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    [–] How does ATC language work internationally for private flights? keepcrazy 2 points ago in flying

    So is each of the continents, hence my disclaimer that this is based on limited info and should be taken with a grain of salt.

    Also, every commercial airport in the world that handles scheduled international flights will speak English. Many will use the native language with native pilots but seamlessly use English for English speaking pilots.

    But that’s not the original question I was answering. What happens in small private airports in these places?

    So, instead of bitching that a generalization isn’t accurate for a specific location, since you are from there, the rest of us would LOOVE to hear some actual flavor of what we could expect in small private airports in Peru or Brazil!!

    [–] How does ATC language work internationally for private flights? keepcrazy 0 points ago in flying

    Yeah, China imports a lot of pilots for commercial ops and there’s no question the commercial ops will all be in English.

    But the question was of private fields and though I suspect there aren’t many, I know such things do exist in China. I would be VERY surprised if any English at all is spoken at such fields.

    [–] How does ATC language work internationally for private flights? keepcrazy 2 points ago in flying

    Good to know. I’ve only flown across the north: Venezuela and Columbia.

    They absolutely did not acknowledge my existence until I talked to them in Spanish. I literally deciphered what to say by listening to what others were saying and guessing on the vocabulary.

    [–] How does ATC language work internationally for private flights? keepcrazy 11 points ago in flying

    Okay, I’ve flown private in over 20 countries. Here’s the deal:

    South America: they usually ignore you entirely if you don’t speak their language. If you attempt their language, albeit poorly, they’ll respond in their native language, speaking slowly.

    Central America: virtually all in English

    Caribbean: varies from country to country, but mostly English as most private pilots are American. French countries prefer to stick with French, but will switch when an English speaker shows up.

    Pacific Islands and SE Asia: mist comm is in English, since there are lots of American pilots working there.

    China: no clue, I’d guess it’s all in Chinese

    Russia: it’s all Russian. Unless you are an international commercial flight, everyone pretends they don’t hear you if you speak English.

    Middle East: no clue.

    Europe: international airports are all in English, but you can’t afford to land there. Smaller airports untowered will generally be native language. If they hear English in the pattern, many pilots will either switch to English or make two calls, one in each language. Small towered non-Commercial airports (such things are rare in Europe) will switch entirely to English if an English speaker shows up.

    Eastern Europe: virtually all native language, but if someone there has good enough English, they will repeat other people’s calls to keep everyone safe. In more than one case, someone on the ground (I think) repeated native calls in English for me.

    Australia: English is their native language, so it’s probably all English, but I’ve never flown there.... one day....

    These are generalizations based on limited experience, so take it with a grain of salt, but that’s my observations. Big commercial airports all use English, but it’s not at all uncommon for them to talk to native speakers in their native tongue.

    It’s also not uncommon to talk to traffic controllers in foreign countries that are quite obviously Americans.

    Btw, outside of North America, airports without scheduled commercial traffic are relatively rare. We are very lucky to have the infrastructure that we have.

    Also, most untowered airports outside the US just don’t have a lot of traffic to worry about.

    [–] Passed my IR checkride and heard Jerry on the radio! keepcrazy 1 points ago in flying

    Yeah, so in these foothill airports, an MDA is better then sometimes.... even though I can get lower with an LPV, the ability to linger in patchy clouds outweighs the lower altitude.

    Last time I had to go around, I asked for another approach. And the controller asked, “wait, are you actually TRYING to land there?!”

    (They thought it was practice approaches, I’m like, no dude, I’m trying to get HOME!!!)

    [–] Passed my IR checkride and heard Jerry on the radio! keepcrazy 1 points ago in flying

    I get that, but if I am equipped for and use the LPV, which has a DA, can I linger at DA until the runway threshold before going around in the hopes of the airport showing up?

    Or do I have go around immediately at DA if the airport environment is not in sight?

    [–] So, My medical application was denied... keepcrazy 2 points ago in flying

    Ahhhh. That’s what’s going on... yeah, an AME performs a regular medical, but in the case above where the FAA has rejected a medical, the FAA will be looking for additional testing, including potentially psych evaluations done by a licensed psychologist or whatever.

    This testing will NOT be done by an AME, this will be done by someone licensed in the field that applies in this particular case with rest results submitted to the FAA.

    I don’t know what they will require, I just threw a psych evaluation out as an example. VFS (or some equivalent group) will know what testing the FAA will need to clear you.

