Returning to Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York on New Year's Day, I heard the following exchange on the air between the tower controller and the pilot of a Piper Arrow:
"Republic tower, Arrow One Two Three Four Five, eight miles north, inbound with India."
"Arrow Three Four Five, report right downwind runway 32."
"Any chance we can get a straight in?"
"You said you were north, didn't you?"
"Yes, seven miles north."
"Arrow Three Four Five, the only way I can give you a straight in for Runway 32 is if you turn north and continue for about 24,000 miles."
"Uh, okay. Sorry. Happy New Year ... ."
Daniel A. Torres
Baldwin, New York