Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Free call Farnborough Comedy

Shortly after take-off yesterday, I called Lyneham for a basic service. Somewhere east of Marlborough, they called to say, "Squawk 7000 freecall Farnborough on 125.25".

I tuned in and listened out. I don't know what was happening yesterday but the frequency should have been renamed Farnborough Comedy. Seriously, at times it was funnier than Chris Moyles on Radio 1.

Half the fleet in Southern England was airborne, there were people being stepped on, people needing to be called four or five times, people reading life stories, people being forgotten and people (allegedly) clipping the Heathrow zone.

The Farnborough controllers were working hard but I'm not sure there was a great deal of capacity left for much more than a basic service for most callers.

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