Do you say "we" when solo?

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Do you say "we" even when solo?

  1. Always "we", solo or with passengers/crew.

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  2. Always "I", solo or with passengers/crew

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  3. "I" solo, "we" with passengers/crew

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  4. "We" solo, "I" with passengers/crew

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  5. Always refer to myself in the third person

    4 vote(s)
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  6. Any/all of the above at random.

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  1. asicer

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    Example:
    You: "Request transition to the west."
    ATC: "Say route of flight."
    You (despite being the only one in the plane): "We are going to follow the freeway towards the shoreline."

    Or do you say "I am"?
     
  2. Sinistar

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    None of the above:

    "Gonna follow the freeway towards the shoreline"

    Or

    "1234Q is gonna follow the freeway towards the shoreline"
     
  3. jsstevens

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    Need an option for never thought about it. But I’m fully expecting mic fright next flight when I remember this and over think it.
     
  4. EdFred

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    "(tail number) is going to be loitering over the nuclear plant..."
     
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    Honestly, why would it matter?

    I’ve said ‘we’ when solo and I’ve also said ‘I’. I really don’t think it matters any whatsoever.

    As the few above have said, just use your tail number to identify yourself.

    YMMV.
     
  6. asicer

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    The 3rd person option is probably the best fit.
     
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  7. asicer

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    It doesn't matter. You're right. @asicer is just looking for confirmation that @asicer is weird. :)
     
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    When using a pronoun I typically say "We." Me and my airplane.

    More often it is like ed's example.


    [Edit: My airplane and I] :)
     
  9. RyanB

    RyanB Administrator Management Council Member PoA Supporter

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    I will confirm it!

    ;)
     
  10. Pilawt

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    It's more like the "Royal We".

    Or maybe we're just following this guy's example:

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  11. Tantalum

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    I say they. That way it’s extra stoopid and needlessly arrogant, fake, and useless.
     
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    Depends on what you’re flying. You might have to say “the airplane will follow the river”. Then pull the chute if you’re not sure what’s going on.
     
  14. Kenny Phillips

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    I just say "Gonna follow the Bonanza on short final ..." or whatever.
     
  15. Skip Miller

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    To answer the OP's question, we don't know. :)

    -Skip
     
  16. Half Fast

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    Why isn't "us'ns" one of the options for those of us in the south? For example, if I'm VFR and flying northward along US441, the call might be:

    "Us'ns is gonna follow fo-foty one nawth a while."
     
  17. jsstevens

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    Controller: Ya'll squawk VFR. Bless your heart.
     
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  18. Half Fast

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    LOL! I'll have to try that on a tower sometime soon.

    KLEE: "23BC, cleared to land 31."

    23BC: "Why, bless your heart! 23BC, cleared for 31."

    :D
     
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    Which begs the next question. When referring to your plane, is "he or she" going in for an annual?
     
  20. Half Fast

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    That would depend on whether one's plane is a Beech or a Son Of a Beech.
     
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    "It" identified as a helicopter even though it was fixed wing.
     
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  22. Unit74

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    Jesus is my copilot..... We will do whatever.
     
  23. Chip Sylverne

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    Quit with the negative waves, man.
    We. With all these voices in my head, I can never get a moment to myself.
     
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    Candy is definitely a she.

     
  25. PaulS

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    I like to say like, like a lot.
     
  26. Katamarino

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    Being British, I say "One will be taking off on runway 17", or similar.
     
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    What if you say “I” when you are are crew of two? I’m sitting in the other seat, “Hello, I’m right here. What about me?” :)
     
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    I went back and listened to a GoPro recording of my flight yesterday and I said "I".
     
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    I would say "yo momma."
     
  30. Kritchlow

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    I believe the expression “we” originated from smaller aircraft pilots listening to the airliners. Thus, it became common nomenclature.

    Just a guess.
     
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    I always say "it."
     
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    When tower gives you that dreaded phone number to copy, saying we helps spread the blame.
     
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    I voted for all of them since none of them are the right answer.
     
  34. azure

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    I thought that was French? :dunno:

    "On y va!"
     
  35. Unit74

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    I kid you not... I just heard it on CTaf this AM....


    Him: Podunk traffic, Cezna blah, blah is cleared for takeoff runway 24.

    Someone else: Cezna taking off, are you talking to tower or are you the tower?

    Him: I’m cleared for takeoff runway 24. Are you the only one around?

    Soomeone else: Cezna, there is no tower here, who cleared you for take off?

    Him: OK, I’ll contact tower. What’s their frequency?

    Someone else: you can depart, I’m just telling you there is no tower here.

    Him: ok, cleared for take off in 24. Thanks





    I was rolling....
     
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    That's hilarious ^. Now I really want to pretend to have a conversation with the tower the next time I'm at an un-towered field.
     
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    Could be real fun if you have a right-seater who's willing to play along at an un-towered field. Make your call to the (non-existent) tower, let him respond that you're cleared, you do the readback,.....
     
  38. Lawson Laslo

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    Me and my airplane!
     
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    HA! I think you just gave me an idea!
     
  40. Ghery

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    That would be fun. My CFII is just crazy enough to go along with that. We'll have to try a different field, however. KOLM has a tower. :p