Anatomy: Landing a Plane at Reagan National Airport

Why it's more complicated than landing at most airports.

By: Mary Yarrison

Landing a plane at Reagan National Airport—a.k.a. DCA—is more complicated than at most other airports because of restricted airspace, noise regulations, and the fact that there’s just one runway long enough for large aircraft. Here’s what happens before the wheels touch down.

Fun Fact: About 850 planes take off and land at DCA each day, usually spending no more than 30 seconds on the runway—often far less.

This article appears in the December 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.