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Tongue Twisters…

October 19th, 2005 · 5 Comments

Every now and again, airline pilots are faced with flying a particular trip who’s flight number, when paired with your airline’s callsign, makes for a really good tongue twister. We had it happen to us just yesterday, as we flew around the Western U.S. Our flight number was 1667, which is typically pronounced “Sixteen Sixty-Seven.”

Combine that with the airline’s callsign, “Southwest.”

Then combine it with the station to whom we were speaking, “Salt Lake City Center.”

The result? Having to say “Salt Lake City Center, Southwest Sixteen Sixty-Seven” every time we used the radio.

Try it. Say it ten times fast. The “S’s” become “Th’s” fathter than you can thay thpit. Occasionally, the “S” sounds come out like “Sh” sounds, which isn’t good when you have to say the word “city.”

The good news is that the air traffic controllers handling our flight were having just as tough a time with it as we were!

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My (little) big sister had her baby girl last Tuesday. She’s ten years older than I am, but she’s my little sister because she’s so freakin’ skinny and petite…which is just opposite everyone else in the family. She makes us fat siblings sick!

Anyhow, her daughter’s name is Isabella. She’s a cutie! Here’s a picture of her…

Congratulations, Din!

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I’ve been away from the computer for a bit lately. Coming back today, I’ve noticed that I’ve hit 6,000 on my site meter! I’m not sure why that feels like an important thing to me, but it does. Thanks to everyone who reads this drivel!

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Not much has happened at work lately that might be called “interesting” by the average reader. The airplane has become a relatively comfortable extension of myself (and a MANLY one at that!! WHO NEEDS A NEW CORVETTE?!), and I’m getting more and more comfortable in my role as a first officer.

November is my first month as a line-holder! October was a blank-line, September was reserve. With six months seniority, this absolutely boggles my mind! But I’ll not complain one bit, thank you!

It just goes to show that you never know what the awarded schedule will be. An airline pilot just has to bid for everything, from his heart’s-desire schedule to his worst nightmare line. I seem to end up with something in-between every time.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Traytable // Oct 21, 2005 at 3:42 am

    Haha I bet someone said “sh&$#y” more than once….! :p

    I once got a flight where the callsign included ‘Quebec Quebec’ which at first glance isn’t much, but after twenty minutes of back-and-forth between them and me I kept stuffing it up… boy was I glad when we got rid of that aircraft..!

    Hope you get another good line next bid (by the way I found this blog through Sam at FL250 =)

  • 2 GC // Oct 21, 2005 at 3:46 am

    Hah! Good story! Thanks for reading!

  • 3 John // Oct 23, 2005 at 4:00 am

    A flying club plane used to have the tailnumber five four four five hotel. On each and every flight in that plane, at least one controller stumbled over the call sign. After calling for taxi, I even had a ground controller say “Cessna five five .. five four .. ah .. you made that tailnumber up, didn’t you?”

    I tried using different emphasis to make the tail number easier to hear – Cessna Five Four (pause) Four Five Hotel. It helped a bit, but the final solution came when the plane was re-painted – the tailnumber was changed!

  • 4 Capt. Wilko // Oct 25, 2005 at 1:32 am

    A line already?! That’s amazingly fast, no? Congratulations, Glenn! Life must be pretty sweet!:) By the way, your little niece is beautiful. Congrats on that too.

  • 5 Flygirl // Oct 26, 2005 at 10:51 am

    Thanks for always puttin a smile on my face…and congrats on your niece. Great blog. :)

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