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« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2006, 10:09:23 AM »

Man oh Man...what a difference 50 years makes.

Your air shots and these from a web site -

http://www.airport-technology.com/projects/naha/

show fantastic changes.

Good job
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« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2006, 11:08:05 AM »

The link/site/pics work now... awesome pictures - thanks for the post!  Cool
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« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2006, 05:48:13 PM »

Great pictures, Glenn!  It was interesting to see ETVS being used in conjunction with much older radar equipment (possibly ARTS IIA?  I can't tell).  Congratulations on your new instrument rating!

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« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2006, 05:55:25 PM »

Thanks!  I've been working on my IR for a year now.  I had to keep delaying it for various reasons, but I passed my checkride yesterday.
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« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2006, 06:00:38 PM »

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Thanks!  I've been working on my IR for a year now.  I had to keep delaying it for various reasons, but I passed my checkride yesterday.


Yup.  I saw your post in the AOPA forums, which I post and browse (most often the latter of the two) often.

What is it like to fly in Japan?  Who did you do your checkride with? ...an FAA DE?

I have no experience whatsoever using an FAA-issued pilots license in another country nor what privledges you may have (or if it is the same as stated in the FARs or not.  ie: things are very different in Canada).  Were the PTS the same for your instrument checkride and are FARs in Japan the same as here in the states, or does Japan have their own set of regs?

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« Reply #20 on: February 22, 2006, 06:04:34 PM »

No, it is all the same.  I fly out of the Kadena Aeroclub which is FAA certified.  The examiner is an FAA DE who is also the Aero Club manager here.  All rules and regulations are the same as the States.  The hard part is understanding the Japanese controllers sometimes, but it isn't too bad.
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« Reply #21 on: February 22, 2006, 06:23:34 PM »

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No, it is all the same.  I fly out of the Kadena Aeroclub which is FAA certified.  The examiner is an FAA DE who is also the Aero Club manager here.  All rules and regulations are the same as the States.  The hard part is understanding the Japanese controllers sometimes, but it isn't too bad.


Cool...thanks for the clarification!  I bet it's difficult understanding the Japanese controllers, but at the same time, I'm sure US Military controllers (like you) have a difficult time understanding the pilots on the other side, the radar side.
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« Reply #22 on: February 22, 2006, 07:10:40 PM »

At Tokyo Center in the 1950s....most of the Center- Control Tower contact was from JASDF guys who were very good but a bit hard to understand at the time......I'm sure the same was true with the Japanese guys trying to understand us!

For a couple of years my contact at Matsushima Tower was a guy named "Nakamaru" who signed off as "Nan Uncle".

It still came out like "Non Uncla"....but we got used to each other and he understood my "Dog Yoke."

Then some dumb bureacrat in DC decide we needed to change the alphabet.

So "Non Uncla"....had to deal with "No-wember-unihorm." (Novembr
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I'm not sure he ever understood "Delta Yankee!"

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« Reply #23 on: February 23, 2006, 04:20:23 AM »

the japanese controllers are hard to understand.  I'm glad that i'm the FE and don't have to talk on the radio.  Most times i have no idea what they are talking about but the pilots have been here for a while and know what to expect from them.  The funniest thing that happens to us is that we go out in a orbit and it's something that we do day in and day out, so it's not like it's something new to them.  Everytime we ask for the clearance in there it's like they don't know what we're talking about.  It's definetly a good experience though.
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« Reply #24 on: February 23, 2006, 09:29:15 AM »

Congrats G-Dub!

It is one of the more difficult ratings...so a significant accomplishment!

Safe flying.

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« Reply #25 on: February 24, 2006, 07:45:47 AM »

Quote from: Jason
Cool...thanks for the clarification!  I bet it's difficult understanding the Japanese controllers, but at the same time, I'm sure US Military controllers (like you) have a difficult time understanding the pilots on the other side, the radar side.


I seem to have a harder time understanding the Kagoshima controllers vs. the local national okinawa approach controllers.  Hehe I remember when I was doing a flight from Amami to Kadena, I was on the Naha Control freq, a Quantas jet was trying to get in contact with Naha Control (the man had a heavy accent), it went something like this:

Quantas:  Naha Control, Quantas 229 with you.......
NC: Quantas 339, roger...
Quantas: Naha Control this is Quantas 229....
NC: Quantas 329, roger...
Quantas (getting aggrivated): This is QUANTAS 2...2...9
NC: Oh, Quantas 229 roger...

 cheesy  cheesy  cheesy

Got a good chuckle out of an otherwise boring flight
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