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While on a trip Christmas Eve in Atlanta Approach air space: ... Me: "Atlanta Approach, radio check." ... ATL: "Loud and clear." ... Me: "Got quiet out there. Just checking." ... ATL: "I like it that way." -- Jim Fortune, via e-mail More

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One day when I was working the south arrival sector at Denver TRACON, traffic was getting backed up, and I had to start issuing speed reductions to the arrivals on initial contact. ... One United pilot took exception to being slowed so far from the airport and asked, "Approach, just how far out do you show us, anyway?" ... I responded that he was 45 miles out on my radar. Then to lighten the tension, I said, "I show you right over my house." ... After a few seconds, he keyed up and said, "Approach, there's a strange car in your driveway." -- Randy Owen, via e-mail More

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This afternoon, my six-year-old son and I went out to the airport to check on things at the hangar. The weather was rainy and IMC. We watched a Cherokee land after shooting an instrument approach. I made some comment about being able to fly instruments soon, when I finish my instrument rating. My son turned to me with this puzzled and concerned look. "Dad, how do you turn the airplane when you are playing an instrument?" -- Patrick G. Bramlett, via e-mail More

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First night XC with instructor. The route was going to take us over my home at 11:00pm, so I turned on my aviation scanner in my home for my wife so I could tell her goodnight. As we passed over my home at 6,500', I had failed to push the flip-flop to the air-to-air frequency and was still on approach. ... Me: "Goodnight, Susan. I hope you sleep well." ... What I can only envision as a large, hairy-armed controller: "The name is Bart, and they like it a lot better if we stay awake." ... I apologized and changed to the air-to-air freq with my CFI laughing. -- Ed Bandy, via e-mail More

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San Marcos, Texas (KHYI) was busier than normal this recent November weekend due to Formula 1 racing in Austin when the following exchange was overheard: ... KHYI Tower: "Mooney 1234N, cleared for take-off, Runway 13." ... Mooney 1234N: "Tower, Mooney 1234N. Can I land first?" ... KHYI Tower: "Mooney 1234N, cleared to land." -- Robert Elliott, via e-mail More

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While on a local flight close to my base airport (KLWB), a landing Gulfstream contacted the tower. The controller in the cab gave the Gulfstream clearance to land, along with a warning that buzzards were circling near the approach end of the runway. "O.K.," replied the Gulfsteam. "We've got the BB gun loaded." -- Kyle Jones, via e-mail More

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Choppy conditions prevailed one recent evening along the Florida coast as we progressed toward Miami. We were behind several aircraft headed in the same direction when Miami Center told a Delta flight to slow to 260 knots in the descent. The exchange went something like this: ... Delta: "260 knots?" ... Miami Center: "Yes. The regional jet ahead of you has slowed." ... Delta: "Is he towing a banner?" -- Todd Mitton, via e-mail More

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Background: In the C-141 at the time, there was a three-position switch on the right side of the yoke. Up was interphone, neutral was off, and down was transmit on the active radio. And in a USAF "crew-served" aircraft, you identify yourself by position when responding to a question or checklist item. (I.e., "Ready for take-off?" "Pilot ready." "Co-pilot ready." Etc. In order of precedence: pilot, co-pilot, navigator, flight engineer, load master.) ... So: Many years ago, a new co-pilot (me) on his first operational MAC trip to Hawaii out of McChord Air Force Base had just finished the after-take-off-climb checklist and: ... Loadmaster: "Who wants coffee?" ... Pilot: "Pilot will take Black" ... Co-Pilot: "Co-pilot will take cream and sugar." ... ATC: "Seattle Center will take two black and one with sugar." ... Oops! -- James Patridge, via e-mail More

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I was flying from EWR-DFW the week after the Texas-Oklahoma University football game (won by Texas this year). On the center frequency, an aircraft with the call sign "Oklahoma One" checked in, and after each conversation with center, they responded "Oklahoma One." Finally, someone keyed the mic and said, "No, Texas won." The silence was deafening! -- Mark Castellani, via e-mail More

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While flying in the "northwest practice area" about 10 miles northwest of Columbus, Georgia listening to Atlanta Approach, I heard this exchange: ... ATL: "Piper 123, we have you as a PA-28, but your airspeed suggests otherwise." ... Piper 123: "No, we are a PA-34." ... ATL: "O.K. I'll update your plan to show you have an extra engine today." -- Chris Cook, via e-mail More