On the air.
Republic Tower: "Cessna Two Six Seven Three Bravo, cleared for touch and go. Make right traffic and report the downwind."
Cessna 2673B (nervous): "Republic Tower, Cessna Seven Three Bravo ... err ... entering right downwind. Tower, there is ... there's a gaggle of geese in front of me in the pattern."
Tower (without hesitation): "Cessna Seven Three Bravo, Republic Tower. What altitude are they squawking."
Cessna 73B: "Republic Tower, Cessna Seven Three Bravo, they, uh, seem to ... they appear to be at 1100 feet."
Tower: "Roger that. 1100 on the mode C for the geese. Cessna Seven Three Bravo, Cleared for touch and go."
L. Michael Graver
My student and I were nearing the Class C airspace at Palm Beach International airport (KPBI). We asked for clearance.
Palm Beach Approach: "Cessna Three One Five Tango Papa, squawk 1454."
This was odd since local squawks always start with 02. But we set what we were given.
Approach (about 30 seconds later): "Cessna Five Tango Pop, verify squawking 0227."
Us: "Approach, we were given 1454 on the squawk."
Approach: "Uh, Cessna Five Tango Pop, squawk 0227. 0227."
Us: "0227, Cessna Five Tango Papa."
Approach: "I must have given you the time."
Sure enough, my watch showed 1454Z.
Us: "Well, now we have the right squawk and the right time!"
West Palm Beach, Fla.
I heard the following exchange driving home from work the other day, and listening to Fort Worth Approach on my handheld. The controller had a little fun with this Bonanza pilot's unusual transmission terminations, said with a lilt in his voice.
Fort Worth Approach: "Bonanza Three Victor Victor, climb and maintain 4000."
Bonanza 3VV: "Three Victor Victor, leaving 3000, climbing 4000 ... here we go!"
Approach: "Bonanza Three Victor Victor, turn right heading 250, intercept the Maverick 274, resume own navigation."
Bonanza 3VV: "OK, right to 250 to intercept the 274, own nay for Three Victor Victor ... here we go!"
Approach: "Three Victor Victor, contact Fort Worth Approach now on 131.95. There you go!"
Fort Worth, Texas
Overheard on the Tower frequency at Little Rock, Ark., (KLIT):
Tower: "Debonair Three Golf Sierra, cleared for takeoff on Runway 36"
Debonair 3GS: "Debonair Three Golf Sierra cleared for takeoff, Runway 36"
Tower: "Piper Three Four Seven, taxi into position and hold, Runway 36, behind the departing Beech."
Piper 347 (a fixed-gear Cherokee Six): "Cleared into position and hold behind the Beech whatever it is."
Debonair 3GS (now about 200 feet in the air): "Hey Piper whatever it is, watch this."
The Beech Debonair's landing gear then started to retract.
The Naval Air Station at Belle Chase regularly uses New Iberia, La. (KARA) as a refueling stop. I was flying my Piper PA-32 into KARA to get fuel myself and contacted the Tower.
Tower: "Piper Three Five Eight One Whiskey, enter a left base for Runway 34. You are following two F-18s on a 15-mile final."
I saw the jets and could tell that if I kept my current speed I would be close to their jet wash.
Me: "Eight One Whiskey, left base for 34, slowing down for the F-18s."
F-18 pilot: "In your dreams."
Thanks to ell who keep the OTAs flowing. Seems like more of you are up flying. Send OTAs to email@example.com.
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|Date:||Mar 1, 2009|
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