The crew in the St. Augustine Tower do a terrific job and often have their hands full. They often are faced with one or more foreign student pilots who themselves do a great job dealing with radio communications in a foreign language, but despite their best efforts, this adds to the strain at times for the busy tower controller.

This day, Friday morning, March 25, 2011, as we switched to the tower frequency from ground control, we found a busy tower with almost too many aircraft to handle. We waited patiently before announcing ourselves, and were given a direction to depart immediately, which we did.

Caroline was with me and we were on our way on a business trip to Tallahassee to visit a client at a prison near there. It was a great day for flying except that some extraordinary wildfires in Georgia created very hazy, smokey conditions below us the entire route, and in fact Tallahasse was almost IFR due to the haze.

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