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RE: CNN: LAS Is World's 2nd-most Scenic Approach

Wed May 13, 2015 2:46 pm

We just flew into LPQ the other day and it was nothing short of spectacular. Easily the most breathtaking of the 170+ airports I've ever flown into.

They've got one runway and the wind generally blows in the same direction so you're practically guaranteed that amazing approach too, regardless.

FWIW, the old Quito airport was wonderful also.
 
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RE: CNN: LAS Is World's 2nd-most Scenic Approach

Wed May 13, 2015 3:07 pm

I'm not sure where exactly LAS should be in the list but flying that route in LAS from the north, and even the PHX and PSP area, is definitely impressive. I personally think the landscape around there is amazing and love flying in and around the area.
 
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RE: CNN: LAS Is World's 2nd-most Scenic Approach

Wed May 13, 2015 6:36 pm

Passing over the grand canyon is incredible... Even though it's desert... it's very striking.
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RE: CNN: LAS Is World's 2nd-most Scenic Approach

Wed May 13, 2015 11:19 pm

Quoting ODwyerPW (Reply 52):

My thoughts exactly. Coming from the east you have the Grand Canyon then the canyons and mountains around lake mead. Coming from all directions you have mountains, canyons, the Colorado river, Death Valley etc. The approach is much more than just the moments immediately before touch down. Flying into LAS you have at least 30 minutes of incredible and diverse scenery
 
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RE: CNN: LAS Is World's 2nd-most Scenic Approach

Wed May 13, 2015 11:38 pm

Making a list about such subjective things can be tricky. I am sure all of them have some kind of scenic interests.

Quoting SonomaFlyer (Reply 12):
I can see SXM from a spotter's standpoint

I agree with that. Water on both sides of the aircraft and then a quick peak at Maho beach before touchdown.

Quoting LJ (Reply 13):
BTW what's so scenic about the approach to NCE? Maybe I've missed something, but it's a very usual approach over water. Nothing special.

Arriving from the West you get to fly quite close to the red rocks of the Esterel range then Cannes and its Croisette, then the Cap d'Antibes. The shot below was taken after take-off to the West. The reverse approach actually brings you closer to the coast. Approaching from the East is briefly spectacular as you fly low over the old town before the aircraft banks.

Cap d'Antibes after take off from NCE
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RE: CNN: LAS Is World's 2nd-most Scenic Approach

Wed May 13, 2015 11:42 pm

I love the approaches into LAS. Apparently I'm not the only one; as one poster suggested, the number of people trying to look out the windows is unrivaled in any other city to which I've flown.

I love the daytime approaches more than night because I love looking at the mountains and the desert, and then city appears.

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RE: CNN: LAS Is World's 2nd-most Scenic Approach

Wed May 13, 2015 11:44 pm

HOW did they determine who made the list I know lots of cities that should have made the list and didn't?
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RE: CNN: LAS Is World's 2nd-most Scenic Approach

Thu May 14, 2015 12:48 pm

Quoting b777900 (Reply 56):
HOW did they determine who made the list I know lots of cities that should have made the list and didn't?

Well everybody here needs to accept that any list like this is totally subjective, and somebody else's personal opinion on what is most scenic.

I'm sure 90% of the folks here would disagree with your list of cities ...as they would mine.

It's like the best meal in a the best restaurants in the world....10 lists from 10 food 'experts' will give you completely different answers with a small overlap.

What is the best painting/art in the world ???

It's not right or wrong when it's something this subjective.


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RE: CNN: LAS Is World's 2nd-most Scenic Approach

Thu May 14, 2015 1:18 pm

I'm surprised no one has mentioned EYW. Miles of shallow water that is a beautiful green color, before slamming on the brakes on a 4800 foot runway.
 
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RE: CNN: LAS Is World's 2nd-most Scenic Approach

Thu May 14, 2015 5:54 pm

While those 10 airports may have some nice approaches, having filmed flights into 930 airports I can say there are far nicer ones that are not listed... but then again I doubt CNN knows about those places  
 
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RE: CNN: LAS Is World's 2nd-most Scenic Approach

Thu May 14, 2015 7:45 pm

Quoting justplanes (Reply 59):
While those 10 airports may have some nice approaches, having filmed flights into 930 airports I can say there are far nicer ones that are not listed... but then again I doubt CNN knows about those places

Any favorites you would like to mention?
 
