NDSchu777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 419 posts, RR: 3 Posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 25072 times:
Last night I was flying on United from ORD-SFO, and of course like any good a.net-er was listening to the ATC chat on Channel 9 (much more interesting than the in-flight movie chick flick "Prairie Home Companion", but that's beside the point).
Anyway, the typical ATC chatter of handing off from one control to another, reports of chop, and changing headings or FL's was broken by an interesting discussion that sounded something like this:
United 907 Heavy: "Salt Lake Center, please advise an update on the Eagles-Cowboys game?"
Salt Lake Center: "United 907 Heavy, game was tied at 24 at start of 4th quarter. Philadelphia scored a TD. On Dallas' next drive a pass to Owens was intercepted and the Eagles held on to their lead."
United 907 Heavy: "TO Sucks."
Salt Lake Center: "That's right."
I definitely laughed out loud when I heard that one and I think everyone around me looked at me weird.
Does anyone else have good ATC chat stories they can share?
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9828 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 25131 times:
Haha, I love it when you are flying at ATC is quiet. There can be some interesting conversations on Sundays when football games are going on. Also, some planes are equipped with radios that can pick up the games, which is even more fun.
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Halls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 25127 times:
Quoting NDSchu777 (Thread starter): I definitely laughed out loud when I heard that one and I think everyone around me looked at me weird.
Does anyone else have good ATC chat stories they can share?
I was flying cross country the night we crossed into the new millenium. Several of the controllers cracked jokes about having to revert to a paper system in the case their computers crapped out at 0001. There was a lot of laughter - nervous - that night.
NDSchu777 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 419 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 24780 times:
I also remember one time being on the ground at ORD and hearing how another plane had backed out of the gate the wrong way. This ground controller sounded pissed and was giving him an alternate route but made sure to let him know how many other planes he was getting in the way of.
Charliejag1 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 24725 times:
If you tune the ADF to an AM station within the ADF freq. band and turn on the id speaker or headset switch, you can listen to the radio. We used to do this for baseball games on espn radio all the time.
Cessna057 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 439 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 24699 times:
Quoting Charliejag1 (Reply 5): If you tune the ADF to an AM station within the ADF freq. band and turn on the id speaker or headset switch, you can listen to the radio. We used to do this for baseball games on espn radio all the time.
I do that on long flights when i get bored...
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HPAEAA From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1026 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 24646 times:
Here's the one I've got....
"eagle flight XXX to ops station on freq"
"eagle flight XXX to ops station on freq"
"this is CLE ops eagle flight XXX, go ahead."
"got a request for you,"
"eagle flight XXX whats the nature of the request?"
"Just a simple score update please"
"Eagle flight XXX you have no idea how scared we were that you might want to visit, go right ahead with the score update"
"ahhh so you've been welcomed to eagle"
LTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 24510 times:
I heard something funny once while listening to JFK tower. The captain of an AA flight was making a cabin announcement about them, despite being late, hoping to get on the way now and he didn't know that he was doing it through the tower frequency, until the ATC said: "Tell them the tower said hello".
Ordpark From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 576 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 24357 times:
While on approach into ORD one very busy morning, an obviously very rushed crew member, in an attempt to verify his next frequency, asked the approach controller, "what's the tower". Without missing a beat, the controller, without missing a beat, responded with the classic line uttered by Leslie Neilson in Airplane...."it's a big tall building where they talk to airplanes" (sic) But that's not important now!
TinkerBelle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 24285 times:
On UA to IAD the day after the world cup.
Alitalia heavy was on finals and the controller said 'So, since you guys won the world cup, are you flying people for free today'?
Alitalia pilot responded 'only the crew'. I bust out laughing per I thought that was funny.
ZRHnerd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 24200 times:
A couple of years ago I flew an SR ZRH-LHR-ZRH run on the jumpseat with my fellow neighbour former SR and now LX pilot M.M.
