How big an aviation geek are you?

I was rushing to the bathroom, when I got buttonholed by another aviation geek who works here. He wanted to ask me if I could do something for his group next week some time. I said “PAN PAN PAN” (aviation speak for an urgent but not life-threatening condition) but he just looked at me uncomprehendingly.

From this I learned two things:

  • in spite of his years in the Navy working on A-4s, and his current work as a volunteer at local airshows, he’s not up on the pilot/controller glossary
  • the Imodium isn’t working