TWO AIRPORT STORIES. A while ago I was arriving in the D.C. area VFR with traffic building fast. The frequency was alive with lots of voices. Keying Approach, I said I wanted to be cleared into the airspace, but if they couldn't handle me, I could hold, file or simply land elsewhere. "Commander 74 Mike," the controller responded, "This is DCA. The busier we are, the better we like it. You're going to be number two for a visual to Runway 22. Call the traffic." Much more recently, I ...

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