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(Denver Post)   You're the FAA and you've got a new system to help pilots avoid hitting mountains in bad weather and you need an acronym. Seriously, is WAM the best you could come up with?   (denverpost.com) divider line 64
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2012-12-08 02:14:17 PM  
It was either that or "JITTERBUG."
 
2012-12-08 02:55:24 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: It was either that or "JITTERBUG."


No, you're thinking of the system for hitting men's rooms at reststops.
 
2012-12-08 03:03:32 PM  
I don't know. I think it's kind of POWerfull.
 
2012-12-08 03:04:15 PM  
That's the kind of idea that could really make it big.
 
2012-12-08 03:05:12 PM  
George Michael does have a lot of charisma.
 
2012-12-08 03:07:37 PM  
I was gonna call shenanigans until I saw:

The Federal Aviation Administration and Colorado Department of Transportation are rolling out the Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) system designed to help pilots safely land airplanes in mountainous regions - a feat previously frustrated whenever severe weather hit.

Who here believes that they really were that oblivious when they came up with the name?
 
2012-12-08 03:08:29 PM  
www.pprune.org

of course....
 
2012-12-08 03:09:04 PM  
It's also got a musical tone to tell you when you're nearing an obstruction:

"You better wake up,
before you go-go,
crashing into all those lodgepoles..."
 
2012-12-08 03:10:33 PM  
I work as a design engineer and I swear to god my favorite thing is getting to name new things. Typically we start with the acronym and work our way backwards. We poll the cubes around us if they like it and then run with if they do. If no one likes it you buy the humpday donuts for the week.
 
2012-12-08 03:11:53 PM  
I'll never have the altitude to get over Macho Grande.
 
2012-12-08 03:16:08 PM  
I don't know what the hell you want from me.
 
2012-12-08 03:19:01 PM  
lol
 
2012-12-08 03:19:26 PM  
Warning Approaching Mountain. That is all I got.
 
2012-12-08 03:20:24 PM  
Wide Orbit Multilateration would work better, even if flying inverted and backwards.
 
2012-12-08 03:23:10 PM  
This almost sounds like an acronym from kerbal Space Program...
 
2012-12-08 03:23:14 PM  
Warning against mutilation
 
2012-12-08 03:25:31 PM  
Onboard Hazard Surveillance for High Interception ... was already taken. (the ellipses is part of the acronym)
 
2012-12-08 03:26:13 PM  

LordOfThePings: I'll never have the altitude to get over Macho Grande.


surely you're not serious
 
2012-12-08 03:29:58 PM  

haywatchthis: LordOfThePings: I'll never have the altitude to get over Macho Grande.

surely you're not serious


Yes, I'm serious and don't call me Shirley.
 
2012-12-08 03:30:57 PM  
Still too late for Texas Air International...

"Minimum safe altitude here is forty-four hunn..."

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_International_Airlines_Flight_65 5
 
2012-12-08 03:31:45 PM  
Should've been SPLAT.
 
2012-12-08 03:33:17 PM  
Watch out, Asshole, there's a Mountain!
 
2012-12-08 03:33:58 PM  
Fly Up! Climb his ain't Kansas!

/got nuthin'
 
2012-12-08 03:34:54 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: Fly Up! Climb his ain't Kansas!

/got nuthin'


sigh - gotta preview shiat

Fly Up Climb this ain't Kansas
 
2012-12-08 03:39:11 PM  
SNAFU and FUBAR were already taken.
 
2012-12-08 03:40:02 PM  
It's still a better name than Boeing, which sound like the noise a part makes when it falls off the airplane.
 
2012-12-08 03:43:46 PM  
Was Don't Assplode Mountain, Numbnuts already taken?
 
2012-12-08 03:44:06 PM  
Isn't it possible they picked this acronym because it amused them? God knows that's my primary motivation for most of what I do at work.
 
2012-12-08 03:44:17 PM  
WHAM: Won't Hit Another Mountain
JITTERBUG Protocol: Just Initiated: This Time Eating Rock- Better Use Gin! (I think I read to many food lables in Japan)
 
2012-12-08 03:45:42 PM  
we ain't moving.

kinda a spin off of the "captain of the .... we are a light house" joke.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-12-08 03:47:11 PM  
Did you know WAM upside-down is WAM?

Eirik: "Minimum safe altitude here is forty-four hunn..."

That's up there with "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist--"
 
2012-12-08 03:47:33 PM  

Echo0: I work as a design engineer and I swear to god my favorite thing is getting to name new things. Typically we start with the acronym and work our way backwards. We poll the cubes around us if they like it and then run with if they do. If no one likes it you buy the humpday donuts for the week.


