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Old 12th Jul 2002, 08:41   #61 (permalink)
 
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In the towe,r during my early OJT I had just issued an amendment to some a/cs 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"
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Old 12th Jul 2002, 09:11   #62 (permalink)
 
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Heard on the R/T recently-

'....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.'


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Old 12th Jul 2002, 12:31   #63 (permalink)
 
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Let me guess, one of those "Heathrow Gods" was the one and only Heathrow Director??
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Old 12th Jul 2002, 12:52   #64 (permalink)
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"mature male" OJTI briefing extremely pretty and voluptuous student atco prior to going on watch:

"Now then S....... , how many of my colleagues have you been with since the last time I had you?".
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Old 12th Jul 2002, 13:00   #65 (permalink)
 
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atc management humour

2.2 %

nearly fell off the radar laughing, then I found out it was true - oh those funny guys in suits !!!!


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Old 12th Jul 2002, 13:22   #66 (permalink)
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S & S,

Would the 'Kent wide-boy' be the same one who did the VASI's / PAPI's / rabbits line?????
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Old 12th Jul 2002, 14:19   #67 (permalink)
 
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B T, if my memory of the Line Book serves me right - YES. Then again, he was the culprit in virtually every other entry so it is difficult to tell
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Old 12th Jul 2002, 22:19   #68 (permalink)
 
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A sad atco was heard to say ......

Once upon a large military exercise off the north of Scotland a US carrier F14 Tomcat pulls out of low level calling ScotMil Allocator ....

ac "Scottish this is $%66ee&&&gle]]!! zero 2, requesting radar climb"

ScMil "Testicle 02, squawk 6501 ident"

ac "JESUS H CHRIST, Scotland, the callsign is foxtrot, alpha, sierra, tango, echo, alpha, golf, lima, echo, F-A-S-T-E-A-G-L-E 02"

That took balls. Sad ATCO, I salute you !!

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Old 13th Jul 2002, 01:09   #69 (permalink)
 
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Two that left me snickering;

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?"

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Old 13th Jul 2002, 03:38   #70 (permalink)
 
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Cool

Many, Many moons ago..... In a tower, far far away....

Alameda Tower, guess who....

( night time )

Walk over to lighting panel.

Calling Alameda Tower, (as the lights go out) guess where...

<G>
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Old 13th Jul 2002, 21:49   #71 (permalink)
 
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Chopper

I must give credit for this one to a friend who now works at EGCC......



While (xxx) was working in the tower at EGPD, he was faced with the following scenario........

Shorts 360, with female pilot handling the radio on short final with other fixed wing traffic close behind. Helicopter holding on base leg.

Helicopter instructed "(callsign), you are number two following a shorts 360, short final. Keep the circuit tight due further traffic on 4 mile final"

Helicopter reply "roger, when the lady has got her shorts down, I'll quickly slip my chopper in behind".

.........ahem..........!
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Old 15th Jul 2002, 01:04   #72 (permalink)
 
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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.



You just cant buy experience
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Old 15th Jul 2002, 12:35   #73 (permalink)
 
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Ah, the Shorts 360, like the Proteus engine on the Britannia - every bar should have one. The best ice making machines in the west!!
Cheers
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Old 15th Jul 2002, 19:10   #74 (permalink)
 
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Heard on a UK airways freq just after new year a number of years ago:

Aircraft: "Contact Brest on ***** thanks and a Happy New Year"

London: "It will be as soon as the mother in law goes back home"!

Or on STN ground once upon a time:

Ground controller to an aircraft on his first call upon vacating: "Are you familiar?"

Aircraft: "We can be!"
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Old 16th Jul 2002, 16:27   #75 (permalink)
 
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You can have endless fun with SH36's:
two of them in the circuit are a pair of shorts, and I once had occasion to advise a pilot who gave the wrong callsign that he had the wrong shorts on.
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Old 16th Jul 2002, 17:53   #76 (permalink)
 
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Excellent stories.

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."

-No response

"NASA 972 contact Houston Center 134.45."

-No response

"NASA 972, how do you read Houston Center?" (getting a bit upset)

-No response

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!

DAN
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Old 20th Jul 2002, 19:25   #77 (permalink)
 
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A colleague heard the following recently on the way into Schiphol.

AMS Controller: Continental XXX give me a good rate please through FL100?

Continental XXX: Well sir, we are doing 2000fpm

AMS: Could you make it 3000 fpm?

Continental XXX: No Sir.

AMS: Oh do you not have a speedbrake?

Continental: Yes sir, I do, but that is for MY mistakes, not for YOURS!
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Old 21st Jul 2002, 10:10   #78 (permalink)
 
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the kent wide boy

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!
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Old 21st Jul 2002, 16:54   #79 (permalink)
 
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tr365

If you get 2 SH36's in the circuit does it then become an allotment

canb

The Kent wide boys sense of humour is still the same - knew him at Gut too

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Old 21st Jul 2002, 17:24   #80 (permalink)
 
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Wink

If you want a real laugh - just call the lady controller at LBA Ma'am and see what happens
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