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Where To Sit For The DCA River Visual

Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:36 pm

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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RE: Where To Sit For The DCA River Visual

Thu Aug 20, 2009 2:16 pm

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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RE: Where To Sit For The DCA River Visual

Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:19 pm

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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RE: Where To Sit For The DCA River Visual

Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:22 am

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

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RE: Where To Sit For The DCA River Visual

Fri Aug 21, 2009 3:58 am



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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RE: Where To Sit For The DCA River Visual

Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:39 pm

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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RE: Where To Sit For The DCA River Visual

Sat Aug 22, 2009 3:26 am

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

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RE: Where To Sit For The DCA River Visual

Sat Aug 22, 2009 8:10 pm



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.

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RE: Where To Sit For The DCA River Visual

Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:21 pm



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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