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While flying from the northeast to south Florida last week it was bumpy at all altitudes and everyone was trying to find a better ride. I overheard this conversation with ATC ... United XYZ: Jax Center, were getting a rough ride here at 360. Do you have anything smoother? ... Jax Center: Yes, I-95 ... United XYZ (after much laughter): "Can we have that?" ... Jax Center: Sure, let me know when you see asphalt ... Frank McKee More

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On a recent trip to visit my inlaws, I was passing by an airport on my way when I heard this exchange ... Cessna1234: Tower, Cessna 1234 is ready for takeoff ... Tower: Cessna 1234 you are cleared for takeoff Runway 24. Say direction of flight ... Cessna 1234: Cleared for takeoff Runway 24, Direction of Flight ... Tower: Which way are you heading? ... Cessna 1234: Oh! Heading southeast ... Karl Vogelheim More

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I was listening to Unicom at my local airport in Northwest Ohio when I heard the following exchange between two jets on the ramp ... Citation 1234: Taxiing to runway 18 for departure ... Lear 5678: You going to Columbus?... Citation: Yeah ... Lear: Wanna race? ... Citation: That's not fair, you're in a Lear! ... Ben Stevens More

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Years ago, new GPS approaches were commissioned at Houma, LA (KHUM) and the FAA King Air was flight checking them ...Tower: “Report JOBUP.” ... King Air after delay: “JOBUP.” ... Another aircraft: "Are you guys naming these after your kids, now?" More

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Providence Approach: King Air 1234 contact Bradley Approach on 123.95 ... Providence Approach: King Air 1234 contact Bradley Approach on 123.95 ... Providence Approach: King Air 1234 - contact Bradley Approach on 123.95 ... King Air 1234: (Scratchy static) Here,  you reply from your seat. This PTT is a POS ... Graeme Smith More

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Often the hardest part of flying into a big Class B airport is finding your way around on the ground. After landing at Washington Dulles, I heard this exchange on the ground frequency ... Hawker: "Ground, Hawker xxx, uh, we're having some trouble finding Foxtrot" ... Ground: "Hawker xxx, where are you?" ... Hawker: "We're at Zulu and Zulu 2." ... Ground: "Go south on Zulu." ... (delay) ... Hawker: "Ground, Hawker xxx, sorry, but we still can't seem to find it." ... Ground: "OK yeah, just keep going, you have another 2 miles to go." Jonathan Wang More

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While we were preparing to shut down at a tie down spot at Henderson Airport, Las Vegas, ground control was directing a taxiing Piper ... Ground: ”Cherokee Nxxxx, say your destination." ... Cherokee:"Uhh, we're not sure where we're going. We're just following the van in front of us (the "follow-me" van)." ... Ground (chuckling):“I mean when you depart the airport." ... Cherokee: "Oh, we'll be returning to Long Beach in about an hour.” ... Ground: "Roger." ... Dan Jay More

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Recently heard on Bremen Information (Germany) ... Pilot: Bremen Information D-EABC ... ATC: D-EABC Bremen Information ... Pilot: D-EABC there is a guy here  violently moving on the vertical about 2000 feet up- and downwards. Do you know about that and does he have a permission to do that? ... ATC: D-EABC yes, he does, But you have no permission to penetrate his aerobatics box. I recommend you perform a 180. More

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As a 16-year-old student pilot I was on a short night flight from Hershey to Capital City airport (KCXY) in Harrisburg, PA.  I was told on initial contact to "report a three mile final for runway 26" ... Me: "Piper XXXX is three-mile final runway 26" ... Tower: "Negative Piper XXXX. You're 4.5 miles out.  We got the Big Eye on you!" They were sure proud of their new radar. More

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A couple of years ago, flying into ZRH (Zurich, Switzerland), just the day after the landing fees increased once more, we heard the following conversation while on hold between a Cessna 172 on final and the controller. It was a busy day with lots of commercial traffic ... Controller: Cleared to land runway 28 winds calm, please expedite and can you make it a short landing to the first exit ... Cessna: Negative, we pay for the whole runway, we use the whole runway! More