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Most Scenically Beautiful Departure You'd Had

Tue Jan 09, 2007 11:56 pm

Flew from REP to KUL today with AK (9M-AAX; 733; flight time 1 hour 45 minutes).

Although we were 1.5 hours late taking off, we did, shortly fter departure, get an unbelievably good view of Angkor Wat (specifically the actual temple of that name), with its huge moat around its square island. It was very beautiful.

About 5 minutes (I was timing) from touchdown in KUL, we unusually lowered our gear and thence extended our flaps to landing position (25 or 30) in one go. Then we began our final turns, after which we began a steep nose-down approach.

What's the most scenically beautiful departure you've had?

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RE: Most Scenically Beautiful Departure You'd Had

Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:45 am

When I actually thought about this I realised that just about all of the particular scenic memories from my flights were upon landing, probably because I don't like to leave until the late evening having been somewhere and it's normally dark by then. There was one departure from Plymouth where the view was perfect and the light beautiful, so I think it has to be this one. I love the countryside around where I live, so getting to see it so clearly from above is quite special.



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RE: Most Scenically Beautiful Departure You'd Had

Wed Jan 10, 2007 3:04 am

The departure out of OSL and going to the north is absolutely beautiful. You get to overfly all the Norwegian Fjords.

Also, any departure in the San Juan Islands in WA is beautiful. It is hard to keep your eyes in front of you looking for other traffic!
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Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:46 pm

Mine would have to be one of the flights I did last summer working for Atikokan Aero. It was a very early August morning, the sun wasn't even up yet, and we had a flight to one of our outposts. After checking over the plane and pumping the floats on DZH, (on of the DHC-2's) we took off in a fine misty fog that was on the water. It was so beautiful, all the lakes had a little fog in them and the sun was just rising, not to mention we were flying in a de Havilland Beaver. Big grin It could not have gotten any better.

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Wed Jan 10, 2007 2:13 pm

I have two stories of very beautiful departures.

The first was on 07/09/06 on a United A319 from Boston to Denver. We took off around 11:30 A.M. and banked to the right and saw hundreds of sailboats across Boston Harbor. It was clear and sunny. Just an amazing sight to see with all of the little islands in the background and all the sailboat masts waving around the distance.

And the other would be also lasty year, 12/27/06 on an AA 757 from Los Angeles to Eagle/Vail. As it was a night flight and we banked slightly to the left while departing I had the most spectacular view of the LA Basin completely lit up. Though I have lived in the LA area almost my whole it never ceases to amaze me how large the area truly is.
 
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Wed Jan 10, 2007 2:23 pm

That's a tough one, but I would say departing from Bonaire(BON) with a great view of the beaches and ocean.
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Wed Jan 10, 2007 9:35 pm

I am a sucker for EGE and heading up the canyon but SXM is also beautiful turning to the southeast to avoid the mountain with the crystal clear water below.
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Thu Jan 11, 2007 12:04 am

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Thu Jan 11, 2007 12:25 am

Quoting KPDX (Reply 8):
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Gotta admit I forgot about the beauty of flying past the mountains and the jewel Mt. Rainier with the VFR climb until above it.....stunning. Nicely done KPDX!  

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Thu Jan 11, 2007 6:19 am

It has to be FNC. The view (as shown on the photo below) is almost like a dream.........


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Thu Jan 11, 2007 6:29 am

Right after you take off from Dalaman, heading north toward IST, you pass over Dalyan beach. It is always a sad goodbye leaving that sight.
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Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:39 am

Still New York LaGuardia LGA for me. Flew LGA-PIT several times. Choose window seat A (on the left) and hope the take-off is towards the southwest. To avoid the airspaces over JFK and EWR vicinities, the aircraft will make a U-turn seconds after take-off giving you a whole view of LGA airport then the entire Manhattan Island. Hope someone posts pix here on those take-off views.
 
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Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:55 am

Easter 1971, Shorts Sandringham S25 VH-BRI @ Lord Howe Island. A take off south across the lagoon, unstick and initial climb along side the two mountains at the south end of the island, then a long, slow climb to the left around the southern end of the mountains, then still climbing along the north side of the island, crossing back across the north end of the island, then turning south east for SYD. MAGICAL.

Most beautiful arirval: same trip on arrival into LHI on VH-BRC, arriving from the south at exactly dawn (civil first light), a straight in approach, into the shadow of the mountains, then out across the lagoon, running to a stop in North Bay, then a gental taxi to the wharf.

