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Best Approach!  
User currently offlineFirstclasser From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 116 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1517 times:

What is the best approach in terms of "funness" in the US and world? Pilots, your pick? Passengers? I personally liked LGA, coming in over the west side, then making large turns!

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User currently offlineAirbus380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1391 times:

MSY on the swamp approach and old Kai Tak.

User currently offlinePATM04 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1339 times:

San Diego. Coming over the Mountains and then almost dropping straight to the runway! Smile

User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1319 times:

LAS especially in a 12 knot crosswind!

I like LGA's also - coming from the west, turning south and onto Runway 13!

SFO's approaches are cool too!



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 offlineNW-ELITE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1307 times:

EWR runway 29. flying parallel of the NYC skyline and then making a sharp turn to the left.

User currently offlineSSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1285 times:

MDW: scraping rooftops and nearly missing the blast fence on the other side


SFO: landing in what appears to be water  Wow!


got no more right now


User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4575 posts, RR: 41
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1273 times:

Milford Sound in New Zealand's South Island.

Ok, so you wont get in there in anything bigger than a Twin Otter, but this has to be on of the greatest approaches. You fly in through Milford Sound, arguably the most beautiful fijord in New Zealand. You have great scenery on either side of you,a nd water under you, and it coninues right until you reach the airstrip. I am sure there are others like it, but this is the one I have experienced, from the flight deck of an Islander (as a passenger, tho). If you are ever in Queenstown, NZ, take the Milford Sound scenic flight. You wont regret it!

V/F



"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth." - Bahá'u'lláh
User currently offlineKaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1249 times:

Queenstown was one of the best approaches I got to view from the flight deck from a Air New Zealand Boeing 737. the Milford sound approach was rather breath taking! by far the best scenary I have ever encountered! However it didnt send shivers up my spine like Kai Tak airport in Hong Kong would do! Kai Tak was by far the most exciting to have a front row view of! With that approach its hard to say what was better... being in the plane while executing the IGS approach, or on the ground watching the approach occur!

Cheers!
Brian


User currently offlineCozmo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1207 times:

Best approach? Tivat airport in Montenegro, Yugoslavia. It's a localizer offset approach but only in visual conditions (minimum is at 2400 ft!!!!). Approach starts over the adriatic sea coastline (beautiful sight), but as you descend towards the final app fix you enter in VERY tight area between two huge hills in Boka kotorska bay, so... Imagine DC-10 coming between two hills (you can't make any go-around between the hills, maybe with the paraglider Smile ), the localizer course is leading you straight to the hill on the other side of airport, but on one mile short final (when you jump over the top of small hill just before the runway) you have turn left, align with the runway and land!!! Pilots have only few seconds to align aircraft on centerline. If you overshoot in turn you may crash onto the airport, surrounding hills or in to the sea on the other side of the runway. When you enter between hills - there is no escape - land or crash! Smile Interesting?

User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1194 times:

1. Kai Tak!!!
2. St. Marteens
3. SFO
4. SLC



Pershoyu Spravoyu Litaki!
User currently offlineZbeeblebrox74 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1191 times:

Leh, in Ladakh, India!!!!!

Usually flown in a 737 or A320. Downwind leg is inbetween two peaks, base leg approaches into a mountain face, Final approach and landing happen at very high speed due to the airport being high up on the Tibetan plateau!! Runway slopes up at an angle to help stop the a/c.

I've flown the Delhi-Leh flight twice. You hop across the Himalayas with spectacular views of peaks like Nanga Parbat, and K2 off in the distance. It's the best!!!

zb74


User currently offline9V-SPF From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1375 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1186 times:

I agree that approaching SFO is absolutely fantastic. I have taken some wonderful photos there. Departures can be very nice as well.
Unfortunately I never landed in Kai Tak.
St. Maarten must be great, too.

Regards, Daniel


User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 29
Reply 12, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1174 times:

Are there any CO or AA pilots who fly to Latin America in the forum? (I know there is one photographer who posts photos every now and then.)

The approach from both directions into Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGU) is also a very exciting one due to extremely mountainous terrain. The airport is pretty much in a valley. Last minute turns on short finals create an eerie silence in the cabin. It's amazing a loaded AA 757 can land there or a faster A320. Planes approaches are so low that there have been a few accidents...with people standing underneath them...



