12 secrets only air traffic controllers know
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They speak their own language
“In our world, we speak a unique language called radiotelephony (RT),” note Carlijn and Feike. “This is based on English and there is a lot of jargon involved.” RT means all pilots and ATCs speak the same language, but even if English is your native tongue, you’ll need time to become fluent in RT.
Here are some RT words and their definitions:Squawk: Set the mode or code of transmission.
Wilco: I understand your message and will comply with it.
Words twice: Communication is difficult, so please send every word or phrase twice.