Hmmm, Interesting thread.
As it happens I was in Manhattan just last week. We'd arrive on a Qantas 747-400 from LA
and our route into JFK
was rather interesting to say the least!
We came in to the north of Manhattan and the Queens/Brooklyn area of Long Island (Flying eastward), crossing the coast line at about 15000 ft (According to the computer display in the seat in front of me).
As we headed out over the Atlantic the aircraft made a descending right hand turn back towards Long Island. I had a window seat and even as we levelled out I could see JFK
off at our 2 o'clock position. The approach into Kennedy was far from straight forward however, as we seemed to be making a long and gentle right hand turn onto the runway... in fact the 744 was still banked over to the right as we crossed the airport perimeter fence!
Not sure which runway we landed on (31L? - Right next to the British Airways stands) but it was quite exciting I can tell you! I had a good long think about why the approach had been quite so 'Banzai' and eventually decided it must be some sort of new FAA requlations prohibiting Manhattan overflights post 9/11.
So, imagine my surprise the next day as we're walking south down Broadway when I hear an airliner and look up to see a 757 or an A320 flying quite low and in a southerly direction. Directly over my head! My immediate reaction was stunned disbelief with the video footage images of the 9/11 first aircraft flying down Manhattan towards the towers playing in my mind!
Very surprised the FAA are allowing ANY overflights of Manhattan to be honest!
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