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Years ago, like 1960, I was a newly hired DC-3 co-pilot for Continental Air Lines. We could fly either VFR or IFR, depending the weather situation at the time. Needless to say, we went for VFR whenever we could. ... [One day,] the weather wasn't the greatest, but we thought VFR would work. Called ground for taxi clearance, and they came back with: "Continental, are you VFR or IFR?" ... Naturally, we came back with: "VFR." ... We bantered back and forth several times, and the last time they asked us they same question. The captain, in exasperation, said: "We're UFR." ... Ground control came back and said: "You're what?" ... The Captain answered: "Yah. Undecided." -- Lee Meyners More

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En route from TRK to RHV recently in Centurion 7RR, I found myself on the same center frequency as Bonanza -- 5JJ! I was really tempted to tell center, "7 Romeo Romeo would like to connect with 5 Juliet Juliet." But I didn't want to start a feud, so I bit my tongue and said nothing. -- Rick Tavan More

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Overheard this while working in the pattern with a student years ago. ... Along the Connecticut coast, airports ABC and XYZ were often mistaken for each other by pilots. One day a student pilot pilot called in and was told to call a four-mile final for the active runway. When he did report on final, the tower controller did not see him and, trying to determine if he was at the correct airport, asked his position. ... It was one of those days when both the sun and the moon were visible, and the student said: "I am abeam the sun, heading for the moon." -- Joe Walonoski More

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Last Friday morning, I was en route to Sun 'n Fun. The weather at KLAL prevented canceling IFR and joining the Lake Parker VFR arrival. As I (along with several other aircraft) was issued a holding clearance at LAL VOR to wait my turn for the ILS runway 9 approach, I was reminded just how oblivious some pilots are. ... A pilot came on the very busy TPA approach frequency and said, with all seriousness: "N12345 requesting multiple approaches to Lakeland." ... Kudos to the professional controller, who simply responded: "Negative. We have Sun 'n Fun going on today." ... To which the pilot responded: "O.K. How about Winter Haven?" -- Al Rice More

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In the late '70, I was flying up the East Coast in the early morning, in the low stratus along the Atlantic beaches. Our flight, an Allegheny Commuter Twin Otter en route to Atlantic City's Bader Airport, was operating IFR with Atlantic City approach. Essentially, we were on top at 2,000 with high cirrus above. ... Normally, at this time of the morning, there would be no other aircraft operating, so it was a nice distraction to hear a Cessna request assistance from Atlantic City approach regarding the weather ahead, as conditions were deteriorating under the clouds as he proceeded up the coast. Approach asked our flight conditions, and we happily passed along the "smooth ride with tops about 1,000 feet, clear above." ... The Cessna then asked for an IFR to VFR on-top and, after the usual fuel on board, SOBs, instrument qualified, etc., approach asked, "Cessna 12345, you're a Skymaster, correct?" ... The pilot responded, "No, sir -- private pilot." -- Stephan Gnecco More

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While monitoring traffic at KAPA, we overheard a Skyhawk pilot having a difficult day. Having gone around on his first attempt, he ended up safely on the ground on his second -- if a bit long and far from gracefully. ... Tower: "Skyhawk 123, you O.K. there?" ... Skyhawk 123: "Yeah. We took a bounce there. [pause] I hope it didn't look as bad as it felt." ... Tower: "It did." -- Tom McDaniel More

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As number two in the pattern today, I announced: "Comanche, right downwind, runway 21." ... Number three in the pattern said: "182 on 45, looking for traffic." ... I responded: "I'm over the hill, turning base now." ... Number three said: "If you're flying today, there's no way you're over the hill." -- Al Briguglio More

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I was on Ground Control at KTUS Sunday, March 8, as the National Guard F-16s were out doing their usual practice. ... The tower called out to one of them: "Looks like you have an empty seat there." ... The pilot in the F-16 radioed back: "Wishful thinking." ... Then a guy taking off in a Cessna 182 radioed in: "We have an empty seat in our 182." ... The tower responded: "I'll take it." -- Paul DeHerrera More

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ORD TRACON was pretty busy last night, so we had to wait to check in for a couple of minutes. Just ahead of us, we heard TRACON issue an airliner a warning about an unauthorized laser illumination event: ... TRACON: "Airline XXX, unauthorized laser illumination event at 0035Z, ten miles west of PWK, reported at 7,000 feet -- a green laser." ... Airliner XXX: "Roger. Airline XXX. We'll be -- [short pause] -- not looking." -- Chris Lawson More

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A few years ago, when there was a tethered aerostat by Cross City, Florida, I heard the following radio communication: ... Pilot 1 to Pilot 2, flying in very loose formation: "Watch for the tethered ballon at 10,000 feet." ... Pilot 2: "That's no problem. I'm well below 10,000 feet." -- Jim Finley More