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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