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While we were preparing to shut down at a tie down spot at Henderson Airport, Las Vegas, ground control was directing a taxiing Piper ... Ground: ”Cherokee Nxxxx, say your destination." ... Cherokee:"Uhh, we're not sure where we're going. We're just following the van in front of us (the "follow-me" van)." ... Ground (chuckling):“I mean when you depart the airport." ... Cherokee: "Oh, we'll be returning to Long Beach in about an hour.” ... Ground: "Roger." ... Dan Jay More

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Recently heard on Bremen Information (Germany) ... Pilot: Bremen Information D-EABC ... ATC: D-EABC Bremen Information ... Pilot: D-EABC there is a guy here  violently moving on the vertical about 2000 feet up- and downwards. Do you know about that and does he have a permission to do that? ... ATC: D-EABC yes, he does, But you have no permission to penetrate his aerobatics box. I recommend you perform a 180. More

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As a 16-year-old student pilot I was on a short night flight from Hershey to Capital City airport (KCXY) in Harrisburg, PA.  I was told on initial contact to "report a three mile final for runway 26" ... Me: "Piper XXXX is three-mile final runway 26" ... Tower: "Negative Piper XXXX. You're 4.5 miles out.  We got the Big Eye on you!" They were sure proud of their new radar. More

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A couple of years ago, flying into ZRH (Zurich, Switzerland), just the day after the landing fees increased once more, we heard the following conversation while on hold between a Cessna 172 on final and the controller. It was a busy day with lots of commercial traffic ... Controller: Cleared to land runway 28 winds calm, please expedite and can you make it a short landing to the first exit ... Cessna: Negative, we pay for the whole runway, we use the whole runway! More

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On a recent flight from San Antonio to Fort Stockton the center frequency got very quiet ... Me: "Center you still there?" ... Center (after a few seconds): "Yeah, it's slow but they won't let me go home" More

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Many years ago while flying into MFR (Medford, OR) as a newly minted pilot from a non-controlled airport I was  nervous to say the least.I got a right downwind entry clearance but I absentmindedly entered an extended left downwind ... Tower: "Experimental 123xy, okay left downwind will work just fine too, and cleared for left base to landing.” ... Needless to say I felt as low and stupid as could be, and responded with much apologies to an unusually friendly controller. More

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It was my first time flying into OSH after hours of hand flying a Skyhawk ... Tower: l "Welcome to OSH." ... I Me: " I'm not a virgin anymore." ... It was like a reflex. More

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On a busy day at my home airport LXT I was flying in the pattern with several other airplanes ahead of me . .. Pilot on rollout ... "Traffic landing at Lee's Summit be advised - there is a turkey on the runway." ... Pilot taking off ... " Impossible, I'm already at 200 feet!" ... Gus Schlegel More

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A couple of years ago I was waiting as number one for takeoff at a towered airport ... Tower: "Cessna 12345 cleared for takeoff runway 25." ... Cessna 12345: "I'll just wait on that aircraft on short final." ... Airplane on final: "I appreciate that!" ... Tower: "I appreciate it too!" ... Tower: "I appreciate it too!" Greg Fowler More

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On a corporate flight from Utah to Southern California, Center informed us of traffic, opposite direction and above ... While flying in RVSM territory 1000 feet is plenty of clearance but still looks close ... Learjet: Nice tie ... I guess you had to be there but it was humorous to me at the time ... Michael Hollister More