As a new pilot I was nervous about ATC communications … until I heard this exchange. Now I know they are human after all.
As background, in the New York Terminal Area there’s a commonly used VRP, namely the Tappan Zee Bridge. A few years ago the New York Governor decided to name it instead after his father, Mario Cuomo. Nobody likes the new name, except perhaps Mario himself. This was the exchange I heard one day:
New York Approach: “123XY welcome back. What are your intentions now?”
123XY: “We’re going to go to the Cuomo bridge and then we want to head back south through the corridor.”
New York Approach: “Okay I’m only going to clear you back into the Bravo if you call it the Tappan Zee and not the Cuomo bridge.”
Long pause …
123XY: “Can you repeat that please?”
New York Approach: “Just disregard. I was trying to make a joke.”
Airline heading to La Guardia: “Cleared visual approach 22 … we got your joke!”
Another airline: “Descend 3000 … I liked your joke.”
White Plains, New York
The new name ignores the American Indian tribe ,the Tsppan, the original bridge name.
ZEE = SEA in Dutch.
Governor Mario Cuomo was a good guy but I think a Parkway overpass would be adequate to be named after him as opposed to a 3.9 billion dollar Bridge
I thought it was funny.
Surely it was coming more from a place of pride in one’s own locality and/or aversion to change than from specific reference to the etymology of the either name.
It’s still called the Tappen Zee on the NYC sectional.