Ok, Squelch has been backed down a quarter turn. I have heard Buffalo simulcast on 126.500 and 126.150 so if the tower talks on one frequency and you answer on the other the delay might cut off the first part of your transmission, in a case like that the delay is more of a hinderance.
Thanks, Dan. I'll take a listen to the archives on Thursday when I return home to see if that addressed the issue.
Cool picture. Looks to me like an aircraft in a slip to land (right aileron, left rudder that lowers the upwind wing and aligns the aircraft to the runway) during one of Buffalo's many windy days.
In the event you were unaware, when winds are moderate or stronger and are blowing several degrees off the runway centerline, smaller aircraft will typically crab down final approach, which means the aircraft will be pointing its nose into the wind, but the track is aligned with the runway centerline (think vector math).
Again, for small aircraft, you cannot land this way or else you would place an undue amount of stress on the landing gear as well as perhaps lose control of the aircraft once on pavement.
Thus, a pilot would typically transition from a crab to a slip (kick opposite rudder and lower the upwind wing with aileron) at the last moment to align the aircraft with the runway centerline.
Why don't pilots fly all the way to the runway in a slip? Because it is not comfortable for passengers.
A crab is a coordinated flight control maneuver (ailerons working with rudder) that results in g-forces going straight through the bottom of the aircraft that pulls pilot and passenger(s) directly into the seat slightly. A slip is an uncoordinated flight control maneuver that results in the g-forces pointing somewhere through the side of the aircraft and sending passenger fannies sliding along the top of the seat.
So yes, I do that all the time landing in your windy city.