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RE: Most Scenically Beautiful Departure You'd Had

Thu Jan 11, 2007 12:19 pm

One of my all time favorites is taking off from Catalina (AVX), off the coast of Southern California. I love taking off to the west, and continuing around that side of the island, where it is virtually untouched, and then turning to overfly Avalon before heading back towards Long Beach or Dana Point. Anybody who has done this knows what I mean.

I suppose I could add a takeoff I had out of LAF (not the most senic of places) but we were going IFR that day and the clouds were a steely gray, and we had a light rain pelting the windshield. I glanced up momentarily while we were waiting for our release and thought the scene belonged in a WWII movie with some P-51s about to go into the break overhead...maybe Im just crazy?

Of any airline flight, flying into DEN and seeing the rockies at sunset...and sunrise for that matter, were both beautiful. I do enjoy climbing out of SAN and going over the coast as well. Climbing out of OGG has been quite stunning both times, as was Kona, but I have only been though HNL in the dark.

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Thu Jan 11, 2007 12:48 pm

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Thu Jan 11, 2007 2:36 pm

For me it would be taking off from Grand Canyon Airport. Simply incredible to be flying over the Grand Canyon.

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Thu Jan 11, 2007 4:25 pm

I love the view while climbing out from SEA. You can actually see the paths the lahars will take when Mt. Rainier blows. Poor Tacoma...

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Thu Jan 11, 2007 5:21 pm

I would have to say queenstown NZ, on a sunny winters day. Spectacular take off amongst the snow covered mountains....
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Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:15 pm

Melbourne 2003 on take off, SAAB340 turned at the right time to get a decent shot; pity it wasn't sunny with blue sky.




Cairns 2006 about 10 minutes after take off. Great Barrier Reef down below.

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RE: Most Scenically Beautiful Departure You'd Had

Fri Jan 12, 2007 8:04 pm

Without a doubt it has to be Cape Town for me on a clear day (the approach is even better too).


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Fri Jan 12, 2007 9:26 pm

My most scenic departure was from Grenada, taking off from Point Salinas Airport and flying over the West of the island and then over the mountains. A really beautiful sight especially at dusk, with sun glinting on the wings as we banked and the golden sunset reflecting on the mountains. Paradise indeed
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Sat Jan 13, 2007 11:44 am

Mine would be taking off from Juneau, Alaska, one April day. It was a clear, blue sky day, and as we climbed out, as we got above the level of the mountains to the east, it was pure white and "bumpy" as far as the eye could see. It was absolutely breathtaking!!

Also, I think the landing at Salt Lake City is among the prettiest in the States...the Great Salt Lake, the valley stretched out below, the mountains rising from the valley, etc. I always love that view.
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RE: Most Scenically Beautiful Departure You'd Had

Sat Jan 13, 2007 1:05 pm

Ryanair737 is absolutely right. I flew out on December 28 out of CPT and it was definitely the most stunning scenery I have ever seen on take-off. Not only do you get a good view of Cape Town and table mountain if your heading towards JNB (you do have to strain your neck a little if you're on the right side of the plane to see it while heading east, but if on the left side of the plane you'll get a better view on take-off), but there are some amazing valleys for at least a good 20 minutes after take-off...It beats LGA, KOA, STT, and even ANC. Simply amazing.

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Sat Jan 13, 2007 1:25 pm

Tough choice.

Probably SBH.
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RE: Most Scenically Beautiful Departure You'd Had

Mon Jan 15, 2007 7:15 am

ZQN (Always stunning, in or out) followed by KEF (Just rugged and beautiful).

One from LAX once to JFK- the beautiful departure off over the sea and round over the mountains just lasted the ENTIRE flight. Clear skies and 25,000ft most of the way. It was like doing a road trip accross the USA, From the desert, to the mountains, to the corn fields, to the forests, the lakes, to the sea and all the small towns and football fields below. It was the best flight ever featuring a major thunder storm over I think Ohio parallel to the aircraft which by then it was dark and illuminating the night sky and CLE (I think) below. That and channel 9 to accompany the whole way.
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RE: Most Scenically Beautiful Departure You'd Had

Mon Jan 15, 2007 7:21 am

I personally love taking off West from San Diego...circle around over the Pacific...beautiful.
 
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RE: Most Scenically Beautiful Departure You'd Had

Mon Jan 15, 2007 7:32 am

Top departures:

1) Around sunset, taking off from the 1's at SFO, then circling over San Francisco to turn to head south;
2) Departing LGA with a full view of Manhattan (from the left side of the aircraft the last time I flew out);
3) Departing HNL and flying out over the beaches and Diamond Head; and
4) Departing PHX and heading north, passing over the Grand Canyon.

