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Landing At Night In The Middle Of A City (MEX Pic)  
User currently offlineSFOMEX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 12777 times:

Landing in one of those airports engulfed in the midst of a city is always exciting. Nonetheless, doing it at night in the biggest city in the world is mind-boggling. Literally, you are surrounded by a sea of lights and at one point you can’t see the end of it. Every time I have done it, it has been an amazing experience. This picture gives you an idea of what I am talking about. It’s Mexico City from an airplane getting ready to land.



Do you know similar airports in the world?

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User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 12752 times:

Quoting SFOMEX (Thread starter):
the biggest city in the world

Mexico city is not the biggest nor the most populated.

The biggest metropolitan area in terms of land extension is the Los Angeles area. Some other metro areas such as greater London, New York or Buenos Aires are also bigger, even though they have less inhabitants.

The most populated metro area in the world is Tokyo, with over 30 million people.

Mexico is indeed impressive, and the pic is great. I've been lucky to see it several times at night while approaching the airport.



¡¡VIVA ESPAÑA!!
User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4763 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 12697 times:

On my trip to Mexico back in 1994, I got to land at night too... amazing indeed.

Quoting SFOMEX (Thread starter):
Do you know similar airports in the world?

Although in a much smaller scale, landing in GUA at night is quite a sight...  hearts 



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User currently offlineMCMAHONSMR From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 12697 times:

I flew IAD-MEX back in September and got to witness precisely that type of approach to MEX. It was absolutely amazing!!!! Looking forward to doing it again in September.

User currently offlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3630 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 12676 times:

I would say landing in Berlin Tempelhof at 8 o clock in the winter (the airport has a curfew starting at 10.00 PM) might look very impressive, as well, because this airport is exactly in the middle of the city so the approach goes completely East-West above Berlin... But I am no pilot, so I cannot say how it looks from the front.

User currently offlineJeremy From United States of America, joined May 2001, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 12623 times:

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 4):
I would say landing in Berlin Tempelhof at 8 o clock in the winter (the airport has a curfew starting at 10.00 PM) might look very impressive, as well, because this airport is exactly in the middle of the city so the approach goes completely East-West above Berlin... But I am no pilot, so I cannot say how it looks from the front.

Nice pic!

Although I only flew into THF once, I loved it. It is like you stepped back in time. Are they still planning on closing it?



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User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 12594 times:

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 2):
landing in GUA at night is quite a sight...

I can confirm that.

Approach to Rwy 01 is amazing. Whether you are circling over lake Amatitlan or Villa Nueva to allign with the rwy, you will have breathtaking views of the "Valle de la Ermita" full of lights everywhere.

Btw, I have a pending trip to GUA. I have been trying to find the right moment to go since last summer, but there's always a reason that makes me delay the trip once and again. Now I have the intention of going next month...I'll cross my fingers, and in case I have to delay it again then I'll have to think about going after the summer.

[Edited 2006-02-12 00:11:40]


¡¡VIVA ESPAÑA!!
User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8142 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 12540 times:

LA has to be the biggest, in terms of it's area. I remember the first time I landed there, I couldn't believe how the city just went on and on and on.

Quoting Jeremy (Reply 5):
Are they still planning on closing it?

Templehof is staying open for the foreseeable future. All plans to close it down have been abandoned.



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User currently offlineBN747 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5618 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 12452 times:

Nice, I always love landing in MEX!

Quoting SFOMEX (Thread starter):
Do you know similar airports in the world?

But yes ... LAX!

It'll beat MEX by a mile if you catch an approach from the south or far east from San Bernardino in... the cockpit will announce 'we're on approach for landing' and you will see lights easily for about 20+ minutes and a spawling lighted metro area that really goes on forever (on a south view) those looking north will see downtown and over the Santa Monica Mtns and the San Gabriel and vast San Fernando Valley, appearing like a who new gigantic city on it's own. No matter where I come from, that approach into LAX always makes you feel like 'there's no place like it'.

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 1):
The biggest metropolitan area in terms of land extension is the Los Angeles area.

Uh huh..

Quoting Cedarjet (Reply 7):
LA has to be the biggest, in terms of it's area. I remember the first time I landed there, I couldn't believe how the city just went on and on and on.

That's what 1st time passengers mutter 'Hmmm, shouldn't we have landed by now... this city just keeps going..."

BN747



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User currently offlineSpacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3630 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 12427 times:

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 1):
The most populated metro area in the world is Tokyo, with over 30 million people.

