I just felt that I would give some folks on here a Heads up, especially given the State-of-Affairs of Living in the National Capital Region this
For those who might Panic, I hope this Alleviates any Fears, and for those who are Interested, I hope this brings forth a bit of Excitement.
I just received word that NORAD, along with the CAP, will be conducting Joint Exercises over the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area over the next
48-72 Hours (Beginning Early Thursday Morning, 26FEB09, Length of Ops Dependent Upon Presence Of VFR Conditions/Reschedule If IFR Conditions are
Present (Aside From Clear Night Conditions) ). For the Most Part the OPS will take Place in the Evening/Early Morning Hours (For Multiple Reasons such
as Air-Traffic, and Night-based VWS Testing).
It is designated: Exercise Operation Falcon Virgo (09-05), and the USCG will be involved along with NORAD, CAP, FAA, NCRCC, JADOC, CONR, and the
CONR's Western Air Defense Sector. The Most Prominent Aircraft will be CAP General Aviation Props, and USCG HH-65 Dolphin Helos.
If anyone has Receivers, or Scanners, this could turn out to be an interesting event to listen in on. More so, if anyone has the ability to put forth
a Live Feed, or better yet Record the Transmissions, then this Event could undoubtedly provide some interesting Material for ALL of us here on ATS.
ALSO, if none of you are familiar with the System, the National Capital Region (NCR) Visual Warning System (VWS) will also be Running in Full Test
Mode. This System utilizes a Laser Display which puts forth a Concentrated Beam, yet Spread-out Pattern, of Red-Green-Red Strobe-Like Flashes, and it
has a seriously Bright Flash. A Close Acquaintance of mine caught a glimpse of it from Five Miles Out (On Ground Level, In Fog) a few years ago, and
it nearly scared them to death. It is a System designed so as to leave no doubt in a Pilot's Mind that they are about to Violate RSA. I dare say
however, that the system might cause an unknowing Pilot to freak out and crash, especially at Night, but let us hope not.
USCG- United States Coast Guard.
NORAD- North American Aerospace Defense Command.
CAP- Civil Air Patrol.
FAA- Federal Aviation Administration.
NCRCC- National Capital Region Command Center.
NCR- National Capital Region.
JADOC- Joint Air Defense Operations Center.
CONR- Continental United States NORAD Region.
RSA- Restricted Airspace.
VWS- Visual Warning System.
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