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Best Airport Approaches

Fri Dec 07, 2012 4:09 pm

Murdo Morrison, editor of Flight International reckons that London City has the best approach on this poll.

Do you agree? What are the most impressive or exciting approaches that you have flown?
 
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RE: Best Airport Approaches

Fri Dec 07, 2012 4:47 pm

My votes would be:

TGU - Tegucigalpa Toncontin International Airport, Honduras
IFJ - Isafjordur Airport, Iceland
LUA - Lukla Airport, Nepal
SXM - St Maarten Princess Juliana International Airport, Netherland Antilles
CUZ - Cusco Alejandro Velasco International Airport, Peru

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Fri Dec 07, 2012 5:31 pm

What is zhe best Approach for you? Scenery? Difficulty?

I always likes LHR as you are approaching over the city. Difficult but awesome was UIO and I enjoy LAX every time I fly there...

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Fri Dec 07, 2012 7:38 pm

MEX
SDU
AEP
MDZ (from SCL)
CPH (You think you are going to hit the Malmo bridge)
DCA
 
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Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:11 pm

These are the ones I enjoy the most. Limited to the US just because I haven't been to many other places

SEA
PDX
DCA- Along the river and around the sights.
SLC
TEX
 
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Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:48 pm

JOE - Very nice landscapes with much lakes
ARN - Over the City
GIB
 
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Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:49 pm

ZQN - Mountains on all sides
WLG
HKT
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Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:13 am

For me I'd say:

ZQN : Gorgeous scenery
LHR
SYD
 
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Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:43 am

For me:

SEA
SNA - steep take offs and landings.
DCA - Along the river.
HNL
ANC
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Sat Dec 08, 2012 3:36 am

I vote for EGE...........great view.
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Sat Dec 08, 2012 4:30 am

My votes are U.S. only as well:

DCA - the river visual is outstanding
HNL - the downwind sector along Waikiki/Honolulu/Pearl Harbor is just beautiful.
MDW - skimming houses puts your aircraft speed into a new perspective.
ANC - when it's sunny out, few panoramas have so much to offer.
 
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Sat Dec 08, 2012 5:03 am

ASE was fun before their appch control took it all over. now, EGE gets cute, CHE is fun with 4k/min descents, TEX is amaxing with the scenery
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Sat Dec 08, 2012 6:38 am

My personal favorites are:
LGA-Just something about coming in over the water that I love. Even as a pilot it freaks me out to see water and then boom runway.
SYD-Only done it a handful of times but it is gorgeous
MSP-Might not be a gorgeous view, but I love the twin cities
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RE: Best Airport Approaches

Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:30 pm

From experience

SFO 19R (although I've heard 1R is far more impressive, I haven't experienced that approach yet)
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ElK-R4Ghx-U
LGA (not sure which runway this is, but I am guessing 4?)
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jPi4IM3Wrxw
ANC
YVR
LHR
SIN (all those boats!)
GMP 32
PUS 18


Edit... How could I forget the Canarsie approach at JFK?

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rvobWo3gRMg (admittedly I was sitting on the wrong side, but it was still awesome)

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Sat Dec 08, 2012 5:46 pm

I'm highly surprised that you guys don't consider SNA awesome with the steep take-offs!   
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Sat Dec 08, 2012 7:55 pm

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 14):
I'm highly surprised that you guys don't consider SNA awesome with the steep take-offs!

Subject of the thread is "approaches".
 
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Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:07 pm

LGA- On VFR days, great views of Manhattan and the skyline no matter the rwy, but gotta love the Expressway Visual to 31.
DCA- River visual to 19 should be on everyone's bucket list.
LCY- Steep over the Thames and plops you right in the middle of Canary Wharf
AEP- While Buenos Aires doesn't have as many distinguishable landmarks as say NYC or LON, still a fascinating approach right by the docks.
LAS- Last time we did an approach to 25R and circled to land on 19L, had us in tight by the strip, can only imagine what it must look like at night.
Gibraltar- Haven't done it personally, but visited the airport and a colleague flew in once, coming in with great views of the strait and the rock along with the added bonus of cars waiting behind the railroad style gates to cross the runway.
JAC- Breathtaking view of the Tetons on the way in.
SEA- Coming in on 16's gives you a great view of Downtown and of course BFI where you can spot the prototype B747 along with Concorde.
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Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:13 pm

I did like LGA's approach, a good view of Manhattan and then a steep descent over water and very cool breaking action upon landing. I do like LAX's approach too, it is a very nice tour of LA as the aircraft fly above the city.
 
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Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:18 pm

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 8):
SNA - steep take offs and landings.

Is the glide path angle any different than SNA? Not to my knowledge. The initial takeoff angle on 73Gs these days is something like 18 degrees AFAIK, which really isn't much different than normal. 757s do (or at least used to) do more like 25 degrees. Now that is spectacular.


