Re: Proper Grammer - Need For?

Subject: Re: Proper Grammer - Need For?
From: "Sandra Charker" <scharker -at- connectives -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 1999 23:16:26 +1100

In response to the "Are these words being used?" thread, Tony Markatos
> The key is STANDARDIZATION. ...
> I used to be a air traffic controller (tower and radar approach control).
> Grammer wise, many controller-to-pilot communications are poor. I was
> (while a trainee) severely chastised for telling a pilot: "The wind
> [direction]is two-one-zero degrees at seven nautical miles [per hour]."
> boss told me that I should have said: "Wind: two-one-zero degrees at
> -- not a word more.
> Clear and concise air traffic controller-to-pilot (technical)
> does consistently occur. Believe me, if it did not, you would soon here
> about it on the news! The key is standardization. Controller-to-pilot
> communications are very highly standardized. In the above mentioned
> "Wind: two-one-zero degrees at seven." is the standard way of conveying
> direction and velocity information to pilots. All parties concerned know
> exactly what this means, and any deviation from this standard is a
> source of (deadly) confusion.

Usability guru Bruce Tognazzini has another take on the conventions of

Tony's post is an extreme example of the difficulty of changing established
usage, however inappropriate or unnecessary it's become.

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