N6376m From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4300 times:
I've been to LAS about 10 times and only come in from the East. Each time the landing was no different than an approach into Miami or Atlanta. Beautiful scenery as you approach over the Grand Canyon though.
ElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4266 times:
I've flown into Vegas 7 times. Landed on 25L all but once. The last time I flew into LAS (Sept. of last year) the aircraft made what had to be a 30 mile straight in approach to 25L....
The only time I did not land on 25L, we approached from the East....turned left to a 190 heading for the downwind leg....and then made a very, very tight 180 degree turn before landing on rwy 1R. I never thought I would be on an airliner that made that tight of a turn (it was a NW 757).
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Goboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2829 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4237 times:
I remember it going from desert to lush, green yarded neighborhoods with pools really abruptly. Almost like drawing a line on the ground to separate the two. And the view of the strip is great if you land on the 19s. And 25s aren't bad if you're on the right. I love the slot machines in the waiting areas!
Aaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 9280 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4206 times:
The mountains aren't a huge factor. Light breezes are the norm in the valley. Expect some bumps on the way in though - just goes with the territory. No different than coming into LA, Denver, Miami or ATL.
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SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 66
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4183 times:
LAS is in a valley so wide that the mountains are hardly a factor.
Los Angeles on the other hand . . .
LAX is fortunate to have a fairly flat valley out toward Ontario that is pretty much aligned with their four main runways. Otherwise you don't see the city until just a few minutes out. From the North it is a bit of a slam-dunk.
BUR is right up against the high mountains - they rise eight thousand feet above the airport in just a few miles and a thousand feet in much less distance.
ONT is aligned with the east-west valley and the approach/departure corridors sort of underlie those for LAX.
SNA from the north/east is an extremely steep approach but not all of that is dictated by terrain (which includes Saddleback Mountain)
Most of the airports in the intermountain west are affected by the mountains around them.
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Wilax From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 465 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4140 times:
LAS is a great airport. The 25's are easy and long. FS9 always brings me in on 25 or 7. When coming in from LA, ATC sends me waaaaay around over Lake Mead for left traffic for 25L which I find a little inaccurate. I have flown this approach in real life and we never go out that far or that low; around 5000' when turning final.
Once when I was in Vegas, I did some spotting at the threshhold of the 19's. I noticed that all planes coming in that runway did a hard left turn to final at less than 4 miles out, well inside the point where the outer marker would be. I have yet to be routed for a Visual 19R approach by ATC, but I have done that approach on my own
United_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7685 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4105 times:
In June 00 I took a day trip from LAS to TUS via LAX on United Shuttle - on the return flight from LAX , we flew in on 19 and banked over the volcano at the Mirage - very cool. Also in Sep 01 I flew into LAS in a United 727,quite a sight watching them take off when it's 105 out
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Airbear From Australia, joined May 2001, 648 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4002 times:
Came into LAS last week from YVR at night. Downwind leg on heading 190 was spectacular, with The Strip neon lights shining brightly, as was the turn onto finals for RW01. Got it all on a movie clip on my camera.
Usatoeze From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 358 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3916 times:
I think one of the coolest things about landing in Las Vegas is when you approach from the east and circle the southern part of Vegas and then land eastbound on RWY 07R. During the approach, especially on a Friday night(When I did it) allowed someone sitting by the windows facing the city to not only see the city spread out like a desert infection, but also see the 10s of planes in the approach pattern. I remember counting at least 13 in the pattern at the time.
While we are talking about Las Vegas, anyone who has been to the viewing area south of the airport has to give credit to Las Vegas for thinking about us spotters. I wish more airports in the US did.