Rumours & News Reporting Points that may affect our jobs or lives as professional pilots. Also, items that may be of interest to professional pilots.

say again ???

Old 1st Sep 2001, 02:54
  #1 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Posts: 19
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Post say again ???

I am one of a few Canadian controllers working in Geneva ACC.. I have never in my years of controlling had so many "say agains" or "was that for us". Have any of you flown through and had trouble understanding us? Might be a frequency problem...any comments welcome
Rick28 is offline  
Old 1st Sep 2001, 03:32
  #2 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Dunno now
Posts: 237
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Talking

EuroATC, I am sure it has nothing to do with frequencies. Here there are so many different nationalities in a relatively small amount of airspace (compared to Canada) speaking in a second language, that misunderstandings are bound to occur.
I regularly fly through Geneva ATC,and even though I am British still find various accents confusing, so God only knows how the Pilots whose first language is not English manage!!
Haven't heard a Canadian accent yet, though!
Regards all,
Orangewing is offline  
Old 1st Sep 2001, 04:35
  #3 (permalink)  
Superpilut
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Post

EuroATC, I cross the Geneva airspace quite often but never encountered difficulties. I remember, though that when you fly at lower levels like 230 and coming from the direction of Banko, the controllers sound like they have a bucket over their heads... But normally: No problem, and even great service! Thanks... Supa
 
Old 1st Sep 2001, 11:38
  #4 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Posts: 19
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Post

Thanks, I know lowlevel until about FL250 or so is not great because of the ALPS especially in the area of BANKO, Torino departures are also not great.
Rick28 is offline  
Old 1st Sep 2001, 13:10
  #5 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: EHBK
Posts: 16
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thumbs up

No problem at all Europilot ! You must be the controller who speaks French with a Canadian accent.

I think it's very professional that you're concerned about a large number of "say agains."

I wish the same could be said for Itailian or Spanish controllers......

Most of them simpy do not seem to care whether or not someone understands them.
Bokkerijder is offline  
Old 1st Sep 2001, 13:15
  #6 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Posts: 19
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Post

thanks... there are actually a few of us that speak with the accent but I am the only Canadian the doesn't have a french accent when I speak english sometimes frustrating when I am busy with the amount of say agains... I think I will just speak slower
Rick28 is offline  
Old 1st Sep 2001, 13:45
  #7 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 1998
Location: UK
Posts: 468
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Wink

Guess this is one reason for the "say again"s...
When you come from Italy and had a chat with the chewing gum controller from Padua, thereafter disturbed the pasta con pomodoro lunch of some Milano controllers, it is actually a relief to hear the Geneve ATC with clear and precise answers...
FL310 is offline  
Old 1st Sep 2001, 17:54
  #8 (permalink)  

ex-Tanker
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Luton Beds UK
Posts: 907
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Exclamation

I ran a statistic two months back on all the say agains I heard in Europe. Guess what - 85% were misunderstood frequencies.

Hardly surprising with the mouthful of numbers needed for a frequency change these days - it takes a long time to say - a long time to read back and a long time to say again: "One three five decimal two zero five"..even when not combines with a "and inform heading" or even a simple "Goodbye".

With a suitable matrix all these frequences could be covered in alpha numeric form "change frequency to C-12 or E-15" etc. So how about a reasonable selector box standard to save the unneccessary chat?

Probably a pipe dream as long as we pilots and controllers continue to "hack it"...
Few Cloudy is offline  
Old 1st Sep 2001, 17:57
  #9 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Tamarama beach
Posts: 148
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Post

Bonjour Cousin !!

I got quite a shock the first time I got you lot on the frequency. I somehow knew I couldn't possibly be in Montreal on a 320, so what was wrong ?? Sorry, different ?
Getting a frequency in french under the form one two three decimal five is very surprising in Geneva.
Now I have you here, what brought you to Geneva ? Canada is fantastic place. Mind you, Switzerland is kind of nice to.
See you at Lusar.

[ 01 September 2001: Message edited by: wallabie ]
wallabie is offline  
Old 1st Sep 2001, 20:51
  #10 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Posts: 94
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Post

Quite often on busy frequencies such as many of the European ones someone steps on the first part of the message, usually the callsign bit, we can guess if its probably meant for us (ie. if we're near a handover point) but we have to say "is that for us?" just in case. As for the "say again" well, I guess lots of people don't listen with their full attention...
Mr Benn is offline  
Old 1st Sep 2001, 21:07
  #11 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Les Portes du Soleil
Posts: 27
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Post

So, a few possible causes for the say agains:
  • See above, multilingual environment
  • See above, terrain features
  • See above, six digit frequencies

A few suggetions of my own:
  • Early morning, you'll get a lot of flights returning north from Africa. The crew will be tired and less alert.
  • It is my firm conviction that since the introduction of 6.33 kHz sets, the sound quality of the airborne equipment has deteriorated.
  • Many flights transiting through the Geneva FIR are assigned slot times before departure. Not beneficial for alertness.

