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Scheduled Flights Routing To Look At "Scenery"  
User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4128 times:

This happens all the time at Traverse City. An airliner will take off, and request a turn out the long way, to the north, to fly over the city to get a view and continue on its route. I have even seen Northwest DC9's take off VFR, do a complete circle around to the north, line up with the runway (28) at about 4000ft, and then contact Minneapolis Center as if he just departed.

Has anyone else seen this happen at other airports? What are airlines rules for such things.

The average pax might think its normal, so they probably are not even thinking about it... Even if they miss their flights by a couple minutes, I am sure they will not pinpoint the reason on the scenic overfly. lol..



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User currently offlineDanny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4123 times:

It frequently happens on flights to/from BUF. Yesterday Independece flight to IAD asked for it. 4000ft and two circles over Niagara Falls then climb 10000ft proceed on course to IAD  Big grin Also Comair pilots often ask to go over the Falls.

Flights to ORD go over anyway because of the routing

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User currently offlineJeffDCA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4063 times:

I've heard of Qantas flights descending over Ayers Rock to give the passengers a closer look.

Cheers,

Jeff


User currently offlineSIunitsrule From Panama, joined Jul 2004, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4045 times:

I have had that happen on IB 6146 (PTY-MIA). The captain will usually do an aerial tour of the Panama Canal. According to this picture's caption, Delta does the same on its way to ATL.

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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8461 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3990 times:
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It has happened on flights into Cape Town too, sometimes you see the flights coming in, usually foreign carriers, on routes that the domestic flights never take.

Like this for example, I have flown in and out of CPT countless times and never this way!


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User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3974 times:

Requests like these won't fly at ORD. Too busy.


Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineFLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3966 times:

And what would one want to fly over by ORD? Cabrini Green?  Big grin

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User currently offlineDeltaMIA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1672 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3959 times:

Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam for flights into LAS and Yosemite National park for flights into SFO and OAK.


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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17118 posts, RR: 66
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3940 times:

In the early 80's, SAS LAX-CPH. Think it was good old "Huge Viking", the 742. Crew took us down lower over Greenland to look at the amazing scenery.




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User currently offlineFlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3935 times:

Once when flying FAI-ANC with AS, we were making really good time en route and it was an abnormally clear day, so when we passed over Denali (or Mt McKinley, whichever you prefer) the pilot slowed down so we could see it better. It was gorgeous.


Semper ubi sub ubi.
User currently offlineMuttley35 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3927 times:

Wife once did a 'lap' of Mt Hood whilst on a trip to her parents.
I just get the rapid can't hear s**t for an hour decent into PDX.


User currently offlineKohflot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3917 times:

I was on a Qantas flight from BKK to SYD in 1993, and while I don't think we descended at all, we did circle completely around Uluru (Ayers Rock). That was quite a sight..

User currently offlineFLYGRA From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3906 times:

On quite a few occasions on QF out of SYD to BKK or SIN we have gone down to take a look at The Olgas and Uluru. Gets pretty bumpy sometimes.

Also on ET, the pilots often try to have a turn around Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.


User currently offlineCaptSkibi From United States of America, joined May 2004, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3831 times:

I was on a flight, perhaps charter, with my family from Cancun to Detroit about 10 years ago. It was a night flight back to Detroit. I think it was a B727.

The pilot came over the intercom, somewhere over Tennessee or Kentucky, to say that he had a spectacular view of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). He said he'd request a few turns from ATC to let us in the back take a look. It was very spectacular!



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User currently offlineWorldoftui From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3803 times:

JeffDCA

Yes they do. Whilst staying at the Ayers Rock Resort, saw many a flight take off and stay lowish, head towards the rock and then turn and continue to their destination.

When I was working in Croatia, once the inbound aircraft flew straight past the airport and gave the passengers a 20 minute free pleasure ride taking in the coast. How lucky!

Mark


User currently offlineRongotai From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 477 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3787 times:

It is quite common for Air NZ Link flights in and out of NPL to do a complete 360 degrees around the summit of Mount Taranaki (Egmont) - when the weather is clear and calm!

