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Short Final for 16 May 2005

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From Avweb's on line and ezine of things aviating...Short FinalOverheard and unfortunately timely...Pilot: Unknown airport with Cessna 150 circling overhead ... Identify yourself! Doc Bryant

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Doc,Good to see you back in top form again. That was posted only nine minutes after midnight.As for the subject matter, lost is LOST, anyway you slice it. I wish it had said if the lost pilot was over a towered-airport or one with just Unicom.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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Avweb was in top form, not me. If they post early so do I. If they drag their heels, then so I.Doc Bryant

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This joke would have been really funny if that pilot had been calling an automated Unicom.Best regards.Luis

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That is called an ATIS, or AWOS, etc. Unicom is always the fixed-base-operator (FBO), aka human gas station attendant.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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I can just see someone doing that, and expecting an answer.Doc Bryant

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ATIS? Is that the one that is always getting your name wrong? As in, "Advise you have information, Charlie."Best regards.Luis

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It's the one that encourages drunkenness."Tower, Cessna 123, we have Whiskey."

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"Tower, Skylane 456, we have Sie***, and we're forcing them to release ProPilot 2000."Dave H.Fayetteville, GA

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Worse even, ATIS encourages family violence...."We have Pappa" or land grabbing, "We have Quebec"Not in the least to imagine yourself flying above Cape Cod, MA with a aviator who is a fan of the radio show "Amos 'N Andy"..."Ardis, do you be having the ATIS for OTIS?"Doc Bryant

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There's a reporting fix somewhere near Boston named DRUNK. I can just imagine what a non-aviation person would think when he hears this exchange on the scanner:"Boston Approach, United 123 with you, we have Whiskey.""United 123, Approach, roger, report DRUNK."

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I don't know exactly where it is, but that would certainly make sense.

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