Here today to give a tutorial about flying into LGA the correct/realistic way, not flying in a straight line across Long Island to get to Runway 31 for example.
Runway 04 is my favorite LGA approach. If you are coming from the South, flying in is very easy, as long as you are good at keeping your yoke steady ;). All you have to do is fly straight in.
If you are coming from the North, you have to pay attention a bit. If you look at an aerial map of the New York City borough of Manhattan (The island in the middle with the Empire State Building in it), you will see it has rivers on both sides. The river to the west is called the Hudson river. You want to roughly parallel the Hudson River (You don’t have to go over it, just parallel it somehow). After you pass the southern tip of Manhattan, you will have to make a 180 degree turn. Then you should be aligned for Runway 04.Here is what you can dial into your flight plan going from North to South:
Please note that you should make your turns more fluid and roughly follow the turn (TREEGO-CIMBL-HEROS-GLDMN-JEDNO) for the comfort of your passengers ;).
If you want to pretend that there is already a long line coming from the South to Runway 04, then you can make the turn further South. If coming from the West, then go from BENCE-HEROS-GLDMN-JEDNO-WARIN and fly in.
Runway 22, since it is other end of Runway 04, is similar to the pattern for 04, but with opposite directions. If coming from the North or West, make you can fly straight in, but if coming from the West, make sure you are making the approx. 90 degree turn though.
If coming from the South, you can make two approaches, over the Hudson River, or over the Long Island Expressway then over the Long Island Sound.
If coming over the Hudson, you can take this route:
CHUGG-JORBA-ANTHA-WUDGO-ZOVTI-FROGI-ZOMAS-CEPOG. Please keep in mind to make the 180 degree turn nice and smooth.
If coming going over the Sound, If I recall correctly, this is the path you should follow:
(I believe that you could also fly -WARIN-KIWIE-PZV27-)
This route is more loopy than the other so I personally don’t prefer it. Be carful to not fly into the JFK arrivals at 22L (Will be highlighted in a future tutorial).
This approach from the South is similar to Runway 22s via the LIE and the Sound:
This is also a very fun approach. In order to prevent the aircraft from colliding with JFK’s Runway 22L arrivals, the planes have to do a very sharp turn just short of the runway. Gets good views of the Mets games at Citi Field ;).
Here’s the path:
(I believe you can also fly -WARIN-PZV27-PZV07)
I am not aware of arrivals from the North, West, and East but I can assume that they’d follow the Hudson path.
As for this final runway, I have not seen many arrivals to this runway so I cannot comment on arrivals. I would assume that you would go up the Hudson River then make the turn at CHUGG and fly into the airport from there.
Hope this helped and enjoy!