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Question About LGA Approaches.

Sat Jul 08, 2006 11:22 am

I live in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Just moved in a few weeks ago, Yesterday and today, I noticed that aircraft were coming in a little lower than I've noticed since I got here. Greenpoint is in Northern Brooklyn and the appear to be approaching LGA from the south going northeast. I think?? Coming in low enough that this very nearsighted spotter could actually spot! Is this the expressway visual? What exactly is that?

Next question, I just moved here from Harlem. I could sit on my back deck facing north and spot approaching aircraft from the west. What approach is that?

Any basic info, would be appreciated. I'm really enjoying my walk home from the subway and spotting.
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RE: Question About LGA Approaches.

Sat Jul 08, 2006 12:26 pm

Scroll all the way to the bottom and under the IAPs - Instrument Approach Procedures heading you will find all the apch plates...I am not sure which one you are specifying but just my 2 cents....(this morning when I was there, LGA was using rwy 4 for depatrures and EXWY Visual 31 for arrivals)

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[Edited 2006-07-08 05:29:12]
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RE: Question About LGA Approaches.

Sun Jul 09, 2006 8:58 am

An aircraft that's lined up with runway 4 will cross Newtown Creek maybe a half-mile SE of the BQE. Is that where you're talking about?

The Expressway Visual turns right (from about there) to roughly follow the LIE. So most Expressway approaches will be obvious to you, except the ones from the N and NE that circle in over Manhattan.

On the Expressway approach plate you see the two tanks-- the plate still shows them checkerboard-top, like the now-removed tanks, but they mean those two white tanks just west of Newtown Creek.
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RE: Question About LGA Approaches.

Sun Jul 09, 2006 1:42 pm

LGA was landing rwy 13 today as rwy 4-22 was closed for some time due to construction.
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