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A few years ago I was returning to KHLN after an evening flight. It was a beautiful night and well into dusk and not another voice on the radio when I made my call into HLN. 

N3969B:  Hln tower cub 3969B, eight miles Northeast, inbound landing Victor. 

HLN tower:  cub 69B, not in sight, report three-mile right base runway 27. 

N3969B:  OK, 69B, we'll call you three-mile right base 27,   but I bet I'm about the only light on out here on this quiet night. 

HLN tower:  Ah, don't be so sure. I cleared Venus to land just the other night.  

The HLN tower controller was Dave Mason who recently retired and now has a FAA waypoint named for him.






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