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Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Sat Dec 15, 2007 11:52 pm

I'm guessing airports like LHR and JFK must rank pretty high but i want to know about any less famous ones.

anyone pilots here flown into SXM?

or Kai-Tak?

edit: forgot to add mine! i love MCO cos im a space geek as well as an aviation one lol and to see the launch pad on approach is amazing

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RE: Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Sun Dec 16, 2007 12:13 am

I always loved Kai Tak, however now that has gone  Sad

I however do enjoy the approach into Dubai at night  Smile
London Heathrow over London is also nice, along with Miami

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RE: Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Sun Dec 16, 2007 12:27 am

Any visual. I like to look around no matter where I go.
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RE: Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Sun Dec 16, 2007 2:38 am



Quoting Tb727 (Reply 2):
Any visual. I like to look around no matter where I go.

Yeah, and it sure doesn't hurt that you fly a jet with beautiful handling and no SLF in the back....  Wink

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RE: Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Sun Dec 16, 2007 5:33 am

Landing on one of the 27's at ORD will sometimes bring you right up the skyline of Chicago over Lake Michigan. On a clear day its awesome.
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RE: Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Sun Dec 16, 2007 7:02 am

I enjoy almost any approach, but I love approaches at night. Every time I've flown into MCO, I seriously feel like I'm mostly flying over water seeing how the lights are laid out.
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RE: Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Sun Dec 16, 2007 8:39 am

Well I guess I will say only approaches I have been on.
#1: Watson Island Approach coming in from the west, Downwind to the west make some hard turns right over Downtown Miami fly east right next to some buildings and go right into the busiest passenger port in the world and be right in Downtown Miami. AMAZING APPROACH, Sadly not possible to do anymore.
#2: MIA 26L I get to fly over and see my favourite city in the world Miami.
#3: DCA River Approach, get to see the other city I live in, even get to see where I live, fun approach get to see the sights of DC as long as your on the left side of the plane.
#4: LGA not sure which runway but when you get to see Manhattan
Cant really think of any other great approaches from all the other airports I been too.
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RE: Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Sun Dec 16, 2007 3:26 pm



Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 6):
#4: LGA not sure which runway but when you get to see Manhattan
Cant really think of any other great approaches from all the other airports I been too.

Yeah, that is a nice one onto Runway 4. I did the ILS into there in the snow 2 weeks ago and we broke out at like 1000' and my copilot pointed over and it looked pretty awesome. I'm glad he pointed, I was just staring at the instruments and would have never seen it!

Now one of the best departures is the Coast 5 or Skyline 3 out of OAK, it wraps you right around the SF Bay and you get to see everything including SFO!
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RE: Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Sun Dec 16, 2007 4:21 pm

ORD, DCA and LHR are my favorites. You can get great views over the cities if you are seated on the "good" side of the plane and you get the "good" approach  Smile
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RE: Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Sun Dec 16, 2007 4:30 pm

LAX and LHR are the best one. Especially LAX, love the approaches.
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RE: Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Sun Dec 16, 2007 7:20 pm

I dont think anything will touch the LOC/DME approach to ASE. Just coming over the ridge on the visual is amazing, but successfully shooting the instrument approach just makes it that much better.
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RE: Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Mon Dec 17, 2007 12:03 am

I just got back from SAN. The approach to rwy 27 over the desert and the city was great.

My favorite is the Expressway visual into LGA. Let's go Mets!


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RE: Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Mon Dec 17, 2007 1:54 am

1. Express Way visual into LGA

2. River approach into DCA

3. Over-the-mountains approach into PVR
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RE: Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Mon Dec 17, 2007 2:22 am

My favorite was landing at the old CAN airport. You could litterally wave to the folks having breakfast on their apartment balconies and they would wave back.
 
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RE: Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Mon Dec 17, 2007 4:26 am

Granted, it's not necessarily a very special approach, but I liked flying into FRA. Coming on the right downwind for 24, you see the whole city below you, the Main river, and all the other planes on final. Then you turn back around to final, and you get another angle of the city, followed by the Commerzbank-Arena, and all the roads around the airport just before you touch down (I remember seeing a truck that said "Bork" on the side, and nearly breaking out in laughter, partially from lack of sleep).
 
