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Old 06-17-2021, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Cole Valley, CA
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Yes, I love looking down and trying to figure out where we are. I wish GPS on my phone would work on that ( any suggestions?).
I think the GPS should work. It's Global Positioning Satellites which are still reachable from 30K feet in a plane. What's probably not working is your cellphone trying to retrieve the map data from Google. The solution is to download the offline maps beforehand through the google maps app for the areas you expect to be.
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Old 06-17-2021, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Default Do you look out the window when you fly?

Of course, that's the best part!

Favorite memories of scenery from the air:

Snow-covered Sierras in the moonlight, on a winter flight between Reno and LA.

Lightning storms in the distance on a nighttime flight over Tennessee.
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Old 06-17-2021, 02:18 PM
 
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Of course I do!

I like trying to guess where we are and what cities/lakes/rivers/interstates we are flying over, I love geography.
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Old 06-17-2021, 02:24 PM
 
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Of course I do!

I like trying to guess where we are and what cities/lakes/rivers/interstates we are flying over, I love geography.

Same here. I also spend time now and then doing it on google maps satellite view.
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Old 06-17-2021, 05:01 PM
 
Location: EPWV
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Been a long time but when I did, sure.
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Old 06-17-2021, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Nope! I sit middle or aisle. I only glance out for a minute or two right before landing. I like to pretend I'm on a bus and not on a plane.
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Old 06-17-2021, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Sandy Eggo's North County
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I'm still a sightseer, unless its just clouds or ocean.

My favorite view was a sunlit look at that huge glacier in Greenland calving all those icebergs. I looked around the plane, all dark -- everyone's shades were closed, I was the only passenger who saw this amazing sight.

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What were your favorite views from the air?
My favorite views are the gauges reading "normal."
I'll lookout the windows to verify my attitude, but that's about it. (Unless I'm landing ILS approach.)
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Old 06-17-2021, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Nowadays, I don't get to have the window seat, because my kids always want it. But before then, or when I'm traveling solo, I always go for the window. I love looking out and enjoying the passing scenery. Some cool things I've seen from a plane are the skyline of Manhattan, fireworks on the Fourth of July, Mount McKinley (Denali), and my own house. One time, I even saw an aurora borealis. I hope I never get tired or blasé about seeing what's out there.
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Old 06-17-2021, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Southern MN
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I've been flying for about fifty years and I still try to get a window seat. I bring something to read but if it's clear I spend nearly all of the flight looking out the window.

My regular flight once or twice a year is from MSP to CUN which nearly follows the Mississippi and over the Gulf of Mexico. I've driven that U.S. route enough times to recognize many landmarks and sometimes even some towns.

My favorite parts are over Louisiana especially the delta and when the very deep blue ocean turns to turquoise. Then over the jungle spotting cenotes.

Once flying into Cancun in the light rain I was treated to a circular rainbow under the plane.

I distinctly remember flying into MSP from SeaTac at Christmas time many years ago during a light snow fall and many of the homes below us having their Christmas lights on. It was beautiful. Coming home is always beautiful.
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Old 06-17-2021, 11:36 PM
 
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On a transatlanict, with only clouds, I chanced to look down and see another airliner going the other way way. Apparent relative speed, 1200 mph, perfectly silent. A very eerie feeling.

First flight I remember seeing anything impressive was the sunlitearly-morning Greek islands. I thought they looked like pieces of gold jewelry in a blue velvet case.

I flew over thee Alps on a rainy overcast day, but the higher peaks were poking out of the cottony clouds, up into the sunlight, nearly at eye level. Another mountain view was the Bolivian Andes almost at sunset, with all the peaks sunlit on one side and dark on the other. It was terrifying to imagine being down there in that inhospitable terrain.

Biggest disappointment -- Norwegian fjords, which look flat from the air.
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