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Mayday The international distress call used by ships and aircraft instead of SOS since 1923 is ‘Mayday.’ ‘Mayday!’ from the French M’aidez! ‘Help me!’ has surely never been more relevant than in this month of May, when so many of us feel we are not waving but drowning, if not in the Mediterranean, in the […]more
“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
S.O.S became the worldwide standard distress signal (particularly in maritime use) on 1 July 1908, having first been adopted by the German government three years earlier. It has since entered the awareness of those who are unlikely ever to summon help at sea – appearing in contexts as varied as the title of songs by […]more