Learning Experiences

March 2000 Issue

Runway Roulette

‘I was aware of a wall of trees ahead looming larger by the second’

I was flying my PA-24-250 Comanche to Lee Airport in Annapolis, Md. It was a beautiful VFR day and, as always, I was taking advantage of ATC flight following. Everything went smoothly until Andrews Approach Control terminated radar services and instructed me to squawk VFR.

Approaching from the south, I noted again the orientation of the single runway, 12-30. There is no automated weather at Lee, so I tuned in to CTAF for traffic advisories and to hear which runway was in use. At this point, things got confusing.

The first response to my call for traffic advisories was a female voice stating she was about to take off using runway 30, and that the wind had been “fluky” lately. Shortly...

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