Learning Experiences

May 2017 Issue

Disappearing Runway

I was flying out of Boeing Field (KBFI), something I had done hundreds of times before. Tonight’s flight was to maintain night landing proficiency, so after making landings at a few airports in the area, the adventure started as I returned home in the dark. The wind was from the north, so the active runway was 31L. And because I was making the approach at night, I did what I always do: approach the runway from the north over Elliot Bay. As expected, I was assigned a left pattern to 31L.

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