Re: Bygone era of information available to passengers...

Date:         29 Apr 99 22:10:42 
From:         westin* (Stephen H. Westin)
Organization: Cornell University Program of Computer Graphics
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  or MIME structure (D.M. Procida) writes:

> Stephen H. Westin <westin*> wrote:
> > Did you know that some French crews speak French to French
> > ATC?
> Why is that remarkable?

Because the official air traffic control language is
English. Lufthansa pilots speak English to German controllers, for

This is important for a couple of reasons: not only do you want to
avoid controllers switching languages and possibly blurting something
in the wrong language at a critical moment, but you also want everyone
to know what's going on. Most pilots in that French airspace had no
clue what instructions were given to those French crews I heard, nor
what their responses were. Not to mention avoiding issues of national
pride: at one point, Quebec wanted to force all ATC to use French, for

-Stephen H. Westin
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