Carriker remarked after the flight: “We took off with a very, very, very aggressive plan. We were going to take off and fly for five and a half hours, and do many many points that actually count for the final score, the final certification of the airplane. We achieved about half of those, we achieved the ones we really wanted to do. And then because of the weather we expected to be able to fly very long, very straight flight path and we had to turn around every 15 minutes.”
Carriker and Neville continued to descend down to 2,200 feet north of Kingston as called for in the approach procedure for runway 13R at Boeing Field. ZA001 held steady at 2,200 feet before capturing the glideslope at outer marker at the initial approach fix at NOLLA, a point 8.1 nm from runway 13R just over the Seattle neighborhood of Briarcliff.