Aspen/Pitkin County Airport in Colorado

Pilots landing here require special training due to its steep approach path.

The mountainous area surrounding the airport also poses a challenge, forcing the pilots to land and take off in opposite directions, but using a single runway.

Laughlin/Bullhead Airport in Arizona

Surrounding mountains mean pilots must complete a steep approach at this airport.

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Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, Montana

Located between the Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, pilots travelling to this airport face several natural obstructions and a lot of deer in the area.

Yellowstone Airport

Located 53 miles from Yellowstone National Park, the scenic mountain backdrop of this airport makes landings a challenge, especially in the absence of a control tower.

Juneau Airport, Alaska

This airport is surrounded by mountainous terrain and valleys which have made landings a challenge since commercial services were launched here in 1947.

LaGuardia Airport in New York City

Located just a few miles from John F Kennedy and Newark in the neighbouring state of New Jersey, this is the largest airport system in the US and 2nd in the world.

Mammoth Yosemite Airport, California

On the side of a mountain in a canyon of peaks within the Sierra Nevada mountain range, landing here, especially in tough weather conditions, can be very tricky.

Ronald Reagan Washington Airport in Virginia

Pilots must navigate several no-fly zones over the area and be aware of air traffic restrictions near the Capitol. They’re also required to do a “river visual” approach, making a sharp 40-degree turn near the Potomac River.

San Diego Airport in California

The airport is serving USA’s largest metropolitan area has a steep approach path.

Combined with the area’s strong tailwinds, which force pilots to make quick adjustments during the approach, landings here become an even greater challenge.

Telluride Airport, Colorado

Located 9,078 feet (2,767 metres) above sea level, this is the highest commercial airport in North America. With 1,000ft cliffs at both ends of its runway,

..and mountain winds causing strong vertical turbulence during the winter, pilots face a challenging approach, which can be potentially life-threatening.