I would put my current hometown airport, PDX, on the list, but landings there when a full moon is out, lighting up Mt. Hood, is a far better sight than any departure I've experienced from PDX.
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RE: Most Scenically Beautiful Departure You'd Had

Mon Jan 15, 2007 12:01 pm

Obviously not many of you have flown out of CPT. You don't know what you're missing!
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RE: Most Scenically Beautiful Departure You'd Had

Mon Jan 15, 2007 12:12 pm

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 30):
Obviously not many of you have flown out of CPT. You don't know what you're missing!

Oh gosh, what a beautiful departure to the south. Beautiful arrival from the south too.
 
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Tue Jan 16, 2007 4:20 am

For me it's a wonderful overview of Manhattan after a departure from LGA... and last year a nice view over Las Vegas.
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Tue Jan 16, 2007 4:34 am

Taking off from BDA, particularly to the NE, is gorgeous. To the NE there are a lot of shallow reefs and the water color is spectacular!!
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RE: Most Scenically Beautiful Departure You'd Had

Tue Jan 16, 2007 4:45 am

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 30):
Obviously not many of you have flown out of CPT. You don't know what you're missing!

My arrival was pretty amazing, well it was for my wife, from my window I didn't see much but the wife was on the other side of the aircraft and from what I could see it was jawdropping. I threw her my camera  Smile

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RE: Most Scenically Beautiful Departure You'd Had

Tue Jan 16, 2007 6:08 am

Quoting Ryanair737 (Reply 21):
Without a doubt it has to be Cape Town for me on a clear day (the approach is even better too).

I complety agree with you... Amazing approach and departure. If Table Moutain has the "table clothe" it's even better!
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RE: Most Scenically Beautiful Departure You'd Had

Thu Jan 18, 2007 4:26 pm

A few that spring to mind (chronologically):

1. PVR-MSP: Departed over the beaches and over the Pacific before turning back inland.
2. DEN-PHX: Nice view of the Rockies.
3. EWR-MSP: Nighttime departure gives stunning views of NYC and environs.
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Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:26 am

Many years ago, climbing out of LAS riding jumpseat, I asked about the deep red rock formations and the Capt' told me is was Southern Utah (heading NW). The other that tops my list (short list at that) is climbing out of CUN, that water, I swore I would go back each time I went there (3 times, never left the airport). I eventually did make it back for vacation, twice.
 
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RE: Most Scenically Beautiful Departure You'd Had

Fri Jan 26, 2007 10:56 am

I don't know if "beautiful" is the right word, but certainly the most emotional departure I have ever had occured at Newark, in January, 2002.

I was flying overnight SAN-PIT-ATL, but I was re-routed to CO via EWR due to technical problems. The EWR-ATL flight had me in a window seat on the right hand side of the plane, and we took off from runway 4R.

Keep in mind, this was barely four months after 9/11, and my first time flying since that awful day. Also, I had not been expecting to be anywhere NEAR the New York City area, much less with a panoramic view of Manhattan island.

Once we were rolling down the runway, I realized what I was about to see. I could not turn my eyes away.

When we lifted off, the first thing I saw was the Statue of Liberty, still proudly standing in the harbor. It was the most beautiful I sight I had ever seen.

Then we passed by the east side of lower Manhattan. I saw for myself that the twin towers were gone.

But just a glance...we entered a cloudbank and made a left turn, and like that, it was over.
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Sat Jan 27, 2007 4:24 am

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 28):
I would put my current hometown airport, PDX, on the list, but landings there when a full moon is out, lighting up Mt. Hood, is a far better sight than any departure I've experienced from PDX.

Yep! Approach can be amazing to! In summer of 2004, I flew a American Airlines MD-82 (N553AA) into PDX from DFW, and the sun was setting, and their were fog up on the tops of the mountain but yet it was clear skies. I cant even describe how beautiful the mountains looked in front of the red glowing sky.. bigthumbsup 

Heres a picture of I took of my approach to Seattle I took this picture of the Cascade Range going down Oregon! Another sight I'll never forget. Its not the best quality oh well.

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And heres Mt. Rainier, another awesome sight!

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RE: Most Scenically Beautiful Departure You'd Had

Sat Jan 27, 2007 5:54 am

Departing out of San Francisco (SFO)
Departing out of Molokai, Hawaii.

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