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Radio Communications – AAL 622

Hey, guys! I often hear some of colleagues having a hard time explaining even simple things over the radio. That’s of course partially due to the fact that all those abnormal-related conversations come up unexpectedly and catch us off guard. But if you practice language everyday (or almost everyday), it won’t be that of a challenge, right?

Here is the setup for the next recording: American 622 cruises at about FL380 but nearby traffic report he might have problems. The traffic controller questions other airplanes on what’s happening.

So, listen to the piece, complete the quiz questions, check the transcript if you need, take notice of the vocab, enjoy.

It turned out in the end that…

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Complete the last part of the conversation:

-Hey American 622, company 737 just passing off your left side down at 33 says he sees something that looks like and doesn’t look like a normal .
-It is in color and it could be a fluid or a light-colored smoke, we can’t tell.
-Ok, thanks for the heads up, American 622.
-American 622, cleared direct [DIXON].
-Cleared direct [DIXON], American 622.
-American 622, I’ve got another 737 that’s gonna pass just below you there off the right side in about two minutes. Do you want me to have him look up and say what he sees?
-No, it’s confirmed…actually, historically, this has happened on this airplane. There [is] two different types of that we have on this airplane…all our engine parameters are looking good, we are not losing any fluid.

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  • Miami, Getaway 586.
  • Getaway 586.
  • Yes, sir. An American Airlines 737 has just passed off our right side, probably at about 410. We’ve noticed kinda like a weird…one engine was putting out like eh…puffs of smoke. Kinda weird, not a regular contrail. Just one engine though.
  • Getaway 586, roger. You said it was a 757?
  • Now we’re debating, it was either a 75 or 73, maybe a 75.
  • Yeah, he was 3000 feet above you?
  • Eh…we thought he was going a thousand above.
  • Oh, ok, thanks.

  • American 622, Miami.
  • Hey, we [are] on the frequency with you, 15 south of […], 380.
  • I’m not sure if you heard the Getaway comment, they just passed underneath you a couple of minutes ago. But he said your right engine was putting out some puffs of smoke or something like that.
  • They saw smoke from where?
  • I think he said your right engine.

  • American 1879, company traffic at 12 o’clock, 25 miles northbound, a 757 up at 38000, ahead aircraft passed underneath and reported he saw some smoke from one of his engines. Would you look up as you go by here in about two minutes and let me know if you see anything?
  • American 1879, we’ll do that, thanks.

  • Morning Miami, Continental 1896, with you at 360.
  • […] northbound up at 38.
  • She is in sight…of the left a little bit. We do see something, it does look like smoke and it does not look like a normal contrail.
  • Hey American 622, company 737 just passing off your left side down at 33 says he sees something that looks like smoke and doesn’t look like a normal contrail.
  • It is whitish in color and it could be a fluid vapor or a light-colored smoke, we can’t tell.
  • Ok, thanks for the heads up, American 622.
  • American 622, cleared direct [DIXON].
  • Cleared direct [DIXON], American 622.
  • American 622, I’ve got another 737 that’s gonna pass just below you there off the right side in about two minutes. Do you want me to have him look up and say what he sees?
  • No, it’s confirmed…actually, historically, this has happened on this airplane. There [is] two different types of engines that we have on this airplane…all our engine parameters are looking good, we are not losing any fluid.
  • Ok, thank you.


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