I forgot to mention when I flew from ATL
I did NOT have the ear popping problem, but I am sure we also weren't flying at such a high altitude.
As for the approach I did into MCO
on Thursday, it was probably the second or third one down. Like I said, I flew over "horse country" around Ocala, then headed Northwest where I could see the FL
turnpike to my right (i had the rightside window seat). I do remember seeing a big lake which I assume was Lake Apopka since it was the biggest in the area. I could see the intersection of Highway 436 and I-4 out my window and at that time I was still heading east before turning south and pretty much following Highway 436 in to Runway 17R.
As for my flight last January on the NW
757, it was late at night and didn't quite have my bearings. I came in from the northwest, possibly overflew some of the theme parks before circling around Highway 417 (Greenway) and landing on 36R.
I've seen planes later at night (coming from SE
Florida) when it isn't busy make much quicker turns into MCO
. Usually this occurs on one of the late night Florida Cargo flights like Kitty Hawk from MIA
and a lot of corporate flights and commuter B1900 flights. I have seen many planes approach from the east as close to MCO
as Hoefner Ave.