Officially, it now has over 35 million people, compared with around 19 million people for Mexico City. The city of Tokyo itself has either 8 million or 14 million people, depending on what you count. Mexico City has 8.6 million in the city itself, making it comparable to New York City in both the population of the city and metro area.

Of course, when you get down to it, there's really not a whole lot of real difference between the most populated cities in the world. You get to a certain population density and you basically hit a wall and you just can't fit anymore people in a certain area. I don't think there's any real difference between New York, Tokyo and Mexico City, for example - Tokyo's metro area is just physically larger.

Anyway, they're all pretty impressive cities to fly into at night.



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User currently offlineJuventus From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2835 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 12386 times:

Very nice pic. SFOMEX, and good topic as well. I've done it. We broke out of the clouds at 800ft above the airport, AF 747 infront of us, DL 757 right behind. Lights every where, didn't know what was what. Most challenging arrival I've seen.

And like always, some people are going to start arguing about who the largest city is or the most populated, and get off the topic completely.


User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 12362 times:

Quoting Juventus (Reply 10):
And like always, some people are going to start arguing about who the largest city is or the most populated, and get off the topic completely.


Heeeyyy...easy there dude.

Nobody is getting off topic here. At least not me.


Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 1):
Mexico is indeed impressive, and the pic is great. I've been lucky to see it several times at night while approaching the airport.



Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 6):
Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 2):
landing in GUA at night is quite a sight...

I can confirm that.

Approach to Rwy 01 is amazing. Whether you are circling over lake Amatitlan or Villa Nueva to allign with the rwy, you will have breathtaking views of the "Valle de la Ermita" full of lights everywhere.


You see?... Lighten up pal.   Smile

[Edited 2006-02-12 00:59:36]


¡¡VIVA ESPAÑA!!
User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2735 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 12273 times:

Mexico City is indeed amazing.

Quoting BN747 (Reply 8):
But yes ... LAX!

It'll beat MEX by a mile if you catch an approach from the south or far east from San Bernardino in... the cockpit will announce 'we're on approach for landing' and you will see lights easily for about 20+ minutes and a spawling lighted metro area that really goes on forever (on a south view) those looking north will see downtown and over the Santa Monica Mtns and the San Gabriel and vast San Fernando Valley, appearing like a who new gigantic city on it's own. No matter where I come from, that approach into LAX always makes you feel like 'there's no place like it'.

It reminds me of all those Bugs Bunny cartoons - when Bugs for some reason ends up in the North Pole and all of a sudden there's a sign that says LOS ANGELES CITY LIMIT.

 Smile LatinPlane


User currently offlineEatmybologna From France, joined Apr 2005, 412 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 12203 times:

City population rank:
1. Bombay 12.778 million
2. Kurachi 12.207
3. Delhi 11.055
4. Shanghai 10.840
5. Moscow 10.375
6. Seoul 10.147
7. Sau Paulo 10.136
8. Istanbul 10.121
9. Lima 8.866
10. Ciudad de México (Mexico City) 8.546.


Urban Area Rank:
1. Tokyo 31.036 million
2. New York City 29.881
3. Mexico City 21.027
4. Seoul 19.884
5. Sau Paulo 18.505
6. Osaka 17.592
7. Jakarta 17.369
8. Delhi 16.731
9. Los Angeles 16.584
10. Cairo 15.546

e-m-b



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User currently offlineLGA777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1149 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 11977 times:

While I agree with a couple of other posters about LAX at night, I am surprised no one has mentioned LGA ? The views into JFK and EWR are good but because of the routings of some of LGA's approaches which can put you very close to Manhattan my (for the last 20 years) home airport of LGA get's my vote !

Another favorite is MIA in part because of the whole PBI-FLL-MIA Metro area, if you are coming in from the north and cruise by PBI and FLL inbound to MIA the lights also seem to go on and on !

This is a cool thread SFOMEX, something a little different, thanks for starting !

Cheers

LGA777


User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 11906 times:

I must say that i have flown into MEX at night, but def. it is quite and urban sprawl. I agree with LGA777 on two points, flying into MIA, is pretty impressive when coming from the north, but flying into LGA is simply amazing, esp as you fly alongside Manhattan, depending on the approach. The energy is pretty amazing. I think NY is way up there if not at the top in terms of impressive night approaches.


