The 10 Most Challenging Airports in the U.S.

Bumpy landing? Here's how technology and services help pilots navigate thrilling terrain and airports

Even with the most gentle of approaches, landing an airplane full of passengers is the most stressful part of the job for most pilots. 

Now imagine the determination it takes to safely land a business jet or airliner in adverse conditions like turbulence, brutal crosswinds, inclement weather and mountainous terrain as well as busy runways and taxiways.

That’s just daily life at these 10 airports* — each possessing some of the most challenging approaches and landings in the United States.

Most Challenging U.S. Airports

1. Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (Aspen, Colorado)

2. Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport (Bullhead City, Arizona)

3. Bert Mooney Airport (Butte, Montana)

4. Yellowstone Regional Airport (Cody, Wyoming)

5. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (Washington, D.C.)

6. Juneau International Airport (Juneau, Alaska)

7. LaGuardia Airport (Queens, New York)

8. Mammoth Yosemite Airport (Mammoth Lakes, California)

9. San Diego International Airport (San Diego)

10. Telluride Regional Airport (Telluride, Colorado)

 

 Top 10 Most Challenging U.S. Airports
 GoDirect Flight Preview view of Aspen-Pitkin County Airport.

To make those landings smoother, new technology is helping.

From iPad apps in the cockpit to sophisticated synthetic vision and runway advisory and awareness systems, Honeywell provides pilots with technology and services that help them successfully navigate these tricky airports.


Whether you’re a white-knuckled passenger or not, read more to learn about these tricky airports and how Honeywell technology is helping pilots and, ultimately, you breathe a little easier in the process.


* Honeywell selected a combination of special qualification airports from the Federal Aviation Administration and airports that Honeywell’s experts and pilots find challenging.