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Malaga Approach

Sat May 01, 2004 6:16 am

Hey all,

Ever since I went to Malaga two years ago, I've been trying to find out the answer to this question and never have done!

Was on Futura International Airways from London Luton to Malaga last August, and the approach was pretty strange. We passed over the airport, and I remember seeing it about 5000ft below (it must have been, maybe even more!). We went out over the Med Sea, then banked to the left really sharply a few minutes later. We kept (well seemed to) plunge about a thousand feet every second. The aircraft was really banking hard and descending fast. Then we made a nice smooth touchdown in Malaga.

Is this a normal approach?? lol

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RE: Malaga Approach

Sat May 01, 2004 6:20 am

I have flown into AGP and landed on both ends of rwy. When landing on rwy 32 you fly over the sea bank to the left do a 180 and land. With rwy 14 it is a straight in approach.
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RE: Malaga Approach

Sat May 01, 2004 6:22 am

Yeah I've flown into AGP twice, firstly on runway 14, and then two years ago on runway 32. I know we'd have to do that 180 turn, but I didn't expect it to be so rough!!! (It was pretty fun though!!!) Does anyone know if this violent approach is the usual for 32?

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RE: Malaga Approach

Sat May 01, 2004 6:34 am

Similar to Faro then, you do the same sort of approach over the sea for one of the runways.
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RE: Malaga Approach

Sat May 01, 2004 7:09 am

Flew onboard a 757-300 leased from Condor by Transavia, same here. Great landing  Smile

went to the opposite side of the terminal at the runway to view some aircraft landing, took some pictures and the Guardia Civil weren't to happy so they sent me away..

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RE: Malaga Approach

Sat May 01, 2004 7:59 am

I've flown into AGP on various occasions and every time it has been a rather turbulent approach. I've heard this is quite characteristic and that it's to do with the Spanish "meseta" or plateau. Anyone know any more about this?
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RE: Malaga Approach

Sat May 01, 2004 6:18 pm

It could possibly be that. I remember passing over some quite high land before the violent final approach, could simply be due the enormous amounts of heat rising from the ground.

Either way, it was fun!!!
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RE: Malaga Approach

Sat May 01, 2004 8:45 pm

Hey guys,

I always see from my terrace the planes do that "180º" turn, its normal over here on aproach to 32. Planes usually come from the north of Spain, cross the airport at a high altitude and then do that 180 turn over the sea before aproach.

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RE: Malaga Approach

Sun May 02, 2004 5:37 am

Hoping we do a 32 approach in July now. I loved that approach, shame my mother is petrified of flying!!!

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