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Whilst flying back from Belfast to Blackpool in the U.K. several years ago, I heard a GA pilot behind me cleared for take-off by the tower. The tower then reminded him of the local noise regulations. The pilot replied that he understood and added helpfully that he would only be using one engine in this instance. More

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It has happened about 50 years ago at the old Munich airport in Germany. The date was August 15, a Catholic holiday called Maria Ascension Day. In those days, there were often quiet moments over the radio. In one of these silent moments, a booming voice came over the R/T: ... Unidentified Pilot: "This is Maria, still climbing." ... Radar: "No restrictions on your climb." -- Hans Koeners, via e-mail More

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Overheard one evening as a Fayetteville, North Carolina controller was working with a Cessna that was requesting flight following. The Cessna had problems with a fussy transponder and the controller was attempting to help. After several exchanges: ... Tower: "N1234, I'm still getting an inconsistent transponder return. Confirm squawking 4567." ... Cessna: "N1234 squawking 4567." ... Tower: "N1234, transponder return is still inconsistent. Try squawking 5678." ... Cessna: "N1234 squawking 5678." ... Tower: "N1234, I have a good return now. Could you say the type?" ... Cessna: "N1234. It's a piece-of-crap [redacted] transponder. Don't ever buy one." ... long pause ... Cessna: "Oh, you meant the aircraft. Skyhawk." ... Tower keyed the microphone, but only laughter came through. -- Glenn Holden, via e-mail More

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Each week in "Short Final," we select the strangest, funniest, or most unusual thing AVweb readers have heard over the radio -- either from other pilots or coming directly from the Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower. Click through as this week's winner wraps things up at OSH. More

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Each week in "Short Final," we select the strangest, funniest, or most unusual thing AVweb readers have heard over the radio -- either from other pilots or coming directly from the Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower. Click through to listen in as this week's winner keeps it quiet to accomodate local regs. More

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Each week in "Short Final," we select the strangest, funniest, or most unusual thing AVweb readers have heard over the radio -- either from other pilots or coming directly from the Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower. Click through to listen in as this week's winner makes his way across the taxiway. More

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Each week in "Short Final," we select the strangest, funniest, or most unusual thing AVweb readers have heard over the radio -- either from other pilots or coming directly from the Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower. Click through to listen in on this week's winner. More

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Each week in "Short Final," we select the strangest, funniest, or most unusual thing AVweb readers have heard over the radio -- either from other pilots or coming directly from the Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower. Click through to listen in on this week's winner. More

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Last week at our local airport (CYKF), the automated AWOS/ATIS was out of commission. So one of our well-known ATC guys (Dave Clark, who was working ground control at the time) was heard on the ATIS frequency stating: "The automated AWOS/ATIS is currently unavailable. Winds are light and variable, and vis is CAVOK; runway 14 is in use, altimeter 29:95." The pilot ahead of me taxiing out called ground and said: "Waterloo Ground, this is Cessna CXYZ with information DAVE!" The ground controller (Dave Clark) immediately broke up, and we all had a good chuckle. T. G. Bennett via e-mail More

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The company that I was with had a chief pilot who liked to play with ATC (in the '60s): Bonanza 123: "Bonanza 123. Give me the word. I want to make like a bird." Detroit Tower: "You got the nod. Leave the sod!" Bud Walker via e-mail More