Short Final: Traffic In Sight

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I was flying from Jacksonville, North Carolina, to College Park, Maryland, on an IFR flight plan to go to a Redskins game. It was a CAVU day. The following exchange took place somewhere southeast of Richmond:

Washington Center: “Skyhawk 68E, traffic two o’clock, 10 miles, westbound, 500 feet above.”

Skyhawk 68E: “Negative contact, but I’m looking.”

Washington Center: “Piper 123, traffic 10 o’clock, 10 miles, northbound, 500 feet below.”

Piper 123: “Negative contact, but we’re looking too.”

A few minutes pass.

Washington Center: “Skyhawk 68E previously called traffic is now one o’clock, 3 miles, and my monitor has your course merging in two minutes.”

Just as the two of us are passing each other:

Skyhawk 68E: “Washington Center I have traffic on TCAS and in sight.”

Washington Center: “Piper 123 also has you in sight and wants you to know there’s some dirt on top of your right wing.”

Skyhawk 68E: “Thank you Center, and please tell the Piper that his nose tire looks a bit low.”

We all had a good laugh about it.

John Podraza
Jacksonville, NC

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