Going through a link on Twitter I came across this page. It had me in stitches. Funny stories of chat between ATC and the pilots. Some real classics in there but the one that really stood out for me was this exchange.[divider_line]
The controller working a busy pattern told the 727 on downwind to make a three-sixty–do a complete circle, a move normally used to provide pacing between aircraft.
The pilot of the 727 complained, “Don’t you know it costs us two thousand dollars to make even a one-eighty in this airplane?”
Without missing a beat the controller replied, “Roger, give me four thousand dollars’ worth.”