"Taking Off" versus "Departing"
When listening to the radio, whether at an uncontrolled airport or at a towered airport, it is important to differentiate between the terms "taking off" and "departing" because they do not necessarily mean the same thing. Sure, when someone is taking off, they are technically departing, but think about some of the other times that the term "departing" may be used on the radio:
Think about it this way: we never hear pilots talking about how they are "arriving" on a runway when landing. They explicitly say "landing," so why would we use the term "departing" when the phrase "taking off" is much more appropriate and precise?
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