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Old 14th Jul 2013, 07:51
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mary meagher
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Oxford, UK
Posts: 1,546
Well, nobody requested my contribution about a Birmingham controller, but here goes anyhow.

Flying my PA18 in the UK (and being accustomed to helpful ATC in the US)
I hopfully asked to be permitted to climb into the Birmingham zone, to avoid increasing cloud cover - the PA had all the necessary bells and whistles, and so did I....but although not a peep had been heard on the Birmingham frequency that early morning, the reply was curt. Negative.

So I flew on, dodging cu. Asked again. Still Negative. And he wasn't talking to anybody else at all at all. Once more, I was now facing a diversion as the cloud was spreading out. Still negative.

Whereupon a Speedbird, in Best BA Baritone, informed me "You're not in America now, you know!"

I diverted.
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