I like SJC when landing on the 30s. You fly right over downtown San Jose just before touchdown. The entire approach on the SEA-SJC flight is spectacular when sitting on the left side. First you fly down the Marin County coast. Then the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco is just to your right; then flying right over the top of SFO with the resulting Bay views. Then down over the coastal range and loop around back into the Santa Clara valley. The Loop Departure out of SJC is just as spectacular.
 
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Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:59 pm

My votes go to:

BOS
SAN
SEA
ACK
SYD
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Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:00 pm

There are quite a few spectacular approaches in the BC interior especially YCG. Navigating the mountains is quite the experience.
 
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Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:47 am

My favorites are:

SAN
SFO
SEA
ORD - Arriving from over the lake
HNL
 
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Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:33 am

I think the state of Alaska has to be at the top of my list.

PSG
WRG
ADQ
ADK
JNU
SIT
KTN

LAX
SFO
PSP
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Thu Dec 13, 2012 5:49 am

Of the ones i've done:

NCE - Touching down right at the waters' edge.
LHR - On the 27's for the views of the City
LCY - on RWY 09 (for same reason as above)
DUB - Approaching from the west, over the south of the city, out over Dublin bay, and into RWY 28
SFO - For the VERY close proximity to other aircraft, and the views
LAX - For endless urban sprawl.
LAS - for the strip views
SIN - For the endless amount of ships visible approaching from the sea
PEN - Because its landing in paradise
SXM - Well, because it's SXM!
 
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Thu Dec 13, 2012 5:48 pm

My votes are below. Not surprisingly, you'll see I love urban approaches, or ones that give you an awesome introduction to the place you're visiting:

North America
LGA - a treat basically no matter which runway you come in onn. 22 is the most dull, and it's not even that bad
BOS - left side during approach to the 4s, great views of the city
LAX - it's not particularly hair-raising, but still exciting to come in over such a massive city
MDW - frighteningly close views of Chicago bungalows
SXM - this one speaks for itself
SBH - a controlled dive over the top of a hill, what's not to love?

Europe
LIS - if you're coming from the south or southwest, you're over the city until just before touchdown - great views
LHR - if landing from the east. Western approaches are super dull (Windsor Castle notwithstanding)
MAD - something about the highland landscape around MAD is just quintessentially Spanish; great sense of place

Australasia
SYD - citizens may hate the noise, but landing on the 16s, there is no doubt you're in Australia's capital!
ZQN - unbelievable views of the Southern Alps and a hair-raising corkscrew landing pattern
HND - massive city and water under the plane until the last moment
SHA - you thought Los Angeles was big and bustling?
LPQ - gorgeous mountain scenery and great views of a beautiful little town
BOM - slums, high-rises, beaches, roads choked with traffic. Welcome to India!

South & Central America
MEX - same as the others, you're right over the city and it's a big one. Love that turn onto final right over Reforma.
CGH - nothing like skyscrapers a few hundred feet below the wing
SDU - the airport on a postage stamp. Spiral approach over the water, killer views of the city and a landing that needs a tailhook!
GUA - steep descent over the mountains, the city appears out of nowhere, and you're over it until the last second

Africa & Middle East
CPT - beautiful scenery and an interesting introduction to South African society - townships right under final approach
MQP - mountains all around and a bit of a "surprise" landing, since the airport is on a plateau
LVI or VFA - with some luck and a seat on the correct side, you get a killer view of Victoria Falls
 
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Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:07 am

Saleya 22R (not surprisingly) votes for NCE, specially the approach my user name refers to!

GIB: Flown there twice..I remember specially the approach and landing with Monarch's 757. You can walk to downtown across the RWY after arrival.

EZE: The initial approach over River Plate, you get an impression of the huge size of greater BA.
 
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Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:32 pm

Well, I'm partial, but SZG has some great views, and sometimes I get to see my house if we get routed to the south.

I was in the US for a conference at Uni Pitt, and I ended up flying into PIT and departing from MGW to visit some people who live there. I always like flying into Pitt, especially if you go over the rivers and see the bridges.

MGW was a fun departure, given that it is kind of on the side of a mountain.
 
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Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:18 am

INN - full procedure fromthe west (LOC-DME-West-APP)
 
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Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:37 am

LHR - Night approach along the Thames. Particularly good at the moment with all the Christmas lights and the Winter Wonderland attraction in Hyde Park
LCY - Personally prefer the departure, but great views of East London and Docklands.
GIB - Some great views of the rock can be had on a clear day
SIN - For the boats and the bays
LAS - The terrain and then the lights of the strip
BGI - Coming in around the bay, past the cruise ships and then into Grantley Adams
 
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Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:49 pm

One of the more unique ones that hasn't been mentioned (probably because it's not really a destination) is to 5 at CRW. You come in over the city and the valley and feel like you are about 1000' AGL when you touch down because all of the terrain that you can see is much lower than the airport.
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Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:00 pm

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 29):
One of the more unique ones that hasn't been mentioned (probably because it's not really a destination) is to 5 at CRW. You come in over the city and the valley and feel like you are about 1000' AGL when you touch down because all of the terrain that you can see is much lower than the airport.

