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

Date:         29 Apr 99 22:10:43 
From: (Malcolm Weir)
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On 19 Apr 99 02:22:14 , Ralf Sipple <> caused to appear as if
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>Stephen H. Westin <westin*> wrote:
>> '87-'90. Did you know that some French crews speak French to French
>> ATC?
>don't US crews speak English to US ATC?

Yup.  And, for example, Japanese crews speak English to Japanese ATC.

>The French are very nationalistic and very rarely speak
>English in ATC comm. You also often can hear Italian crews
>speak Italian to Italian ATC. The same in Spain.

This is technically considered A Bad Thing.

You see, ATC comms are not only for the benefit of the aircraft specifically
addressed, but also any other aircraft in the area.  So that a group of
aircraft in an approach pattern all know what's going on, and can predict
what instructions they can expect when their turn comes around.

Nationalism has nothing to do with it.