Goingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1200 times:
I'm not a controller, but I was watching planes and listening to my scanner shortly after DFW opened up. That was in the days of CB Radios and there was a private pilot who had no concept of where he was or where he was going. He responded to ATC with terms like "10-4 good Buddy" and when told that traffic was a Braniff 727 at two o'clock and five miles responded with "Negatori on that". They pretty much halted all traffic out of DFW while this fool passed thru the airspace. It was kind of funny listening to the controller asking if he had DFW in sight. After yet another "negatori good buddy" reply, the controller finally asked him if he saw a long piece of concrete with a 17 on one end and a 35 on the other. When the idiot finally answered "10-4 good buddy", the controller responded with "Good. That's the worlds largest airport" and vectored him towards Meachum Field. The guy spotted the Naval Air Station and said he'd just land there. The controller told him "NO, you won't". They didn't even have him change frequencies, they just cleared him to land at Meachum and said that there would be someone from the FAA there to "discuss" the incident with him. Sure wish I could have been a party to that conversation!
Flyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3841 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1187 times:
When I'm flying into a familiar airport i hate waiting for landing clearence because some bozo is talking to the tower and doesnt know the runways, or where he is or where the airport is from him. I hate this. They should plan better. But then sometimes I'm that person but I like to plan ahead so I'm not that person.
VS11 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1155 times:
I am not an ATC person either but I have a story to tell.
A friend of mine was traveling from BOS to SFO on United, and was listening to Channel 9, and heard a pilot of another aircraft saying something to the controller about the gates or something, which must have been pretty stupid because the controller answered: " Come back to me when you know what you are talking about"
Zobatc From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1121 times:
One day working at Beaver Tower (BVI), I had this dude that came in, and I instructed him to follow a Tomahawk on right base, he said he had the traffic in sight, he turns right in behind the Tomahawk, and it obiviously won't work, so I send him around to join right traffic, runway 10, and now he's going to follow a Cherokee on a 2 mile left base, and the same result happens, and it happened 2 more times...he even would get right on someone's rear end when I called his base...it was unbeliveable. So, finally he's clearly number 1 to the runway, and I said Cherokee so and so, "the whole god damn airport is all to yourself, you're cleared to land"...
Ryanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4771 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1100 times:
There are certain expectations as an ATCer, you need to make snap seconds decisions to keep the traffic flowing expeditiously.
I hate snobbish pilots who think that we are sitting around in the tower and drinking coffee with nothing much to do. Pass silly remarks when we are busying co-ordinating for their last minute request when they are about to take off...
I know that being a pilot is not easy. But I hate those that think that they are God and the world revolves around them, because behind the silence in the air after every transmission, comes a whole bunch of co-ordination that they don't normally hear.
Welcome to my starry one world alliance, a team in the sky!
ATCT From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2438 posts, RR: 36
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1011 times:
Beaver Tower! Man not many people no where that is! Anyways im from south of Pittsburgh, and if ya went through CCBC, my dad would have given ya your license and Paul Arnholt would have been the head of the program hehe. I am looking at going to CCBC, but probably for Commercial piloting instead of ATCT, the flying (as in piloting) bug has bitten me badly! Hehe, anyways Have a good day and contact PIT tower on 119.1!
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