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User currently offlineOakjam From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 182 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 11183 times:

Awe what a beautiful sight it was to depart MEX for ACA in 2004 when I last flew in there. My flight from SFO to MEX was great, although a bit scary because we were in the middle of the city and could see monuments outside of my window that I have only seen on TV. I could see LatinAmerican tower, Torre Mexico, Sports Palace. I was in awe. On our departure we had 1hr layover in MEX and that's when night hit and we saw the beauty that is this city. I've had nightime departures to other cities like LAX, JFK, SAN but MEX departure was very pretty, all the lights were amazing. The LAX approach is kind of boring cause LA is so spread out that you can't see much. The only approach that is cool from the LA area is SNA where you can see Angel Stadium, Anaheim Pond and Disneyland. Here at home @ OAK I have left many times at night and despite the fact that I can see The Bay Bridge and SF Skyline every time, that time we left at night at MEX was prettier. Hopefully I will fly back there soon.

User currently offlineLemmy From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 10983 times:

This guy's pictures are amazing




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User currently offlineKeego From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 190 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 10244 times:

Amazing pic but not the best approach in my opinion. many years ago, 1992 to be exact I had the pleasure of flying into Kai Tak on the upper deck of a BA744 and it was quite simply amazing. you could almost see in the apartment windows of the buildings as you flew by them, and we dont need to say anything about the turn at the checkerboard, its an experience to say the least, quite stunning. But take nothing away from the picture of MEX its an amazing sight too. Id like to fly into that someday!!!

User currently offlineSRT75 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 9926 times:

Great picture!

Question: Is the field in that picture? If so, I can't pick it out.

With respect to LAX, I often fly in from the north. The downwind leg takes you from Santa Monica to downtown, and then a short base parallel to the 110 before turning onto final.

I always look for the field on base and I know where the airport SHOULD be, but I never see blaring runway lights that can be seen from downtown. Considering a lot of LAX approaches are visual, this suprises me. Any comments from actual pilots?


User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4655 posts, RR: 19
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 9738 times:

Fling into MEX certainly is an amazing experience at night, finding the airport at night visually though is a lot easier than in the daytime with the smog.


We always flew an instrument approach but
It always helped that nearly every ground vehicle at MEX had a flashing light on it in locating the airport!

If you are talking built up areas though Sao Paulo must be close to the biggest,
another amazing city to fly over.



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User currently offlineCityAirline From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 705 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 9664 times:

Just wanted to show this correct list of argest metro areas, so dont get mad on me...

1. Tokyo, Japan - 34,100,000
2. Mexico City, Mexico - 22,650,000
3. Seoul, South Korea - 22,250,000
4. New York, United States - 21,850,000
5. Sao Paulo, Brazil - 20,200,000
6. Mumbai, India - 19,700,000
7. Dehli, India - 19,500,000
8. Los Angeles, United States - 17,950,000
9. Shanghai, China - 17,900,000
10. Jakarta, Indonesia - 17,150,000
11. Osaka, Japan - 16,800,000
12. Kolkata, India - 15,550,000
13. Cairo, Egypt - 15,450,000
14. Manila, Philippines - 14,850,000
15. Karachi, Pakistan - 14,100,000
16. Moscow, Russia - 13,750,000
17. Buenos Aires, Argentina - 13,400,000
18. Dhaka, Bangladesh - 13,100,000
19. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 12,100,000
20. Beijing, China - 11,950,000

Bye  Smile



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User currently offlineCure From Italy, joined Sep 2005, 227 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 9050 times:

Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 1):
Mexico city is not the biggest nor the most populated.

It is perceived as the biggest city in the world however...and I think is just comparable with Tokyo, PLUS: it's got absolutely NOthing around it, which makes of it the most impressive I've ever seen (BA sept'99, AF '02, MX '02, TA '02).
...And: lights are really alot, dense, and the approach is circling right above downtown, very low (which is not the case of LAX), cos MEX is not so far away from downtown...

Quoting Eatmybologna (Reply 13):
2. New York City 29.881

Sorry to argue...never seen such a number. Stretching, stretching I knew it could come til 18-19.
I've been on the twin towers (  praise  ) at dark and the sight is not even comparable to what you get on top of the Torre Latinoamericana: bigger.

MUCH BETTER !!

Regds,

V


User currently offlineAdriaticus From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1137 posts, RR: 19
Reply 23, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 8921 times:

Landing in Berlin-Tempelhof (THF) on board a Crossair Saab-2000 has been a most exciting experience for me; apartment buildings literally surround a portion of the runway, and you can literally look into the apartments before touching down. Apart from that, its Hitlerian-times architecture is a very rare sight - not a whole lot of that style remains around. The terminal is still grandiose in its own way.

