USS Jack Riley wrote:
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!"