About 45 minutes into the flight he asked the german ATC (IIRC) about the football results, I think the matches were part of the WC 2002 qualifiers, he particularely asked about the results of the matches of Switzerland, France, England, Scotland and Germany, and then passed them over to the passengers through the PA. That was well funny. You could hear the "wohoo" and "noo" kinda noises in the back
Cumulus From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1402 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 23995 times:
My friend flew the Hercules on convoy flights during the Iraq conflict and said they and the other aircraft on the way down in their 'convoy' played Trivial Persuit with the crews in the other aircraft over the radio!
What Goes Up Must Come Down, Hopefully In One Piece!
Mcdu From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 1487 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 23700 times:
We landed 4R right in ORD a few years ago and the ground controller was in an jovial mood. He was giving instructions with panache of a man in control. It was pretty rapid fire and then there was silence for about 10 secs. He said, "come on, nobody else have a request?" to which someone replied, "Yeah I would like Burger and fries", not missing a beat the controller said, "Oh, burger and fries? We don't do that on this freq. You will have to switch to 121.65 for that"
Cancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 23672 times:
that's normal. we have a tv right beween two positions at work and if there is a game on the person on the company freq very routinely gives out the score of the game. sundays we usually post update cards under the tv for the various games going on.
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D950 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 493 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 23632 times:
While on approach to LGA runway 4, Citrus asks LGA if the Eagle regional in front of him is going to LGA, the tower responded "where in God's name do you think he's going" even our pilot chuckled when I mentioned it to him while getting off the plane.
Resting on your laurels is a synonym for flirting with disaster
"Allegedly the German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are renowned as a short-tempered lot. They, it is alleged, not only expect one to know one's gate parking location, but how to get there without any assistance from them. So it was with some amusement that we (a Pan Am 747) listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground control and a British Airways 747, call sign Speedbird 206. Speedbird 206: "Frankfurt, Speedbird 206 clear of active runway." Ground: "Speedbird 206. Taxi to gate Alpha One-Seven." The BA 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop. Ground: "Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?" Speedbird 206: "Stand by, Ground, I'm looking up our gate location now." Ground (with quite arrogant impatience): "Speedbird 206, have you not been to Frankfurt before?" Speedbird 206 (coolly): "Yes, twice in 1944, but it was dark,...... and I didn't land."
Aaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8297 posts, RR: 26
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 22956 times:
On one of many UA transpac crossings last year I had the chance to listen in on an entertaining HF exchange between several UA and NW flights. The topic of conversation was the quality of the ladies in various Asian cities. After about five minutes of that Channel 9 suddenly went silent
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TransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2046 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 22403 times:
Sounds like an urban legend, but my father swears that he overheard this one many years ago (70s or 80s) in the airspace around Nassau/Bahamas.
The then German chancellor Helmut Schmidt was visiting, and his plane's callsign was Luftwaffe 1.
While Luftwaffe 1 was talking to Nassau tower, an old retired RAF pilot and WWII veteran was flying in the vicinity in his private plane. Eventually, he had heard enough of Luftwaffe 1 and barked into the mic: "Luftwaffe 1 - Achtung, Spitfire."
There were quite a few seconds of silence afterwards...
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Jayspilot From United States of America, joined May 2001, 298 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 21536 times:
The atc chatting stories are plentiful and funny. My all time favorite converastions occur during sports playoffs. I was flying once from Boston to Atlanta in the fall of 2004 and was able to keep news radio 880 from ny tuned in the whole flt for the Yankees Redsox game on our ADF. I started giving a lot of updates and figured I could get more creative. I then went to the aft lav and inroute stopped at the cabin PA and asked the passengers to ring their buttons if they would like me to broadcast the game via the PA. Of the 150 people on board i think I saw all the call lights go on. Once I got back up front I took the David Clark Headset for the jumpseater and set up the audio pannel to monitor ADF. I then took our pa mike and taped it on and taped it to the ear piece and played the game until the end and the flt attendants needed to make announcments. The folks in the back go to listen to game 4 from the 8th inning until the end of the game and I had 140 happy boston fans onboard and probably 10 people including our New York based cabin crew who were not thrilled.
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