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Doc Bryant

Short Final for 24 May

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From Avweb.com's twice weekly on line newsletter.....While practicing for my commercial license I was in the practice area west of Cleveland Hopkins airport. I had the radio tuned to the tower and heard this...Controller: Cessna ###, what is your purpose here on the field?Pilot: I'm here for my check ride.(pause)Controller: Are you a bit nervous?Pilot: A bit...Controller: Because you landed on the taxiway instead of the assigned runway....Doc Bryant

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Ouch!How slow can you go? It seems that it was a very busy day and a "good ol' boy" American (Texas-sounding) AF C-130 reserve pilot was in the instrument pattern for landing at Rhein-Main. The conversation went something like this... Tower: "AF1733, You're on an eight mile final for 27R. You have a UH-1 three miles ahead of you on final; reduce speed to 130 knots." AF1733: "Rog-O, Frankfurt. We're bringin' this big bird back to one-hundred and thirty knots fur ya." Tower (a few minutes later): "AF33, helicopter traffic at 90 knots now one-and-a-half miles ahead of you; reduce speed further to 110 knots." AF1733: "AF thirty-three reinin' this here bird back further to 110 knots" Tower: "AF33, you are three miles to touchdown, helicopter traffic now one mile ahead of you; reduce speed to 90 knots" AF1733 ( sounding a little miffed): "Sir, do you know what the stall speed of this here C-130 is?!" Tower (without the slightest hesitation): "No, but if you ask your co-pilot, he can probably tell you." Best regards.Luis

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