Short Final: Reroute!


As soon as Hurricane Irma had moved inland north of Florida, there was a lot of traffic heading east back into the Florida panhandle from the Gulf Coast; you could see the line of traffic on ADS‑B stretching for miles. ATC called each aircraft in sequence:

ATC: Cessna 123, you get a reroute. Advise ready to copy.

ATC: Bonanza 456, you get a reroute! (This was said in an Oprah voice.)

ATC: Piper 789, and you get a reroute! (Continued in Oprah voice.)

Piper 789: Uh, well, OK. I was hoping for a new car.

Tom Leffingwell
Fort Lauderdale, FL