Thursday, October 21, 2010
If the wind is blowing from the south, pilots get an opportunity to fly the Potomac River Approach into KDCA. This requires them to intersect the Potomac at the point where the American Legion Bridge (the Beltway) crosses the river, linking Maryland and Virginia. From that point, they closely follow the twists & turns of the river making sure never to veer into tightly secured airspace. About 5 seconds before touching down, pilots are required to make a sharp right turn to line up with the runway. It takes good piloting, and makes for some fascinating plane-watching on the ground.
at 12:10 PM