W_a_s_p_i_e From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 170 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 4 months 1 day ago) and read 2771 times:
Can someone tell me if American controllers say "point" instead of "decimal". If you refer to CAP413 (by BAA), they state that you must not say "point "when refering to a channel (119.85,135.05...).
Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 31
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 22 hours ago) and read 2734 times:
Most pilots and controllers over here in the US say "one-two-five-point-five", although I do in rare occasions hear "one-two-five-decimal-five", and on some occasions, pilots will simply read back "one-two-five-five" and not say either "point" or "decimal".
As an aside, we have a flight out of here, American 2601, that goes, I believe, to STL. There has been a certain pilot that in the last couple of weeks (he's been here twice that I know of), has been answering as "American twenty-sick-oh-one". Sounds kind of funny on the radio.
Tom in NO (at MSY)
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
ZID From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 294 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 21 hours ago) and read 2718 times:
In the United States the FAA's publication 7110.65 (the US atc rule book) states that you must use "point" when issuing a frequency.
A) Point is succinct, uncluttered and less likely to be confused with some other word, number or phrase.
B) Most facilities in the US are too busy to be using a three syllable word instead of a one syllable word. During a normal session of working traffic at a high altitude sector at Indy Center I save 120 syllables per hour using "point" instead of "decimal".
Believe me, when you're working twenty aircraft at a time with a thousand knot closure rate that extra minute of time to think, plan, implement and react can make all of the difference.