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Presentation Over The Air, Common?

Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:41 pm

I just heard a captain doing the Good-Morning-and-welcome-on-this-flight announcement, the thing is that I was not a passenger of that flight, I wasn't even on it. In fact, technically speaking, I'm not even sitting at the airport, the captain (I guess) forgot to switch from radiocomms to PA system, so every aircraft tuned in to the apron freq. heard his announcement.

Is this a common mistake that pilots do? I never heard it before, and I've been listening to aviation radio traffic while working for like ten years or so...

I guess that on a small airport like ESGG, which has less than 20 movments an hour, there's no real harm, but on a larger airport, where traffic is more intense, a 50 second frequency unavavilablilty wouldn't be good...
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RE: Presentation Over The Air, Common?

Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:50 pm

Unintended audience transmissions occur quite often, and are almost always followed by some gentle poking by other pilots on frequency. I personally have never heard it occur on the ground, however.
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RE: Presentation Over The Air, Common?

Wed Aug 22, 2007 4:18 pm

You have to be registered to listen to the clip (it's free, and worth it), but this DL pilot's accidental transmission at JFK, and the reactions of both the other pilots and the controller were priceless:,3286.0.html

Yes, it happens quite a lot. I remember hearing a Caribbean Airlines flight make the same mistake about a month ago, also at JFK. Only this time things were busier, the pilot ate up more time making the announcement, and the controller was much less enthused.  Smile

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