As I’ve posted before, I’m working a big event these next two weeks. It’s at a big convention center with lots of people working all over simultaneously to put together an event for 5 days. The hall goes from completely empty to built up in less than 6 days and broken down in 2 and a half days. It’s a major feat.
Now to help coordinate this a lot of us have radios. I feel pretty fancy with my walkie talkie stuck onto the back of my skirt and a lapel microphone clipped onto my shoulder.
Here’s the problem: production radio protocol is a lot different than aviation radio protocol. It’s going to screw me up so much when I get back into the cockpit! A few differences are our set up is you start out saying “Caitlin to Jim” wait for the response “Go head for Jim” and then state your business. I had to reassure myself a few times that when I go to taxi I say “Republic Ground” first then the Cessna’s tail number.
Not only that but we use lingo like “10-4” and “what’s your 20?” People also use “copy that” though throw in a “roger” sometimes. No Alpha, Bravo, etc, which sometimes they definitely need. Hardly anyone says affirmative, which I already have a bad habit of not using in the cockpit. My favorite is one guy will always say “over” which makes me giggle on the inside, he’s a wonderful guy and I’ll make fun of him later for it.
Maybe I’ll just go all aviation style on them by the end of the event to prep for all those lessons coming up! Oh, and here’s the kicker: every day has been perfect weather to fly in. Of course!
13 more days until my next lesson! But after getting up at 4:30am every day, getting up at 6am for a lesson will be sleeping in for me!