On the air.
Potomac Approach: "Arrow Two Eight Seven Three Romeo, cleared direct Chesterfield. Sorry about all that vectoring tonight."
Me: "Seven Three Romeo, direct Chesterfield ... I usually get to just fly Martinsburg to Casanova and no one says a word."
Approach: "Yeah, sometimes that works fine and sometimes we have to vector you around, Sorry about that."
Me: "No problem, I understand. I just do what I'm told."
Approach: "Yeah, I'm married too."
State College, Pa.
Vectored by Boston Departure to avoid a blimp orbiting Fenway Park providing TV coverage for a Red Sox night game, I had the following exchange:
Boston Departure: "Travelair Five Delta Tango, with the routing I gave, you must have had a great view of Fenway tonight."
Me: "With the way the Sox have been playing, I couldn't bear to look."
Departure: "Oh, tell me about it."
(The Red Sox lost the game.)
Flying home from Nantucket, Mass., (KACK) to Farmingdale, N.J., (KBLM) I was working my way through the five or six N.Y. Approach controllers I talk to on that routing. Here's what a heard between checking in and being handed off, with a controller working all the traffic in and out of Islip (KISP) as well as clearance delivery. This all happened in a minute or two--typical for New York.
Me: "Good afternoon New York Approach, Baron One Three Alpha Kilo, 6500."
New York Approach: "Good afternoon One Three Alpha Kilo, Islip altimeter 30.03. Stand by. Jump Two, New York Approach, say altitude?" Jump 2: "12.5"
Approach: "Have you thrown anyone out of the plane yet?"
Jump 2: "Negative."
Approach: "Keep 'em inside for a minute. I need to get a jet past you first."
Jump 2: "Roger."
Approach: "Southwest 210, Descend 2000, cleared for the visual 24. Contact Tower."
Approach: "Jump Two. You can start throwing them out of the plane now."
Jump 2: "Thank you sir."
Approach: "One Three Alpha Kilo, say destination and type Baron."
Me: "Approach, we are a B58 heading Monmouth in New Jersey."
Approach: "Roger One Three Alpha Kilo. Contact New York Approach on 127.4. See ya."
Edward H. Thomson III
Sea Girt, N.J.
Getting a handoff from New York Approach recently, I had the "everyone's a comic" experience:
New York Approach: "Bonanza Three Zulu Mike, contact New York on 124.075, have a nice flight."
Me: "Ouch! Mooney Three Zulu Mike. New York on 124.07."
Approach: "Sorry, my mistake. Mooney Three Zulu Mike, contact New York on 124.07"
Unknown: "His mother always wanted him to be a doctor."
On a trip to Waterville, Me., (KWVL), I checked in with Syracuse:
Me (flying N15T): "Syracuse Approach, Baron One Five Tango is with you at 9000."
Syracuse Approach: "Roger One Five Tango. Say full call sign, please."
Me: "November One Five Tango. I've got a short one."
Approach: "Sorry to hear that. I've got a short one too, buddy."
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|Date:||Oct 1, 2008|
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