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Old March 9 2010, 11:38 PM   #37
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Re: Does The Enterprise Orbit

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An aircraft flying in a big circle while waiting to land isn't orbiting anything. It's just flying in a big circle.
American pilots circle the airport. British pilots orbit the airport.
I didn't know that. I figured with all the international rules in place there was a standard "language" for air terminology.
There is. It's called English.

Reminds me of the old joke about the radio exchange between a Lufthansa pilot and the control tower at Munich airport:

Lufthansa (In German): "Ground, what is our start clearance time?"

Ground (In English): "If you want an answer you must speak English."

Lufthansa (In English): "I am a German pilot, flying a German airplane, in Germany. Why must I speak English?"

At that moment, before the controller could answer, the voice of a British Airways pilot said, "Because you lost the bloody war!"
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