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Doc Bryant

Avweb's Short Final for 21 July

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From those Wonderful folks that bring you twice weekly aviation news in your email box....along with the more mundane Viagra ads and things to lengthen your dangling participle... It's Short Final Time...I fly skydivers and am talking to controllers at the best ATC facility around quite often. One day traffic on the frequency was a little light so one of the controllers had a little fun:Cessna123: Jumpers away!Approach (in his best kid-on-a-ride voice): WEEEEEEE!Doc Bryant

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If "the blue goo" could be reduced to a pithy 4 or 5 lines, then it could qualify as a "Short Final". Much better than the recent AvWeb offering.Best regards.Luis

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Luis,Is there no pleasing you? ;-)When I was out this past week on company business in the company airplane (Beech King Air), I was sitting up front with the pilot in the right seat. We were listening to Memphis Center when a pilot took off from Tupelo and checked in on an IFR flight plan. He gave his location and clearance altitude for his initial climb. The controller then promptly sent him back to tower frequency to "get it right". About thirty seconds later, the errant pilot came back on center frequency and gave the correct cleared altitude, at which point the controller, then cleared him on his course and to a higher assigned altitude.As things go, this controller was telling him to "go stand in the corner, until you behave".On the way back from Texas to Chattanooga, there was the guy who changed from Memphis center frequency to 123.0 for decent into Pine Bluff, Arkansas only to find that he did not change his transmit frequency from Memphis center. He was listening on 123.0 on one radio and talking on center frequency on the other radio. The controller in Memphis asked us to call him and get the guy on the right channel. Our pilot with ATP and CFII rating tried transmitting on center frequency first. When the Cessna pilot did not respond, I realized the frequency error and set our second radio to 123.0 and made the call. I got no reply from the other guy, but he did start giving his downwind and base reports on 123.0 after my transmission.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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Jerry,What I want to know is...You were sitting up front with the pilot in the right hand seat.....Who was sitting in the left hand seat?:+ Doc Bryant

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Maybe you went to the same high school as that controller at Memphis center? He was a nice guy, but I did not sit that close to the pilot.Jerry K. Thorne :-blaEast Ridge, TN

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LOL, just checking, Jerry.My Mother always corrected our grammar and sentence structures. I believe it's caught on.I was reared (not raised, you raise animals..just closing that door) around some Memphis folks when my parents built a hotel that was part of a chain founded in Memphis. I can still remember their fellow they sent in to help us open the place. He played the trumpet and would serenade us in the empty hallways prior to the opening of the facility.Now, for five bonus points, can you name the hotel chain that was started in Memphis to compete with Holiday Inns?Doc Bryant

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I know Kemmons Wilson, the founder of Holiday Inn. I put a satellite dish in his back yard long before the Ku-band dishes of today became common. They also started Hampton Inn as the first spinoff from Holiday Inn. Eventually, Hampton Inns were sold to the Hilton family of hotels. Kemmons sold his interest in Holiday Inn and the headquarters moved to the Atlanta area and is doing business under the umbrella of Six Continents Hotels.As for Kemmons Wilson, he started another chain called Wilson Inns. The first one was right across from the south entrance of Disney World.During the 1980's, I worked with a company that put in and maintained about 300 satellite TV systems at Holiday Inn hotels. I was the guy who put in the first demo system in Memphis, and I also was the guy who put one up for show and tell at the Shrine Auditorium on Knob Hill in San Francisco when the Holiday Inn franchise holder's meeting introduced HINET satellite systems to non-company-owned Holiday Inns.I was also the guy the who set up a satellite antenna system on South Capitol Street in Washington, DC when the house committee was doing a rewrite of the communications act for the first time since 1934. That original law established the Federal Communications Commission. The new act passed in the 1980's updated the law to allow for new technologies.Talk about thread creep!Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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and to answer my own question....the franchise hotel chain that was established to compete against Wilson's Holiday Inn was the Downtowner Motor Inn chain.I only knew one satellite guy. But plenty of cable guys. My father and I bought a small Community Access Antenna outfit eons ago. I think we sold it to Tele-Media or some such bunch. My younger brother wrote a great deal of business insurance for cable co's after my father died.I wonder if that is the reason I do not have a television hooked up to cable, much less a satellite dish or home antenna. It is hooked up to an equally disused VCR. It's a Beta machine, LOL.Doc Bryant

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