frequencies at Cleveland Hopkins airport. (Having a PRO-39 certainly
beats the analog Patrolman SW-60, although I can no longer receive
several closely-spaced frequencies concurrently like I used to ;-).
Anyway, I was reminded of several questions I never bothered to
answer. Sometimes when pilots are receiving instructions, they get
something like 'contact xxxx, 126.7, squawk 5.' What does the
Also, occasionally, I hear commercial airliners give their
designation as something like 'United 564 heavy.' My observation
is that these are usually large aircraft, but I wondered what
'heavy' designates. Is this a plane loaded past a certain percentage
of its capacity, or too big to use certain runway lengths, or what?
Best two exchanges of the day were:
1) a pilot asking permission to push back on a ramp that was cramped
because it also being plowed at the time. Ramp control: "OK,
push back but don't block gate 18--he's next out." Pilot: "Roger,
don't block Charlie-18. If the driver does, we'll kill him."
Laughter from ramp control.
2) another pilot calling for a pushback for the second time, upset
that there was no ground crew anywhere on the ramp. The tower
answered, "He's under your nose; there's a guy waving at you
Anybody interested in the Hopkins frequencies I have can send e-mail.
Bradley J. Bittorf|"I'll go round people up. I'd rather truncate them, but
Allen-Bradley Co. | I'll round 'em up." --David J. Bauer, expressing his
(216) 646-4629 | frustration about the late start of a meeting, 26 Jan 1989