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January 10th, 2010

On Approach to DCA

Posted in DC, Personal, Travel by MB

I can’t even count the number of times I’ve landed at DCA, yet I’ve (sadly) never seen it like this:

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4 comments

  1. Amit says:

    guess they ignored the FAA rules for DC airports to turn off all electronics :-)

    January 10th, 2010 at 11:52 pm

  2. J. Tyler Ballance says:

    Do you mean that you never have seen the airport that vacant, or do you mean you have not had the chance to see the approach and landing from the cockpit?

    This video reminds me of a good project for our Civil Air Patrol squadrons. We could fly and record all of the approaches to all of the airports and archive the video for pilots to reference before landing at an unfamiliar airport. It would be good training for CAP pilots, too. We also could do night vision versions of the approaches.

    January 11th, 2010 at 12:39 am

  3. MB says:

    Never been in the cockpit. And since my best hope for that is a on General Aviation plane, I suspect I’ve missed my chance to see this view in person at DCA.

    ~

    Amit – actually, I think that’s left to the airlines. And I bet that pilots get final say, so . . . it’s good to be captain, I suppose.

    So, uh, no idea how this video was taken:

    January 12th, 2010 at 9:39 am

  4. Joy says:

    Turns out that even just watching a takeoff can make me feel anxious. GAH!

    (I am fully aware of the statistics on plane crashes and mishaps. But my mind gets terrified anyway. Hate. Flying. And yet, enjoyed it much more on a tiny Piper when my friend’s father was the pilot.)

    January 12th, 2010 at 10:40 am