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Where To Sit For The DCA River Visual  
User currently offlineYYZRWY23 From Canada, joined Aug 2009, 561 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6197 times:

Hello a.net,

Tomorrow I will be flying YYZ-DCA and wanted to know which side of the aircraft to sit on for the best views if we do the river visual approach tomorrow. I will be on an E175.

Jason


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User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7147 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6189 times:

Left side. The left side of the plane hast the view of Washington DC while the right side gets Arlington cemetery and the pentagon. Left side window on the river is great! I always buy a left side window seat when I fly into DC.


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User currently offlineUltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2118 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6156 times:

Yes. This is the kind of view you'll have if you do:

http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/b...y/x1250207180.1202873dcarivvis.jpg



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User currently offlineYYZRWY23 From Canada, joined Aug 2009, 561 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6145 times:

Thank you for the responses. I have put myself in 20A on the wing, I am very excited!!!!!

Do you get a view of other monuments and buildings? Which are they?

Jason

[Edited 2009-08-20 17:23:55]


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User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7147 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 6123 times:



Quoting YYZRWY23 (Reply 3):
Do you get a view of other monuments
and buildings? Which are they?

On the river you get a view of just about everything important in DC.
Georgetown, Watergate, Kennedy Center, The National Mall, You can find the white House if you look hard. It is a great view, Hopefully the winds will be right and you will get to see it. Here is a video I took on a NW CRJ from MSN coming into DCA doing the River Visual. If you want to see what it looks like before the trip. Of course you are not guaranteed the river approach. I recommend that you sit on the right side of the plane when you depart DCA so you will get a nice view of DC if you take off on runway 1. Here is my video of the river: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCT_EGqlfUw



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User currently offlineContrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1833 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6102 times:

If you arrived late in the afternoon I saw you. Since the weather was out of the south at the time I trust you had an excellent view. I've seen it too many times to count, but I remember the first time I saw it. I was thrilled.

Have a good trip back to YYZ.



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User currently offlineTheGMan From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 657 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6084 times:

I took this on Wednesday while on river visual approach.
http://twitpic.com/eic7t

Embraer E190 seat 5A.


User currently offlineYYZRWY23 From Canada, joined Aug 2009, 561 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6062 times:



Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 4):
Hopefully the winds will be right and you will get to see it

I believe I got the River Visual. I saw the Washington monument and Captitol out of the left side of the a/c.....so was I on the river visual?

Quoting Contrails (Reply 5):
If you arrived late in the afternoon I saw you

I arrived shortly before 10:00am.

Quoting Contrails (Reply 5):
Have a good trip back to YYZ

Thank you, leaving from BWI, a less scenic take-off airport unfortunately.

Jason



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User currently offlineContrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1833 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5995 times:



Quoting YYZRWY23 (Reply 7):
I saw the Washington monument and Capitol out of the left side of the a/c.....so was I on the river visual?

Correct. The approach from the south is called the Mt. Vernon visual, because it goes by George Washington's estate, which happens to be called Mt. Vernon. That airspace is prohibited, btw (unless something has changed). I'm not sure what the instrument approaches are called.



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