“Be aware of a Citation jet practicing instrument approaches, and numerous aircraft flying the Trois-Rivières traffic pattern,” cautioned Montreal Center after issuing our instrument clearance from Quebec back to the States.
Not until reaching the runway did Jean and I fully appreciate the implications. How could we determine when to take the runway with so much traffic chattering in a foreign tongue? We might as well be on another planet!
Every aspect of this flight to French Canada had been impacted by language…
**READ THIS MONTH’S ENTIRE COLUMN, “PARLEZ-VOUS ANGLAIS?“**
Photo: “Space-age terminal building at Trois-Rivières Airport, Quebec.” See more photos here!
(This column first appeared in AOPA Flight Training magazine.)
PS: The dichroic-glass bola tie in my new new author photo this month comes from my friends Dana and Karen at Robbins Ranch Art Glass. Check out their wonderful work!
©2017 Gregory N. Brown
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2 thoughts on ““Parlez-vous Anglais?” Greg’s March, 2017 Flying Carpet column”
Wow Greg you learn me what about you are confronted when you travel and yet in Québec is very spécial.
Felicitations Greg you are my champion for today.
2017-01-26 13:56 GMT-05:00 Greg Brown’s Flying Carpet Blog :
> Greg Brown posted: ““Be aware of a Citation jet practicing instrument > approaches, and numerous aircraft flying the Trois-Rivières traffic > pattern,” cautioned Montreal Center after issuing our instrument clearance > from Quebec back to the States. Not until reaching the runw” >
Merci, Marcel! Visiting you and Lise was a wonderful experience in every way. Now I must (finally!) work on my French!