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Voting for the Most Scenic Airport Landings of 2017 will open February 1st.
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Ana Silva O'Reilly said: "I used to land in Barcelona every week for 4 years… but having landed earlier this year after a 5 year hiatus, really brought the memories back. The city has so many identifiable landmarks and it is a joy to try and locate them as you land, by the mediterranean sea, and mentally plan your day ahead."
*2011 Airport Poll Winner*
Voters said: "Beautiful scenery and it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to land on a beach."
Carol Cork said: "When you approach Billy Bishop to land on Toronto Island, the view is breathtaking, framing the striking cityscape against the harbour."
Charles Audier said: "If sitting on the port side of the plane while approaching number 28, after a view of an arid desert, the only thing you see is the blue of the Indian Ocean to the West and the bay to the East, situated in the mouth of a former lagoon become desert. At the last minute, when we think we’ll be landing on water, we find ourselves landing on a thin strip on land, covered in a thick layer of orange dust."
Tiffany Dowd said: "The majestic Table Mountain suddenly appears, and it instantly takes your breath away. The bird’s eye view of Cape Town and its sparkling beaches are an unforgettable first impression as you arrive to this beautiful South African city."
Maxime Pagnoux said: "This airport is quite extraordinary! The view is incredible and then, landing on a slope with a runway just 500 meters long - it's crazy, no?"
Adam Twidell, said: "I have landed at Donegal many times and the rugged coastline of Ireland's North West coast is even more awe-inspiring from the air, with the backdrop of Mount Errigal adding to the timeless appeal."
Chris Kjelgaard said: "The approach on the island of Dominica involves a long, curved approach avoiding Morne Diablotins (Dominica's highest mountain) and a short, final approach down a narrow gully overhung by tree branches at the top."
Ross Atkinson said: "In a sprawling city with a population of over six million people, Bogotá, Columbia, is dominated by structures built in red tones set against the lush green backdrop of the Andes Mountains. In the distance rising over 10,300 feet above sea level from the edge of the city center, is the ever-important 350-year-old religious church and shrine of Mount Monserrate. Don’t stop looking as you depart. Just outside of Bogata you can also spot the most uniquely colored mountain lake, Lake Guatavita or the Tominé Reservoir."
Doug Gollan said: "Approaching with a back drop of the mountain and the lake fountain, Montblanc in the distance - spectacular!"
Tom Otley said: "Gibraltar has stunning views, the iconic rock and a very short runway on the border of two countries."
David Scowsill said: "The gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, with the island approach over turquoise water setting an appropriately dramatic scene for this stunning natural wonder."
Maxime Pagnoux said: "A track in the middle of nowhere, built on ice."
David Scowsill said: "Jawdropping in any season, the approach offers unforgettable views of the Tetons from any direction, with a landing right in the national park."
Chris Kjelgaard said: "On northbound flight trajectories, if one is sitting at a window seat on the right-hand side of the passenger cabin one gets a really good view off to the right of the sprawl along the coastline of Orange County, Long Beach, Los Angeles, the San Fernandino Valley and Ventura County."
Jason Rabinowitz said: "All approaches into LGA give stunning views of the world's best city that are otherwise impossible to get. The views make the fact that you're going to LGA worth it."
Carol Cork said: "Landing at McCarran gives you an incredible view of contrasts - with the glamorous metropolis rising from the desert as you approach. You're bound to enjoy your visit with an arrival like that! "
Rohit Jaggi said: "On a clear day a flight into Leh means you you can watch the Inian plain surrender to the immensity of the Himalayas, cross jagged peaks and intricate valley systems, and descend into a bustling city whose scale is dwarfed by the surrounding mountains."
Miquel Ros said: "The airport is quite close to the city center and this makes for very impressive views of the historical city center and the amazing natural setting where Lisbon is located (at the mouth of the Tagus estuary)."
Tom Otley said: "Landing at London City Airport is not only convenient for work, it also offers an ever-changing snapshot of one of the greatest cities in the world."
Rohit Jaggi said: "Come in at low level from the southeast and you cross almost within touching distance of Bohol's velvety Chocolate Hills, and skim over turquoise water dotted with people far from shore, seemingly walking on the surface but actually fishing from barely submerged sandbars."
Ana Silva O'Reilly said: "Madeira is one of the most interesting airports to land - and not all pilots are qualified to do so - but on a clear day, it is one of the most unique airports in the world - the runway is surround by water on 3 sides, and a mountain on the other."
Paul Johnson said: "The airport itself is not so remarkable, but arriving there to get a seaplane on to your island of choice is always a special treat."
*2016 Airport Poll Winner*
Voters said: "I love this airport approach due to the amazing scenery one may see. On approach, you can see not only Malta, but its sister islands (Gozo and Comino) too. Add the sunset to that scenario and the result is just magic."
*2014 Airport Poll Winner*
Voters said: "It is SO beautiful. We fly in over the Alps, spectacular in themselves, and then quite suddenly the Mediterranean sea is before us, along with a view of much of the coastline, including, of course, Nice. The approach into Nice is simply the most beautiful in the world!"
Adam Twidell said: "A beautiful beachside landing over Florida's Space Coast. "
Charles Audier said: "While trekking on the Pole2Pole expedition by Mike Horn, we took off in a pair of 8 seater twin-engine planes from this airport in the middle of the country’s desert hills. With endless roads laid out in straight lines across the region, it is difficult to find the actual landing strip as the adjoining village is really small and the strip is always covered in a veil of dust, making it almost imperceptible."
*2015 Airport Poll Winner*
Seth Miller said: "Drop out of the clouds, between the mountains and into a lush valley with a lake in the distance. It has a bit of everything."
Benet Wilson said: "I had the chance to sit in the cockpit of an Expressjet Embraer ERJ-145. The river approach follows the Potomac River because the airport not only has strict noise regulations, it's also inside the Washington DC Special Flight Rules Area, designed to protect the White House and the city's other monuments."
Carol Cork said: "With mountains, beaches, lush forest and a thriving city, the statue rises up in welcome as you approach."
Seth Miller said: "Landing at Saba is essentially playing a game of chicken with a mountain sticking up in the middle of the ocean. Aim right for it and at the last possible moment a sharp turn to drop down on the shortest active commercial runway in the world. Gorgeouse scenery and more than a little bit of excitement along the way."
Miquel Ros said: "St.Barts airport is located in a rather challenging and constrained location, with hills on three sides and the sea on the other. The approach usually involves an approach that takes the aircraft within meters of the island's main road and then there is a very steep dive, to end near the beach. Add to that the fact that only small propeller aircraft can land there, which means that all these drastic moves are really 'felt' in the cabin and you are guaranteed a very unique landing experience."
*2013 Airport Poll Winner*
Voters said: "The approach begins over an expanse of blue Caribbean, coming in so low & close to the beach you can almost read the sunbathers' newspapers below. It literally takes your breath away."
Jason Rabinowitz said: "The approach into Anchorage is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and beautiful coastlines. Truly inspiring."
Doug Gollan said: "When you land at TEB you truly see the enormous impact of general aviation, as often, hidden from general public view. TEB provides tens of millions of dollars in economic benefit to the area, and you get great views of the Manhattan skyline."
Tiffany Dowd said: "There is nothing more beautiful than flying over Stanley Park, the mountains, and the sea on approach to Vancouver. It’s picture-perfect British Columbia, Canada at its best."
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