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Connecting through EWR, can I catch a glimpse of the Manhattan skyline?

Connecting through EWR, can I catch a glimpse of the Manhattan skyline?

Mar 23rd, 2011, 03:07 PM
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Connecting through EWR, can I catch a glimpse of the Manhattan skyline?

Hi all. Later this year I will have a connection at EWR coming from CDG. Is it possible to see the Manhattan skyline? One which side of the plane should I sit?

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Mar 23rd, 2011, 03:41 PM
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Depends on the winds; however coming from CDG I'd sit on the right hand side (starboard) so that you'd see Manhattan either on the downwind approach or else on final approach.

You can see the skyline from the airport most days, anyway.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Newark_Airport.JPG
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Mar 23rd, 2011, 03:51 PM
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Disagree. You should sit on the left side.

If they use Runway 22L (or R) for landing from the north, flights from Europe simply fly down the west side of the Hudson into NJ and land. You'll never see Manhattan from the right side in that scenario.

If they use Runway 4R (or L) for landing from the south, flights from Europe still fly down through NJ to the west of Manhattan and then make a left-handed U-turn to go north. Those sitting on the right side only sees Manhattan just before landing, but still quite a bit to the south of Financial District.
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Mar 23rd, 2011, 03:57 PM
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Here's an example of what the flight path may be for landing to the north (Runway 4R or 4L). Zoom into the EWR part:

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/C...755Z/LFPG/KEWR

This one is landing to the south (Runway 22L or 22R).

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/C...755Z/LFPG/KEWR

They very very seldom fly south of Long Island and make a right turn towards EWR, presumably because they reserve that airspace for JFK flights.
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Mar 23rd, 2011, 06:22 PM
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I will absolutely defer to RKK's knowledge of things having to do with EWR. Sit on the left side.
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Mar 23rd, 2011, 06:37 PM
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I'm surprised to find that I've only landed at EWR 16 times. Felt like more than that.
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Mar 24th, 2011, 03:43 AM
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Thank you both. I had selected a seat on the right but I will go online today and make the switch.

rkkwan, your knoweldge of EWR is amazing. Who else would have known which runways might be used??
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Mar 24th, 2011, 03:51 AM
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Knowing which runway is the easy part (and lots of people can figure that out simply)... the approach in use is the difficult part!
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Mar 24th, 2011, 05:39 AM
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When one has interest in geography, when you look out the windows you don't just think how pretty (ugly) it is, you want to find out exactly where you're looking at and which direction you're traveling.
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Mar 24th, 2011, 06:08 AM
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Also, on your flight from EWR, I'd suggest sitting on the right side. If you depart to the north, you'll get a terrific view of the city and the harbor.

Gardyloo, your theory would be fine for many smaller airports, but at larger airports -- and especially in cities like NY where that have multiple airfields and lots of traffic -- flight patterns often don't conform to the traditional downwind-base-final system.
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Mar 24th, 2011, 09:46 AM
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Gardyloo, your theory would be fine for many smaller airports, but at larger airports -- and especially in cities like NY where that have multiple airfields and lots of traffic -- flight patterns often don't conform to the traditional downwind-base-final system.

Oh I know; I was basing my comment on the relatively few flights I've taken into EWR (none TATL) where I recall seeing the NYC skyline off the starboard side. But it's entirely possible that I'm getting confoosed and misremembering JFK instead, where I've landed umpteen times including many TATL flights. Or else I'm thinking of EWR departures, where I have seen the skyline off to the right, usually before vectoring to the NW (SEA-EWR-SEA are my usual EWR segments.)
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