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Features September 2012 Issue

What drives Tower Nuts

Pilots and ATC may not always get along, but they all agree that “special” pilots can ruin everyone’s day. Don’t be that loose gear in the big machine, especially in the pattern.

I’ve got a Cessna 172 rolling out on the runway, an American Eagle Embraer 145 on two-mile final, a Beechcraft Bonanza in the downwind with a pair of V-22 Osprey tiltrotors inbound to follow, a Lifeflight medical helicopter departing a hospital next door, and a pair of Navy T-45 Goshawk jet trainers calling me, ready at the hold short line.

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