How to speak like a pilot


Words on Wednesdays…

Fly 'n Things

In the past, I have written about using pilot lingo in every day communication (see Pilot Speak and I Speak Pilot 2). Communication is critical during any phase of a flight from planning to execution to completion. To enable clear and concise communication, pilots are taught the terminology to use from early days of flight training by their instructors.

Prior to the start of flight, a pilot communicates with  flight service station to obtain  weather information at the origin and destination airport, as well as along the route of flight; reviews NOTAMS and files a flight plan. It was necessary to communicate this verbally with a preflight briefer before the advent of internet and still occasionally be a necessary step when out of reach from online services. Today all this can be achieved  online such as on DUATS or through flight planning software tools, but taxi, clearance, departure instructions…

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