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The Scenic Tour... Niagara Falls  
User currently offlineCVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 5
Posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1519 times:

My dad was on board a Continental Express ERJ from Buffalo to Newark this afternoon and he said that after they had taken off from BUF the pilot apparently asked for permission to fly low around Niagara Falls. So they did sevaral circles at a relatively low altitude over The Falls before heading out to Newark.

I know that some commercial aircraft have been used for sight seeing flights over The Falls in the past, but I am quite surprised that a commercial and scheduled flight would recieve permission to 'go sightseeing' over Horseshoe Falls.

So, does this happen very often in the area? Are pilots of commercial jets constantly asking for permission to do fly over Niagara Falls? It seems like it would be a pretty interesting experience.

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User currently offlineWatewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1503 times:

I've flown a few BUF-EWR segments and that's never happened to me. I guess the pilot was in no hurry?  Big grin

User currently offlineERJPLT From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1493 times:

It is the Captain's discretion as to whether or not they will do the scenic tour. As long as there is enough time to make it to the destination on time or early, or have left early, but more importantly ATC is not busy, the captain may request it. Its by no means in the companies ops to do such a tour but it is fun for the passengers and the pilots. I have personally never had enough time to do this but am looking forward to doing it soon. The next best thing is the arrival into Toronto form EWR because you can request a low altitude to get a good shot of the falls. Hope this helps.

User currently offlineBacardi182 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1091 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1490 times:

On a flight from dfw-nrt the captain droped our MD-11 below the coulds so we could all take a look at some really cool mountains. If only i could rememeber the name of them, something like kataratas or something.

User currently offlineZrb2 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 903 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1465 times:

I have flown in an out of BUF for over 30 years and I've never seen or heard of a commercial airline going out of its way to circle the falls for a few minutes. It sounds like fun but I would assume this is very rare. It's not rare to fly past them on the way westbound for a quick glance if you are on the right side of the plane.

User currently offlineIAHERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 677 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1447 times:

Although I've never done that in the ERJ yet, when I flew the EMB-120 out of CLE, we would regularly do the BUF-CLE run and tour the falls. In the summer, when the weather was beautiful and we were in a good mood and ahead of schedule, we'd make a few turns around the falls for the passangers then head over Erie to Cleveland at 3,000 feet. We could go tower direct under Cleveland Center's busy airspace and talk with Erie approach then directly to Cleveland approach. It always put is in ahead of schedulea and provided a nice scenic flight for the passangers. Fuel burn was almost the same as cruising up at 18,000 and having to climb, fly the airway, hold etc. I can't wait to do it in the RJ on a perfect day.

Actually flown: EMB-120 EMB-145 B717 B737 B757 B767
User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1727 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (14 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1413 times:

In the summer of 2000, our Reeve Electra captain took us to look for whales on our departure from Sand Point. We banked left and right and did figure eights so that everyone could see. Then we went up to our assigned cruising altitude and flew on to Anchorage.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA

Fly Eastern's Golden Falcon DC-7B
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