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I was flying IFR from KHIO in Oregon to KMAN in Idaho and trying to avoid IMC. I saw that my ARTCC route showed a GPS altitude 2000 feet lower than my current altitude, which would keep us below the IMC looming ahead ... Me: "Seattle Center, 28M, can I get lower? ... Seattle Center: 28M, negative, I need to keep you here for terrain." ... Me: Roger that, I am WAAS-enabled. ... I threw that last line out just in case he wasn't aware that I could accept a lower altitude with my GPS ... Seattle Center: 28M, the equipment on your aircraft does not change the height of the mountains.   More

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Back in the 70's I was in the pattern at Palamar Airport, along with several other aircraft. One fellow was having issues with his radio ... Tower: ”N1234 turn off your radio." ... After several long seconds ... Tower: OK, turn it back on. John Heiser More

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The Collings Foundation's bombers were giving rides while I was getting ready to depart the airport at Ramona, CA early this summer.    When I called for takeoff, I was told to hold short while a B-17 landed.  After that beautiful plane cleared the runway, the follow exchange happened ... RNM: Cessna, cleared for takeoff, caution wake turbulence from the arriving B-17... Me: Roger, I'll bet you've been waiting to say that all day ... RMN: Pretty much More

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JAX Approach: American 123, airport 11 o'clock, 8 miles. Report in sight ... AA123: (obviously, the co-pilot)The man says he has the airport in sight ... JAX approach: Tell the man he's cleared to the airport, expect a visual runway 8 ... AA123: I'll break it to him gently. More

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The pre-private, 16-year-old, 12-hour total time solo glider student called the TFR-fire base temporary tower staff ...Glider Student: "Santa Ynez Tower, Glider 28 Tango, 45 entry to right traffic, Runway 26, Santa Ynez." ... This was followed by a deep baritone, "Santa Ynez, Skycrane 2C, inbound three miles from the southeast.” ... Tower: "Glider 28 Tango , please hold for the inbound helicopter traffic." ... Huh? Even though we love the fire suppressors, this defies all logic. Rotary at distance gets right-of-way? What will my student do? ... Glider Student: "Santa Ynez Tower, 28 Tango, I'll do the best that I can." ... He made normal traffic landing an easy two minutes before the inbound helo, doing nothing out of the norm. Judgment and savvy, no promises he can't keep. He passed his check ride three days later. More

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I am an instructor in Germany and was with a student flying to his first towered airport. The aircraft has no GPS installed and visibility was around 4-5 km in mist. We were given the entry into the control zone via VFR reporting point “November." ... Tower (in a kind, investigative voice): "D-HR you are a training flight?" ... Student Pilot (a little diffident): "Ahem ... yes?" ... Tower: "Okay, do you want to try to find November on your own for a little while, or do you want a vector?" ... My student looked at me briefly and since I did not protest he just said a heading would be very nice. He found the reporting point with a little help from ATC and the rest went like he never did anything else. More

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Family and friends were watching the first takeoff of an experimental home built. As he came down the runway he over pitched then pushed the nose down hitting the runway causing a ground loop off the runway with dirt flying. He then taxied back on the runway ... Tower: "What are your intentions?" ... He said there was no damage and would like to go again ... Tower: “We will have to check the runway to be sure its clean first." ... Pilot in pattern: “And he'd better check his pants to make sure they are clean." More

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Tri City Departure: Cessna 12345, squawk 4305 ... Cessna 12345: Tri City, um, we just noticed we are missing the knob for the last dial on the transponder ... Tri City Departure: What number is it on? ... Cessna 12345: Zero ... Tri City Departure: Standby, let me see if I can get you a code that ends in zero. More

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Climbing out of my home airport with our friendly (and funny) tower controllers, I heard ... Tower: Cardinal XYZ, check transponder ... XYZ: Turning it on, sorry, guys, XYZ ... Tower: Cardinal XYZ, never admit your mistakes on frequency, just say it was warming up ... XYZ: All warmed up! XYZ ... Tower: That's the spirit ... Daniel Rasin More

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Walla Walla Regional Airport (KALW) tower provided instructions to an incoming flight.... "Cessna XXXXXX, incoming Alaska Q400 number two behind you. Make your best speed."... Response: "Walla Walla Tower, Cessna XXXXXX is a 152 and I'm pedaling as fast as I can!"...Mark Carlile More