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The Most Exciting Approach!

Fri Sep 19, 2003 4:18 am


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Definately Kai Tak because you are so close to buildings and there is such a high risk element.
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RE: The Most Exciting Approach!

Fri Sep 19, 2003 4:34 am

haha...I have a strong feeling this same topic has been discussed around 50-60 times (at least?). Yea...Kai Tak was the most exciting approach...
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RE: The Most Exciting Approach!

Fri Sep 19, 2003 4:37 am

From memory Corfu and San Diego were both pretty exciting

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RE: The Most Exciting Approach!

Fri Sep 19, 2003 10:40 am

I've done the Kai Tak and (I know I'm very much in the minority here) didn't find it all that exciting - too much turning and twisting, being seated on the port side for the checkerboard approach I didn't get to see that much.

Enjoyed the approach into Gibraltar - sea, sea, - are we going swimming?? - sea, sea, flash of grey tarmac and you're down. The car's queued at the traffic lights to cross the runway also added to the "novelty" of the landing.

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RE: The Most Exciting Approach!

Sat Sep 20, 2003 1:05 am

To my experiences, approaching and taking off from Paro International Airport in the Kingdom of Bhutan is the most exciting. Druk Air BAe 146-100 (the only airline that serves Paro) has to make a descend into mountain ridges, many left and right turns with wings so close to the mountains. The last turn I saw the runway and one minute later, I was on the runway safe and smooth.

Taking off was more impressive. There were many people who couldn't board the plane in the late afternoon flight, not because all the seats were taken but because the load was too much that the plane could not take off from the very short runway and air density was so light. (Bhutan is in the Himalaya and is even higher than Katmandu.) Captain told us that we had to wait until the temperature dropped another 2 Celsius. After about one hour's wait, BAe 146-100 took off (I think, with the break on first.) like a rocket. Then right after the nose was up in the air, the plane turned left and right and... I could not remember how many turns it made. And below I saw that we were crossing over the airport at 90 degree.

The pilot was so great and the flight was unforgettable indeed.














 
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RE: The Most Exciting Approach!

Sat Sep 20, 2003 2:04 am

I dunno about exciting, but my fave approach has always been SEA. One time in particular, I was on a DL 762 from SLC, and we got a low, long approach from the south. We were at around 2,000 or so feet up for 10 or so minutes; from Tacoma all the way up to SeaTac. It was also around 8 pm on a summer evening and the sun was in the right spot to cast the whole area in that golden glow.

If you catch Seattle in good weather, it's just about the prettiest place in the place, IMO.
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RE: The Most Exciting Approach!

Sat Sep 20, 2003 2:08 am

Kai Tak hands down.

Existing: San Diego is good. SFO, DCA, MDW are all classics.
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RE: The Most Exciting Approach!

Sat Sep 20, 2003 2:13 am

London City and Anchorage are not too bad...

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RE: The Most Exciting Approach!

Sat Sep 20, 2003 2:55 am

In 1987, approching Boston, I thought we going to hit the water....
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RE: The Most Exciting Approach!

Sat Sep 20, 2003 3:28 am

Quito, with so much terrain and an elevation above 9000 feet. The volcanoes are quite impressive too!


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RE: The Most Exciting Approach!

Sat Sep 20, 2003 4:54 am

kai tak hands down, but the most beautiful has to be landing in south lake tahoe, dropping down over the lake, beneath the sierra mountains, nothing like it
 
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RE: The Most Exciting Approach!

Sat Sep 20, 2003 5:03 am

Kai Tak..
DCA was fun too!

How is MDW good, DIA? I did it in March 2x's, and I didn't think it was all that. It was nice scenery though.
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RE: The Most Exciting Approach!

Sat Sep 20, 2003 5:10 am

The most exciting approaches I experienced so far:

  • Nice (on the cockpit jumpseat)

  • Lisbon (on the cockpit jumpseat)

  • Izmir (on the cockpit jumpseat at night)

  • San Francisco (on a regular seat in the cabin)

  • Las Vegas (on a regular seat in the cabin)

  • London-Heathrow (on a regular seat in the cabin)


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    RE: The Most Exciting Approach!

    Sat Sep 20, 2003 5:44 am

    forgot about vegas, you must have a seat on the right side of the a/c though, usually, no matter what runway they are landing, the right side always has a great view of the strip
     
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    RE: The Most Exciting Approach!

    Sat Sep 20, 2003 5:52 am

    Do airlines have dedicated crew for those dangerous approaches and have extra training during their 6month review just for them?, i read somewhere way back that AF had special flight crew just for Kai tak
     
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    RE: The Most Exciting Approach!

    Sun Sep 21, 2003 9:07 am

    You forgot Funchal, Madeira, Portugal!

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