TimTaylor wrote:This discussion is silly. Controlled airspace is A, B, C, D, and E. If you want to use incorrect terminology, that's your choice, but don't try to justify it because people you talk to know what you mean.
Edit: If I was flying with you, I would ask, "Are you going to try to go through the Atlanta class B or are you going around it? Are you going around, over, under, or through the Greenville class C? What is the top of the PDK class D? Seems pretty simple to me.
Edit2: If I said, "Watch out for that controlled airspace", what the heck does that mean?
Well, the great thing here is I don't have to justify *anything* to you. I never tried to defend incorrect terminology, what I said is that this is the way many pilots talk, and if you say something like this you will not be misunderstood, no matter how many pedantic hand-wringing gotcha game players protest otherwise.
Correcting everybody that uses incorrect terminology when it's known perfectly well what they mean just makes you look like an ass. You don't have to constantly show everybody how much smarter you are in every conversation. If you just disagree, make sure to tell everybody who says "ramp" that the correct term is "apron", and see how long it takes before somebody mutters under their breath for you to go eff yourself.
Honestly, this is one of the things I *hate* about aviation. It's full of blowhards who are consumed with making sure everybody does things their way, knows they are the smartest (or at least, most anal-retentive) person in the room, and argue over how many flight attendants can legally dance on the head of a pin -- instead of just going out and enjoying flying as the glorious pursuit that it is.