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User currently offlineSkihigh2002 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 315 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1795 times:

Ok! This afternoon I will be flying from MEM to LGA on a NWA A320. I'm just wondering if there is any set traffic pattern coming into LGA so I will know on which side of the plane to sit to get the best view of the Manhattan skyline on my way in.

And now today's useless piece of information :

KLM now services MEM with the 767, no longer with the MD-11.



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User currently offlineContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1746 times:

It really depends on the wind direction. Generally, the flight path (pre-9/11) was right above Manhattan, sometimes along Broadway and a sharp turn to the right over Harlem, over Co-Op City, and into LGA. Now, I am noticing more planes flying over the Hudson River, as opposed to directly over the City. The other approach I am familiar with takes you over Brooklyn and along the East River, which is another great view of the skyline if you're on the left side of the plane. I flew to Richmond in January from LGA and we flew along the Hudson right over Ground Zero which was really wierd and disturbing.

The third flight path takes you over Queens and out over Long Island Sound and a turn back to LGA over Co-Op City.

If it's any consolation, KLM flies into Newark with a 767-300 as well.


User currently offlineJrlander From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1717 times:

LGA flight paths still normally go over Manhattan... I live on 9th Avenue in Chelsea and the planes go right over our block. For the best view, get a window seat on the right side of the plane (if you are facing forward to the cockpit.

User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 17593 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1703 times:

I was shopping last Sunday along Broadway in NOHO, and planes still flew right above (and at a low altitude).

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User currently offlinePW100 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2002, 3103 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1690 times:

Another two pieces if useless information...

Starting 31 Mar the daily KLM service will be back to MD11!

Starting 08 Apr the daily KLM service will be operated by a NW D10.


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User currently offlineMjzair From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1673 times:

The approaches are varied...
The last time I flew into LGA was unreal... landing on 4, the approach flew just to the east of Staten Island over Brooklyn with the Manhatten Skyline to the left, and JFK to the right.. It was the last time I saw the WTC standing....
As for wether planes still fly over Manhattan, they do. I was on the top of the Empire State Building last Saturday... I saw many aircraft flying no more than 2-5000 feet overhead going into LGA. It was a very eerie feeling to be on a skyscraper in NYC and seeing the planes so close.
Other approaches into LGA take you over Westchester Co, and also along the Long Island Sound... I would say that your best bet is to sit on the left side of the plane, and hope for an approach to runway 4 for a great view of NYC!
Have a good trip.

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