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Aviation Communication

Between Theory and Practice


Edited By Silvia Hansen-Schirra and Karin Maksymski

This book contains a collection of articles dealing with aviation communication from a practical as well as a theoretical perspective. Its publication arises as a result of the conference «Languages and cultures above the clouds – International English between standardization and everyday aviation communication», which took place on the 4th and 5th November 2010 at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Germersheim. The book substantiates and prospectively encourages an exchange between pilots, air traffic controllers, (language) trainers and researchers, i.e. an exchange between theory and practice. Not only does it contribute to the discussion of communication problems, but also to the development of efficient solutions concerning communication in Air Traffic Control.


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Martina Sahliger/Ortwin Renn: Communication Needs in a High Risk Environment


130 or on the ground. The odd thing about this situation (total technical communica- tion failure) is that you are not able to transmit or to receive the emergency mes- sage because all your radios are dead. It would not be aviation if there did not exist, even for this situation, a backup, namely the radio failure procedures cockpit crews have to follow in such a situa- tion. The ATC controller knows what the cockpit crew has to do and will do. Therefore both sides, the ATC controller and the crew (hopefully) will, once again, act in complete coordination for the sake of safety. As we try so hard and have competent, disciplined and conscientious people at our disposal, we should not have to face an emergency situation in communica- tion. There is no need for a “Declaring Communication Emergency”! Marcel Mattenberger, 58, was working as an instructor, examiner and pilot (with over 13,000 flight hours) for over 30 years on short and long haul aircraft for Swissair and Swiss International Airlines. Now retired. References Skolnik, Merrill I. (2008): Radar Handbook, 3rd edition. New York: The McGraw-Hill Companies. ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) (2007): Manual of Radiote- lephony, 4th edition. ICAO Document 9432-AN/925. 131 Martina Sahliger Ortwin Renn Communication Needs in a High Risk Environment 1 Introduction The fast development of the airline industries during the last decades caused in- creasing requirements by the public, customers and politics concerning technical safety and international security. A highly differentiated and complex...

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