Those stories amaze me.
I fly about every 2nd weekend and never heard / withnessed such stories.
I'm based in Beloeil and fly along the St-Laurence River to Québec City, Trois Rivières, or to Val d'Or, Sherbrooke, Gatineau etc. (Also once a year I bring a friend's plane to Florida and back - but thats irrelevant).
Again, when we hear english (and if we're not far away); we all switch to english PERIOD. Once everyone knows where each other is located/going to, then I agree some switches back to french.
Mexico in general uses this EXACT same logic for spanish/english (Flew there two years ago)
Again, I find those comments highly suspect.
#1 Another situation; at St-hubert (134.15) the tower will use the language you initiated first and sticked to it untill landing.
#2 If I ever hear someone telling others to f*cking switch to french - I'll report him to Transport Canada. But again, I never heard of such idiots - except on anonymous forums
Hey, that's how it should be and thats how I hope it will be. Because after my unpleasant run-ins with chatter on frequency in Quebec, well let's just say that safety is all of ours business and showing off one's nationalism when you are coming down in a flaming wreck since said person didn't wanna speak English is counter productive to say the least.
Don't get me wrong, I don't have anything against Québécois and had a great time flying GA with buddies in Eastern Québec and the Gaspe. Many of those guys on Unicom that did not speak English did so because they really didn't know English. But on the ground were really helpful and pleasant, albeit we did have to communicate using hand gestures.
I completely agree that using the same language as everyone on frequency is great for situational awareness. However if English is your 2nd or 3rd language and 95% of the other traffic speaks the different (native to the location) language, it is probably safer to use your native language.
Hell there have been times when I've flown in Africa and switched to Russian when speaking with other aircraft (Usually Armenian or Ukranian regs, a couple times with UTAir UN charters) since they had trouble communicating what the hell was going on and it was way easier to switch to Russian. They knew the standard terminology, but when we were talking about some shit weather ahead and comparing our information to figure out where it was, how to deviate and not kill each other in the process, it is like I started talking Chinese to them and they were replying in Farsi - total breakdown untill we swtiched to a common language.
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