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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

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A couple years ago, an airship moored at Orlando Executive Airport for an event.  The area where airships moor is in an area used by helicopters as a practice area ... One day, a student was using the practice area & an airship was also moored in the practice area.  The student called the tower for takeoff clearance, but seemed a bit confused by the controller telling him to avoid the airship ... Controller: "You see the big blue and white thing.  Don't hit it.” More

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During helicopter primary flight training at Fort Wolters, TX in 1970 a long, loose line of TH-55 helicopters, some with solo students, some with instructors, were returning from afternoon training ... Student: (In broken Vietnamese) Wolthers Tower, Osage 1234 entering extended down wind for landing ... Wolthers Tower: Osage 1234, negative entry, you are entering traffic from wrong direction ... Student : Thats OK tower, I solo. More

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I was flying IFR from KHIO in Oregon to KMAN in Idaho and trying to avoid IMC. I saw that my ARTCC route showed a GPS altitude 2000 feet lower than my current altitude, which would keep us below the IMC looming ahead ... Me: "Seattle Center, 28M, can I get lower? ... Seattle Center: 28M, negative, I need to keep you here for terrain." ... Me: Roger that, I am WAAS-enabled. ... I threw that last line out just in case he wasn't aware that I could accept a lower altitude with my GPS ... Seattle Center: 28M, the equipment on your aircraft does not change the height of the mountains.   More

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Back in the 70's I was in the pattern at Palamar Airport, along with several other aircraft. One fellow was having issues with his radio ... Tower: ”N1234 turn off your radio." ... After several long seconds ... Tower: OK, turn it back on. John Heiser More

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The Collings Foundation's bombers were giving rides while I was getting ready to depart the airport at Ramona, CA early this summer.    When I called for takeoff, I was told to hold short while a B-17 landed.  After that beautiful plane cleared the runway, the follow exchange happened ... RNM: Cessna, cleared for takeoff, caution wake turbulence from the arriving B-17... Me: Roger, I'll bet you've been waiting to say that all day ... RMN: Pretty much More

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JAX Approach: American 123, airport 11 o'clock, 8 miles. Report in sight ... AA123: (obviously, the co-pilot)The man says he has the airport in sight ... JAX approach: Tell the man he's cleared to the airport, expect a visual runway 8 ... AA123: I'll break it to him gently. More