    VFS (or equivalent) in this case will be the AME managing the testing process and submitting the results on your behalf. A typical AME does not have the knowledge or experience or desire to manage this process past your initial examination.

    Source: VFS got me a permanent medical waiver.

    [–] So, My medical application was denied... keepcrazy 2 points ago in flying

    Is “medical certification” a better way to put it?

    [–] The world’s largest “virtual battery plant” is now operating in the Arabian desert keepcrazy 2 points ago in energy

    Fuel can be made from seawater, but requires lots of energy. I see a lot of solar and now nuclear aspirations in Saudi Arabia - a country with presumably little need for energy.

    Is it possible they are preparing to continue exporting oil/fuel extracted from seawater when the wells run dry?

    [–] So, My medical application was denied... keepcrazy 3 points ago in flying

    Ultimately, yes, but opinions based on evidence or those backed by a medical degree carry much more weight with the FAA.

    I’m not saying don’t provide the info, just warning that the FAA is looking for something more substantial. The guys that work with them day in and day out can figure out what they’re looking for better than you and I.

    [–] So, My medical application was denied... keepcrazy 5 points ago in flying

    FAA doesn’t want opinions. They want evidence. The guys at virtual flight surgeons will tell you how to obtain that, if it’s at all possible.

    [–] Passed my IR checkride and heard Jerry on the radio! keepcrazy 1 points ago in flying

    The KAUN approach has both.

    The DA is lower than the MDA though. Does this mean you can descend to the MDA and continue until MAP (runway threshold, I presume) but if you descend to DA, you need to go around at the DA?

    [–] So, My medical application was denied... keepcrazy 4 points ago in flying

    Call virtual flight surgeons right now. They can get this sorted for you if anybody can. You just need to provide the FAA with proper testing that demonstrates you are better.

    [–] Passed my IR checkride and heard Jerry on the radio! keepcrazy 1 points ago in flying

    Well, it’s a precision approach down to MDA, isn’t it? But, yeah.

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve put the gear away and started my missed just to have the airport show up clear as day right in front of me because I gave up before the missed point. 😒

    [–] Passed my IR checkride and heard Jerry on the radio! keepcrazy 3 points ago in flying

    Don’t know jerry, but it’s my neck of the woods. A lot of sf Bay Area folks retire here. Internet or real estate money are the top bets.

    [–] Passed my IR checkride and heard Jerry on the radio! keepcrazy 1 points ago in flying

    Yes, and you can’t reach ATC on the radio in AUN. They always give you the number because they don’t want you calling wxbrief to cancel.

    And, btw, hanging at MDA until the airport shows up is the only way you’ll get into the foothill airports after a storm’s been through.

    [–] Payless files for bankruptcy, closes all stores keepcrazy 1 points ago in finance

    Yeah, you go find the shoe on top of the display, then rummage through the shelves below it for your size. It’s not there, you’re disappointed and find another shoe you like and repeat. Then you go on amazon and order the first one you looked at in your size and leave.

    [–] Trump Officials Tried To Rush Nuclear Technology To Saudis, House Panel Finds keepcrazy -3 points ago in technology

    Nuclear power plants have the unfortunate side effect of creating fuel for bombs. (Not necessarily, but generally, that’s how they’re designed.)

    Also, the saudis don’t seem to have an energy shortage.... jus sayin.....

    [–] Payless files for bankruptcy, closes all stores keepcrazy 6 points ago in finance

    You shoulda been able to order online and pick up in store. But their inventory control sucked balls, so they couldn’t do that!

    [–] Payless files for bankruptcy, closes all stores keepcrazy 4 points ago in finance

    Exactly. I’ve been in there trying to buy shoes. It’s a total waste of time. No service whatsoever, huge gaps in sizing... it’d be better if they just organized the store by size rather than shoe.

    [–] What did you learn about the opposite sex a little late in life? keepcrazy 1 points ago in AskReddit

    Actually, I’m the ferener, my friends that wear turbans are all American born. Most third generation aamond farmers.

    I’m honestly unclear on how I’ve offended you or others.... I sincerely apologize for doing so, but it would help immensely to understand what I have said to offend anyone?

    [–] What did you learn about the opposite sex a little late in life? keepcrazy -1 points ago in AskReddit

    Indeed, it didn’t occur to me that you were talking about women wrapping hair in a towel.

    I have male friends that do so, so I related to that. Do you have a problem with that?!

    [–] What did you learn about the opposite sex a little late in life? keepcrazy -2 points ago in AskReddit

    Who’s being a judgement Asshole? Please explain... I’m honestly curious!!