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SEA-PDX: Which Side For Best Views?

Wed Oct 04, 2006 7:17 am

Will be flying a couple of segments from SEA-PDX in the coming months and was wondering which side of the aircraft gives the best views of the wonderful scenery in this part of the world?

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RE: SEA-PDX: Which Side For Best Views?

Wed Oct 04, 2006 7:31 am

I think the captains side(A/B side), would give you views of Mt. Rainer/Cascades. The right side(C/D) would give you views of the coast.
 
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RE: SEA-PDX: Which Side For Best Views?

Wed Oct 04, 2006 7:42 am

Left, assuming it's not solid IFR  Wink . You should get nice views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Hood!
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RE: SEA-PDX: Which Side For Best Views?

Wed Oct 04, 2006 7:43 am

Quoting COERJ145 (Reply 1):
I think the captains side(A/B side), would give you views of Mt. Rainer/Cascades. The right side(C/D) would give you views of the coast.

You'd have to be pretty high and have good visibility to see the coast (other than the Puget Sound)  Wink
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RE: SEA-PDX: Which Side For Best Views?

Wed Oct 04, 2006 8:03 am

I was thinking more mountains than coast so left is the best then. Thanks.

Whilst I'm at it how about the best side for LAS-SEA for a mountain view?
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RE: SEA-PDX: Which Side For Best Views?

Wed Oct 04, 2006 9:13 am

Quoting COERJ145 (Reply 1):
The right side(C/D) would give you views of the coast.

If you are traveling from PDX to SEA you want to be on the right side to see the mountains. If you are traveling from SEA to PDX then the left side.

Quoting ManchesterMAN (Reply 4):
Whilst I'm at it how about the best side for LAS-SEA for a mountain view?

It really depends on which direction you take off from. Departing south you will come down the western side of the mountains(sit on the left). Departing north, sometimes they cross over the Cascades first and head down with the mountains to the west(sit on the right). I've had this happen both ways on AS flights from SEA to LAS.

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RE: SEA-PDX: Which Side For Best Views?

Wed Oct 04, 2006 9:22 am

I would definally pick the Left window if you are flying daylight... but if you are flying night time.. you won't be able to see the mountains.. so if you are flying at night.. i would suggest to pick the right side to see the tall buildings and lights and not seeing black .... correct me if i am wrong .. is there no light on the mountains?
 
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RE: SEA-PDX: Which Side For Best Views?

Wed Oct 04, 2006 9:24 am

Just wondering...What airline are you taking? Horizon or UA Express?
 
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RE: SEA-PDX: Which Side For Best Views?

Wed Oct 04, 2006 12:08 pm

As others have said, the left side is the best side for views. I've flown between Seattle and Portland on both commercial flights (SEA-PDX) and piloted a Cessna 172 (BFI-HIO) and the left side is much better since you will get to see Mt. Rainier very closely at about the altitude of the peak when you pass it and you will also get a good view of Mt. St. Helens. Regardless you will at least see the top of Mt. Rainier unless there are bad storms. But don't expect to see all the forests unless it is the summer since that part of the country is usually covered in cloud cover.
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RE: SEA-PDX: Which Side For Best Views?

Wed Oct 04, 2006 12:48 pm

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 3):
You'd have to be pretty high and have good visibility to see the coast (other than the Puget Sound)

Probably not on the SEA-PDX leg, but the PDX-SEA leg follows the OLM5 arrival into SEA, from which the Pacific should be easily from the left side of the plane prior to making the turn over OLM.
 
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RE: SEA-PDX: Which Side For Best Views?

Wed Oct 04, 2006 5:49 pm

Quoting UAL757 (Reply 7):
Just wondering...What airline are you taking? Horizon or UA Express?

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RE: SEA-PDX: Which Side For Best Views?

Thu Oct 05, 2006 1:07 am

Definitely the left side. You will fly pretty close to Rainier then follow the Cascades and volcano's down to PDX. I have circled Mt St Hellens a couple of times while flying QX. That depends on the pilot and traffic arriving into PDX. On the right side you will see the southern Puget Sound, the I-5 corridor including Olympia, Centralia, Kelso-Longview and the Columbia River as you near PDX. Views around PDX depend on which direction you land (winds). If you come in from the east, you should be able to see Mt Hood although you get a better view of Mt Hood when you are flying in from east of the Cascades. As you cross the Columbia River, you will to turn towards the west around Gresham then follow I-84 into PDX. I usually try to look for McMenamin's Edgefield while on final. From the west, you will parallel the Columbia River while on final approach. You may see some spotters along the fence depending on which runway you land on.

I will be flying QX tomorrow. I fly ACV-RDD-PDX then PDX-SEA on a separate flight. Both flights are on Q400's. Wonder what the microbrew of the month is, this month? Can't wait to have a sample......
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