We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Top 10 Actual Transmissions Made in the O’Hare TRACON
“Citation 123, if you quit calling me center, I’ll quit calling you twin Cessna.”
“If you hear me, traffic is no longer a factor.”
“I am way too busy for anybody to cancel on me.”
“You got any more smart remarks, we can do this over South Bend...go ahead.”
“You’re gonna have to key the mike, I can’t see you when you nod your head.”
“Put your compass on ‘E’ and get out of my airspace.”
“Don’t anybody maintain anything.”
“Climb like your life depends on it...Because it does.”
“Air Force One, I told you to expedite.”
“Listen up, gentlemen, or something’s going to happen that none of us wants to see. Besides that, your p--ing me off.”
It may help too be a pilot in understanding the above.
Controller's do indeed come under a lot of pressure. OTOH, they pull down about 130K average and retire in 20 years. Were I pleasantly surprised at being 21 again, that is one of the jobs I would aspire too. As well as fireman or police. These 20 year retirement gigs really damage the bottom line. Yeah, my grammar sucks.
Ya know BL, those carrier pilot's are an arrogant bunch. Also full of you know what. But they deserve their accolades. I mean, two hundred and a half weather, at 190 knots, landing on a postage stamp. A short few wires between life and death. They suck it up and get it done. Kudos to'em. And to all the brave men and women in our military. Guardians against the darkness.