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  1. I enjoyed reading this. Thank you for sharing your insight and experience with us. I thought I was a fairly experienced VFR pilot many years ago until I had the following experience in Class C airspace. When the approach controller handed me off to the tower, the tower came back with “Call your base.” I hadn’t run across that before. So I proceeded to my left base leg and then wondered, “Do I announce NOW that I’m on a Left Base for Runway 36? Or do I wait until I’m almost ready to turn final? I believe I called left base fairly soon after being established on the left base leg of the pattern. I didn’t get yelled at, but in all my years of flying up to that point (and I think perhaps ever since) that was the only time a tower controller told me to “Call your base.” Obviously, I never was a military pilot. Any comments on “Call your base” instructions will be appreciated even now. Thanks!

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