Aircraft allow us to fly, take us farther, faster. But they also allow us to see views from the air that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.

And until space flight is commonplace, it is aircraft that give most of us our long range views of earth. Last month for example, astronomy enthusiasts and journalists chose to charter private jets to get a better view, above the clouds, of the solar eclipse.

More recently,we spotted an article in the Telegraph, which showed beautiful images taken from the sky.

‘The world’s most incredible views from above’

The Telegraph’s article included a slide show of some of the world’s most striking, long range aerial photography.

Capture d'écran du site du Telgraph

Central Park in Manhattan from the sky, from the Telegraph's slideshow. Image: telegraph.co.uk

The selection also includes amazing landscape images such as the photo of the Russian volcano Tolbachik (below) or the mysterious Ha Long Bay.

Le volcan Tolbachik en Russie

The Tolbachik volcano in Russia from the Telegraph's slideshow. Image: telegraph.co.uk

See the full article at Telegraph.co.uk  

Aerial photography – combining aviation and art

Aerial photography is a hugely dedicated profession and its headline acts combining a passion for aviation, with a love of nature and the human world. Yann Arthus Bertrand  is one of the best known, a photographer who has provided us with extraordinary aerial photography and movies, using aircraft and helicopters.

Here for example is an impressive picture of Male, the island of the Maldives, taken by Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

L'île de Malé par Yann Arthus-Bertrand

The island of Male in the Maldives seen from an airplane. Image: Yann Arthus Bertrand

What are your favourite airports viewed from the air?

From this image, it’s not hard to see why Male has been selected by our judges Ana Silva O’Reilly and Chloe Pantazi as being among the most stunning airport approaches in the world.

We asked a panel of expert judges to pick their favourite approach, viewed from the air and from their votes, put together our shortlist. These include well known city views, ocean approaches and stunning mountain scenery.

Tell us which is your favourite by voting here: PrivateFly Airport Approaches Poll 2015.

If you would like to arrange a sightseeing flight by private aircraft or helicopter, contact us or call our Flight Team (24 hours) on +44 1747 642 777.