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Most Difficult US Approach?  
User currently offlineMiller22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 717 posts, RR: 4
Posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1717 times:

What do you consider the most difficult approach in the U.S.?

My vote goes to DCA river visual 19, circle to land 22.

And this picture is only for the straight in 19! Imagine circling to 22.


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User currently offlineNeilalp From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1034 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1675 times:

I would say either Vail Eagle, or Steamboat Yampa Valley Haden Airport. I've flown to both and praise the pilots who fly that route. Also the TWA pilot last year who landed the wrong airport in that area because the approach is so difficult with no tower, hard approach.

My opinion.


User currently offlineAirOne From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 607 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1669 times:

Seems like Laguardia is hard. Coming low over terrian and there is a lot of traffic.

AIrone


User currently offlineDarrell From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1657 times:

Juneau, Alaska...Surrounded by mountains on four sides. Covered in mist and clouds most days. In 1972, An Alaska Airlines 727 flew straight into a mountain while on approach killing all onboard.


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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1652 times:

That Alaska 727 ended up in the mountain because the FAA had a beacon that somehow move 20 degrees off it's intended heading. It took years of lawsuits for them to admit that.

Add to that list- Valdez Alaska, Dutch Harbor Alaska, and Adak Alaska.



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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1649 times:

Neilalp,

Vail/Eagle, Steamboat Springs Yampa Valley Hayden Airport are very difficult approaches, however they are not nearly as difficult as Aspen's approach.

I'm sure you all heard the deadly Gulfstream crash in Aspen while it was decending to land.

When you decend, you are unbelievably close to the ground, and to the right of you are the mountains which are also very close, if you don't keep a steady decent, it can be fatal. Also, the wind shears in Aspen can flip a plane over, there is a lot of turbulence while landing in Aspen and is only for experienced pilots.

They recently recieved permission from the FAA to install an advanced landing system aid, and additional lights to improve safety.

Regards.



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User currently offlineCeilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1640 times:

Carnarsie approach into JFK is also rather interesting, especially with any crosswind component...

User currently offlineJcxp15 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 997 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1609 times:

RWY 13L at JFK (dunno if that is canarsie) looks like it could be very difficult. Also, RWY 31 Expressway visual at LGA looks a little tricky, especially with the low alts.

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