Short Final


One day, while flying over the Rockies with a strong jet stream and many turbulence reports in the Denver airspace, I heard Denver Center ask for ride reports.

United 123:
“Good day, Denver. United 123 with you at FL 350.”

Denver Center:
“Roger, United 123. How’s your ride?”

United 123:
“Well, the captain is having his lunch, and he just jabbed himself with his fork; so we could call it as moderate turbulence.”

Denver Center:
“Thanks, United 123. Break, break. Air Canada 456, how’s your ride at FL350?”

Air Canada 456:
“Sorry, Denver, we can’t tell. We haven’t eaten yet.”

John Duckmanton
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