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April 13, 2005



While taking a flight lesson, I strongly feel a language barrier. Numbers are one of the most difficult things. It is required to respond to the instructor's indication such as "Keep level at 2,100 feet and 2,300 RPM." This is never difficult in English, but I need several milliseconds to understand and act correctly, and the time is critical for airplane manoeuvering. Communications with the tower seem to be the most difficult thing. I usually listen to English as background music but that isn't permitted while flying, because missing the direction from the tower might cause a serious accident. It is really true that a pilots' job is communication.

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