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Old 06-16-2011, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I want to go here to sit on the beach and watch planes come in. Any other airports that have inetresting approaches/landings? I heard one in Latin America is a challenge.
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Old 06-17-2011, 03:26 AM
 
Location: on an island
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Landing on Nantucket in a 6-seater or even just San Francisco in larger, more regular-sized aircraft can be an interesting experience. It certainly makes you appreciate your pilot.

I've heard of Saba in the Caribbean.

YouTube - ‪Shortest runway in the world?‬‏

Courcheval in the French Alps.

YouTube - ‪Beech Baron landing at Courchevel Airport, France‬‏

Barra in Scotland--it's the beach.
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Old 06-17-2011, 09:22 AM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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Oh my god Maho is terriying!!!!
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Old 06-17-2011, 11:45 AM
 
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Orange County (John Wayne) airport in CA. Because of noise restrictions take-offs are like a rocket launch. Including the few moments of weightless-ness. (I love to watch the faces of the un-suspecting.)

Landings are also an E-ticket. Though the real thrills are for the drivers on the freeway next to the runway who have a 737 coming in 50 feet above their heads.
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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Saint Barths in the Caribbean is crazy too. Must see videos on Youtube for people who do not know about it. Another great approach is at Washington Regan National Airport the River Approach to runway 19 it fantastic!! Always sit on the left side of the plane when flying into DCA and the right side when flying out. Best views you will ever have of DC and the mall etc..
Also London City is a good approach. And there are some good ones to New York Laguardia not sure the runway numbers though.
The South American one is probably Quito. It is pretty crazy and there are also plenty of videos on youtube of that. Of course the most famous would be the Old Hong Kong airport. That approach was crazy.
Also one last one to mention and probably the most dangerous approach in the world is Lukla Airport near Mount Everest. the approach is crazy with the runway ending at a rock wall and starting over a cliff. There are no go arounds here every landing has to be perfect or a crash no climb and try it again.
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Old 06-18-2011, 08:19 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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Long Beach Airport in California was a concept. As we were landing, we circled around the Pacific Ocean for at least 20 minutes returning from Seattle. Due to a change in travel plans, I only flew INTO LGB so I cannot say anything about take-off.
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Old 06-18-2011, 08:20 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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Orange County (John Wayne) airport in CA. Because of noise restrictions take-offs are like a rocket launch. Including the few moments of weightless-ness. (I love to watch the faces of the un-suspecting.)

Landings are also an E-ticket. Though the real thrills are for the drivers on the freeway next to the runway who have a 737 coming in 50 feet above their heads.
That would have freaked me out for sure ... So far, I've been able to avoid SNA (John Wayne) but should I eventually move to OC, I may have to designate that as my home airport. LAX is my top choice.
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Old 06-19-2011, 11:25 AM
 
Location: California Mountains
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We used to live in OC for decades and flew out of John Wayne hundreds of time. With each smooth takeoff and barely-kiss-the-tarmac landing, we loved it more and more. Only felt the landing once when an Italian pilot who must be a first timer at SNA slammed hard on the brake to bring the plane to the complete stop. With a great majority of passengers who were Italian, he received an ovation!
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Old 06-19-2011, 11:38 AM
 
Location: On the road.
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Midway airport, Chicago. Flying in at rooftop levels you think you will clip a house. Great for plane spotting (if you like SWA's 737's). Nice park at 63'rd & Central ave. when they are landing on 4R.
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Old 06-19-2011, 12:19 PM
 
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Saigon you get to taxi past all the bunkers with old Mig-21s parked in them.




The new Sky Train they are building in Phoenix is built for planes to taxi under it, man that thing is way the hell up there. I'm probably going to go ride it just for the sake of riding it when it is finished.

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