M717 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 608 posts, RR: 5 Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2364 times:
All it means is follow the aircraft ahead, number 2 to land. No hidden meaning. No commentary on the "quality of the pilot at the controls". Controllers everywhere refer to aircraft belonging to the same company (although it's usually airline companies) as "company". I've been told to follow "company" hundreds of time. It's just something controllers say.
Jhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6195 posts, RR: 13 Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2338 times:
I believe the purpose of this is that they assume you likely can recognize other aircraft from your company. For example, if they say "Delta 883 follow the company B757", the pilots know to look for another Delta 757. Similarly, the controllers know what FBOs the different airplanes are from, and they think you probably do as well. Honestly, I've never heard this term be applied in GA, but I guess they assume you know that there's another A/C from your FBO in the pattern and they're asking you to follow it. As always, if you don't understand what ATC has said, ask for clarification.
Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
JBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4459 posts, RR: 22 Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2305 times:
In the airports that I've had experience with (all up and down the east coast) I believe that "company" identifies similar flight schools, FBO's, etc. It's most likely a slang term but I'm too lazy to get out the pilot/controller glossary or ATC bible.
afterthought: Why am I even posting this if three other people have already responded? geesh. it's late. i need to go to sleep.