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The Most Exciting Approach!  
User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4105 posts, RR: 51
Posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3292 times:


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Definately Kai Tak because you are so close to buildings and there is such a high risk element.


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User currently offlineMia777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 1165 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3205 times:

haha...I have a strong feeling this same topic has been discussed around 50-60 times (at least?). Yea...Kai Tak was the most exciting approach...


MIA777
User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4119 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3189 times:

From memory Corfu and San Diego were both pretty exciting

-Stephen


User currently offlineBd1959 From Australia, joined Oct 2002, 450 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2992 times:

I've done the Kai Tak and (I know I'm very much in the minority here) didn't find it all that exciting - too much turning and twisting, being seated on the port side for the checkerboard approach I didn't get to see that much.

Enjoyed the approach into Gibraltar - sea, sea, - are we going swimming?? - sea, sea, flash of grey tarmac and you're down. The car's queued at the traffic lights to cross the runway also added to the "novelty" of the landing.

BD1959


User currently offlineElephantboy From Thailand, joined Sep 2003, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2858 times:

To my experiences, approaching and taking off from Paro International Airport in the Kingdom of Bhutan is the most exciting. Druk Air BAe 146-100 (the only airline that serves Paro) has to make a descend into mountain ridges, many left and right turns with wings so close to the mountains. The last turn I saw the runway and one minute later, I was on the runway safe and smooth.

Taking off was more impressive. There were many people who couldn't board the plane in the late afternoon flight, not because all the seats were taken but because the load was too much that the plane could not take off from the very short runway and air density was so light. (Bhutan is in the Himalaya and is even higher than Katmandu.) Captain told us that we had to wait until the temperature dropped another 2 Celsius. After about one hour's wait, BAe 146-100 took off (I think, with the break on first.) like a rocket. Then right after the nose was up in the air, the plane turned left and right and... I could not remember how many turns it made. And below I saw that we were crossing over the airport at 90 degree.

The pilot was so great and the flight was unforgettable indeed.
















User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2765 times:

I dunno about exciting, but my fave approach has always been SEA. One time in particular, I was on a DL 762 from SLC, and we got a low, long approach from the south. We were at around 2,000 or so feet up for 10 or so minutes; from Tacoma all the way up to SeaTac. It was also around 8 pm on a summer evening and the sun was in the right spot to cast the whole area in that golden glow.

If you catch Seattle in good weather, it's just about the prettiest place in the place, IMO.


User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2746 times:

Kai Tak hands down.

Existing: San Diego is good. SFO, DCA, MDW are all classics.



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User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4118 posts, RR: 29
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2717 times:

London City and Anchorage are not too bad...

RJ100



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User currently offlineBmacleod From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 2242 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2647 times:

In 1987, approching Boston, I thought we going to hit the water....


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User currently offlineEastbay From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 211 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2593 times:

Quito, with so much terrain and an elevation above 9000 feet. The volcanoes are quite impressive too!


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User currently offlineFlyboy7974 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1540 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2523 times:

kai tak hands down, but the most beautiful has to be landing in south lake tahoe, dropping down over the lake, beneath the sierra mountains, nothing like it

User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2486 times:

Kai Tak..
DCA was fun too!

How is MDW good, DIA? I did it in March 2x's, and I didn't think it was all that. It was nice scenery though.



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2451 times:

The most exciting approaches I experienced so far:

  • Nice (on the cockpit jumpseat)

  • Lisbon (on the cockpit jumpseat)

  • Izmir (on the cockpit jumpseat at night)

  • San Francisco (on a regular seat in the cabin)

  • Las Vegas (on a regular seat in the cabin)

  • London-Heathrow (on a regular seat in the cabin)


  • Patrick


    User currently offlineFlyboy7974 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1540 posts, RR: 2
    Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2398 times:

    forgot about vegas, you must have a seat on the right side of the a/c though, usually, no matter what runway they are landing, the right side always has a great view of the strip

    User currently offlineCapri From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 447 posts, RR: 1
    Reply 14, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2373 times:

    Do airlines have dedicated crew for those dangerous approaches and have extra training during their 6month review just for them?, i read somewhere way back that AF had special flight crew just for Kai tak

    User currently offlineOS-A330 From Austria, joined Aug 2001, 75 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2198 times:

    You forgot Funchal, Madeira, Portugal!

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