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User currently offlineDc10s4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7258 times:

I flew into SAN the other day. Always a very senic beautiful approach.
Others that come to mind

LHR(Depending on the approach can see the eye of london, and Houses of Parliment.)

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User currently offlineJoKeR From Serbia, joined Nov 2004, 2283 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7245 times:

My pick:


Kafa, čaj, šraf?
User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5005 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7230 times:

LGA at night can qualify...

Scotty doesn't know...
User currently offlineBA787 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 2596 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7225 times:

Manchester  laughing 

Not Possibly Inverness or Perth in Scotland Scenery is stunning there

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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7224 times:

Quoting JoKeR (Reply 1):

Really ? It's OK, but all it is is canefields and bits of Port Louis, for the most part.

Nossy Be is cool, flying in over the islands, very clear water and the odd reef here and there.

SYD has a wonderful approach if you come in from the north, with the harbour out to the right.

The old approach into HKG was spectacular - looking into people's living room windows.

The approach into one of LGA's runways (don't know which) comes round in a big circle over Manhattan - that is spectacular too.

I like the approach into NCE, along the coast, especially if they take the path out to sea round Cap d'Antibes, then the sharp left turn over Antibes and in. Mind you, the approach from the other side, past Villefranche, then the sharp turn left over the Promenade and in - kewlll...

User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7211 times:

SAN was going to be my response...there simply is no way to describe - you must experience it for yourself!

BFL has a very interesting approach - as you descend over the desert, you find yourself very low over the tehachapi mountains, in fact flying very close to Bear Mountain. Then the mountains drop to the valley floor, and onto runway 30.

My flight last year MSP-LAS lined itself up directly over Hoover Dam - that is an amazing sight to see!!

I have always loved the approach to HNL as well - circling around the north side of O'ahu giving the passengers an unrestricted view of a large portion of the coastline.

I took some spectacular pictures of the north side of the big island of Hawai'i on approach to Hilo...the views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa (not to mention Molokai, Maui, Lanai, and Kaho'olawe) are unreal. If you would like to see, let me know, and I'll e-mail you some of the approach pictures!

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User currently offlineLONGisland89 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 768 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7212 times:

Definitely the expressway visual into LGA!

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Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7205 times:

In the United States I think Seattle is the most beautiful on a clear day. The whole region is gorgeous with the city and lakes on the sound and surrounded by forests and moutains.

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User currently offlineReifel From Germany, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 1542 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7203 times:

I enjoyed a rather spectacular approach to Bastia, Corsica when our Airbus 319 from made like a slalom between the mountains and through the valleys, as the mountains in Corsica are extremely high and landed in nothern direction. Very nice scenery.

User currently offlineArmitageShanks From Costa Rica, joined Dec 2003, 3836 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7198 times:

Asheville, NC can be very pretty.

User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 7192 times:

during day time, approach to PSP-Palm Springs, low fly pass above mountains. beautiful view.

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User currently offlineAlaska737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1063 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7176 times:

I would agree with SEA and SAN but....

the best 3 are

Ducth Harbor

with kodiak and sitka you fly right over the water and can see the town and beautiful mountains. as for Ducth, you come in low and fly just beside a mountian (it seems like your wing is going to scrape the mountain) then you make a sharp 90 degree turn and decend about 1000 feet in a few seconds and land on a 3000 ft runway....this was fun when the 737's and Electras still flew in there. this approach gets really fun when theres a mile of visability and 30 knot winds in the snow

User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3480 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7175 times:

Boston .... best approach in the country!

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User currently offlineTurkishWings From Turkey, joined May 2006, 1458 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 22 hours ago) and read 7158 times:

My personal favourites are:

MLE (Male, Maldives. Definitely beats any other airport in the world)
BEY (if you are on the left hand side of the plane)
SSH (Sharm El Sheikh)
IST (Short runway, you see almost the whole city)
HAJ (I thought we'd hit a cow once, nice country side)

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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22657 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 20 hours ago) and read 7149 times:

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 4):
The approach into one of LGA's runways (don't know which) comes round in a big circle over Manhattan - that is spectacular too.

They normally do that approach into 22. Occasionally they'll just turn the corner at 125th Street and land on 13.


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User currently offlineSDLSimme From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 475 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 8 months 19 hours ago) and read 7144 times:

The approach to BMA is quite nice. Since it's a city airport, you fly very low over peoples houses. I almost thought we were going to land on someones rooftop when we hit the runway!  Smile

The approach over Lake Michigan to ORD is also beautiful when you have the entire windy city on display.

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User currently offlineABfemme From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 7141 times:

Got to be FRA - The views of the Rhine with its castles etc are breathtaking ! The approach wasn't long enough for me !

User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 52
Reply 17, posted (9 years 8 months 18 hours ago) and read 7139 times:

LHR - as mentioned if you do the approach over Central London. For those who haven't done it before its a great view out of the right hand window.

YVR - the coast, the islands, the mountains, the city - wow !

CPT - beautiful (except for the slums!)

GVA - lovely view of the lake and the city and the Alps to the south.

I've never been there, but I assume the downtown Rio airport must give a view and a half as well  Smile

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User currently offlineDimoko From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 307 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (9 years 8 months 13 hours ago) and read 7113 times:

i am quite partial to CLE, not only is it my hometown, but when flying in from ORD you usually do a great pass of the city over the lake, and at dusk or at night, with the city lit up, and some lights on the lake, it is really nice, and its always good to be home. and i have never been, and it is no more, but Meigs field was probably something special.