I was just going to mention CRW. I was an FA all the times I've flown into CRW, but I hear that from the front office it's a great view.
 
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Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:22 pm

My all time favourite is BEY . Lovely view over the city as you land from the sea.
 
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Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:30 pm

LHR...view of the city and you get a good impression of the scale of London
SYD...Iconic view of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, plus the harbour
AYQ (Ayers Rock/Uluru)....no matter how many times you've seen films/pictures of the Red Centre of Australia, nothing can prepare you for just how red it really is oput there, the soil, the sand dunes etc and plants dotted about, very unique and very unusual.
STO...I found interesting you get to realise how many islands there are in Sweden and lakes etc very interesting
 
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Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:22 am

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 29):
One of the more unique ones that hasn't been mentioned (probably because it's not really a destination) is to 5 at CRW. You come in over the city and the valley and feel like you are about 1000' AGL when you touch down because all of the terrain that you can see is much lower than the airport.

Another airport with that characteristic at Pasto, Colombia (PSO).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Odyw9zwn83g
 
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Sat Dec 22, 2012 3:01 am

Separated by continents, like jsnww81 put:

North and Central America
JFK - Canarsie approach.
MEX - huge city, a true sea of lights at night.

Europe
LIS - lovely view of the city on approach to runway 03 (the most used rwy).
CDG - if coming from the south and depending on the runway in use, you might see most of Paris passing underneath you.

South America
IPC - one of the most remote places on earth (if not the most)!
CGH - when approaching runway 17R, you have the impression you'll crash on the buildings below (take a left seat).
SDU - basically an aircraft carrier, the shortest runways 738s operate (1.323 m/ 4,340 ft). The approach to runway 20 is nice, but landing on 02 is magnificent (not different from Kai Tak, the Sugar Loaf playing the role of the checkerboard).
VIX - landing on runway 05, you have a full view of the city on your right-hand side.
AEP - nice view of Buenos Aires if you're on the correct side of the airplane.

Africa
CPT - beautiful scenery (Table Mountain).
CAI - weather permitting, you can see the pyramids!
LVI or VFA - Victoria Falls

Australasia
ZQN - wonderful scenery (Alps and lake).
 
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Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:25 pm

My list is pretty North America-based, but it is where I've done most of my flying:

YXX - Navigating the mountains before touching down on a shorter runway. YLW is similar. YVR is up there as well.
YTZ - Landing besides the Downtown Toronto waterfront and CN tower. WOW!
LAS (at night) - When I went, we landed using the 'Stratosphere' approarch. Simply amazing with all of the lights of the Strip!
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Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:25 pm

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Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:31 pm

Just experienced my first LCY approach, and it didn't disappoint - very cool how quickly you go from bursting through the clouds to wheels being planted on the runway.
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RE: Best Airport Approaches

Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:36 pm

HNL, LGA, NCE, and BOS have fun OMG only 50 feet up and still above water approaches.
LGA-NYC
BOS-islands, ocean, city, lighthouse
SXM-nuff said
DCA-19 visual
DEN-on clear winter days, when you can see the snowy Rockies, downtown Denver and you approach past the fuel farm.
ANC-amazing on clear days.
These two aren't the most amazing, I just like the approach for some reason
SAN-when you are lower than the hill and near the Pacific.
CLT- if you come in at the right place you have nice city views, airport glimpses, and land past the museum.
SYD-rwy 16s
 
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RE: Best Airport Approaches

Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:08 pm

Quoting jsnww81 (Reply 24):
SYD - citizens may hate the noise, but landing on the 16s, there is no doubt you're in Australia's capital!

BUZZ, you're wrong. Sydney is not Australia's capital. Canberra is Australia's capital.

For me, I personally like the following in no particular order:

MZL
MIA - when landing from the East
FLL - when landing from the West
HKG - when approaching from the Northeast
SIN - when landing on the 02s
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Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:09 am

LAS at night.
ANC at sunset.
LCY anytime.
ITM anytime as well. I flew in only a handful of times (when it was still the Osaka airport) and every time, the approach was pretty straight in but remarkable by how close the last buildings are (were?) to the threshold. I would always swear we'd tear off someone's roof, or at the very least their aerial, on the way down...
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Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:35 am

GOI or Goa in the early morning with sunrise. Beautiful, very beautiful.
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Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:45 am

Coming into PHX is really nice, especially when you're on the A side of the plane. If you're landing to the west, you pass right by ASU and Tempe Town Lake and the Mill Avenue district. A really nice photo op! Coming into the east, you fly right next to downtown, at a height lower than the Chase Tower! Also you can see the Baseball Stadium too. When coming in for a landing to the east, you fly right around Camelback and you can see all the swanky resorts in Scottsdale too.
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