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Sad but true. I was en route to Winchester, north of the DC area, when I heard a pilot in a Piper making this request:

Piper:
"I am low on fuel and need to go direct Martinsburg."

Potomac:
"Sir, I cannot give you direct Martinsburg. That route would take you through P40."

Piper:
"But I am low on fuel and need direct Martinsburg."

Potomac:
"Sir, if you are concerned about fuel I can give you vectors to Gaithersburg."

Piper:
"If you give me direct Martinsburg, I won't need to stop for fuel."

Potomac:
"Sir, If you went direct Martinsburg from your position, it would put you right in the middle of P40 and fuel would be the least of your worries."


June Smith
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