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On the Air May 2014 Issue

On The Air: May 2014

A friend and I were flying into Boeing Field. It was Sunday and more-or-less VMC with layers of clouds at various altitudes. It was the usual distracting approach into Boeing Field, with a 737 and a Dash-8 overhead going into Seattle

International Airport, someone towing a banner over the stadium immediately off to the left, somebody in the pattern that I couldn’t see, and so on. With the rather limited bandwidth I had left I was trying to get a glimpse of the new Dreamliner parked to one side. I was multitasking pretty seriously when the constant barrage from the radio caught my attention.

Boeing Tower: “4UD, cleared to land 13 right, number two following a Cessna on left base.”
Me: “Cleared to land on 13 right, number two, looking for that traffic.”
Boeing Tower: “Are you a Mom?”
My brain went: “MOM? MOM? What’s a MOM? Military something? Military Operations Manager? Medical something? Some sort of strange Boeing Field Land and Hold Short designation?” Finally I said, “MOM? Mike? Oscar? Mike?”
Boeing Tower: “Yes, a Mom. It’s Mother’s Day. I wanted to wish you a happy Mother’s Day!”
At this point I got it (with some background unidentified chuckles here and there on the radio) and delightedly thanked the controller.

Kelly Kuhn
Hillsboro, Ore.

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