What does it mean when an air traffic controller tells a pilot to "expect traffic at one o'clock"?
#70299. Asked by islandlad. (Aug 31 06 3:32 PM)
12 o'clock is directly ahead.
1 o'clock is ahead, slightly to the right.
2 o'clock is ahead a bit further to the right.
3 o'clock is directly to the right.
6 o'clock is directly behind.
Aug 31 06, 4:03 PM
Imagine you are sitting in the middle of a large clock face in the sky stretching to the horizon in every direction.
What-A-Mess has it right...but the ATC should also have added 'high' and 'low' to his statement. This directs your vision to the point of the air space concerned. A twelve o'clock high call means you should have your head up looking at the sky from straight above to level.
which is the whole damn reason I signed on to this site to start with ...Twelve O'clock High trivia....there is none!
Jul 28 09, 3:23 PM
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