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Where To Sit Flying Into DCA And LGA

Wed Sep 30, 2009 6:21 pm


In December i'm flying to the States, and am looking for some advice about which side of the plane to sit to get the best views for landing and takeoff. The main things I want to see are Northern Lights (on US 732, I imagine I'd have to sit on the left), and views of Washington (US 3108 and US 750) and New York (US 4584 and US 947).

LGWCLT US 733 1135-1550 A332
CLTDCA US 3108 1755-1915 E175
DCAPHL US 750 1600-1708 A319
PHLMSP US 1847 1805-2012 A319
MSPPHL US 1838 0951-1325 E190
PHLLGA US 4584 1515-1612 DH8
LGACLT US 947 1445-1649 A321
CLTLGW US 732 1815-0710 A333

Thanks for any advice! Upcoming flights: LHR-CDG,LHR-BKK-AKL-TBU,EUA-TBU-NAN-WLG,WHK-AKL-BKK-LHR
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RE: Where To Sit Flying Into DCA And LGA

Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:06 pm

Hate to tell you, but NY area airports change their runway usage configuration A LOT, sometimes multiple times in a day. No way to predict what runway would be in use this far away. General rule of thumb is that the winds would probably be coming from a northerly direction in the winter to blow in the cold air, so either runway 4 or 31 for LGA, so left side of the plane to see the city. But again, around here they can't even tell me what the weather is going to be this afternoon...let alone over 2 months from now! LOL!

Sectional chart here to get a better idea of the airport and surrounding areas for LGA:
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RE: Where To Sit Flying Into DCA And LGA

Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:17 pm

You've got a 50/50 shot at the Georgetown/Rosslyn river approach at DCA so I would suggest the left side for US3108. You'll be arriving at dark so Washington is beautiful at night either approach. LGA is hard to call as well, but on the Dash 8 sit in row 9. Rows 6, 7 and 8 on it have missing or misaligned windows. Row 3 up front is good, but near prop and engine nacelle.
On 733 and 732 - sit right westbound on 733 and left on 732 eastbound. Avoid row 10 (no window) and rows 22 and 38 (bulkhead no recline) on the A333.
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RE: Where To Sit Flying Into DCA And LGA

Thu Oct 01, 2009 2:10 am

Both are totally dependent on what runway is being used. For DCA, sit on the left side and hopefully (50% chance) you'll get a gorgeous view of DC--easily one of the nicest views upon landing in the United States.

At LGA, I would also recommend sitting on the left side. If you really want to make sure you get a good view, I'd check the landing pattern before your flight and choose the correct side accordingly.

Btw, I live in DC so if you need suggestions for what to do around here or want to meet up for a drink, feel free to message me! Have a great trip!
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RE: Where To Sit Flying Into DCA And LGA

Thu Oct 01, 2009 12:48 pm


You're also phlying into Philadelphia; yet you did not ask about where to sit for the best views during that approach.

Philly is just as venerable a city as those other two!!! (It furthermore was the U.S. capital before either of the other two cities gained that distinction.)
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