Since we're now talking about what kind of chatter has crossed the airband frequencies, I'll mention a few eye openers that are not the norm. They were in the Frankfurt logs
about 20 years ago.
To appreciate the first one, you need to know that the ATC guys in Frankfurt have a reputation for being very stiff & very intolerant of pilots who do not know exactly what the correct protocols are. You also need to know that when someone asks for progressive instructions, they are basically asking to have their hand held & asking to be given step by step turns, etc. & this is a time consuming task that ATC usually does not want to be bothered with at any location. The transcript went something like this:
BA: Frankfort Tower, this is BAxxx, requesting progressive taxi instructions to terminal xx.
No response from tower
BA: Frankfurt tower, say again, this is BAxxxx, requesting progressive taxi instructions.
Tower: BAxxxx, Haff you never been to Frankfurt before?
BA: just once, it was back in the '40's. I was flying a different kind of Boeing, I didn't stop to land, I was just dropping something off.
I don't expect that pilot got a very warm welcome after he touched ground.
The other one, was from the same logs
, around the same time. A stir was created by a Lufthansa pilot who was speaking in German. The tower advised him a few times that he needed to speak English
on the radio
because that was the official language of ATC at that location. The pilot then responded (a bit angrily) something like this:
Luftansa: I am a German pilot, flying a German aircraft over Germany
, vhy must I speak Englich?!!
The response probably came from a BA pilot. It was in a perfect British accent & it was simply : "Because you lost
the bloody war".
I never found out if that Brit was ever identified by the authorities. Here too, I don't think that he would have gotten a very warm welcome after landing if he was identified.
As I said at the beginning of this post. These transmissions were out of the norm. Those airwaves are normally 100% business & no monkeying around.