FLAIRPORT
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Avianca Colombia Pilots Question:

Tue Dec 30, 2003 5:09 am

I was doing some of my famous "backyard spotting" this afternoon and just heard an Avianca Colombia plane come by, The pilot did his "Avianca 38 visual 9L" thing, but I noticed something odd. What I noticed is that the pilot sounded like he had a southern accent (a USA SOUTHERN accent). This has led me to a few theories:
1) they hire translators
2) They hire American pilots
3) I was just hearing things


anyone know if one of those theories are right?


[Edited 2003-12-29 21:10:23]
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RE: Avianca Colombia Pilots Question:

Tue Dec 30, 2003 5:16 am

Could be 2) and 3)
The fact is that Avianca hired some 757's with North American crew for a few days during this "high season".
Also, about a month ago, most of Av pilot were on "turtle operation" (operacion tortuga), a kind of strike, so the hired North American pilots to fly their own fleet.
So, on what date did you noticed that? on which city?
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RE: Avianca Colombia Pilots Question:

Tue Dec 30, 2003 5:18 am

it was today at FLL... did hear some spainsh in the background
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RE: Avianca Colombia Pilots Question:

Tue Dec 30, 2003 9:31 am

Well, Avianca leased some Boeing 757s for the high season, I also heard these pilots in my scanner weeks ago here in Panama.

Did you got any pic of this plane?

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Felipe
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RE: Avianca Colombia Pilots Question:

Tue Dec 30, 2003 9:50 am

no, i only got good banoculars for hanukah... camera comes for my birthday, hopefully.
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RE: Avianca Colombia Pilots Question:

Tue Dec 30, 2003 10:21 am

Hey Flairport,

It was a Boeing 757? which color scheme?

There are good spots in FLL to watch planes?

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Copa737
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RE: Avianca Colombia Pilots Question:

Tue Dec 30, 2003 10:30 am

It was a 757... the plane at first looked to me like a transmeridian. It had a blue tail with what looked like a globe and then words on the front. I found out the airline from my scanner and the pilot who started this whole thing.

I spot from my backyard.... thr view is not spectacular, but you can see the planes and the airline clearly.
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RE: Avianca Colombia Pilots Question:

Tue Dec 30, 2003 11:14 am


So if the 757 looked like if it was from TransMeridian, it's definitely one of the leased planes Copa737 was talking about...

Strange thing though the accent you might have noticed...  Confused


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RE: Avianca Colombia Pilots Question:

Tue Dec 30, 2003 5:34 pm

I just returned to Miami from Bogota tonight, there was an Avianca B757 that called for push and start minutes after us (destination Cartagena, I believe) and he definately had a North American accent. My f/o and I were both surprised to hear this.... by the way, the paint scheme appeared to be TransMeridien, though it was dark and hard to tell.

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