Chalk up another learning experience on the PPL “License to Learn”. I was approaching my home airport yesterday for landing. The frequency was quiet and the controller decided to school me a bit on my poor check-in.
Me: “Tower, good evening. Cessna 172 GABC overhead Bridges checkpoint 2500′ with information India”
Tower: “GABC, Tower, Roger”
An odd response but I figure he’s radar identifying me and will give me circuit/runway instructions in a few seconds. I continue inbound but realize my error in not requesting explicit landing instructions since no clearance seems forthcoming nor any “say intentions” request from the controller.
Me: “Tower, GABC requests a full stop landing”
Tower: “Where? Here?”
Me: “Affirmative, GABC”
Tower: That’s good information to know. Cleared to a left hand circuit runway 24; report downwind.
Or put another way—check in properly, bud.