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RE: Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:21 am



Quoting Tennis69 (Reply 13):
My favorite was landing at the old CAN airport. You could litterally wave to the folks having breakfast on their apartment balconies and they would wave back.

how about them TU-154 fly straight onto the ground, slam down and slam on the brakes landings, throwing everyone and everything forward as the plane literally slammed to a stop in about half the runway, flying CAAC was fun stuff, there's a teeshirt that proves it, it says "I flew CAAC and survived."

as for approaches....

The Potomac River approach at DCA is fun. Flying straight up the middle of the river on final, you feel like you're on a 170 mile an hour hovercraft.

Kai Tak is always a favorite, land in the right direction and you get a 400 mile an hour tour of downtown Hong Kong.

I think LGA also has a water approach, kind of scary for a little kid, escpecially at night where you're coming in over the water, no land in sight, getting lower, lower, lower, and at the last minute when you're starting to put your swim fins on, you glide over the threshold.

finally. how about landing in a 747 at Lax in the marine layer, when you can't see out the window, because you're enveloped in fog, and you hope the pilots remember where the airport is as they deftly maneuver an aircraft the size of a three story house.
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RE: Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Tue Dec 18, 2007 2:36 pm



Quoting ATCtower (Reply 10):
dont think anything will touch the LOC/DME approach to ASE.

The approach to EGE will give ASE a run in my mind. Just love the views and the challenge it gives the crew if you're not on speed and altitude.
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RE: Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Tue Dec 18, 2007 2:57 pm

Two of the most exciting approaches I remember are CPH and LIS.

I like CPH because of the windmills plant and the almost constant presence of strong winds that can make your approaches a little different...

Then LIS, I landed once from the east (flying over the city) and once from west with the Ponte 25 de Abril on my left..just wonderful!

LHR also is very scenic, you can almost spot all the highlights of the city!
 
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RE: Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Tue Dec 18, 2007 3:23 pm

SAN - when you come in over downtown. Scary, but beautiful. Especially at night. I make the trip a lot for work and always get a kick out of a fellow pax first time --- when they see the buildings so close and not the runway till the final seconds. My buddy who is a Captain for AA says SAN is one of the most challenging.
 
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RE: Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Tue Dec 18, 2007 6:05 pm



Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 16):
The approach to EGE will give ASE a run in my mind. Just love the views and the challenge it gives the crew if you're not on speed and altitude.

I have to give it to you, EGE is an awesome approach as well. Colorado just has some of the best approaches in the mountains. LXV (Leadville) is fun too, not quite the same views but it is awesome knowing you just landed at 3025m.
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RE: Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Tue Dec 18, 2007 8:50 pm

Oh, the approach to BMA is really cool too if you come in on the approach from the east. You then fly over the central parts of Stockholm, and it feels like you are about to land on the rooftops of the houses near the airport. I've heard someone here refer to it as Sweden's Kai Tak. Has anyone else heard that?
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RE: Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Thu Dec 20, 2007 6:13 pm

the appraoch into AUS is always nice. Last time that we flew WN MCO-AUS we came over the capitol building and as it passed under our wing. it was pretty cool
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RE: Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Thu Dec 20, 2007 6:46 pm



Quoting SDLSimme (Reply 20):
Oh, the approach to BMA is really cool too if you come in on the approach from the east.

Yep, that is true. You get a great view of Stockholm. But it can get scary on final approach, because there are many houses and a road really near the runway.

Quoting SDLSimme (Reply 20):
I've heard someone here refer to it as Sweden's Kai Tak

Have never heard that, but now when you say it, it doesnt sound so stupid.
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RE: Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Fri Dec 21, 2007 3:14 am

I guess I'd have to give kudos to the LAS approach at night. Not that it's particularly special, but it's usually clear enough to see the Strip, other planes wandering around, etc. Nice.

I remember my dad talking about the CRW approach being "exciting", but I've not done that one myself.

For a one-time most exciting, I guess it would be the time I was flying LJU-FRA in heavy fog, wondering how long we would be circling on hold, and then *thump* we landed! I still don't know how the devil they did that, visibility must have been <100ft at the time...
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RE: Whats Your Favourite Approach?

Fri Dec 21, 2007 5:30 am

4 stand out for me...
1, Kai Tak (watching people's TVs in their apartments!)
2, ZQN in between the mountains and lakes, spectacular.
3, DXB at night is wonderful, especially the first time.
4, SYD on that lovely approach over the northern suburbs with the Opera House and Harbour Bridge to the left.
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