INTELLIGENT WORK FORUMS
FOR ENGINEERING PROFESSIONALS

Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you an
Engineering professional?
Join Eng-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!

*Eng-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Jobs

Communicating on this website

Asking a Question by RWF7437
Posted: 1 Aug 08 (Edited 12 Aug 08)

All over the world, aircraft pilots learn to communicate with each other and with ground based controllers using these five principles.

The Five Ws of Communication

1. Who are you calling ?
2. Who are you ?
3. Where are you ?
4. What information do you already have ?
5. What are your intentions ?


For example, a pilot may say:

1.  La Guardia Tower.    La Guardia Tower *
2.  Cherokee 8478 Foxtrot  **
3.  Five miles North ***
4.  With the numbers. ****
5.  Landing La Guardia. *****


* This is said twice. The first repetition gets the listener's attention.  The second verifies that the listener is indeed the person you intend to communicate with and offers a chance to correct any misdirected message. This may also be used to identify the persons most likely to know the answer to your specific question.

** This tells the listener(s) who you are and provides information needed to identify you, uniquely by your aircraft type, and tail number  On Eng-Tips.com this is a good place to tell others what your knowledge and experience level is.

*** Now you tell the listener(s) where in the world you are. Eng-Tips.com has readers in at least 30 countries, each of which has its own laws, standards and practices and each of which too often assumes that their standards are universal.

**** For a pilot, this tells the control tower that you already know the wind direction and speed, the active runway and the radio frequency to use for ground control after you land.  On Eng-Tips.com, this is where you tell your listeners all you know, or assume.

***** Finally, you can now ask a sensible question without forcing your listeners to assume things, clarify your question, or otherwise waste their time guessing at what it is you are trying to accomplish. Tell your listeners how their answers will be used so they can fashion answers that are indeed usable to you and others.

Oh, and don't forget to say thank you.


 

Back to Civil/Environmental engineering other topics FAQ Index
Back to Civil/Environmental engineering other topics Forum

My Archive


Resources


Close Box

Join Eng-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical engineering professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Eng-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close