France - Seeing Eiffel Tower from the Air
Dec 27, 11, 12:58 pm
I recently flew in and out of CDG, Paris but was unable to see the Eiffel tower from the air. (from passsenger window of a A340)
12 years ago, I remember flying out of CDG and at that time was clearly able to see the Eiffel Tower (from a passenger window of a 747).
any ideas why? Have flight paths been altered to avoid the Tower?
The only thing I've ever seen flying into CDG is fields, little villages and roads.
Dec 27, 11, 1:09 pm
Depends on the STAR/approach the pilot used approach the airport. There are dozens for each airport.
Ocn Vw 1K
Dec 27, 11, 9:16 pm
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Surely it depends on the visibility on the day.
CDG is to the north of the city and Orly to the south. Both have main runways aligned east/west. Therefore aircraft do not particularly pass over any of the urban area at all, a notable contrast to places like London.
In fact the only time I have noticed aircraft in Paris is on the south-facing plaza high up in front of Montmartre church, where on a quiet night you might just hear the late evening heavy departures out of Orly, in the far distance.
Dec 30, 11, 4:06 am
actually, I had many flights over Paris. Almost every flight to MLH, SXB, STR, MUC flies over Paris when heading east. since due to wind, they mostly take off heading west, they need to turn left after take off (the right turn would block the other runway). best seats would be on the left side of the plane.
I almost never saw the city when arriving longhaul (except for ORY airport)