IUFLA Posted October 22, 2020 Report Share Posted October 22, 2020 The Pat Chambers firing thread got me thinking about how different it was 30-40 years ago as opposed to today. I'd imagine most of us have experienced a "tough love" story, so here's mine... My very first shift as an apprentice air traffic controller was on a swing shift (3 pm to 11 pm) at Scott AFB RAPCON (Radar Approach Control). At our briefing, the crew chief says, "Well, we have somebody training in clearance delivery and assist. Let's throw him into the pool. Take approach (the position that actually talks to the airplanes in flight) with Sgt Head (the guys name was John Head...after I got to know him and became friends, I always told him his Native American name would be "Two Toilets"} So we get in there...First aircraft I get is an F-4. Sgt Head tells me, "He's just down here from Springfield ANG to shoot some practice approaches, so give him and ILS to runway 31, the wind and altimeter." I did that, then Sgt Head says, "Ask him say type landing and intentions to follow." I did and the pilot says, "Low approach back to radar for another one." He did 2 or 3 ILS appproaches, then got a clearance back to Springfield. All was well. Right after he departed the area, I got a handoff on an Air Evac flight coming into Scott. Sgt Head asked me, "Do you know what to do?" I said "Sure." Gave him the ILS runway 31, wind and altimeter. Sgt Head said, "Good!" Now, I had no idea what an AirEvac was, but it basically ferries hospital patients around to different places. After the pilot acknowledged my initial transmission, I say "Say type landing and intentions to follow." Sgt Head exploded..."YOU THINK THE F^%%%$ BURN PATIENTS WANT TO TAKE A GOD D&*^% LAP AROUND THE F$%#$@! AIRFIELD?!?!" The pilot, laughing says, "Oh, full stop will do." But I learned that lesson... 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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