|Quoting BigSaabowski (Reply 15):|
There is no way to follow the Anacostia all the way to 19 and still have any semblance of a stabilized approach
Welcome to Washington National.
I've had controllers switch me from Rwy 15 to Rwy 22 on a one mile final.
I've had folks ignore LAHSO and stop in the middle of the intersection when I was in the flare for Rwy 22.
I've done more go-around because folks couldn't clear Rwy 18/36 (now Rwy 1/19) than I can count.
I've also flown the Annacostia approach to Rwy 22, circle Rwy 19. Its a fun, challenging approach that never felt unsafe.
For folks who do most of their flying out of meg hubs with approaches that start 4 states away, 10,000 foot runways and taxi charts that fold out like an accordion, DCA
is a nightmare. But if you have good piloting skills, and you can react to changes quickly, DCA
is a challenge in a good way. The controllers are some of the best in the country, and they regularly put 10 pounds of potatoes in a 5 pound sack.
Stabilized approach? Most of the time, yes. Just be ready for the unexpected. DCA
keeps you on the edge of your seat, and alert. To me, that makes it very safe.