I work in an analytical chemistry lab. One of our big pharma customers wanted us to analyze their Final Aqueous Product. It was quite amusing to see the abbreviation throughout their documentation.
 
2012-12-08 03:48:21 PM  
Oh the pain. Thanks subby.
We All Mamushka?
 
2012-12-08 03:50:31 PM  
Just to be pedantic here. This system does not help airplanes avoid hitting mountains. This systems allows air traffic control to track the positions of the airplanes in non-visual, non-radar conditions, so that they can maintain safe distances between aircraft. It helps airplanes avoid hitting other airplanes.
 
2012-12-08 03:50:36 PM  
The whole system is still going to grind to a stop any time it snows in Chicago or NYC, or rains in Atlanta... but at least Denver will contribute 20% less to flying sucking horribly this way.
 
2012-12-08 03:51:31 PM  

I Am The Bishop Of East Anglia: Echo0: I work as a design engineer and I swear to god my favorite thing is getting to name new things. Typically we start with the acronym and work our way backwards. We poll the cubes around us if they like it and then run with if they do. If no one likes it you buy the humpday donuts for the week.

I work in an analytical chemistry lab. One of our big pharma customers wanted us to analyze their Final Aqueous Product. It was quite amusing to see the abbreviation throughout their documentation.


So what would the process of finalizing that aqueous product be called? FAP'ing?
 
2012-12-08 03:54:27 PM  
APPROVES:

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2012-12-08 03:55:48 PM  

aerojockey: Just to be pedantic here. This system does not help airplanes avoid hitting mountains. This systems allows air traffic control to track the positions of the airplanes in non-visual, non-radar conditions, so that they can maintain safe distances between aircraft. It helps airplanes avoid hitting other airplanes.


Doesn't TCAS/TAWS already do that? Or is that just for the pilots and this is more for ATC?
 
2012-12-08 03:58:28 PM  
Warning Against Welsh?
 
2012-12-08 04:06:04 PM  

Sabretooth: Doesn't TCAS/TAWS already do that? Or is that just for the pilots and this is more for ATC?


This is more of a radar alternative.
 
2012-12-08 04:07:19 PM  

I Am The Bishop Of East Anglia: Echo0: I work as a design engineer and I swear to god my favorite thing is getting to name new things. Typically we start with the acronym and work our way backwards. We poll the cubes around us if they like it and then run with if they do. If no one likes it you buy the humpday donuts for the week.

I work in an analytical chemistry lab. One of our big pharma customers wanted us to analyze their Final Aqueous Product. It was quite amusing to see the abbreviation throughout their documentation.


So what was the end result? The final solution?
 
2012-12-08 04:09:26 PM  
That's a good one, Subby! Kudos.

And one of the best acronyms since Canada's two conservatiive parties united (the Reform Party and the Alliance) and very nearly became the Canadian Reform Alliance Party during a drunken, sleepless weekend in Winnipeg (IIRC).
 
2012-12-08 04:17:23 PM  

texdent: Warning Against Welsh?


Wait, that would be if it was WAW


Warning
Against
Moroccans?
 
2012-12-08 04:23:24 PM  

texdent: Wait, that would be if it was WAW


That's how all the grownups talk in those Charlie Brown specials.
 
2012-12-08 04:30:59 PM  
www.ejumpcut.org
 
2012-12-08 04:30:59 PM  
I spit my coffee on my keyboard.

Great job, you magnificent bastard, subs!
 
2012-12-08 04:56:17 PM  

clowncar on fire: I Am The Bishop Of East Anglia: Echo0: I work as a design engineer and I swear to god my favorite thing is getting to name new things. Typically we start with the acronym and work our way backwards. We poll the cubes around us if they like it and then run with if they do. If no one likes it you buy the humpday donuts for the week.

I work in an analytical chemistry lab. One of our big pharma customers wanted us to analyze their Final Aqueous Product. It was quite amusing to see the abbreviation throughout their documentation.

So what would the process of finalizing that aqueous product be called? FAP'ing?


You only wish.
 
2012-12-08 05:06:56 PM  
Sounds Wet And Messy. (if you don't know what that is, it's NSFW)

Seriously, this far into the thread and no one came up with that? Fark, I am disappoint.
 
2012-12-08 05:07:47 PM  
web-images.chacha.com

"The mountains, Ted, the mountains!"
"But we're over Iowa!"
"The cornfields, Ted, the cornfields!"
 
2012-12-08 05:21:58 PM  
What happens if the WAM overheats?

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