Cool DCA river approach trick!

If your wondering how you do the river approach in solo without lining up manually, select approach for runway 15, and you’ll be right over the Potomac. Make the right turns and stay over the river, you’ll have a lot of fun.
Go try it out!
(Btw I’m like probably the person that spends too much time at DCA. So maybe trust me and not Google)

5 Likes

To my knowledge, is it true that planes go over the Capitol on some arrivals, maybe Arlington Cemetery.

2 Likes

Your right, but mostly not.

1 Like

I’m flying to dca rn

2 Likes

From where??? @Prestoni?.?

1 Like

No

5 Likes

From LAX

Delta 757

2 Likes

Is anyone is curious what the official start points are the visual approach starts around FERGI and then follows the river from there.

5 Likes

To start off let me clarify, I don’t know the answer for certain to this, but I’m pretty sure that the Capitol is included in the restricted airspace in Washington, meaning if you don’t want F-16s off your wing escorting you out it’s best not to go in there, so it wouldn’t really make sense for commerical traffic to be in there either, especially after what happened at the start of the 2000s.

1 Like

To clear things up, I meant Arlington, I confused the big building there with the capitol

2 Likes

@KPIT why is there a restricted airspace?
Screenshot 2024-02-28 2.47.46 PM

1 Like

White House is one, US Capitol building is the other

1 Like

The 19 River Visual is in the approach procedures.

2 Likes

Gotta try it whenever I get Pro again, seems like a fun approach.

1 Like

Those are over the capitol, White House, and other essential government locations in and around DC.


Also, this is slightly more pedantic, and not represented in infinite flight so not super relevant, but those are prohibited areas not restricted areas. Restricted areas are areas where you can not normally fly, but with permission from the controlling agency it is possible to fly there. Prohibited areas by comparison are places where operation of an aircraft is not allowed under any circumstance and as such are used much less frequently and often for higher value locations. In the U.S. there are just 9 permanent prohibited areas, Camp David, Walkers Point Estate, Amarillo nuclear assembly facility, Bush ranch, Kings Bay Georgia Naval Submarine Base, Kitsap Naval Base, Washington DC (split in 2), Mt. Vernon, and Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Notably also a permanent TFR over Disney theme parks which was made permanent by congress and effectively acts as a prohibited area. There are many more transient TFRs which act as prohibited areas but those are the only 9 permanent ones.

2 Likes

There, he reinforced my point more clearly, thanks for clarifying man

1 Like

If you’d like a close up selfie with an F-16, would you recommend this spot?

1 Like

Actually, that’s great to fill out that detail. It addresses the other topic’s challenges of defining in any clear-cut terms what could or should constitute “realism” in the ES. (the topic on adherence to any restrictive flyover zones)

2 Likes

The restricted Area is over the white house

Screenshot 2024-02-28 5.48.27 PM

1 Like

Very hard to abide by them when they aren’t marked on the maps in infinite flight though.

2 Likes