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Funny Stuff You've Heard On UA Ch.9  
User currently offlineFlybynight From Norway, joined Jul 2003, 1150 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5373 times:

Man was it ugly at SFO yesterday. Pretty uncomfortable coming in from Phoenix as well. Some nervous passangers as we flew through some heavy storm fronts; in fact, the pilot asked to fly around some weather at 11,000 feet but was denied due to traffic. I knew it was coming (probably the only person listening to Ch. 9) and it was fairly harsh.

Anyway, on a lighter note, as the A319 is ready to fly to SEA, the pilot got in a semi-argument with ATC. ATC thought our flight was moving too slow to the active runway (19R if I remember correctly) because of a company jet taking its time so the pilot said - The company jet isn't exactly moving very fast, do you want to come out fly the plane .
No comment back from ATC!
Anyone else here something like? I couldn't stop smiling until we hit crusing altitude!

Heia Norge!
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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6506 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5329 times:

I was flying from ORD-MCI during a major Kansas - Missouri college football game, and the pilot asked for a score update when he started talking to the KC controllers. He than told the cabin the score, knowing many were wondering since we couldn't watch it.

User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3801 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5274 times:

Over the Atlantic, LHR-IAD. Channel 9 went dead for the most part and at one stage the guys just seemed to chat to each-other talking about winter sports, swapping email addresses and at one stage even playing country music across the waves!! I thought it was our captain playing a soundtrack whilst some important radio calls not destined for passengers ears were made but then some other pilots interjected with calls of 'Humpback Mountain' and the like! After a few minutes of mucking around an anonymous voice made the call to 'Cut it out guys' and the mid-Atlantic japers came to an end.

"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
User currently offlineATCtower From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 594 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5228 times:

DEN-LAX UA 777-200 sometime in 2000-2001

I also believe I was the only one listening at the time, but we were taxiing to Runway 26L @ DEN I believe and ATC asked our pilot if he had a particular F/A on board. The pilot responded she was not working the flight and we were immediatly cleared for takeoff. While climbing, the pilot responded the flight attendant indeed was on the flight and had recently been married, but the controller did not know the married name. The pilot and ATC giggled back and forth like a couple little school girls givin the controller said she was drop dead gorgeous. A few moments after we reached cruising altitude, the cockpit door flew open and guess who came out?? You guessed it, the Captain. This was a beautiful, and full, T7. Well, it didnt take el capitan too long to find the F/A, who to my delight was one of our attendants in F. I was in seat 2A and trying my damndest to hear him trying to flirt with her, to no avail. I of course played good boy and kept my mouth shut for the duration of the flight, but DAMN this young woman was attractive.

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User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7862 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5213 times:

At SFO, KLM was taxing out for Departure and they were told to make the bay departure... KLM pilot goes oh ummmm bay departure. SFO Tower replies, KLM just follow the Continental Plane in front of you they will show you the way.

User currently offlineWireless615 From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5150 times:

SJC to ORD 757. Hour into the flight the pilot announced over the cabin PA interested passengers could tune to channel 9 for a brief overview on Life as a Pilot. Talked for approximately 30 minutes describing flying for United, history and performance of the 757, bidding for routes, working the extra board and a brief history of his journey from the military to airline pilot. Superb presentation, great voice command and interesting topics. A rare treat.

FYI, on a recent trip from AUS to SFO (A319) I was seated in 2A, plugged in my headphones and channel 9 was not on. I asked the FA if he would request the captain activate channel 9. Moments later the FA returned and said the pilot had refused. A few minutes later with plane loaded and the cockpit door open I walked forward and asked through the door if I could talk with the pilot, he nodded yes. After explaining I booked the flight with UA specifically to listen to channel 9 and rarely had an opportunity to fly in the past few years the pilot agreed to turn on ATC while explaining many pilots viewed channel 9 as a passenger perk benefitting UA management and some pilots were electing to disable channel 9 as a gesture of dissatistfaction with UA mangement. Trip included 6 flights, all others flights had channel 9. I should note the pilot was polite and honored my request however alienating passengers appears to be a poor negotiating tactic.

Also, departing LAX flying home an Airbus 380 was inbound returning from a PR flight. ATC referred to the 380 as a "super" rather than a 'heavy." Another piece of information tucked away for future reference.

User currently offlineONTFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 382 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5022 times:

Last year flying LAX-SEA we were warned of moderate bumps ahead to which a WN flight ahead of us replied, "umm...little late for that isn't it?" Then a couple seconds of silence followed by "Yeeeee-haaaaaawww!!! Ride 'em cowboy!" again from the WN pilots ahead.  biggrin 

Doin' just fine thanks...
User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6159 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4994 times:

While not Channel 9, it's just as good, as I was jumpseating on a United jet taxiing out to runway 8 at DEN on a flight to LAS, when this gem came across from the tower:

"UA XXX, an eastbound takeoff for a westbound departure. Yeah, that makes perfect sense to me. Hold short runway 8. I'll have clearance for you shortly."

(Keep in mind DEN's runway configuration when reading this.)

Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.
User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9320 posts, RR: 74
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4977 times:

Never been on UA, so no Ch. 9 yet...

But even if I willl be on UA one day, I wont listen to Ch. 9! I have enough ATC everyday, so I dont need to listen to it when I am on vacation  duck 

WILCO737 (MD11F)

User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 33652 posts, RR: 85
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4971 times:
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OAK Center are always good for some laughs, I find.

And on a busy day, ORD Ground can get a bit testy and good for a chuckle.

User currently offlineLHRlocal From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 304 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4913 times:

Dunno about this channel 9 business, but when they are landing on 09L at Heathrow over the M25 motorway, ive heard the controllers asking the pilots on the latest traffic conditions, guess it must be knocking off time soon!

User currently offlineHoppe777 From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4867 times:

Brilliant, some great stories here guys, I have my headphones glued to my ears when i fly UA, i love listening to the pilot ATC lingo !

Sometime in easter 10 .... yet to book :)
User currently offlineBingo From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 359 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4779 times:

Quoting SW733 (Reply 1):
I was flying from ORD-MCI during a major Kansas - Missouri college football game, and the pilot asked for a score update when he started talking to the KC controllers. He than told the cabin the score, knowing many were wondering since we couldn't watch it.

It seems everytime I'm flying into Austin during a UT game the score always gets announced.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 2):
After a few minutes of mucking around an anonymous voice made the call to 'Cut it out guys' and the mid-Atlantic japers came to an end.

One of my favorite things ive heard was a pair of F-15 RIOs flying CAP over DC playing battleship.

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