jsnww81
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Flying Into La Guardia, Where To Sit?

Mon Jan 27, 2003 4:58 am

I'm making my first flight to New York in March and am wondering which side of the aircraft I should sit on to see the sights of the city while arriving.

Can any New Yorkers - or frequent visitors to the area - help?
 
airworthy
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RE: Flying Into La Guardia, Where To Sit?

Mon Jan 27, 2003 5:27 am

It's too hard to tell since it's all going to depend on the winds of that day and the runways and flight paths of that day.

Look here for more info and check out the link in this thread:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/997184/6/
 
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RE: Flying Into La Guardia, Where To Sit?

Mon Jan 27, 2003 5:35 am

It seems like so far the past few weeks while looking at passur.com for LGA that the majority of the time the flights were arriving from the south and passing over Manhatten Island at about 5,000 ft then circling over that bay north of LGA and landing on that runway that lands to the west northwest, don't know the runway number (31?)
 
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RE: Flying Into La Guardia, Where To Sit?

Mon Jan 27, 2003 6:01 am

Jsnww81.......
Where will you be flying from??
 
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RE: Flying Into La Guardia, Where To Sit?

Mon Jan 27, 2003 6:07 am

By an emergency exit!  Big grin
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RE: Flying Into La Guardia, Where To Sit?

Mon Jan 27, 2003 6:16 am

I have only flown into LGA from PIT.. and both times the place to sit was on the right side of the aircraft as u walk in... where are coming from? who are u flying with? What eqquipment are they using?
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RE: Why Isn't San Francisco SAN?

Mon Jan 27, 2003 6:36 am

I remember two flights I took into LGA.

The first one we took the route (not sure about N/S) up Brooklyn and Queens, parallel to Manhattan. On this flight I was on the left of the plane and we got a GREAT view of Manhattan for quite a long time. I remember felling like I was almost level with the Twin Towers. This was especially neat because that trip we were staying at the World Trade Center Mariott.

The second trip I took a seat on the left, remembering the first flight's great view. This plane was a 767 from CVG, and I didn't really see anything from the left side. However, people on the right seemed to be oooh and awing. I, of course, couldn't see across those 6 seats all the way to the right window, so I didn't see any part of the skyline. I did see parts of what I think were the Bronx, though. It seemed like the approach described earlier of flying over Manhattan then circling back to land.

Have fun!
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RE: Flying Into La Guardia, Where To Sit?

Mon Jan 27, 2003 7:46 am

Runway 31: If it is really windy the day you are coming (and it is very windy at LGA a lot) you will, most likely, come in on 31. The 31 approach really has no views of NYC or anything that might be of interest. Although you might see Shea Stadium when you are on final, but then again who wants to see a purple stadium?!!!

Runway 4:If you are coming into runway 4 you want to be on the captian's side of the aircraft. You will come along the East river with great views of NYC


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Runway 22: If you are landing on 22 you will come along the Hudson river and come over NYC uptown

Runway 13: Chances are you wont land on 13. It is rare that 13 is used for landings

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serge
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RE: Flying Into La Guardia, Where To Sit?

Mon Jan 27, 2003 8:20 am

When I flew into LGA from DEN on United we did the same approach as the above photos. It was a little cloudy though- but still had a great view of the city! This was back when the WTC was still there  Crying

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RE: Flying Into La Guardia, Where To Sit?

Mon Jan 27, 2003 10:17 am

Thanks for the replies, everyone!

I'll be coming on an American MD-80 from Chicago O'Hare. I went ahead and took seat 15A, on the captain's side of the aircraft. I figure I have the best chance of seeing something from there.

With my luck, though, we'll probably make a "rare" approach and all I'll get to see is the East River and Rikers Island.  Smile
 
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RE: Flying Into La Guardia, Where To Sit?

Mon Jan 27, 2003 10:20 am

OK, here's the deal.

22 and 31 are most often used for landing.

4 is used when the weather is relatively crappy.

Now 13 is used even less.

So if I were to fly into LGA, I would sit on the LEFT.


Why? coming in on 31 or 4 gives great views of Manhattan. 22 doesn't. But playing the odds, go LEFT and hope for a nice view.
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RE: Flying Into La Guardia, Where To Sit?

Mon Jan 27, 2003 10:46 am

AA 777:
If you're coming up from the south or west, and you land on 31, you get a pretty good view of the city. First off, if they're using Expressway Visual RWY31 then sit on the left side as you fly parallel to LGA over BK and QNS at about 2,000'. If they're using LOC 31, then still sit on the left, as you'll get a view of NYC from about 4,500'.

Here's what you do. Usually late afternoon arrivals will come in on the LDA RWY22, in which case you usually fly up the Hudson. If it's windy or rainy, then sit on the left side.
Anyway, if it's bad weather, you probably won't see much at all depending on ceilings and visibity. The odds of them landing on 4 and 31 seem a lot greater in winter than in summer, so I'd sit on the left.
 
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RE: Flying Into La Guardia, Where To Sit?

Mon Jan 27, 2003 11:06 am

The LEFT WINGERs have it!!!

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