What Have I Forgotten?

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Most pilots planning to fly to Oshkosh likely prepare more for this arrival than any other, and with good reason. Spend a half hour listening to a handheld radio and the closely choreographed parade of airplanes landing less than a half mile apart, sometimes three at a time on the same runway, gives you some idea how important that advance preparation can be. Mostly, it goes off without a hitch, with tense, but friendly controllers welcoming and even congratulating pilots for their performance in some demanding conditions. But icy silence greeted the pilot of a 182 who landed on Runway 36R late on Sunday morning. "I'm out of gas," the pilot reported as the plane rolled out. Without comment, controllers smoothly shifted traffic to the parallel runway 36L with only one go-around. Within a minute or so, aircraft were landing long on 36R beyond the disabled 182 and shortly afterward the plane was moved off the runway and "normal" operations resumed. Unconfirmed reports suggest the same thing happened again sometime in the afternoon, this time on Runway 9.