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User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6545 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (9 years 8 months 12 hours ago) and read 7107 times:

Cork looks great with it's green grass and hills.
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User currently offlineYULYMX From Canada, joined May 2006, 977 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (9 years 8 months 11 hours ago) and read 7099 times:

NA would have to say BOS, LGA are impressive but Carabeen wise...

SXM, CYO, POP, SJU, AUA are Great  Smile

What not great about landing in 88F in January  Smile

User currently offlinePilotaydin From Turkey, joined Sep 2004, 2539 posts, RR: 48
Reply 21, posted (9 years 8 months 11 hours ago) and read 7091 times:

Approaching ROSTOV is Russia over the black sea is BEAUTIFUL!!

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User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 8 months 10 hours ago) and read 7081 times:

EDI from the East is pretty awesome...seeing Arthur's Seat on the left, and then over the firth, and seeing the two Forth bridges...

It's beautiful.

User currently offlineLH492 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 208 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (9 years 8 months 10 hours ago) and read 7071 times:

Corfu is very beautiful, I heard that pilots just love this approach (even though they have to be very exact, since the runway length is very limited)

I also enjoy the approach into SFO every time, the view over the City is breathtaking, and with enough luck, you get a nice view from an outbound flight as well.

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User currently offlineIahflyr From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 20
Reply 24, posted (9 years 8 months 9 hours ago) and read 7066 times:

I'd have to agree in the US it is SEA, SFO, SAN, on a snow capped mountain arrival I love EGE!

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25 Post contains links and images SGSPL : AUA, BON, MIA are great, but SXM, so far the greatest. Check the pictures: View Large View MediumPhoto © Sigurdur Benediktsson - AirTeamImages
26 AlexPorter : The best two from my experience: Coming in to COS from the west is a cool approach, even at night. We normally wouldn't be able to see the mountains j
27 Post contains links and images N353SK : I love the DCA runway 19 approach. Flying down the potomac and seeing all of Washington is great. And who could forget INN? View Large View MediumPhot
28 FireFly : How about ORD? Approaching from the East, one is greeted by Lake Michigan, and then the faint outline of Chicago begins to come into view. Soon, the j
29 Post contains links and images Timology : CGK DPS View Large View MediumPhoto © Jasper Hesselink SIN View Large View MediumPhoto © Nick de Jonge
30 AirxLiban : Beirut Airport approach onto the sea runway - specially if you're sitting on the left side of the aircraft. GVA approach if you're coming in over the
31 FantasticFlyer : Im biased....but I would have to say the approach into LGA. UNfortunately i've only been able to see it during the day..which is a great view as well.
32 AzoresLover : One of my very favorites is the approach to SLC. With the close mountains, the Great Salt Lake, and especially at times when it is clear blue sky with
33 Post contains images HKGKaiTak : I think any approach is beautiful, it just depends on whether it is boring or not! CHC if you're flying in on a trans-Tasman flight over the Southern
34 Kmh1956 : On a really sunny day, the approach into Bermuda is gorgeous.....turquoise waters so cleana nd clear you can see right onto the reefs....
35 Post contains images ANCFlyer : ANC . . on a clear day, arriving from the East or the South. Over Alyeska, then decending through 7000 coming up Turnagain Arm, slight left turn and
36 57AZ : Definately the DCA River Approach. Never really experianced it as a passenger on a commercial jet though-pre 9/11 we flew into DCA often with our Cess
37 Jm017 : LGA at night gets my vote. Not sure the name of the approach, but we flew over Manhattan. Nothing else has come close.
38 FlyMatt2Bermud : The most beautiful 'visual' approaches I recall were: Jackson Hole, Wyoming JAC Rotorua, New Zealand Bermuda Lugano, Switzerland
39 NateDAL : SBH is amazing. I like the approach into HOU.
40 Longhornmaniac : I love the approach into ZRH. Its surreal. Cheers, Cameron
41 FlyBoy84 : And especially in spring and summer!
42 Post contains images FlyMatt2Bermud : Us little guys like the approach into SXM, Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Maarten as well.
43 Post contains links Timz : Think this was taken from 11000 ft on the approach into SFO? http://www.pbase.com/image/41608238
44 Thepilot : I like the approaches in the Seattle area...SEA, BFI, PAE, RNT, TIW (north), ORS, and many others. SAN, OAK, SFO, LAX, SBH, HKG (KT and new), and of c
45 Post contains links and images QFA380 : Lord Howe Island looks spectacular from the pics I've seen on a.net. View Large View MediumPhoto © David O'Rourke
46 NZ8800 : Nadi (NAN) was the first that came to mind, coming in from the south, with the sugarcane fields and market gardens underneath and to the right, the Sa
47 Post contains images BA : Beirut, Lebanon
48 LipeGIG : For me, not only because i'm from Rio de Janeiro, but its amazing : SDU, Santos Dumont Just amazing the view, the approach and the walking to the term
49 WildcatYXU : My favourite is YVR, howver NGO wasnt bad as wll. YYT is spectacular too.
50 Tango29 : my favourites- 1.singapore 2.zurich 3.las palmas 4.wellington
51 BHMBAGLOCK : No particular order SYD UIO - most international arrivals are at night so a lot of people who visit miss this EYW PTY Can't remember the code but Sali
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