At my home field in Farmindale, NY, (KFRG), one Sunday I was entering the pattern after a long trip. A student soloing in a Cessna 172 was in the pattern doing touch-and-goes. I heard the following exchange.
Republic Tower: “Cessna Two Six Seven Three Bravo, cleared for touch and go. Make right traffic and report the downwind.”
Cessna 2673B (nervous): “Republic Tower, Cessna Seven Three Bravo … err … entering right downwind. Tower, there is … there’s a gaggle of geese in front of me in the pattern.”
Tower (without missing a beat): “Cessna Seven Three Bravo, Republic Tower. What altitude are they squawking.”
Cessna 73B: “Republic Tower, Cessna Seven Three Bravo, they, uh, seem to … they appear to be right about 1100 feet.”
Tower: “Roger that. Mode C for the geese is 1100. Cessna Seven Three Bravo, cleared for touch and go. Caution, preceding geese.”
L. Michael Graver
My student and I were nearing the Class C airspace at Palm Beach International airport (KPBI). We asked for clearance.
Palm Beach Approach: “Cessna Five Tango Papa, squawk 1454.”
This was odd since local squawks always start with 02. But we set what we were given.
Approach (about 30 seconds later): “Cessna Five Tango Pop, verify squawking 0227.”
Us: “Approach, we were given 1454 on the squawk.”
Approach: “Uh, Cessna Five Tango Pop, squawk 0227. 0227.”
Us: “0227, Cessna Five Tango Papa.”
Approach: “I must have given you the time.”
Sure enough, my watch showed 1454Z.
Us: “Well, now we have the right squawk and the right time!”
West Palm Beach, FL
Overheard on the Tower frequency at Little Rock, AR (KLIT):
Tower: “Debonair Three Golf Sierra, cleared for takeoff on Runway 36.”
Debonair 3GS: “Debonair Three Golf Sierra cleared for takeoff, Runway 36.”
Tower: “Piper Three Four Seven, taxi into position and hold, Runway 36, behind the departing Beech.”
Piper 347 (a fixed-gear Cherokee Six): “Cleared into position and hold behind the Beech whatever it is.”
Debonair 3GS (now about 200 feet in the air): “Hey Piper whatever it is, watch this.”
The Beech Debonair’s landing gear then started to retract.
I heard the following exchange driving home from work the other day, and listening to Fort Worth Approach on my handheld. The controller had a little fun with this Bonanza pilot’s unusual transmission terminations, said with a lilt in his voice.
Fort Worth Approach: “Bonanza Three Victor Victor, climb and maintain 4000.”
Bonanza 3VV: “Three Victor Victor, leaving 3000, climbing 4000 … here we go!”
Approach: “Bonanza Three Victor Victor, turn right heading 250, intercept the Maverick 274, resume own navigation.”
Bonanza 3VV: “Okay, turn right to 250 to intercept the Maverick 274, own nav for Three Victor Victor … here we go!”
Approach: “Three Victor Victor, contact Fort Worth Approach now on 131.95. There you go!”
Fort Worth, TX
The Naval Air Station at Belle Chase regularly uses New Iberia, LA (KARA) as a refueling stop. I was flying my Piper PA-32 into KARA to get fuel for myself and contacted the Tower.
Tower: “Piper Three Five Eight One Whiskey, enter a left base for Runway 34. You are following two F-18s on a 15-mile final.”
I saw the jets and could tell that if I kept my current speed I would be close to their jet wash.
Me: “Eight One Whiskey, left base for 34, slowing down for the F-18s.”
F-18 pilot: “In your dreams.”