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“Gloucester approach, Golf Charlie Echo Kilo Echo is a DR400 inbound from Wellesbourne, currently overhead Northleach at 2,000ft on a QNH of 1015, request joining instructions.” It’s English, but not as you know it. While English is, ostensibly, the international language of aviation, the way pilots communicate with air traffic control is a language all […]more
Like an extended family with some unsuspected relations, sometimes you come across words which have very different modern-day meanings but unexpectedly share an etymological element in their background. salad / salary Salad and salary obviously have a lot of letters in common, but which other word unites the two? Perhaps surprisingly, it’s salt – or, […]more
Ever since we first gazed up to the skies and envied the glorious freedom of birds, many of us have yearned to join them (appropriately, aviation derives from avis, which means ‘bird’ in Latin). Some of mankind’s earliest myths (including that of the Greek craftsman Daedalus and his son Icarus) are testament to our deep-rooted […]more