Pilots Confused by Airport Names

GPN-2000-002008.jpg Is it really too difficult for pilots to navigate safely to airports named after famous people like John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan in the United States or John Lennon in the UK? The Sunday Times, Britain, says the Civil Aviation Authority thinks it can be. The CAA in Britain thinks these types of naming conventions are too confusing for foreign pilots. In the event of an emergency, pilots might get lost and confused.

Even though navigational charts clearly depict a unique four-digit identifier for airports, the CAA thinks that references to airports should be kept simple and relate to their geographic region. After all, an airport named after a famous city some thousands of miles away could be a little confusing at times.