A.T.C. Exchanges 1
Approach: Continental xxx, slow to one hundred and ninety.
Continental (in a slow Texas drawl): Roger, slowing one-nine-zero.
After a few minutes of handling other arrivals, Approach asked Continental to slow further to 160.
Again the drawling pilot acknowledged the speed reduction.
Sereral more minutes passed and the controller still needed more spacing.
Approach: Continental xxx, slow to one hundred and fifty.
Continental: (in an even slower, more exasperated voice): Do you guys know what the stall speed of a seven-two-seven is ?
Approach (without missing a beat): No sir, but if you ask the guy in the left seat, I'm sure he could tell you.
Delta yyy descend and maintain six-thousand........ Nothing further was heard from the Continental crew.
Those German controllers at Frankfurt Airport tend to be a short-tempered lot. They not only expect pilots to know their parking location but how to get there without any assistance. So it was with some amusement that we (PanAm 747) listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground and a British Airways 747 (radio call Speedbird 206) after landing.
Speedbird 206: "Good morning Frankfurt. Speedbird 206 clear of active."
Ground: "Good Morning. Taxi to your gate."
The British Airways 747 pulls onto the main taxiway and stops.
Ground: "Speedbird, do you know where you are going?"
Speedbird 206: "Stand by, ground. I'm looking up the gate location now."
Ground (impatiently): "Speedbird 206, have you never flown to Frankfurt before?"
Speedbird 206 (coolly), "Yes, in 1944. But I didn't stop."
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