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What Is The Landing Like At LAS  
User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3262 times:

Hi,


Was just wondering is LAS a indy airport to land at because of all the mountains.

I tried to land at las with real weather, and, well it was bad.


Just wondering what it would be like in real life.

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User currently offlineN6376m From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3252 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.

User currently offlineJamesag96 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2095 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3225 times:

I just got back yesterday...landing out there Tuesday wasn't bad, but it was bumpy leaving...I LOVE Vodka.

J



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User currently offlineElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3218 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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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3209 times:

When I was there last weekend we landed on 19L...Im guessing this is kind of rare but it was an amazing view approaching parallel to the Strip...

Greg



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User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2694 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3189 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!

Nick


User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3182 times:

The landings are steep and fast because of the mountains on some approaches, but still fine and usually completely straight.

N


User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16248 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3179 times:

It's pretty cool. You seem to be flying over endless desert and suddenly you land in a big glittery city seemingly in the middle of nowhere!

Only in America! Bravo!

I love LAS!

Neil






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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3171 times:

I think the mountains arent really a factor as LAS lies in a tremendous valley and the mountains are far enough away not to require special approaches...

Greg



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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3158 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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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3135 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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User currently offlineWilax From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 465 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3092 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


User currently offlineMTChemNerd757 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 230 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3072 times:

pretty bumpy last time i flew in there. perfectly clear day, but boy was there some turbulence. and this was on a DL 762 (about 5 years ago, mind you)


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User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7483 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3057 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  Smile


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User currently offlineWarren747sp From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3002 times:

very bumpy during the summer because of the ground heat effect from the desert. similiar situation during the summer in Africa and Australia.


747SP
User currently offlineAirbear From Australia, joined May 2001, 648 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2954 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.



User currently offlineUsatoeze From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 358 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2868 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.



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