User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3773 times:

Requests like these won't fly at ORD. Too busy


And what would one want to fly over by ORD? Cabrini Green?


Yea, not much scenery in Chicago anyhoo...  Big grin



User currently offlineMatt777 From Cayman Islands, joined Oct 2001, 503 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3739 times:

At IGR (Iguazu, Argentina) normally they do one circle on take-off in order to see the beautifull waterfalls.
I recall one circle over Venice, Italy, but it was before 911.


User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3684 times:

Hey, Cabrini Green is a sight to see.

Well at least your safe from up there.  Wink/being sarcastic



Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineFlyMeToTheMoon From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 242 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3674 times:

Cabrini Green is a sight to see but only from the air... Although if you fly low you may risk catching some stray projectiles.


Fly me to the moon... but not through LHR!
User currently offlineLitz From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1774 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3650 times:
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Been on a DL 757 heading from ONT back to ATL, and we circled the Grand Canyon about 4 times ... twice for the people on the left side of the plane, and twice for the people on the right side of the plane.

Pilot specifically mentioned that we'd be circling so everyone could get a good look.

- litz


User currently offlineAjet From France, joined Jan 2004, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3650 times:

Yes Matt777! On my flight from Iguazu to Buenos Aires in May 2003, the pilot did a 360 around the falls; that was awesome!

User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 22, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3638 times:

Been on a DL 757 heading from ONT back to ATL, and we circled the Grand Canyon about 4 times ... twice for the people on the left side of the plane, and twice for the people on the right side of the plane.

Pilot specifically mentioned that we'd be circling so everyone could get a good look.


Maybe center had you do it for in trail spacing, and you were close enough to the Grand Canyon that the pilot opted to give you guys a view. Seems strange that they would do it mid-flight.



User currently offlineStargoldLHR From Heard and McDonald Islands, joined Feb 2004, 1529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 3620 times:

"Once when flying FAI-ANC with AS, we were making really good time en route and it was an abnormally clear day, so when we passed over Denali (or Mt McKinley, whichever you prefer) the pilot slowed down so we could see it better. It was gorgeous. "


Ive had the exact same with AS... the pilot (and I remember every word...
"Although the fasten seatbelt sign is turned on, we will shortly be going very close past Mount McKinley, so if you were to be sat on the right hand side of the aircraft you will be an excellant view"...moments later lots of snapping of seat belts and every right window seat was gone... I got a superb photograph of Mt Mckinley looking so close as if the wing was touching the side of it... a great view and something i'll never forget.



So far in 2008 45 flights and Gold already. JFK, IAD, LGA, SIN, HKG, NRT, AKL, PPT, LAX still to book ! Home Airport LCY
User currently offlineStargoldLHR From Heard and McDonald Islands, joined Feb 2004, 1529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 3614 times:

LHR or LCY airports...

Who would have thought they would have built the runways so that hundreds of flights a day get a landing or a takeoff view of the city  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

and if you don't see the queens home (Buckingham Palace) on the way over the city, you get to see one of her other residencies off the other end of the runway (Windsor Castle)  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



So far in 2008 45 flights and Gold already. JFK, IAD, LGA, SIN, HKG, NRT, AKL, PPT, LAX still to book ! Home Airport LCY
25 Kennedy1 : While leaving Cancun on a Champion Air 727 last summer the pilot came on and told us that he was going to try to swing us around to so we could see th
26 Cx346 : Cathay Pacific sometimes points out the lights of Hong Kong on evening arrivals and departures, but I never checked if they actually alter the routing
27 Spacecadet : I really don't think this idea would fly with most US carriers these days (no pun intended). Fuel costs being what they are right now and all. As for
28 ZKSUJ : I was on a QF flight from SIN-SYD-AKL (it was either that or an SQ flight fron SIN-AKL). Anyway the captain mentioned Ayers Rock. I was unsure if we d
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