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Most Scenic Approaches In The US

Sat Oct 08, 2011 11:33 pm

From the flight deck, what airports have the most scenic approaches in the lower 48? Don't know what else to type so............thanks  
 
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RE: Most Scenic Approaches In The US

Sun Oct 09, 2011 12:38 am

When I saw the thread title, I was gonna say LIH, but then you said Lower 48, so...bubkes.
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RE: Most Scenic Approaches In The US

Sun Oct 09, 2011 2:16 am

I'd say LGA. Never been on the flight deck on approach to LGA but as a passenger, flying over Manhattan during sunset is spectacular.

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RE: Most Scenic Approaches In The US

Sun Oct 09, 2011 3:05 pm

I vote for San Diego...landing over downtown with the bay in view...a little piece of heaven.
 
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Sun Oct 09, 2011 3:23 pm

LAX... at night. Incredible sight.
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RE: Most Scenic Approaches In The US

Sun Oct 09, 2011 3:46 pm

I personally loved the approach into LAS, you see the desertic mountain, then the city and the airport is close to the Strip. Nice.

Also, I loved the approach into MIA.

Never been there, but approaches to places like JAC, BZN, EGE, TEX, WYS and others must be pretty scenic too


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RE: Most Scenic Approaches In The US

Sun Oct 09, 2011 5:00 pm

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 5):
Also, I loved the approach into MIA.

MIA from the east is a great one.

The best IMO is an easy choice. The river visual into DCA.
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RE: Most Scenic Approaches In The US

Sun Oct 09, 2011 7:11 pm

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 5):
I personally loved the approach into LAS, you see the desertic mountain, then the city and the airport is close to the Strip. Nice.

I've flown into LAS 11 times, and most of those times in a window seat and it never gets old, day or night. Flying over the Grand Canyon and over Lake Mead/Black Canyon before making the approach into LAS is beautiful. One trip, the approach path took the flight over Black Canyon just north of Lake Mead (Most of Black Canyon was filled to create Lake Mead.), and the canyon walls were a beautiful almost brick-red color. Now flying in at night is another story. Darkness, darkness, darkness, darkness, and like a bolt out of the blue, lights. The closest you can get to such an experience driving is if you're coming in from California on the I-15.
 
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RE: Most Scenic Approaches In The US

Sun Oct 09, 2011 7:26 pm

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 5):
Also, I loved the approach into MIA.
Quoting flymia (Reply 6):
MIA from the east is a great one.

At dusk, turning right to MIA looking out the window on the right handside, following 3 or 4 aircraft in on 27R, great. 
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RE: Most Scenic Approaches In The US

Sun Oct 09, 2011 7:53 pm

Definitely MIA coming from the East. The way you see downtown Miami, the ocean, the cruise ships, it's just too great! Although from the West it's pretty different...
 
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RE: Most Scenic Approaches In The US

Sun Oct 09, 2011 7:53 pm

Just about anywhere in the northern states now with the peak colors of fall. Great time of year to be flying.
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RE: Most Scenic Approaches In The US

Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:21 pm

River visual to DCA...at night seated on left side.
My real favorite since it means I am home....the approach to TPA over the Gulf&Beaches southbound and then turn north for landing.
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RE: Most Scenic Approaches In The US

Sun Oct 09, 2011 11:09 pm

Quoting flymia (Reply 6):
MIA from the east is a great one.

Yes it is! About a month ago i had an approach that used both the west and east. Flew down the west coast of Florida then over the Everglades, and took a turn north, flew over Key Biscayne and then came in on the South side of downtown.

Quoting jonathanxxxx (Reply 9):
Although from the West it's pretty different...

Bland as can be. Total swamp until you hit the Pike.

ATL can be nice if you fly around Stone Mountain.

ORD over the lake is simply amazing!
 
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RE: Most Scenic Approaches In The US

Mon Oct 10, 2011 4:35 am

Quoting flymia (Reply 6):
The best IMO is an easy choice. The river visual into DCA.

Have to agree. MIA is also awesome. I love, when flying there from the Northeast, how you hug the coast and then cross over Miami Beach and Downtown....Awesome views!

DCA,MIA,LAS,LGA have to be my top choices....
 
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RE: Most Scenic Approaches In The US

Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:31 pm

I'm a sucker for LGA at any given time of day, and even though I've arrived on both runways more times than I can count, never gets old. Every day I see aircraft departing/approaching over Manhattan, and I wonder what they must be seeing from a few thousand feet up. JFK, late afternoon, is also neat if you get views of the heavies on departure and approach over the water.

JAC, EGE, and ASE provide breathtaking views and are a lot of fun as those approaches can raise hairs and make you appreciate an aircraft's handling capability and pilot's skill.

PWM should also get an honorable mention if you approach/depart over the water.
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RE: Most Scenic Approaches In The US

Tue Oct 11, 2011 12:21 am

Quoting blink182 (Reply 14):
PWM should also get an honorable mention if you approach/depart over the water.

PWM was my first facility as a controller. It was amazing how every single pilot flew the Harbor Visual different.
 
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RE: Most Scenic Approaches In The US

Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:05 am

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As mentioned above, LGA is also very interesting too.
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RE: Most Scenic Approaches In The US

Wed Oct 12, 2011 4:06 pm

SEA on the PDT.CHINS7 STAR. Cross Humpp at or below 15,000 with Mt. Rainier on the left, 20 miles away at most.
Mt. Rainier tops out at 14,410ft and most of the times it's so huge it fills the entire window!
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RE: Most Scenic Approaches In The US

Wed Oct 12, 2011 5:38 pm

It's tough to beat the mountain airports during the height of the fall colors or after a fresh snow. I remember long ago taking a jumpseat into EGE, incredible view.

Quoting bluewhale18210 (Reply 17):
SEA on the PDT.CHINS7 STAR. Cross Humpp at or below 15,000 with Mt. Rainier on the left, 20 miles away at most.
Mt. Rainier tops out at 14,410ft and most of the times it's so huge it fills the entire window!



Agreed, simply beautiful if you're on the left side of the aircraft, otherwise you must look around the person across the aisle. Not quite as impressive yet still a lovely sight is inbound to PDX on the BONVL Arrival passing Mt. Hood which is also on the left side of the aircraft.
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RE: Most Scenic Approaches In The US

Wed Oct 12, 2011 6:15 pm

SEA, PDX and RDM are all really nice approaches. I believe on the approach from the south to SEA you get Mount St. Helens on one side and maybe Mount Rainier(?) on the other - you fly right by the peak of whichever that second mountain is.

Flying into RDM from the west, you are basically *in* the mountains until the last couple minutes, when you break into desert.

I was also impressed flying into Salt Lake last time; I didn't realize how mountainous it is around that city. Different kind of mountains, though; desert mountains, so everything's red (at this time of year, at least). Pretty interesting. Downside is bad turbulence, which may have just been my flight but it seemed like the terrain invites it - it's alternately either completely flat or mountains, and there's basically a basin around the city that all the wind can flow into and then get forced up by the mountains on the other side.

It is tough to beat any mountain approach for scenery.
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