC where then you fly over Cook Inlet make the right hand bank and land on I believe it is 9R but in a recent thread on here it said that changed to 8R. But regardless anyone flying in ANC go for the right side of the aircraft.

User currently offlineCXYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6235 times:

SIN, it's the right side if you're coming in from the north. Possibly get views of Vietnam from 35,000 feet and Malaysia, the port, etc on approach. HKG I'd say better with right side as there's just generally better city views (as opposed to ocean) on the right. YYZ doesn't matter so much. There's nothing spectacular to see, but if you're coming from the east, then left side so you get to see downtown I suppose.

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