Dear Media, self-appointed aviation experts, pattern police and buffoons…please refrain from saying the following:
Overheard: "They/We were stuck on the ‘TARMAC’ for 11.68 days with no food or water or mobile service!"
What I think you meant to say: We were stuck [at the gate/on the apron/on the ramp/on the taxiway]… TARMAC is a paving material…not a location and nothing at any airport in the United States, comes close to sharing its chemical makeup. Wanna sound like a novice, use
’TARMAC.’ Wanna sound like someone who has a modicum of sense…use the examples above…and oh yeah…try not to overblow the amount of time you were ‘stuck’ either.
Overheard: "People who do overhead approches in GA acft (piston or otherwise) are wannabe fighter jocks!"
What I think you meant to say: While overhead approaches at un-controlled fields can certainly be dangerous, using the procedure at controlled fields offers pilots, and controllers alike, a chance to use their skills in a different and interesting manner. Furthermore, the maneuver is not the exclusive domain of fighter pilots and happens to be used by other folk too, such as Ag pilots, AMC pilots, bomber pilots, test pilots, pilots of high-perf experimental acft, IFEs with sketchy engines and CFIs who may want to teach ‘enhanced techniques’ or even the finer points of pitch and power settings to a highly proficient student.
Overheard: * “10-4!” * [on SoCal App freq]
What I think you meant to say: SoCal…please disregard my last…I understand CB Talk has no place in a professional exchange with ATC and I will land as soon as practicable so that I may be flogged by a random “airport bum” who has spent more time on a flight deck than I spent in the womb and will continue to be flogged, by said bum, until I learn how not to be such a flaming buffoon…
Happy New Year all and Thank You to the Flight Aware Team for providing such an awesome resource and wonderful community!