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Old 10-20-2010, 08:52 PM   #10
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RE: Calling mayday/pan -- an idle, sexist thought

Bantering aside, studies and interviews with pilots over the years have shown that a woman's voice is generally easier to understand on a crappy quality radio like a VHF (marine or aircraft) than a man's voice. Has to do with the pitch of the voice and the frequency response (or lack of it) of these radio systems. I know that I find it considerably easier to understand a female controller or flight service person (usually) than a male controller when flying. I've noticed the same thing on the marine radio. The women are generally easier to understand. So if you have an emergency and you have a woman on board, might not be a bad idea to put her on the radio if she knows what to say.
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