Short Final: Squawk Time
My student and I were nearing the Class C airspace at Palm Beach International airport (KPBI). We asked for clearance.
Palm Beach Approach: “Cessna Five Tango Papa, squawk 1454.”
This was odd since local squawks always start with 02. But we set what we were given.
Approach (about 30 seconds later): “Cessna Five Tango Pop, verify squawking 0227.”
Us: “Approach, we were given 1454 on the squawk.”
Approach: “Uh, Cessna Five Tango Pop, squawk 0227. 0227.”
Us: “0227, Cessna Five Tango Papa.”
Approach: “I must have given you the time.”
Sure enough, my watch showed 1454Z.
Us: “Well, now we have the right squawk and the right time!”Fred SimondsWest Palm Beach, FL
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