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Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Mon Dec 02, 2002 9:35 am

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.

While descending into my hometown of LAX, I love to look out and see:

The forum
Crenshaw Christian Center Faith dome
The four level freeways at downtown LA
The mountains
Palm trees
Swimming pools in backyards

These things tell me that am finally home. What are your favorite things to see while landing in your city?
 
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Mon Dec 02, 2002 9:47 am

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!
 
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Mon Dec 02, 2002 10:15 am

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.
 
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Mon Dec 02, 2002 10:35 am

Flying into Brisbane, AUS from the south.

-tracking up the Australian coastline to see the lights of the Gold Coast highrises twinkling down below;

-the Gold Coast Highway stretching out north to south;

-the gradual left turn over darkness, then sporadic lights, followed by more and more lights;

-the Brisbane River snaking its way through the city;

-the Story Bridge lit up next to the central business district, the lights of the office buildings in a small concentrated area indicating the centre of the city;

-flying over the Gateway Bridge on approach and then touchdown;

-being greeted at the door by that warm humid Brisbane night air.

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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Mon Dec 02, 2002 10:43 am

When arriving into NYC I know I'm home when I see all the bridges that link NYC...Also, when I see The Empire State Bldg (LGA) or the beaches (JFK)..
 
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Mon Dec 02, 2002 10:50 am

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..

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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your

Mon Dec 02, 2002 11:23 am

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...
 
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Mon Dec 02, 2002 11:35 am

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.
- Wimbeldon.
- 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.

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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Mon Dec 02, 2002 11:35 am

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.

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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Mon Dec 02, 2002 11:38 am

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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your

Mon Dec 02, 2002 11:38 am

The things that tell me that I'm home (Sacramento) would be flying in over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, beautiful Lake Tahoe, and Reno, followed by nothing but rice patties and cows upon arrival.

Flying into San Diego, my new (semi) home, I always love making that final turn before landing over the parking garage, as well as seeing the blue dome at my school!

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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Mon Dec 02, 2002 11:55 am

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  Smile)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.
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Mon Dec 02, 2002 12:16 pm

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

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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Mon Dec 02, 2002 12:17 pm

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.
 
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your

Mon Dec 02, 2002 12:57 pm

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.

Its the best landing I think.

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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Mon Dec 02, 2002 1:35 pm

Depending on the runway and the season There are several things you can see in the winter with no leaves on the trees there are several waterfalls you can fly over.

or flying in over the downtown core.
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Mon Dec 02, 2002 1:37 pm

If you land on 25R you could see Kai Tak and the city. If landing on 07L you may see a Dolphin if your lucky !!
 
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Mon Dec 02, 2002 5:37 pm

Home for me is DUB, so when flying in from Continental Europe its mostly water....but as we approach you get to see the lighthouse light which tells me Im home.

After that i look for the soccer pitches and motorway i know il be driving on when i get out of the airport.

But because i now live in AMS, the things I look for are...the biggest road juntion in Holland (A12, A12 and A4) and then Valekenburg Airport or the Amsterdam Arena.

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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Mon Dec 02, 2002 5:43 pm

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!
 
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Mon Dec 02, 2002 7:57 pm

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 Big grin Big grin Big grin 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.
..yes..that's it!

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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Mon Dec 02, 2002 8:33 pm

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  Smile

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  Smile


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Though it`d definitely be cool going in to YTZ. And then moseying over to downtown so close by.
 
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Tue Dec 03, 2002 12:13 am

In Provo UT there is not much to see. But I like looking at Utah Lake, the area around my house, and Westmountain while flying here.
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Tue Dec 03, 2002 12:35 am

The view while landing in Vienna isn´t really that exciting.

RWY 34: All you see is crops and then suddenly the rwy appears.

RWY 16: During the approach you can see Vienna in the distance on the right side and then at about 100 ft you pass over a highway.

RWY 29: If the weather is good you can see the Neusiedlersee and then again you only see crops.

RWY 11: On the left side you can see Vienna again and then when you are on about 1-2 miles out you will see a huge oil refinery (OMV) on the left side.
 
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Tue Dec 03, 2002 1:23 am

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"  Big grin
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Tue Dec 03, 2002 2:43 am

My house.
The traffic jam I am about to get into.
An airport to land on and not water or a moutain to crash into.
 
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Tue Dec 03, 2002 2:57 am

Here in MEX? the very same as Alvaro wrote before!!!!!!

-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

(and also the building I´m living in!!!!!!!)

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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Tue Dec 03, 2002 3:47 am

Landing in Fresno at FAT mainly involves flying over farmland (orchards, vineyards, and other crops).

The real treat is on flights to and from SLC and DEN. A typical eastbound departure out of FAT takes you over Yosemite Valley. The waterfalls, Half Dome and other sights are easily seen.

