Reply To: BBC2 to Air “Airport Live” from Heathrow in June

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Surely everyone learnt at school the basic cloud formations and what they mean? Or was she trying to gain empathy from the viewers?

Excellent point. I was sitting there thinking What? but given my age and where I was educated (a very good comp) I did know what a CB was and learned it decades ago at school.

I also agree about the incessant repetition of how stressful the ATC role is and the entirely new language that had to be learnt. I mean the phonetic alphabet is not exactly Astro physics or even aeronautical engineering and most plane spotters around LHR would know call signs for most major airlines. I am not for a moment denigrating the vital role of ATC but too much time was spent in the crows nest and not enough time on the ground.

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