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User currently offlineFunny From Greece, joined May 2001, 333 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1063 times:

Wassup guys,
Can anyone explain to me how the approach goes in ronald reagan intl goes after Sept 11th. I heard from my father thats its really weird with loads of turns and twists towards the end.

I've heard that the planes line up for rwy 01 and then break for 33 in the last minute.

Can anyone help?

Jason

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User currently offlineIAHERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 677 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1059 times:

All of the above are true except nothing has changed as far as the approaches go into DCA (Washington National). The turns on the river visual rwy 18 are to stay down the river thus avoiding noise sensative areas and the prohibited area just 2 miles from the airport. Planes (mostly turboprops) do shoot the river visuals and break off for rwy 33 at times just like they did prior to 9/11. The departure out of National to the North changed shortly after the airport reoppened and the noise abaitment procedure was eliminated but it is now back in practice by most airlines.

I've only been into DCA twice and maybe some USAir guys/gals who operate in and out of the airport the most might be able to add some more information.



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User currently offlineVASI From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1017 times:

I've done an approach once in 1996. That was one of the most breathtaking landings I ever experienced. Seconds before landing the pilot flying did a sharp right turn and bounced the plane on the runway which was going up in the air again for two or three seconds. After touching the runway again, full reverse thrust and I guess max. brake was applied!

Sorry for not having further details on the current approach profile!

VASI


User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4355 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 973 times:

Well, after Sept 11 they discontinued with the river visual 19 approach. Even on nice clear sunny days they will use the LDA 19 approach.

Kevin/DCA



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User currently offlinePizzaPolli From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 970 times:

Its National, not Int'l.

User currently offlineSunilgupta From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 941 times:

The river approaches are back as of a few weeks ago. I guess they are confident in the Sky Marshal’s ability to thwart lunatics.

The 01 approach with the break to 33 is common. It has nothing to do with 9/11. This helps them to get aircraft in and out faster. I was pissed off the other day as the final Frontier 737-300 that I need lined up on 01 and then was told to loop over to 33… argh.

Sunil



User currently offlineFunny From Greece, joined May 2001, 333 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 876 times:

Sorry Mr. PizzaPolli perfect,
Jason


User currently offlineIAHERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 677 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 855 times:

If you look at the LDA 19 approach, it still takes you right down the river and requires a sharp turn on short final under 1,000 feet to line up with the runway. There are less small turns down the river but the view is the same.
IAHERJ



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User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4355 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 823 times:

IAHERJ, yes, you are correct. After Sept. 11, they mention it will be a "straight In" approach when using RWY 19 but I guess they used the LDA/LOC to guide the pilots to the runway, that way the ATCer don't have to worry about the pilots landing visual.

Kevin/DCA



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