Bonjour Chef!
User currently offlineBURules From United States of America, joined May 2000, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1159 times:

LGA, Runway 4, making the big U-turn from the north. Hands down the best.

A little sadder now, though.


User currently offlineDjb77 From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1151 times:

Not a common destination, granted, but the approach to Bergen, Norway, is breathtaking, as was the climb-out of Oslo Fornebu. Not to forget the approach and climb-out from Sumburgh Airport, in Shetland. Not for the faint-hearted...

User currently offlineMas010 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1141 times:

AEP Downtown BUE airport
SDU Downtown RIO airport
LGA
CGH Downtown SAO airpot
SFO
SXM


User currently offlineAirbus380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1132 times:

I forgot about DCA coming over the water, that is great.

User currently offlineKaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1085 times:

now just curious how many of you actually went to kai tak? are you speaking of personal experience or just from photos and so on that prove it was the greatest approach? if you did go, share your experience... always great to hear kai tak stories. that one approach that cozmo is speaking of sounds awesome! Is a DC-10 the largest plane that flys in to that airport?

Cheers!
Brian


User currently offlineFirstclasser From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1061 times:

also, jfk at 13L where it seems that u are landing on the belt parkway, till you make a quick right. From your posts, i assume that most city airports are more intresting. Pilots, your picks?

User currently offlineCap'n Dan From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1063 times:

Airbus380 - I agree that the MSY swamp approach is really neat...kind of akin to the SFO water approach. You feel like you're gonna land in a swamp! Along the same lines as that is the approach into Hamilton Island, Queensland. I was there in '98. I flew in on an Ansett 146, and you really do feel like you're gonna hit the water. Possibly even more harrowing was flying out on an Ansett 767-200 - I think we used every last inch of runway!

User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19245 posts, RR: 52
Reply 20, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1061 times:

I quite liked the approach into SVO. As far as the eye could see, there was lush forest. We (an Aeroflot A310) turned sharply and reasonably low over a huge pond - it was very memorable.


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1044 times:

Pe@rson sure is great! Also the Flight school right next to SVO with all the old aeroflot Aircraft on RWY7!!! And at nighttime you can look out and clearly see Red Square, Wow I sure miss it!


Pershoyu Spravoyu Litaki!
User currently offlineKLM747 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2001, 669 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1028 times:

I must say that the old Kai Tak approach was spectacular! The way it makes those turns and flies really low over the city. St. Maarten approach is extraordinary too. I love the way the planes fly really low over the beach. Big grin

Regards,
KLM747


User currently offlineAeromexico757 From Mexico, joined Aug 2000, 292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1025 times:

I love the mexico city (MEX) approach to runways 05R or 05L.
It´s amazing to fly over one of the most big cities in the world.
AeroMexico757


User currently offlineCV640 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 952 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 996 times:

I love the view of downtown D.C. on the River Visual to National. Don't know if that will ever be allowed again with all the new security, but always a great view of the Capital and monuments.

25 Bobsmuggle : From photos that i have seen i would have to say that the most visually spectacular approach would be Princess Julianna at St Marteen. But the one tha
26 Post contains links D L X : CV640, it actually looks like the new southbound approach to DCA will be just as interesting if not moreso than the river visual: http://a188.g.akamai
27 Jabpilot : My picks...(As a pilot) Las Vegas, Rwy. 19L visual approach(As a passenger) Calgary, coming in from the West over the RockiesJeff
28 HLF-MD11 : One of the most difficult and spectacular approaches was and still is ( despite the fact the runway was extended now ) into FNC - Funchal-Madeira Isla
29 Post contains links and images Aloha 737-200 : San Diego and... H N L Try this on... Click for large versionPhoto © Alex R. Lloyd Click for large versionPhoto © Gary M. Hymes Click for la
30 Vunz : SFO, approach from the north turning over the city and via the bay towards runway 28 R. AMS, approach over the city towards runway 27. (did so last mo
31 Qantas744 : The approach to LHR from the east is pretty good,flying over central London at around 3000 ft.The only really good approach I can recall at the moment
32 SSTjumbo : also add Aspen/Pitken Co./Sardy Field.
33 GKirk : Edinburgh.
34 Post contains images RA-85154 : We were approaching Sofia - Vrazhdebna airport in Bulgaria. As Sofia is covered in smog most of the time, we had to circle above Bulgaria for an hour
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