Frequentflier From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 422 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3679 times:
Flying into New York, I love to see the skyline of the city. Of course, it was more complete before 9/11/01, but it is still a magnificent welcome home from anywhere on the globe. Also, being a Mets fan, I enjoy the takeoff view of Shea Stadium from LGA quite a bit. It's just so comforting to see the hustle and bustle of the New York area highways, the ones which i'm oh so familiar with, even if I will spend an hour or more stuck in traffic on them on the way home!
Tbonecapalbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3663 times:
When flying into the Tampa Area (TPA), I love to see all the bridges that span the Tampa Bay. I also like to look at the airports in the area like St. Pete / Clearwater (PIE) and Clearwater Executive (CLW). I also like to view the various skylines of the downtowns in the area. Depending on where I am, I try and find my house.
Mia777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 1165 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3637 times:
Coming into my hometown (obviously MIA) I like to see all the beaches (Miami Beach), the Port of Miami, FLL (on the right for some descents), and also the Miami skyline plus the always pretty Everglades..
TommyBoy From United States of America, joined May 2000, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3628 times:
When descending into my home airport (Orange Country John Wayne..SNA) as we come down the coast from Northern Calif, we've made the left turn inland over Catalina Island, and are now turning right to final, I know I'm home when I can look down and see Mr J's Topless Nightclub...
Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3619 times:
When coming into LHR from the East over central London,
- The millenium Dome
- London City Airport and the Docklands - with Canary Wharf tower.
- Tower Bridge.
- Houses of Parliment and Big Ben.
- London Eye.
- Buckingham Palace.
- Various Football stadiums.
- The BA hangers and parked Concordes.
When coming in from the west,
- Windsor Castle
- All the reservoirs just next to LHR.
When Flying into LBA,
- The rolling hills of Yorkshire.
- Various streets and places that are familiar to me in the Leeds area.
- My house/sisters house/mates houses.
- My old local pub.
- The golf course at one end of the runway, the cemetry at the other.
Also I know it's not my home town, but I love seeing all the little windmills when flying into PMI from the north.
"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
CVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3618 times:
I enjoy looking at the Cruise Ships berthed at the docks in Key West. That and the tropically landscaped resorts in that area combined with the turquoise ocean water is really beautiful. On normal days aircraft approaching EYW fly right over that area.
Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3608 times:
I always look forward to the approach into ORD when coming back home!!!
I also usually hope for a Westernly landing to either 27L or 27R where, most of the time, the 27 approaches initially takes us East toward clear blue (most of the time )Lake Michigan and then a 180 to head west and onto finals. At this point downtown is to our left where the Sears Tower and the Hancock building are in clear sight. And if I'm sitting on the right side of the plane, I'm usually able to spot my apartment, my school, and my parent's house along the approach path as we descend down.
The approach to 22R is similar to the above except most of the time the turn to finals happens closer to the airport (away from Lake Michigan) and downtown is just a little farther in the horizon.
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!
Alvaro From Mexico, joined Feb 2001, 239 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3601 times:
In MEX, I love how you can see these things while flying over Mexico City:
-Chapultepec Park and its numerous lakes
-WTC Mexico City
-Paseo de la Reforma (with all the monuments that you can actually spot from the air)
-The skyscraper financial district
-And of course, the Mexicana Tower Building
En Mexicana cumplimos 85 años de hacerte sentir el placer de volar sin limites
HlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3604 times:
Flying into DTW, I always try to find my house if arriving on the 21s or 22.
Coming in before making the circle and heading south I look for Willow Run Airport YIP. I follow along I-275 and pretty much know all of the cross streets by air. I look for the Ford Wayne Plant, then Newburgh Lake in Livonia and the Livonia Ford Transmission plant. I look for my old highschool. I look for University of Michigan Dearborn before landing.
Gigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 84
Reply 14, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3579 times:
I like the River Visual approach to DCA, I lived there for a long time (now "home" in Denver on a 6 mo contract). They stopped doing it after 9-11, they might again tho.
You get to see the CIA headquarters, the fabulous houses in McLean and Bethesda, and then "poof" suddenly the city and the Memorials - you pass right by the Washington and Lincoln memorials very closely - and so on.
Jsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2036 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3532 times:
What a great topic!!!
When I'm going home to Dallas/Fort Worth (where I grew up), most of the approaches come in over bland suburban sprawl. If we're landing from the north... the turn onto final usually comes over the brown waters of Lake Lewisville, and the wheels come down over Lake Grapevine and the Grapevine Mills mall. If we're coming in from the south, there's usually a good view of downtown Dallas or Fort Worth on the downwind leg, followed by Six Flags Over Texas on final approach.
In my adopted hometown of Chicago, I have to agree with Trickijedi... the 27 Right/Left approach at O'Hare is beautiful on a sunny day. The blue of the lake, then the highrises of downtown, then down low over hundreds of boxy Chicago-style bungalows. Midway is even better... there's no better way to arrive in Chicago than to plop down on the aircraft carrier that is MDW!
Andreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 19, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3504 times:
FRA...coming in from the East:
Make sure you sit on the right side of the aircraft, then you'll see:
The skyline of Frankfurt (well maybe not that impressive on an international scale, but the best we have in Germany nonetheless), then you'll have Frankfurt Stadtwald beneath, take a look onto Waldstadion and the Horse Racetrack, then you cross Autobahn A5 and from then on, you're above airport grounds, have a nice look at T2, big birds especially in the morning and in the late afternoon/evening, after touchdown you'll see T1 (basically LH homeground), lots of big birds in blue-yellow and other Star Alliance colours, then the large LH Technik building, then part of Cargo City and in the end, just when the aircraft is about to turn around to get to its parking position, take a look at the aircraft parked out there, CX, QF, TG all park their equipment out there during the morning..with some luck you'll have Wunala dreaming there...
From the West:
You'll cross over River Rhine, have on the right side Opel City in Russelsheim, some smaller lakes with lots of nude girls in the summer if you can make that out from the aircraft (Kelsterbach Baggersee), then you'll see the infamous Startbahn (Runway) West, maybe some other aircraft about to take off.
Mark_D. From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 1447 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3500 times:
Climbout I asked this question about a year ago, but now that we have so many new comers here, I thought I'd pose this question again.
Hi Climbout, good idea too
I've got a cousin in L.A. who's returning from Italy in a month or so after visiting with his spouse's side of the family, it'd be interesting to see what he likes seeing as familair reminders on the way in, to LAX.
Meantime for YUL (Montréal), with an 24 approach, I find it`s great to be on the left side of the plane, and see the city, Mont-Royal (Mount Royal, or just "The Mountain"), the Stade Olympique (Olympic Stadium), and of course the water around Montreal Island. Plus if it's nice out the mountains in the distance, Laurentian to the North or Monteregian hills to the East. And of course the water around the Island.
But water is best on the 06 approaches since the runway's only a mile and a half or so inland and plus the St. Lawrence river at that point is several miles wide (called Lake St. Louis, actually, since its so wide around there). Not as much of a city view but the mountains still there to the North and East of course, if the weather's clear. I like going in over the water
Slawko Greatest ckyline on Earth
Nikako, No way José!
Though it`d definitely be cool going in to YTZ. And then moseying over to downtown so close by.
ConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3438 times:
If coming into MSY from the west, you can see the "beaches" of lake Ponchartrain outline the city. If coming in from the south, you can see the huge southern cresent of the Mississippi wrap completely around the inner city, which is why the Big Easy is also called the "Cresent City"