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RE: CNN: LAS Is World's 2nd-most Scenic Approach

Thu May 14, 2015 8:33 pm

Quoting justplanes (Reply 59):
While those 10 airports may have some nice approaches, having filmed flights into 930 airports I can say there are far nicer ones that are not listed... but then again I doubt CNN knows about those places

A little off topic but can I request more freighter videos? Lufthansa Cargo's new 777F would be nice!
 
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RE: CNN: LAS Is World's 2nd-most Scenic Approach

Sun May 17, 2015 12:41 pm

Quoting Flighty (Reply 60):
Quoting justplanes (Reply 59):
While those 10 airports may have some nice approaches, having filmed flights into 930 airports I can say there are far nicer ones that are not listed... but then again I doubt CNN knows about those places

Any favorites you would like to mention?

For example I'll take CNN's #3 airport Nice... While its a very nice approach its certainly nothing special... if you take Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport the scenery is just beyond spectacular! First of all overflying the airport itself, seeing sugar load mountain, copa cabana beach, the bridge etc... just night and day compared to Nice!

I think they picked Saba because of its runway but scenically St Barth is a lot nicer, way more to see.

Instead of Toronto City, which is nice, I would have picked La Guardia which offers so much more as far as scenery and depending on your approach could be fantastic.

The scenery when flying in and out of Longyearbyen is so majestic, it certainly deserves a mention but so do many others...
 
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RE: CNN: LAS Is World's 2nd-most Scenic Approach

Sun May 17, 2015 12:43 pm

Quoting B747400ERF (Reply 61):
A little off topic but can I request more freighter videos? Lufthansa Cargo's new 777F would be nice!

If the 777F is what you're into I may have some decent news for you  
Besides the Ethiopian B777F/MD11F which is available we recently filmed the TNT 777F on the Dubai-Hong Kong route and that will be released later this year... and we're looking at filming Air France's 777F later this year...
 
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RE: CNN: LAS Is World's 2nd-most Scenic Approach

Sun May 17, 2015 1:02 pm

RNP approach into ZQN (Queenstown, NZ) on an overcast day:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mxmFCw-Dig

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RE: CNN: LAS Is World's 2nd-most Scenic Approach

Mon May 18, 2015 1:29 am

LAS won 2nd because 19R/L at night is awesome. As is 1L/R departures. I think it deserves the spot it got.
 
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RE: CNN: LAS Is World's 2nd-most Scenic Approach

Mon May 18, 2015 11:14 am

27 Approach into LHR is definitely worthy of the top 10 IMHO, and even 09 gives some lovely views of the countryside/Windsor.
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RE: CNN: LAS Is World's 2nd-most Scenic Approach

Mon May 18, 2015 1:38 pm

Quoting justplanes (Reply 62):
For example I'll take CNN's #3 airport Nice..

My understanding is that it was not a CNN vote:

http://www.privatefly.com/us/airport...portPollResults2015#ad-image-link3

As mentioned earlier, I was asked to vote on their French web site in 2014 and 2015..
 
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RE: CNN: LAS Is World's 2nd-most Scenic Approach

Mon May 18, 2015 1:44 pm

LAS as second best looking approach?? Did the Nevada tourism board pay for this????
 
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RE: CNN: LAS Is World's 2nd-most Scenic Approach

Mon May 18, 2015 2:01 pm

Definitely agree with ZQN, it is a rather stunning approach.

As for me, I'm rather partial to this view:


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RE: CNN: LAS Is World's 2nd-most Scenic Approach

Mon May 18, 2015 10:45 pm

No love for FAE? (Vagar Aiport in Faroe Islands)

Best approach i've ever been on
 
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RE: CNN: LAS Is World's 2nd-most Scenic Approach

Mon May 18, 2015 10:48 pm

How about the SADDE6 arrival at sunset into LAX? It's definitely one of the nicest, sure I may have a LAX bias 

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RE: CNN: LAS Is World's 2nd-most Scenic Approach

Mon May 18, 2015 11:00 pm

I don't think I would put half of those in my top 10, let along LAS   
LAS doesn't even make my top 10 most scenic U.S. approaches unless you consider flying over the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam from the East, an approach to LAS.
 
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RE: CNN: LAS Is World's 2nd-most Scenic Approach

Mon May 18, 2015 11:33 pm

To make the top ten it shouldn't matter what runway configuration the airport is in.

I don't got much experience internationally, but HNL, LIH, ANC, DCA, LGA, any airport in SE Alaska...all beat out LAS by far. LAS #2! That's just crazy.

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