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SYD Approach-Best Side Of The Aircraft For Scenery

Sat Aug 15, 2009 2:49 pm


I will be flying into Sydney, Australia in Septermber and wondered if there are approach patterns that are most common or likely. If so, which side of the aircraft should I sit on to get the best view of major landmarks like the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House when using those common approaches?

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RE: SYD Approach-Best Side Of The Aircraft For Scenery

Sat Aug 15, 2009 3:11 pm

AFAIK Sydney has one of the most complicated operations due to noise sharing. They have half a million different modes of operation and change runways every 5 seconds. There is really no way to tell which runway/direction you will be coming in.
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RE: SYD Approach-Best Side Of The Aircraft For Scenery

Sat Aug 15, 2009 3:19 pm

Where are you flying from?

In the morning , if coming from North America you're more likely to fly directly at Sydney and over the northern suburbs you will go one of two directions - fly to the east of the airport and have the city on the right hand side, or flight to the west of the airport and have the city on the left hand side, then do a 180 degree turn over the Tasman (if you go east) or over Royal National Park (if you go west) and double back to land coming from the south - this usually avoids most of the metropolitan area.

In saying that though you could just as well land from the North in which case left hand side of the plane is what you'd want to be on.

Watch the Sydney radar (delayed by 40 minutes) for your flight for a few days, it will give you an idea:

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