September 11, 2012
By Alton K. Marsh
As airline passengers near Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on this eleventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, their aircraft will navigate along some interesting waypoints.
On the FRDMM One Arrival transition route their airplane will cross HONNR, BRVRY, COURG, and MORLL before traveling along this string of waypoints, in order: PLDGE WEEEE WLLLL NEVVR FORGT SEPll ALWYZ, finally ending up at FRDMM.
After FRDMM, depending on the winds at Reagan, the aircraft might cross STAND TGTHR, or LETZZ RLLLL, which leads to HEROO.
It’s possible that aircraft will instead use the TRUPS One Arrival that includes these waypoints: USAAY WEEDU SUPRT OOURR TRUPS.
The waypoints were named by the FAA’s Washington Metroplex Design and Implementation Team last year to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the attacks.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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