The World: Air Talk: Attendez, S'il Vous Pla

îTo the uninitiated, air traffic communication in any language all sounds like Greek. Mainly, it is a hyperabbreviated shorthand of letters and numerals identifying sender and receiver and passing on data about wind conditions, altitudes and airport geography. Herewith a typical conversation, in English and French, as it might be overheard by an Air Canada pilot over Quebec City.

Pilot: Quebec ground, this is Foxtrot Juliet Victor Hotel, radio check. One two decimal nine.

Ground Control: JVH, Quebec ground, radio check.

Pilot: Quebec ground, JVH at hangar number three. Request taxi clearance. Over.

Ground Control: JVH, Quebec ground. Runway zero six, wind zero seven zero...

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