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  •  Sounds a bit like National Airport in DC (9+ / 0-)

    Where I know pilots have to obey noise restrictions AND avoid flying over restricted airspace for the White House and Capitol when taking off to the north of the airport.

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    by CPT Doom on Mon May 13, 2013 at 11:59:25 AM PDT

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    •  I've watched that maneuver from (4+ / 0-)

      the Mall.  Scary.  It seems like someone laid out one of the runways (1/19) using the Washington Monument as an aiming point.  The plane's clawing for altitude, then he's got to cut power and execute a left turn to clear the memorial and reflecting pool and then get out over the river and get out of Dodge.

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      by markdd on Mon May 13, 2013 at 01:43:53 PM PDT

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    •  I used to fly in and out of National (1+ / 0-)
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      twice or more a month.  In the earliest days of "noise abatement," I was flying with a new colleague when the engine pitch declined markedly.  As soon as I finished telling her that we were going back, the captain said, "Ladies and gentlemen, we've just been ordered to throttle back if you can believe that on a climb out...Please don't be alarmed..."  I was startled and amused to realize how well he understood the nature of his passengers and their ability to note the novelty.

      Since the aggrandizement industry grafted Captain Video's name onto that airport I have refused even to pick up guests there.  However, since it is among the world's most unsafe airports, exists entirely for the convenience of the nation's elites, is regularly "improved" at great (and overrun) cost, it hardly is inappropriate that it bear that additional name tho I refer to it either as National or Howdy Doody.

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