I have a few questions about transmitions between pilots & ATC that I've recently heard.
The other day I was listening to an American Airlines MD-80 (flt 1053) as the pilots were setting up for the approach to Toronto Intl's rwy 24R.
I heard one of the pilots say to the arrival controller .......
"Five thousand feet is good, we're below it. At seven thousand we were in the Q"
Regarding pilot lingo, what does in the "Q" mean? Was this pilot talking about clouds, turbulence or even both?
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On August 26, I watched and listened to a Jetsgo flight climbing out eastbound at 6:52 pm. During comminications with the Toronto departure controller, the pilot refered to himself as "Jetsgo one ninety nine alpha".
I've never heard the letter "Alpha" use after a Jetsgo flight number before (or any airliner's flight number), some I'm very curious as to what that means.
I did a search, and the only possibility that I could find was that this Jetsgo flight was on a multi-leg flight and that the letter "alpha" was attached to the flight number to indicate to ATC that it was on it's first of 2 or more legs during this departure. Is this correct?
I understand that a letter D (delta) after a flight number means that flight's delayed.
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