There goes my eldest....
In January's enRoute I gave an overview on how flight numbers are chosen. (Actually, this question came from the mom of the four year who asked about static wicks in this month's issue...an inquisitive family). :)
This morning I think I had one of the easiest flight numbers..."AC 123" to Edmonton.
Sometimes a pilot can "read back" a detailed clearance and then stumble with the flight number. For example..."Cross WASIE at 7000 feet, maintain 210 knots, after WASIE heading 210 to intercept the localizer for runway 24 right, Air Canada ???....
Air Canada?? I believe ATC tries to keep the maximum of "facts" to about four. After that, most will forget or get the clearance confused. Some pilots will write the flight number in large numbers placed in a conspicuous place. On the Airbus, the flight number is depicted on the "flight plan" page but murphy's law will have it another page is portrayed when you are looking for the number. :)
And to make things even simpler today, my F/O was "Doug." How could I forget his name? But the in-charge flight attendant had to differentiate us by calling us Doug "one"and Doug "two" :)
As many know, working for an airline comes with travel benefits. That also includes traveling on other airlines. This morning I dropped off my 19 year old daughter so she could take a United flight to KIAD (Washington) and then connect to a twelve hour flight to Kuwait city to visit a fellow engineering student. Passes are based on "stand by" status but she made the flight!!! Actually, she was also fortunate to be "upgraded."
Her Dad can relax, but in a few days she will make her way back which in the past tended to be a bit of a challenge for us. This time last year the family and I were stranded in Barbados for a day (a good place to be stranded) because of a local ATC strike.
Tomorrow I'm off to Calgary and back.