EuroATC, I think your suggestion to speak more slowly can only help. If only other controllers did the same thing, especially in North America. For they don't realise that English, for many of us, is still a foreign language.
Gantenbein is offline  
Old 2nd Sep 2001, 01:44
  #12 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: very close to STN!!
Posts: 523
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Cool

i never say, say again!

i make some attempt at the frequency given or fix and it gets corrected if wrong or repeated if correct. so sometimes i think controllers have some difficulty hearing our english.

and often it happens just when the first officer says something or the cabin crew comes in and says it's too cold.

have not had any special problems with geneva and it does help to fly the same routes time after time.

there is one ATC'er from Nebraska that works on Bourdeax or however it is spelled. his english is amazing.
stator vane is offline  
Old 2nd Sep 2001, 08:30
  #13 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Riga, LATVIA
Posts: 30
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Wink

As for me - just English with a FRENCH accent is most difficalt to undestand......sorry.
5 APU's captain is offline  
Old 2nd Sep 2001, 11:27
  #14 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: UK
Posts: 22
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Post

Probably all US airlines. They always have to be called twice, always have to have the message repeated and always use ambiguous non standard RT (well maybe not always but enough for it to be a safety issue).

I have never flown in the USA but I guess the US controllers must be brilliant to stop US pilots from bumping into each other, especially considering how busy the airspace is there.



[ 02 September 2001: Message edited by: autobrakemedium ]
autobrakemedium is offline  
Old 2nd Sep 2001, 11:33
  #15 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Posts: 19
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Post

Some great comments I guess it is probably strange to hear a Canadian here in Europe, I am the one who speaks french with a Canadian accent but the only one that speaks English with no accent. (for the brits I guess you can say I speak with a American accent ) I also group numbers in french
I came to Geneva 6 months ago for a change, worked in Toronto ACC before coming here and let me tell you what a change!! I like the traffic and the people here...pilot are very polite and understanding...some of the restrictions here are pretty heavy. IF you guys ever hear me on the frequency, don't be afraid to say hi !!
Rick28 is offline  
Old 2nd Sep 2001, 11:36
  #16 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Posts: 19
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Post

Actually US pilots are the ones that understand me the best, I can speak faster and non-standard..
Rick28 is offline  
Old 2nd Sep 2001, 12:54
  #17 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Geneva
Posts: 57
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thumbs up

Salut EuroATC!
Nice to see you made it on PPRune and welcome. Also welcome on the European airwaves. We've already been talking a few times with each other, and I will happily confirm here that you have NO french accent when speaking english!
But when I hear you speak french to others (our company policy asks us to com in english only), what a super exotic singing accent
(private note: just toured the Gaspesie from Montreal 2 months ago and we had a smashing time, people are soo friendly, thanks to all!)

Back to the subject, crisscrossing Europe has brought to me the fact that you ATC people sure show some nerves. Never heard so many say agains since the introduction of the channels. Of course one idea could have been the to omit the 1 digit (a la America), but in Europe everything is getting more complicated, justifies all the political bull.
Already mentionned the different accents, though I don't think being a problem once you are used to.

Anyway, have fun and I'm looking forward saying again
fly4fud is offline  
Old 2nd Sep 2001, 20:20
  #18 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: England
Posts: 7
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Post

GVA ATC, what a breath of fresh air, especially when entering from the S.E. ( as some one has already said).
I dont want to moan or upset anyone, but seeming how we are on this subject.
Is it just me that has a terrible time understanding the Poe Valley ATC?
I feel that all situational awareness goes straight out the window as soon as you get past TOP.!I may be wrong but I feel like you have your work load doubled.
This may be close to the bone, but fair I think. Do ATC pesons have a European standardised exam process as pilots do now ie. JAA ( or are suposed to have)
sandra2 is offline  
Old 3rd Sep 2001, 14:02
  #19 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Posts: 19
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Post

No standard testing per say, each country or ATC system has their own standards set by the their governments. Usually consists of refresher training every year for emergencies and abnormal situations...ie: bomb scares, fuel dumps, radar failures.
You talk about ATC after TOP... try coordinating with them on the phone, just the language barrier makes it difficult, there are definitely different standards for air traffic controllers throughout Europe!
Rick28 is offline  
Old 3rd Sep 2001, 16:41
  #20 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Brussels
Posts: 17
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Post

Superpilut

Some many years ago, I had a pilot complain that my R/T was difficult to understand as it sounded as though I had my head in a bucket. I solved this problem instantly by grabbing the plastic waste basket, put it on my head and did a R/T check - the response from the pilot was a relieved 5 x 5. It may well be the future for Geneva - everybody to wear buckets.
Douglas Spragg is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.