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On the Air April 2012 Issue

On The Air: April 2012

On a quiet Sunday-afternoon trip across Michigan, I had just checked in with Grand Rapids Approach and heard the following exchange:
Jet pilot: “Grand Rapids, good afternoon, Citation Two Seven Six Five Bravo, descending FL230 for FL190, requesting direct WALIE, wait ... Lear Two Seven Six Five Bravo, descending FL230 for FL190, requesting direct WALIE. Sorry about that. Flying way too many planes.”
Same jet pilot (after a minute of dead air): “Approach, Lear Two Seven Six Five Bravo ... did you copy my last request?”
Approach (after another pause): “Lear Two Seven Six Five Bravo, yes sir. But I’m still hung up on the ‘too many planes’ part. I’m trying to figure out how to feel sorry for you.”

Bob Rose
Cleveland, Ohio

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