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Susan and Dan Hedenberg start their
days like most couples who live on a rural
farm-sunrise coffee, let the dogs out,
feed the oldest horse in the world (more
on that later). Then fire up the engine of
one of their two Cessna 172s to fly into the
heart of the nation's capital. They fly from
a 2,000-foot grass strip just steps from their
front porch to the Special Flight Rules Area
of Washington, D.C. They take aerial photographs in some of the most restricted
airspace in the world, fly back home, and
drop back into their 80-foot-tall-tree-circled strip. All in a day's work.
Both former air traffic controllers in
busy airspace in Houston and Washington,
D.C., the couple met in Texas in 1995.
They'd both grown up in southern Illinois
just miles from one another but had never
met. He was the manager at then-Alliance
Tower in Fort Worth and she worked at
Dallas-Fort Worth International.
Until 2010, each had high-profile, rigorous roles with the FAA. Dan retired from
downtown Washington headquarters in
2000 and then worked as a contractor.
Susan worked the Potomac Tracon and
retired in 2006 but then was asked to come
back and work downtown in airspace security. " I was the person who could push the
button and call the fighters, " she says. They
both eventually completely retired in 2010.
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Although they are both commercial
pilots, Dan says his wife would rather
be on a horse. In 1996 they found a farm
in Stafford County, Virginia, outside
Fredericksburg (which they call FredVegas). It's 40 acres of grass, trees, birds,
and bunnies. Just 90 miles outside the district, but it feels a thousand miles away,
and, by the way, it has a grass strip. " I said,
oh, honey, you can have an airplane and I
can have the horses, " Susan remembers.
The land was owned by a friend and former
airline pilot, Bob Hayden. He sold a portion
of his 95-acre property to the Hedenbergs.
Since both had last names that begin with
H, when the county required the name of
the road into the property to be changed
because of the sale, he dubbed it Flying H
Farms Road.

SUSAN AND DAN HEDENBERG-and their dog

Nibblet-live and fly (yes, Nibblet flies,
too) in one of their two Cessna 172s from
their farm in Stafford County, Virginia, to
photograph in Washington, D.C. Dan pilots
the aircraft inside the FRZ while Susan
takes pictures from the back seat of such
sites as the monuments, construction projects, and sporting events for clients.



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