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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Tue Dec 03, 2002 4:05 am

About the final approach into Vienna. Flying in from north-west into Rwy 16/34 and sitting on the right side means on a clear day - or night - a phantastic view all over the city. Passing the Vienna Woods with the vine yards, crossing the River Danube, flying around the Danube City, Danube Tower, United Nations, Millennium Tower, always with St. Stephans and down town in the "center of the curve around the city". That creates this cosy "well, I´m home again feeling" to me - and i love it!

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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Tue Dec 03, 2002 4:48 am

When flying into ALB I always know I'm home when I fly over the high school I graduated from, or if landing from the southwest, passing over Crossgates Mall says welcome home  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Tue Dec 03, 2002 5:32 am

Not really much to see when flying into ATL. You see the sprawl of numerous subvisions and shopping centers, numerous warehouse, and this is the same no matter what direction you're flying from. If you're lucky, you'll fly over downtown Atlanta, which is kinda neat at night. If you're coming in from the east, you pass near Stone Mountain, and see Panola Mountain, Arabia Mountain, and Lavender Mountain off in the distance from Stone Mountain. Coming in from the west, nothing really spectacular.
 
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Tue Dec 03, 2002 5:42 am

On the approach to Liverpool from the North and West, you fly over Anfield (Liverpool Football Club) and my house (you can see it from the left side of the plane). Just before landing there is some kind of reservoir which is quite nice aswell.



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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Tue Dec 03, 2002 6:12 am

Favorite things to see while flying into my city (MSY):.....hmm.....the arrival gate!

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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Tue Dec 03, 2002 6:18 am

Into KCLE:

If we fly the Lake Erie shore approach from the east, or there's high arrival volume, then you fly over downtown Cleveland. At night it's a beautiful overhead view of Terminal Tower, Key Tower, and the BP Building (our three skyscrapers.) Even more fun if you can look down at Jacobs Field and see a baseball game in progress (we fly almost directly over Browns Stadium.) This is only true if the landing pattern is 24L.


Into KHPN:

Tappan Zee Bridge and Manhattan Island
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Tue Dec 03, 2002 6:27 am

Into CLE

After flying over Lake Erie we fly right over downtown and get to see all the sights (redngold already mentioned them)

Last year I flew in right over Lakewood Park in the city where I live (Lakewood,Oh). I got pictures of everything. I also got to see the general dirrection of my house. It was really exciting seeing my hometown from the air!! It was unusual to "coast in" that far to the west. It's normally over downtown.

Anyways flying into CLE is always fun!

If your flying the runway 6R/6L approach then you fly over North trash oops i mean Ridgeville and then the metroparks-not nearly as exciting as flying over downtown.

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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Tue Dec 03, 2002 6:37 am

I guess it's hard to sum up, since there are many approaches and you can be on the port or starboard side of the aircraft, changing your view totally. Some examples of MSP approaches:

12R - On starboard side: small skyline of Bloomington and Edina (and I can pick out my parents house in the hill in Edina). Port side: Downtown Minneapolis skyline

12L - usually traces Hwy. 100 south, makes a big left over St. Louis Park, goes over Lake Harriet and cuts through South Minneapolis. If you are on the starboard side you can the big neon sign for Win Stephens' Buick and occasionally the Byerly's sign. If you see these, you are almost home  Smile

30R - Sometimes you will go over Downtown St. Paul. It is refreshing to see the big neon "1st" sign on top of US Bank, then you do a crosswind turn and line up to 30R. Right before landing you go over the local Coca-Cola bottling plant and some truck terminals in Eagan.

30L - Farms Farms Farms then as you get into town you go over south Bloomington and can make out stuff like Al's Vacuum on Lyndale Ave. as well as various radio towers in Burnsville and Eagan.
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Tue Dec 03, 2002 6:39 am

Some pilots are intimidated by the approach to SAN (most, if not all aircraft come in from the southeast), but when you're "gliding" between skyscrapers to your left (southwest), and hills & homes directly to your right (northeast), while at the same time contend with a busy freeway below, I personally believe that flying through the S.D. gap is a great introduction to the San Diego area.

Before entering the S.D. gap, however, there isn't a whole lot to see other than the ocean, nuclear carriers, always-expanding suburban wastelands, and a new stadium for the local baseball team (it's no Anfield or Old Trafford, but it will be pretty nice once completed). Taking off from SAN, however, is cool - you can see the world right below you as your plane ascends above the ocean and shoreline. Very nice.
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Tue Dec 03, 2002 7:46 am

I mentioned it before, but I'm really enjoying this topic... chances are I may never get to fly into some of these airports, so it's neat to hear about what you see as you come in to land.

When flying into Manchester (England, where my dad lives): the 6R/L approach paths take you over mostly rural countryside, with a few industrial estates and small villages. Just before landing, you pass over the M6 motorway and then come in low over more rural areas.

