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On FLIBS and bravos.

I have only about 1100 hours in my logbook, so I don't know all the abbreviations your cute and clever writing contributors "commit." Every time I come across an unexplained abbreviation, I feel like you're saying, "Every idiot knows these terms." If you call me an idiot too many times, I might just quit subscribing to your magazine. Those people who know everything don't need to read your magazine anyway.


In your September 2009 Editor's Log, "Add-On," you include phrases like "IFR FLIB drivers" and "transiting within some undefined distance of terminals like CLT, STL, CVG, ORD...."

You are writing to inform, not to make me feel dumb. Even though I fly a great deal throughout Florida, I don't know those airport abbreviations. Pilots from other states know them even less. So I give you the FLIB for that kind of writing.

Karl Domeier

Via e-mail

You raise a valid concern, Karl, and we pledge to do better. Those of us who live and breathe this stuff automagically know the identifiers for Charlotte, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Chicago's O'Hare, and we presume everyone else drank from the same Kool-Aid pitcher along with us. That said, the article was the editor's opinion piece that month, not a feature article--slightly different rules apply.

As for FLIB, it stands for various things, depending on how colorful the speaker wants to be. But this is a family publication, so we'll simply say it's an acronym for "funny little itinerant blip."

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Title Annotation:UNICOM
Author:Domeier, Karl
Publication:Aviation Safety
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Dec 1, 2009
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