ATC IssuesA place where pilots may enter the 'lions den' that is Air Traffic Control in complete safety and find out the answers to all those obscure topics which you always wanted to know the answer to but were afraid to ask.
In the towe,r during my early OJT I had just issued an amendment to some a/c´s clearence. Then few seconds later it seemd better to clear him "straight ahead as well". Imagine my instructors surprise when I said something that sounded very much like: "xxx123 after depature continue straight to hell"
'....I'm descending to altitude 1500' to be at the correct quadrangular heading.'
Me- '...what's your destination?' Him- '...nowhere, I'm just gonna fly around here for a while...'
Many years ago in a previous life (RAF approach room)-
'..terminating service as you descend below my height..' Several heads swivel to look at the speaker, who was all of 4' 10''.
'...XXX123 is on the 180 radial, no the 185, er...the 175, at eerrmm...20, no it's 22 miles on the ...' (CLUNK) '...OUCH'.
(Instructor got fed up and smacked him round the back of the head.)
Arabian Prince learning to fly, to the other aircraft downwind-
'...GET OUT OF MY WAY!'
Stansted Radar's first day in TC, and the go-around alarm is warbling away. Heathrow God '...what's that noise at the Stansted end?' Another Heathrow God '...its the alarm to tell them their plane's arrived.'
The first was at RAAF Edinburgh in Ozzyland a decade or more ago at night with a P3 Orion conducting night circuit training. On downwind the pilot advised the controller "for information we will be conducting a "lights off approach", whilst lining up on finals, the controller promptly turned off all the approach and landing lights....a surprised (and probably subsequently ticked off P3 pilot) overshot and the rest was probably more entertaining at the bar afterwards!! If it wasn't obvious...he actually meant his own landing lights!
The other was more recently here in the middle east when the many round the world ballooning adventures were being conducted in the last year or two. When one of the balloons crossed into the airspace (quite successfully following the airway I might add!), a controller drew the attention of another controller to the event and particularly the balloons spritely groundspeed of 160 knots or more....to which the controller asked (quite seriously I might add!) "I wonder if he has got a head wind or a tail wind?"
Poor Shorts 360's, they always seem to be the butt.
Our resident humourists favourites are :-
Nice plane but why are you towing a caravan
and I'm sure it will fly better once you take it out of the box.
I was flying from Houston to Austin one day in a Lear 35. Houston Center kept trying to handoff NASA 972 (A T-38, most likely flown by an astronaut type) to the next sector.
"NASA 972 contact Houston Center 134.45."
"NASA 972 contact Houston Center 134.45."
"NASA 972, how do you read Houston Center?" (getting a bit upset)
This goes on for several minutes when finally, the T-38 responds to the controller's 'how do you read?'
ARTCC: "NASA 972, Houston center, FIFTH CALL, contact center now, ONE THREE FOUR POINT FIVE, that's ONE THREE FOUR POINT FIVE!,..OVER!" (quite a nasty tone)
PILOT: (muffled through the O2 mask) "Roger, twenty three forty five, sorry about that, I was on the landline."
I'm sure our passengers wondered why we were laughing like hyyenas. (SP?)
Another favorite was when center was handing out re-routes to all Chicage bound traffic due to storms over the entire midwestern portion of the US.
"United 462, Memphis Center, I've got a re-route for you too sir, advise when ready to copy."
"Yes ma'am, United 462, any chance of direct XXXX?"
"United 462, are you ah, RNAV equiped?" (sounding hopeful)
"No ma,am, but we are radar vector equiped!"
It occurs to me this forum might present me with the opportunity to thank the gentlemen at London Center who assisted us a few summers ago. We were climbing out of Birmingham on our way to Keflavik when we shed a generator. Having no idea where to get a Learjet 55 worked on in the UK, we asked you. After a bit of checking around, Luton was suggested. They did a great job at Metro, the repair actually cost us less than some places here in the states. Thanks for the help ya'all!
when i saw that post about the tower at gutersloh i immediatley thought i bet that was him, and lo and behold it was. dont knock him though, he let me control one night. put me off controlling for ever! best one i ever heard in a tower was an arab student at cranwell who instead of saying simulated engine fire on board actually said simulated fire engine on board, well we thought it was funny!