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I was in the lineup to depart LAX. A Delta jet was ahead of me and a Short Bros 360 was ahead of Delta … Delta (strong southern accent): "Ah, ground control, could you tell us what kind of aircraft is that ahead of us?” … Short Bros Pilot: "Ah, we are a Short Bros 360.” … Long silence … Delta: Ahhh OK, did ya all built that yourself? … Thomas J. Mackie More

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Heard on Denver departure … N1234: "Just off Centennial.” …Center: "Squawk 6666.” … Center: "Umm, do you want another? We could give you a different one.” … Silence … N1234: No, it's okay, we'll keep that one.” … John C. Lamb More

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Controller: Cessna 123, traffic, opposition direction, five miles, at 4,000 feet … Cessna 123: Looking for traffic, Cessna 123 … Controller: Cessna 123, Love Field, six miles, 12 o’clock … Cessna 123: Cessna 123 looking for Love … Pause … Cessna123: That didn't come out right, did it … Controller: No but we hope you find Love, ... and the airport ... Alan Werner More

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While flying back to my home airport, KAVQ, I heard this exchange from two pilots entering the non-towered airport airspace … Cherokee: Cherokee 1234 entering left downwind for runway 12, full stop … A Grumman Tiger pilot was also entering left downwind making a similar call … Cherokee pilot: Grumman aircraft, we will swing wide since you are faster to allow you to land first … Grumman pilot: No problem, I'm retired.  Grumman number two to land behind the Cherokee … And so they did … John Winter More

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My daughter and I flew back from AirVenture on the last day of the show.  While flying over eastern Iowa and monitoring 122.80 we heard the following conversation that we assumed was between a couple of crop dusters … Pilot 1: "Hey XXX did you make it to Oshkosh this year?” … Pilot 2: "Yeah, we got over there on Tuesday.  The weather was perfect!” … Pilot 1: "Yeah, I was talking to YYY and he said he “had so much fun there that if he died and went to heaven it would be a lateral move!" More

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I landed at KCMA, Camarillo, CA, on a windy day and checked in with ground … Ground: “18 Sierra Romeo, taxi to the ramp via Foxtrot, caution, tumbleweed all quadrants, not my control.” … He wasn't kidding either; huge tumbleweed balls were passing over the taxiways and runway heading downwind like a scene from an old Western movie … Stephen Silverman More

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My wife, the captain, and I were flying to AirVenture 2017 in our C-152 in July.  We were on an IFR flight plan out of Gainesville, GA (KGVL) and cruising at 5000 feet.  We were talking to Atlanta Center … Centre: Cessna 1234, cleared to FL230… We just looked at each other and laughed.  Fairly quickly, we received this… Center: Cessna 1234, disregard, I'll bet you got a kick out of that one. More

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On the Saturday night before Oshkosh opened, I was listening on my iPhone to KOSH tower for 27, wishing I was there instead of doing yard work. Evidently, weather was not great so traffic was slow when I heard an "experienced" pilot tell tower he was turning final ... Tower: Low wing cleared to land 27 ... Pilot: Cleared to land 27, did you give me a dot?...Tower: Traffic is light so no dot, land at your discretion ... Pilot: Wow, I have been coming here for 40 years, and this is the first time I didn't get told a dot ... Tower [chuckling]: Well, I can give you one if you want ... Pilot: No thanks. Just good to be here ... I hope I can claim just one tenth of that in years to come! More

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Heard over rural Massachusetts … Cherokee XYZ (tremulous voice): "Albany Approach, Cherokee XYZ five miles northeast of Pittsfield at 3500 feet, requesting fight following to Kilo Oscar Romeo Delta.” … Silence: all on frequency were contemplating the Cherokee, a student pilot at the controls, attempting the impossibly long flight to Chicago and then penetrating the O'Hare airspace … Cherokee XYZ (even more tremulous voice): "Albany Approach, Cherokee XYZ six miles northeast of Pittsfield at 3500, requesting flight following to Kilo Oscar Romeo Delta”… Longer silence: All on frequency, including the controllers, were now attempting to contain various forms of laughter. Eventually a different voice, one steeped in confidence and experience came on … Cherokee XYZ: "Approach, XYZ 8 northeast Pittsfield requests advisories at 3500 to Orange Mass, Kilo Oscar Romeo Echo". (KORE is an uncontrolled rural field slightly different from its near namesake) … Albany Approach: "Cherokee XYZ squawk 4350, I show Orange 38 miles to your east … And we were all left wondering what sage words of wisdom might just have been imparted by the instructor to his diligent student. Oh, to have been a back seat passenger in that Cherokee. More

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Heard recently on the CTAF frequency at Arlington Municipal Airport (KAWO) in Washington … Cessna 123: “Departing 34, straight out to the west.” … Eric Taylor More