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When approaching (and departing) an airport, I turn on my strobes and landing light to be more easily seen by others.  Several weeks ago, I was about five miles south of the field when a Bonanza pilot came on CTAS to announce his take-off and departure.

Bonanza:
"Bonanza 12345 taking runway 30 for take-off with a south departure."

Cessna (me):
"Cessna 12345 is five miles south at 2,000 feet and landing 30."

Bonanza:
"O.K.  I'm looking but don't see you."

Me:
"You should see me in a second.  I'm lit up."

Bonanza (after a pause):
"I hope you're talking about your airplane and not you."


Bruce Anthony
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