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Overheard in IFR Magazine's 'On the Air' Section
Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the Air"

On a snowy afternoon at Chicago's O'Hare Airport, the arrival spacing turned out to be inadequate for the as-yet-unplowed runway:

Tower:
"Commuter 1234: Runway 14R, cleared to land. request braking report. Braking is reported fair, but if you can make taxiway T5 for spacing, it will help the heavy behind you."

Commuter:
"Commuter 1234. We'll try."

Tower (moments later) :
"Airliner 567 Heavy, go around. Aircraft on the runway." [Then issues missed approach instructions.]

Commuter:
"Sorry about that."

Tower:
"Thanks for trying, Commuter 1234. Hey, how do you rate the braking?"

Commuter:
"Poor, I guess."


Chris Bardon
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