Concord977 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1261 posts, RR: 23 Posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7368 times:
We are arranging a full day meet-up in the DC area on Saturday 7/31 (this date and time are subject to change. Follow the thread closely to verify any changes).
The tentative plan is to start at DCA around 11:00am. Then in the early afternoon, drive over to the Steven Udvar-Hazy museum at IAD for a quick visit to the Concorde and Dash 80. Then we will be in place to view the bank of IAD's international arrivals from 3:30pm through 5:30pm.
All those who are interested should let us know here. Closer to the actual date, we'll exchange contact information (cell phone numbers) so we can find each other throughout the day of the meet.
Let's make this a big one! Looking forward to seeing all of you soon!
Curt / concord977
PJS800 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 242 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7298 times:
Count me in, was reading about this on the PHL meet thread and thought it sounded like fun. The itinerary sounds great and I'm sure we will all have a blast. As Curt said hopefully a lot of people will come.
Worldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7253 times:
The group could take a short I-Air flight at IAD the same afternoon--say, to MDT and back. They'd qualify for a group rate. Maybe lunch or dinner at the T J Fridays which overlooks IAD's active taxiways under its control tower.
Sounds like an interesting afternoon. If the group is going from DCA to IAD in a convoy, then maybe they would qualify for a National Park Service motorcycle escort.
StevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 7239 times:
I'm VERY envious...sounds like a lot of fun, and I would do it in an instant...only problem is I live north of Seattle. Dulles is my favorite airport and I always fly through there when I get the chance. I'll be passing through on 7/3 on UA916 on my way to AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA. I'm hoping I get rerouted via IAD on my way home from LHR.
Have fun! I'd like to see that museum one of these days as well, at least I have a Concorde (G-BOAG, which I saw arrive on 11/5/03) a mere 25 miles away...
WindowSeat From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1317 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7229 times:
Curt, This is fabulous. I am all for it. PHL meet was a blast and this sounds even better. The date also is perfect for me. As the date nears, I will be in touch with the rest of the gang, so that I can drive down to PHL and hitch a ride on the minivan. I would not mind driving down to Washington either if we want to take my car.
Dave, I-air sounds a great idea. But i think you will enjoy going by road with the group a lot more.
I'm all in favour of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with keyboards.
PHLapproach From Philippines, joined Mar 2004, 1265 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7191 times:
Curt, as you know I'm already going. Just wanted to add this here when it comes to tally everyone, Oh boy I would hate doing that . Wow, I cant imagine how many people would come, it would probably be time to go by the time you introduce yourself to everyone, lol.
PHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7596 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7166 times:
Concord977 (& PHLApproach),
I just e-mailed you guys. Hopefully, I will have the opportunity to go. Unlike the other PHL A.netters, I have more open Saturdays in June than I do in July; but we shall see. As I stated in my last e-mail, I will keep you posted.
P.S. Although I worked on a couple of airfield projects over IAD, I've never been out there. The last time I was at DCA was in June of '96. My company toured the new Terminal B-C before it opened; we were heavily involved on the design end for the sitework, connecting roadways and utilities for that terminal. I have some photos from that trip. I'll bring them along.
"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
Lindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7120 times:
11:00am is too early for picture taking at DCA. You will have the sun in front of you. Of course if you want to meet in the terminal thats fine, but Gravelly Point is out of picture for 11.
Second thing. All Int'l arrivals start coming to IAD at 1:20pm. I have no idea how you want to split those two airports. If the winds are from the south then DCA is perfect but IAD is out. If the winds are from the north then DCA is out and IAD is good.
Mind if I suggest that would be better to start day at IAD's daily parking garage around 8am to get LAB 767, Saudi 777 (they will be using 777 by the time of the meeting), Korean 747 or 777 and ANA 777. When you are on the top of daily parking garage in the morning you don't have to worry about wind condition. You will get clear view of arrivals/departures from 1L/19R. And around 11:30am we can head over to DCA (if they are landing on 19), if they are using runway 1 at DCA then we can just drive over to UH for Int'l arrivals.
You can't really do both airports in one day. You will have to choose between many arrivals.
I am up for the meeting, but only for one airport at the time.
Concord977 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1261 posts, RR: 23
Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7092 times:
We're open to suggestions up until the actual day of the meet!
I will say that 11:00am is just fine at Gravelly Point if planes are arriving TO the south. The sun's path is not directly overhead, it is somewhat to the southwest of the park. (I was out there yesterday). If you are standing near the boat ramp, the arriving aircraft are well lit for photos. Check out some of Andrew Morrell's photos for this vantage point.
We had a meet on April 23rd (much smaller group) and did the itinerary mentioned at the thread's beginning. It is possible to hit both airports if we don't waste too much time in the museum. A large number of people are coming from out of town - so we'll need to fit in as much as is possible.
DCA is great because you are so close to the aircraft. IAD is great because of the variety of types and carriers.
I appreciate your suggestions. Everyone will be free to follow whatever schedule they want. We just hope to meet up with many other a.netters along the way!
Jakbar From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 442 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7078 times:
Provided that I have the weekend free, I'm up for a road trip to DC...and perhaps I can convince some other NY'ers to tag along. As for the proposed itinerary, I don't care where we go as long as we're looking at airplanes in good lighting conditions (read: better conditions than last time)!
Lindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 2 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7032 times:
I know that both airports can be done in one day (I did 3 once ), but some people wont be able to commute between those two airports. I think that it would be better to set aside one day for one airport. We can boil on the asfalt parking lot at UH museum or we can camp next to the Potomac river
Anyway, I am up whatever you guys decide.
Wagz From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 520 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (11 years 2 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7023 times:
Getting more time in at DCA would be nice, but I don't think any of us Philly natives feel like getting up at 5 AM to trek down there. For the New Yorkers (Jakbar and company) it would be even earlier.
I don't mind making the UH brief, since all I really want to see are Concorde, the Dash 80, and maybe the Shuttle Enterprise (I'm not really a vintage aircraft kind of guy). That said, I would incredibly enjoy watching tons of heavy iron I would only dream of seeing up here at PHL. Maybe I can upload some shots that aren't taken at PHL for a change!
Sounds like July 31 is starting to become more definate as the date. I'll contact a UA 737 Captain I know before hand and see if he wants to come and meet us at IAD.
I think Big Foot is blurry, Its not the photographers fault. Theres a large out of focus monster roaming the countryside
Go3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3269 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (11 years 2 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6987 times:
I think its safe to say you can count me in. I think I may be the only one coming from the south, if not, I have room for 1. As for travelling between the both, I think its safe to say we will have enough space for all. Maybe those with big cars / vans can do the car pooling as the fee to get into the Museum is based on parking - $12 a car if I remember right. The more people we can fit into one car, the better for everyone. Hope to see all you there!