The 24R approach is much more scenic... downwind leg over central Manchester, then a hard right turn along the hills on the eastern edge of the city. Final approach is over Stockport Center (some high-rise homes and shopping centers) then the housing estates in Cheadle Heath. Watch for the pub at the 24R threshold, then you know you're almost down...

For boring approaches, I think the award goes to the new Denver International. Unless you're landing on Runway 7 (where passengers on the right can see downtown and the remnants of Stapleton), the approach is over dry, brown, barren hills with the occasional farmhouse or dry riverbed. You really get a sense for how remote the airport is from the city.
 
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your

Tue Dec 03, 2002 7:52 am

Colorado Springs is frequently the same way. You fly in from the E and then turn last minute to the runway... you never see anything till you're almost down.

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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Tue Dec 03, 2002 8:08 am

With DFW, when you come in from the north, you see a bunch of boring planned housing developments where every house looks the same, however, as Jsnww stated, coming in from the south gives some views. Normally, you will fly over a bunch of lakes and depending on what side of the aircraft you are on, you will see either downtown Dallas or Ft. Worth as well as The Ballpark in Arlington(couldn't they think of a better name?). The things worth looking at are to be seen once you have landed  Smile.

Jackson Hole(because I doubt anyone lives there who is on this website). You will basically follow a bunch of mountains, valleys, and lakes which make for a very scenic view and in the stages of final approach you fly parallel to a bunch of big hills at fairly low altitudes and then for about a mile it is just crops and then you hit the runway. On the right side of the mountain you can see Jackson Hole resort. I was climbing up there and whenever I got a chance, I'd look over and down and see what was happening at JAC.

Vail/Eagle County is pretty much the same except you fly over a ton of resorts and a bunch of mountains at extremely low altitudes, it can provide for a scare sometimes  Smile. In the winter time, this approach can provide breathtaking views.
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Flying Into Orlando...

Tue Dec 03, 2002 8:26 am

I live in Winter Park, and I always try to find my house or church )I work at a church,) but I never seem to find it, although the approach into MCO goes right over my neighborhood. Central Florida is flat and rather uneventful, with tons of water (there are tons of lakes and it seems like everyone has a swimming pool.)
 
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Tue Dec 03, 2002 9:29 am

I'm moving to Winter Park in March, where I will be living is right under the path I think to Runway 17? or is it 18? Whatever runway that Delta uses on the east side of the MCO terminal complex. I can't see as many landmarks from that runway as I do if I fly Northwest from Detroit. Because then I land on the western runways and I can see the apartment complex I am moving into and Full Sail University, Albertsons Grocery Store and all of that stuff on Semorran and University Ave. I can see the various apartment complexes that I checked out along Semoran.

I mentioned earlier what I look for while flying into DTW, but I didn't mention what I look for on departure.

If departing to the south on 21R or 22L at DTW, I look basically for the I-275 Freeway and try to follow that as far as it goes, often when flying down south to ATL or MCO the plane usually follows it, over Willow Metropark and to the point where I-275 ends at I-75 and follow that to Monroe and eventually Toledo and Lake Erie.

If departing to the north on Runway 3L or 4R from DTW, and flying to MCO or ATL depending on what side of the a/c I sit on I look for the giant tire landmark on I-94, The Ford Rouge Complex, Downtown Detroit... then I look for the Detroit River, and look for Grosse Ile and its little airport with the triangle formation runways and I look for Boblo Island, what's left of it, now just condos, but still the sky tower remains as a memorial. Then I eventually pass over the waters of Lake Erie and see the Fermi II nuclear plant.
 
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Tue Dec 03, 2002 10:03 am

Flying into Phoenix is pretty fun! I think the best time is during early sunset. The Sonoran Desert as well as the numerous mountains around the valley are illuminated in a pinkish purple color! Add in a few cumulonimbus clouds lit up in the distance and you have one of the most spectacular approaches in the USA!! Only a sunset in California can rival that of an Arizona sunset!
 
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Tue Dec 03, 2002 10:18 am

Cool responses, guys!  Big thumbs up I love the details you are giving. By the way, I have never seen my house while coming into LAX. The planes landing on the south runway roar right over my house every minute. When I know we are going to land on the south side, I try to find my house--but no luck. It must be so cool to look out the window and see the airplane's wing glide right over your house!
 
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RE: Favorite Things To See While Flying Into Your City

Tue Dec 03, 2002 1:44 pm

Flying into ATL...Its mostly what Sbrmod mentioned...The biggie for me is Stone Mountain (The second largest exposed stone mountain in the world next to Uluru) ...also the skyline is spectacular at night...when Peachtree Centre is lit up you can see it for miles around...Atlanta has night does have spectacularly lit skyscrapers (better than most cities) when flying in from the North I enjoy to see Mt. Kennesaw and the appalachian mountains...lets me know im almost back...and as odd as this may sound...I-85 is kind of symbolic...ever hustling and bustling with some 14-16 lanes of traffic at some points its the lifeline of atlanta and reminds me of its never ending movement.

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