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Vote for your favourite airport approach

Old 25th Oct 2011, 21:13
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Thumbs up Vote for your favourite airport approach

Last year Sion (LSGS) won PrivateFly's most scenic airport approach from the flight deck. BBC Coverage Daily Mail.

Here is the short list for this year: 2011 Favourite Airport Approaches

Do you agree with this, or have we missed out your favourite airport approach?

Also what do you think makes an airport approach special for a pilot? Is it just the scenery, or does a technically challenging landing make an airport a more special entry in your log book?

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Old 25th Oct 2011, 21:46
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From the flight deck? Where does it say that?
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Old 25th Oct 2011, 21:57
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Last year we kept voting within the private jet community. This year we have opened it up to everyone. The idea is to celebrate and try to bring back the glamour of flying; especially to less known airports.

My favourite still has to be London City. No landing is ever the same at LCY and the views across London are second to none.
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Old 26th Oct 2011, 09:27
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for me it's the the one just before i go on leave.
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Old 28th Oct 2011, 12:31
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For me it must be Funchal or Kai Tak. So exciting!?!! Never knew whether you were going to finish up in the sea, hanging from a washing line or Arrivals.
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Old 28th Oct 2011, 13:33
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Best one I've observed from the cockpit is Catalina Island - cliff off both ends and, as I recall, a bit of a hump in the middle which can lead to some heavy braking as evidenced by some skid marks! Excellent landing by my mate and apparently the first time he had ever flown a low wing aircraft (an Archer). Having three porkers in the aircraft with him probably helped deal with the ground effect!

Also sat in the jump seat of a GB 737 quite a few years ago for a landing at Gib - nice tour around the rock and Algeciras Harbour courtesy of a GCA approach, before lining up on an impossibly short looking strip of concrete - we were comfortably at taxy speed by the road of course!
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Old 28th Oct 2011, 13:57
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Kai Tak without a shadow of a doubt.

Having been very fortunate in years past to ride the jump seat, this was without question the most special experience. Imagine low cloud, gusting wind and driving rain; add in the occasional views of the houses below and the 90 degree right hand bank to final.

Magical
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Old 28th Oct 2011, 17:29
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Since Kai Tak is no longer with us, I would have to say Wilson Bar, Idaho would get my vote. Runway 10 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is also a hoot in a large aircraft.
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Old 28th Oct 2011, 17:48
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Kai Tak without a shadow of a doubt.

Having been very fortunate in years past to ride the jump seat, this was without question the most special experience. Imagine low cloud, gusting wind and driving rain; add in the occasional views of the houses below and the 90 degree right hand bank to final.

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How time distorts our memory...... Spectacular, yes. Tricky, too, especially in southerly wind. But it was only a 47 degree turn onto runway 13 from the IGS. I've still got the Kai Tak letdown plates somewhere.
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Cape Town, from the north, down the West Coast, over the city, out into False Bay and back to the airfield.
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Old 28th Oct 2011, 18:21
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Old 28th Oct 2011, 19:31
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a little bit confused....as captain or as copilot? as passenger or as spectator? as atcos or supervisor in control tower?????//
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Old 30th Oct 2011, 07:44
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Funchal
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Old 30th Oct 2011, 19:43
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Funchal also gets my vote!!!
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Old 30th Oct 2011, 22:34
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Geneva from over over the lake, the only reason being is that I can see my house from there
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Old 31st Oct 2011, 13:31
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Last year Sion (LSGS) won PrivateFly's most scenic airport approach from the flight deck. BBC Coverage Daily Mail.
I like Samedan better than Sion, particularly in winter. Other nice ones are Chambery, Saanen, Innsbruck.

I like going to Olbia also, though that is more because of the "scenery" in dark blue pencil skirts in the FBO.
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Old 31st Oct 2011, 15:43
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I'm with Capetonian. Cape Town on two delightful occasions in glorious weather. Best view I have had from any airliner, except possibly Concorde at 55,000 feet, but that wasn't an approach.
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Old 31st Oct 2011, 16:09
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This is strictly from an SLF aspect, but my vote is the approach to 03 at Lisbon: right over the heart of the city, and over the Tagus (25 April) bridge. I once lived under the approcah at about 3mn from the threshold: fond memories whether as a ground-based looker-on, or in a window seat trying to spot our apartment balcony.
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1969 - Luqa, Malta.

SW runway - turning finals inside the church with 70-75 degrees of bank in a Lightning F3 with both in burner.

Wings level at about 30 feet.

Eat your hearts out you civilians.
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Duck, Burner = minimal wing lift. Ballsy move man :-)

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