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cactus callsign driving controllers nuts

realmanofgenius

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heard it from the horses mouth last night in new york. seems the tagline says US/cactus..or similar. controller openly said it is creating havoc overseas in europe, the controllers don't know how to address the crews and vice versa....got to be the dumbest, most improper operational decision ever. what is a cactus? it is a f'ing desert plant. what is US Air? it's the name of an int'l airline...
 

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What's a speedbird? What are you talking about? Who gives a $%^?
 

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What about all the charter birds and their call signs??? Not buying this, but it was a nice attempt..
 

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Just so you all know what they did to us controllers that causing all the confusion....on the strips/radar, etc. its says USA(then your flight #). For decades USA has been spoken "USAir." But now they want us to start calling all USA labeled flights "Cactus" (which used to be AWE). The bottom line is its hard to teach old dogs new tricks. I have said USAir more than once this week. Course the pilots have also responded with "USAir," so I really don't feel too bad. But, this too, shall pass.....and all us dumb controllers who are stuck in the paradigm will figure it out and get a grip! Myself included. Pateince is appreciated!!
 

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Just so you all know what they did to us controllers that causing all the confusion....on the strips/radar, etc. its says USA(then your flight #). For decades USA has been spoken "USAir." But now they want us to start calling all USA labeled flights "Cactus" (which used to be AWE). The bottom line is its hard to teach old dogs new tricks. I have said USAir more than once this week. Course the pilots have also responded with "USAir," so I really don't feel too bad. But, this too, shall pass.....and all us dumb controllers who are stuck in the paradigm will figure it out and get a grip! Myself included. Pateince is appreciated!!


It happens, and is expected. It's not really a big deal at all, though the original poster try to make it that, and he failed.
 

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My wife is a controller in florida at one of the centers... it's a pain in the a$$ because the tracking id comes up as "USA" and they have all been calling that usair for ever. It's a pain now, but they'll get over it. it's just as dumb as BTA being jetlink.
 

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Just so you all know what they did to us controllers that causing all the confusion....on the strips/radar, etc. its says USA(then your flight #). For decades USA has been spoken "USAir." But now they want us to start calling all USA labeled flights "Cactus" (which used to be AWE). The bottom line is its hard to teach old dogs new tricks. I have said USAir more than once this week. Course the pilots have also responded with "USAir," so I really don't feel too bad. But, this too, shall pass.....and all us dumb controllers who are stuck in the paradigm will figure it out and get a grip! Myself included. Pateince is appreciated!!

i should read before i post.... LOL
 

LoveGun

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UsAir guys please grow up. I am sick of listening to this crap on ATC while I'm trying to relax on a transcon.
 

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it's just as dumb as BTA being jetlink.

The BTA code came from Britt Air - a HUF-based regional. The BTA certificate is what ExpressJet originally operated under.

Better than Jetlink calling themself "Britt Air" on the radio, just because their 3-letter is BTA...
 

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The BTA code came from Britt Air - a HUF-based regional. The BTA certificate is what ExpressJet originally operated under.

Better than Jetlink calling themself "Britt Air" on the radio, just because their 3-letter is BTA...

I know where it came from as i used to work there, it's just a pain to look at vs. dal=delta, jbu=jetblu ect... like i said they'll get over it....

poopy pants
 

WSurf

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It will all be okay in a couple of months!
 

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my last "us air" flt was on aug 30th and then i had 4 days off. back to work on the 4th for a 4 day and in the north east things were a mess wrt to the call sign. most controllers just called us "us air###" and i'd either answer back "cactus##" about 70% of the time but the rest i'd slip back to US air. It got worse as the day went on (5 legs - 12 hour duty day early show) and i became tired.

the next few days were spent flying further west where there are less US flights and it didn't seem like a problem. by day 4, today I finally got cactus into my thick skull and maybe only answered US 1 or 2 times. it also seems like cactus is sinking in with everyone else (controllers/pilots) on the east coast.

in a week or 2 (unless you've been on vacation or leave) knowbody will know the diff.

let it die
 

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life is hard.

city codes always give me fits. i mean...MCO = Orlando??? MCI = Kansas City??? SNA = Orange County??? etc, etc.

crazy stuff.
 

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Just returned from MMMX today. The fine folks in Mazatlan, Monterey & Mexico had no problem with "Cactoos". Is the call sign "Quitcherbitchin" still available??
 

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life is hard.

city codes always give me fits. i mean...MCO = Orlando??? MCI = Kansas City??? SNA = Orange County??? etc, etc.

crazy stuff.

Sometimes there's a reason: McCoy Army Airfield in Orlando.

Sometimes you gotta wonder: MCI - is KCI taken?

Generally speaking, though, airports without numbers in their identifiers are boring. So at least some things are constant.
 

PHXFLYR

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MCI stands for Mid-Continent International,the name of the airport when it first opened.

PHXFLYR
 
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