Whenever I read your blog, I am always amazed at how technical airline pilot language is...and how fluent you are in this language. Take us back to the beginning. I'm sure that when you flew only single engine private planes, that you would not be able to understand much of what is written in your blog. How did the instructors introduce you to this airline pilot language? Can you remember your first words?
D.A I think one huge hurdle to get over for most student pilots is radio work. An instructor helps out for the first few sessions, but the student tends to be thrown to the wolfs. Radio work can be very intimidating. Not only do you want to sound professional, but you have to understand the instructions. To this day, I like talking on the radios,but many pilots dislike it and it shows. When I fly into the States you can tell the pilots are tired of talking. The RT (Radio Talk) quality tends to slip a few notches. The most "upbeat, lots of energy" prize goes to the WestJet pilots. I gotta some of that kool aid. :)
Again, radio work is intimidating during the first part of a pilot's career. For me, learning the phonetic alphabet would be my introduction to this new pilot talk. An instructor told me one way to get proficient with the alphabet is to read car license plates out loud.
As you can see, my plate would be "charlie, alpha, papa, tango"
P.S One would think my license plate is flaunting and ostentatious. I maybe some things but I'm not that. I figure it took me to age 45 to go captain so I thought I'd acknowledge my accomplishment. I also brought the BMW as another gift to myself when I went left seat. Maybe I am pretentious and showy?