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Will 'DC3' finally get traffic pattern ops?Will 'DC3' finally get traffic pattern ops?

Will ‘DC3’ finally get traffic pattern ops?

By AOPA ePublishing staff

The FAA has told AOPA that it plans to release a notam on April 15 that will allow traffic pattern operations at the “DC3” airports (College Park Airport, Potomac Airfield, and Washington Executive/Hyde Field) beginning May 1.

The FAA was unable to give AOPA advance details on the procedures that will be required to conduct traffic pattern operations.

The airports, located within the Washington, D.C., Flight Restricted Zone, have been limited to arriving and departing operations since it was imposed in 2003. Pilots must go through a security screening before being allowed to fly into those airports.

“AOPA has advocated for the return of traffic pattern operations to these airports, and while this news is promising, we won’t relent until the notam is published,” said Melissa Rudinger, AOPA vice president of regulatory affairs. “This notam would allow pilots based at the DC3 airports to practice takeoffs and landings without having to fly to an airport outside the FRZ.”

April 2, 2008

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