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On one of my recent flights from Chester, S.C., to Ocala, Fla., and after an exceptionally long period of radio silence from Savannah Approach:

Me: "Savannah Approach, Cherokee Two One Seven Zero Victor.Com check please? It's awful quiet."

Savannah Approach: "Cherokee Two One Seven Zero Victor, loud and clear. Sorry, I'm just real shy."

Robert Jones

Ocala, Fla.

The following conversation took place around 21:30 local on the Fourth of July on 123.02, the helicopter air-to-air frequency in Baltimore, Md. Sky Sign 1 is an aerial advertisement helicopter:

Baltimore Police: "One minute until fireworks."

Sky Sign 1: "Sky Sign One copies. Where do they usually set them off?"

Police: "There are two locations, one at the inner harbor that are pretty low, and the other, right under you, that can go up to 1500 feet."

Sky Sign 1: "I'm at 1000. I should probably move."

Police: "Yeah, I think that would be a good idea."

Robert "Bootcamp" Schapiro

Baltimore, Md.

I always hate when I'm the person who makes the embarrassing radio call of the day. I was flying a Baron from St. Louis to Cincinnati. As we got close, I called some friends at the FBO where I used to work and let them know I was arriving shortly. Cincinnati Approach gave me a vector for sequencing. I repeated the clearance to approach and went back to talking with the FBO. What I had forgotten to do was flip back to com 2.

Me: "Sorry guys, I was talking to Approach."

Cincinnati Approach (confused): "Aircraft calling Approach, say again?"

Me: "Uh,sorry, wrong number!"

Turning red and sheepishly bursting into laughter, I had to give the radios to the left seat until we landed.

Matt Cox

Cincinnati, Ohio

Approaching our home base at Boca Raton and a few miles from the Class D boundary, my partner and I overheard Tower advise a Cessna to switch frequencies to Pompano Tower. This was followed by an incorrect readback of the Pompano Tower frequency from the Cessna. After three more attempts from Boca Raton Tower, the Cessna was still missing the Pompano Tower frequency:

Boca Tower: "Cessna Two Mike Kilo, do you have a pen and paper?"

Cessna 2MK: "Cessna Two Mike Kilo. Yes, sir."

Tower: "Cessna Two Mike Kilo, good. Now write this down so we stop wasting everyone's time: Switch to Pompano Tower on one ... two ... five ... point ... four."

Cessna 2MK: "Cessna Two Mike Kilo. Switch to Pompano Tower on 124.25."

Tower (very frustrated): "Cessna Two Mike Kilo, stay out of Pompano Class D airspace, stay out of Boca Class D airspace and go and do whatever you want."

Cessna 2MK (after a few minutes of silence): "Boca Tower, Cessna Two Mike Kilo. Can you call Pompano Tower and have them change to 124.25 so I can talk to them?"

Tower (exasperated): "Cessna Two Mike Kilo, No! I cannot have Pompano change its radio frequency. If you cannot listen and get the right frequency, I cannot help you. Pompano Tower frequency is 125.4."

Cessna 2MK: "Cessna Two Mike Kilo. 125.4."

Tower: "Cessna Two Mike Kilo., frequency change approved." (We were sure he had more to say under his breath.)

Michael G. Park

Delray Beach, Fla.

We were taking a guy's weekend out--golf, gambling and gluttony in Law-renceville, Ind.--and were flying into Cincinnati's Lunken field. We just contacted Tower after being told to expect the visual to Runway 21L from Approach:

Lunken Tower: "Seven Three Mike, where are you parking?"

73M: "Air10. Seven Three Mike."

Tower: "Runway 25 is available and will shorten your taxi."

73M: "No thanks. We're here to do some gambling and will stand on twenty-one ... left. Twenty-five is no good."

Tower: "Roger, cleared visual Runway 21L. Good luck."

Chris Matras

Lexington, S.C.

It's time to start stocking up OTAs for the long winter ahead. (It happens early in Maine.) Let us know what you hear in your travels with an email to
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