BWI757 From Israel, joined Dec 2004, 429 posts, RR: 2 Posted (4 years 8 months 13 hours ago) and read 1672 times:
Very nice article, complete with Jepp approach plate!
With the stadium set to shut its gates for the final time — possibly Sunday, if the Mets fail to reach the playoffs — the spectators who can claim perhaps the most peculiar relationship with the ballpark may be airline pilots who, with a bird’s-eye peek at the field through cockpit windows, have participated in that uncommon convergence of baseball and aviation.
“You are so low and close you can see it and almost smell it,” said Glen Millen, who estimates that he has flown into and out of La Guardia 1,800 times since he began flying for American Airlines in 1986.
Side question about this: Until the 1980s, when radios that were used in cockpits to pick up transmitters began to be phased out, some pilots would tune them to the local broadcasts of the Mets’ games during landing and take-off.
“You would dial in and you could hear your plane fly over,” said Sam Mayer, a pilot with American Airlines since 1990. “There were guys who would goose the throttles to make a louder noise so they could hear themselves on the radio.”
Us330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3745 posts, RR: 14 Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 1 hour ago) and read 1130 times:
Quoting Alberto Riva (Reply 4): It's a perfect place for taking photos. Hopefully it won't become inaccessible.
I doubt it will. Even though Citi is about 3/4 the size of Shea, they will still need the parking. Besides, the parking lot isn't affected by Citi construction.
Also, as someone who has just recently landed via the expressway visual (labor day weekend), I will echo those who have said that the destruction of Shea and the replacement by Citi will have little effect for those pilots on approach--from the Shea stands, it looks like Citi is popping out of center field.