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Royal Flying Doctor Service was flying a B200 IFR out of Broken Hill, Australia and had a young student doctor in the right seat, who was unfamiliar with flying and for whom English was a second language. As the flight progressed, the pilot noticed the student becoming more and more uncomfortable and, after a normal landing, noted an undue amount of relief on the student's face. Pilot: "Why are you so relieved?" Student Doctor: "Because we survived the emergency." Pilot: "Err, what emergency?" Student Doctor: "You know. I heard you on the radio talking about 'my big dilemma.'" (She had misheard the call sign "Mike Victor Lima" ... . Duane Stace via e-mail More

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Heard on KBIS tower frequency years ago: Tower: "NorthWest XYZ, cleared to land, 31. Be advised of model rocketry testing from the United Tribes Educational Center just west of the airport." Northwest XYZ (with a Texas drawl) : "Ah liked it bettah when they only used bows and arrows." Rob Scarlett via e-mail More

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Overheard on the radio a few years ago: N1234: "Kalamazoo approach, student pilot N1234 five miles west." Approach: "Are you the red and blue Cessna 172?" N1234: "Yes. How did you knnow?" Approach: "I have color radar. N1234, go to tower 123.45." Me: "Kalamazoo approach, white Bonanza with black and red stripes checking in." Approach (laughing) : "I used to fly that 172!" Robert Brown via e-mail More

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Departing north from Moorabbin (YMMB) on a warm summer's day, in a very tired rental Arrow, I was cleared to climb in class C over the busy approach to Melbourne. Centre: "ABC, cleared to Eildon Weir; climb 7,500." [shortly thereafter ...] Centre: "ABC, maintain best rate of climb." Me: "Best rate? I'm pedaling as fast as I can." Andrew Fry via e-mail More

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Several years ago, as the volume of traffic was increasing at BNA, an American Eagle flight received and acknowledged an incorrect altimeter setting. After mentioning it to ground control, he added: "Well, up-periscope and taxi to the ramp!" Rich Mays via e-mail More

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This didn't happen on the radio but was a texting classic. The weather was tough, and we needed just a bit of Jet A. And we always take prist. Apparently, autocorrect saw the gravity of the situation. As I texted the other pilot, it came out as: "We need 200 gals. Jet A with priest." Curt Brown via e-mail More

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Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK elevation: 303 feet) with a long-standing glider club on the field recently began tower operations. After the tower had been operating for about a week, on a relatively busy Saturday afternoon, I heard this exchange: Glider: "Frederick Tower, Glider XXX at 1,600 feet inbound for a right downwind for landing runway 12 with information Sierra ... ." Tower: "Glider XXX, Frederick Tower. Hold your altitude. I have a few ahead of you." Glider: "Frederick Tower, I'm a glider." Tower: "Glider XXX, cleared to land, runway 12." Lance Nuckolls via e-mail More

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Flying my 172 near McGuire Air Force Base on Sunday, VFR with flight following from McGuire Approach. Two Air Force DC-10 tankers were practicing approaches as I flew by, and I offered to climb to stay out of their way. The controller asked me to climb and maintain 2,500 feet. Approach: "TAC 1, turn left, heading 330. Intercept the ILS 24, maintain 2,000' until established. Traffic is a 172 above you at 2,500'. Caution: wake turbulence." (Silence on the frequency. Did I hear right?) TAC 1: "Ahhh, Approach -- say again the traffic?" Approach (a new voice) : "TAC 1, disregard wake turbulence warning. Cleared for the approach." Me in my 172: "McGuire, 4RP. Why did you cancel the other guy's wake turbulence warning? You just made my day!" Approach: "Sorry about that, but I had to. I'm the only one here who can talk right now we're all laughing so hard!" Rabbi Don Weber Morganville, NJ More

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On a Young Eagles flight recently, the 8-year-old girl sitting in the right seat asked me what why I had a switch for "rotting bacon." Confused, I asked her to point to it. Then I said, "Oh, that's for the rotating beacon!" I'm going to use that term from now on. Rich Oleszczuk via e-mail More

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About ten airplanes from a local air park descended on the usually quiet Grand Prarie Muni (Texas) for Sunday breakfast. Afterward, we heard this exchange: Controller (somewhat exasperated) : "Did you guys all take off together?" Unidentified Pilot: "No. We actually took off one at a time ... ." Steve Wilson via e-mail More