Date: 29 Apr 99 22:10:42 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Stephen H. Westin) Organization: Cornell University Program of Computer Graphics References: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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email@example.com (D.M. Procida) writes: > Stephen H. Westin <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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 example. 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 example. -- -Stephen H. Westin Any information or opinions in this message are mine: they do not represent the position of Cornell University or any of its sponsors.