Landing in MEX almost always generates a reaction you don't get to see very often almost anywhere: literally, 8 out of 10 pax (even from middle or aisle seats) are always trying to look out the window; it's funny to see people stretching their neck out and taking funny positions to catch a glimpse out. This happens no matter what carrier you fly, coming from where, or what class of service...

__ad.

[Edited 2006-02-12 20:01:39]


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User currently offlineGhost77 From Mexico, joined Mar 2000, 5224 posts, RR: 51
Reply 24, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 8731 times:

Quoting Adriaticus (Reply 23):
Landing in MEX almost always generates a reaction you don't get to see very often almost anywhere: literally, 8 out of 10 pax (even from middle or aisle seats) are always trying to look out the window; it's funny to see people stretching their neck out and taking funny positions to catch a glimpse out. This happens no matter what carrier you fly, coming from where, or what class of service...

Yes! I remember once in LH498 - B744 arriving to MEX and had a VERY funny experience... I was unfortunately at the middle of the 747 next to an aisle and it WAS a WONDERFUL CLEAR AFTERNOON... I remember all Germans and still some mexicans stretching their necks and going left-right trying to spot a little view of windows... everyone in the 747 was like all surprised... and no one speak except for comments in reference to the city!!!

For a moment I was very proud of that, but I no longer like living in this city... I hate traffic, the rest is OK.

ghost77 APM



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25 Post contains links and images Santosdumont : Congonhas (CGH) in Sao Paulo is in a densely populated urban area; there's no "heavy" acft traffic b/c it's primarily a domestic airport so you get A-
26 Post contains links Airbus3801 : Check this link for a detailed answer. The largest city by land area is Mount Isa in Australia. http://ask.yahoo.com/20000619.html
27 Toddy333 : London should also be this list, "In 2004, the Greater London Authority defined a metropolitan region centred on London with a population of 18 milli
28 DC10rules : I have flown VFR into MDW a few times. IMO, a very difficult airfield to locate with all the lights surrounding the airport. Fly safe!
29 Petmbro : This is my number one favorite. I fly down to PBI and FLL all the time and every time it looks more beautiful than the last. My favorite is the blue
30 Post contains links Vegasplanes : LAS is always fun to fly into or out of at night. http://www.airliners.net/open.file?i...hoto_nr=1&prev_id=&next_id=0927164 Check that shot out.
31 Post contains links and images BMIFlyer : I can imagine the view as you approach MDW at night is quite breathtaking. View Large View MediumPhoto © Michael Flahault Lee
32 Vegasplanes : Yes, South FLA has a great skyline, I have not flown in or out at night too many times, but driving South on I-95 from FLL going towards MIA, hit the
33 IBERIA747 : Dude, many thanks for the link. However, we're not talking about a single city's land area but the entire land extension of a metropolitan area which
34 IBERIA747 : I know, I have been there several times too. Yes I've heard that one also. But the truth is that it's not. In terms of physical extension...maybe. To
35 Petmbro : Its a great drive, especially around 6pm on a Friday night. Call me crazy but that is my favorite place to sit in traffic since you get such great vi
36 DesertAir : I landed in Mexico City at night on a flight from Zihuatanejo. It was great. Total black and then the great lights of the city.
37 Post contains links and images Fly727 : MEX's approach is absolutely amazing! View Large View MediumPhoto © Tommy Mogren - Viking Slides RM
38 Post contains links Chase : The original post is incorrect in its statement that "It’s Mexico City from an airplane getting ready to land". The actual caption by the photograph
39 Cuprita : Amazing photo......The Mexico international is increible in the night
40 Anthsaun : If you are flying into MEX at night, coming from the south or the west, which is not the usual approach, you get to jump over the mountains. Some of t
41 Cuprita : The FEB 28 I arrived to Mexico city at 21:00....the spotting in the plane will be great.....
42 Post contains images Eatmybologna : Are you sure about those numbers CityAirline? I counted twice
43 Hagic : This is definitely my bet. If you take a northbound flight into LGA, get a left hand side window. The view of Manhattan right below you especially in
44 Tjc2 : I Lived in Hong Kong for 10 years, 1991 to 2001, so i had 7 years of Kai Tak, i was quite young at the time but I still loved it, skimming of the roo
45 Post contains images Klingon : How about GLA? When I fly from Glasgow I can see if my wifes home when we take off, the aircraft skims over my home!-complete with very visible wife w
46 Post contains links and images CityAirline : Hmm, I have compared this list to alot of other lists, and it seems like its quite right and its aproximately the same numbers as given at www.empori
47 Midway737 :
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