VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4502 posts, RR: 50 Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 918 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!
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KaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1585 posts, RR: 7 Reply 7, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 894 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!
Cozmo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 852 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 ), 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! Interesting?
Zbeeblebrox74 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 836 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!!!
9V-SPF From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1375 posts, RR: 4 Reply 11, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 831 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.
Flpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2119 posts, RR: 33 Reply 12, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 819 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...
Djb77 From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 214 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 796 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...
KaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1585 posts, RR: 7 Reply 17, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 730 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?
Cap'n Dan From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 231 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 708 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!
KLM747 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2001, 669 posts, RR: 16 Reply 22, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 673 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.