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Old 12-12-2005, 03:47 PM   #4  
Joel Payne
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I flew several years ago trans atlantic. I found the hardest controllers to understand were the Brits. Had to have them repeat clearances several times[write it down!]. Also be aware of accepting ANY shortcut clearances that take you back out to international airspace once you are in the national airspace of a country. If you don't have an ICAO clearance and proceed internationally, you used to get in big trouble. Milan is nice, but be warned that the central train station has the highest theft rate in all Europe. Lost a jacket and back pack there.