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Features March 2012 Issue

On The Air: March 2012

One of the local Buffalo, Wyo., pilots landed in Casper a couple of weeks ago and was getting ready to take off when he overheard a great conversation between another light plane (obviously not from this area) and the control tower. Local columnist, Jim Hicks, put it in his column, but I asked him if there was a copyright issue on reprinting it and he gave his blessing. The conversation went something like this:
Casper Tower: “Cessna Niner Zero Charlie, cleared for takeoff.”
Pilot: “There’s five antelope on the runway! What should I do? What should I do?”
Tower: “What do you think you should do?”
Pilot (after a pause): “Maybe if I taxi toward them it’ll scare 'em away.”
Tower: “That’s a good idea.”
Pilot (three minutes later): “These antelope are not paying any attention to us. They’re still on the runway.”
Tower: “Roger Cessna Niner-Zero-Charlie, hold your position. Break. Antelope on Runway 32, you are cleared to taxi west 100 yards.”
Tower came back on 20 seconds later, presumably after the antelope coincidentally departed the runway:
Tower: “Cessna Niner Zero Charlie, cleared for departure, Runway 32. Caution wake turbulence departing antelope.”

Bruce Anspaugh
La Crescenta, Calif.
(formerly of Buffalo, Wyo.)

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