En route over central Florida, we heard the following exchange between Jacksonville Center or Approach (can't remember which) and a Cessna approaching its destination:
"1234AB, do you have information 'Hotel'?"
"Uh, nah, sir, we don't need it. Thanks, but we're stayin' with some friends down in New Smyrna."
"1234AB, negative. Advise if you have ATIS information 'Hotel,' please."
1234AB (after a pause) :
"Uh, Jax Center, like I say, we don't need any hotel information. We've already got a place to stay down in New Smyrna."
"4AB, I'm not giving you hotel information. I need you to advise that you have ATIS information 'Hotel' at [landing airport]."
[Several moments of silence.]
"Cessna 1234AB, Jacksonville Center."
"4AB. Go ahead."
"Did you copy the request for ATIS information 'Hotel'?"
"No, sir, I did not -- 'cause I don't need it. Like I already told you, we got a place to stay already down in New Smyrna!"
"1234AB, go to 123.45, listen to the recording you will hear, and return to this frequency to advise you've heard what is on that frequency."
"4AB: 123.45 -- roger. So long, sir."
A frequeny change of our own prevented us from learning if 4AB ever did receive Hotel, but we trust their stay in New Smyrna was a pleasant one.
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