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   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?

08 Dec 2012 03:01 PM   |   3267 clicks   |   Denver Post
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Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener     
It was either that or "JITTERBUG."

08 Dec 2012 02:14 PM
MayoSlather     

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.

08 Dec 2012 02:55 PM
BetterMetalSnake    [TotalFark]  
I don't know. I think it's kind of POWerfull.

08 Dec 2012 03:03 PM
The Grinch     
That's the kind of idea that could really make it big.

08 Dec 2012 03:04 PM
Anastacya    [TotalFark]  
George Michael does have a lot of charisma.

08 Dec 2012 03:05 PM
diaphoresis     
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?

08 Dec 2012 03:07 PM
Lt. Cheese Weasel    [TotalFark]  
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of course....

08 Dec 2012 03:08 PM
Jedekai     
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..."

08 Dec 2012 03:09 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.

08 Dec 2012 03:10 PM
LordOfThePings     
I'll never have the altitude to get over Macho Grande.

08 Dec 2012 03:11 PM
jimpoz     
I don't know what the hell you want from me.

08 Dec 2012 03:16 PM
danielscissorhands     
lol

08 Dec 2012 03:19 PM
jasnotron     
Warning Approaching Mountain. That is all I got.

08 Dec 2012 03:19 PM
TheOther     
Wide Orbit Multilateration would work better, even if flying inverted and backwards.

08 Dec 2012 03:20 PM
JonathanChance     
This almost sounds like an acronym from kerbal Space Program...

08 Dec 2012 03:23 PM
graeylin     
Warning against mutilation

08 Dec 2012 03:23 PM
BigLuca    [TotalFark]  
Onboard Hazard Surveillance for High Interception ... was already taken. (the ellipses is part of the acronym)

08 Dec 2012 03:25 PM
haywatchthis    [TotalFark]  

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


surely you're not serious

08 Dec 2012 03:26 PM
Brother Head     

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.

08 Dec 2012 03:29 PM
Eirik     
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

08 Dec 2012 03:30 PM
LordJiro     
Should've been SPLAT.

08 Dec 2012 03:31 PM
jaytkay    [TotalFark]  
Watch out, Asshole, there's a Mountain!

08 Dec 2012 03:33 PM
AliceBToklasLives     
Fly Up! Climb his ain't Kansas!

/got nuthin'

08 Dec 2012 03:33 PM
AliceBToklasLives     

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

/got nuthin'


sigh - gotta preview shiat

Fly Up Climb this ain't Kansas

08 Dec 2012 03:34 PM
Albert911emt     
SNAFU and FUBAR were already taken.

08 Dec 2012 03:39 PM
NutWrench    [TotalFark]  
It's still a better name than Boeing, which sound like the noise a part makes when it falls off the airplane.

08 Dec 2012 03:40 PM
wambu     
Was Don't Assplode Mountain, Numbnuts already taken?

08 Dec 2012 03:43 PM
Lochsteppe     
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.

08 Dec 2012 03:44 PM
clowncar on fire     
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)

08 Dec 2012 03:44 PM
starlost     
we ain't moving.

kinda a spin off of the "captain of the .... we are a light house" joke.

08 Dec 2012 03:45 PM
ZAZ    [TotalFark]  
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--"

08 Dec 2012 03:47 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.

08 Dec 2012 03:47 PM
XplodedSynapses     
Oh the pain. Thanks subby.
We All Mamushka?

08 Dec 2012 03:48 PM
aerojockey    [TotalFark]  
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.

08 Dec 2012 03:50 PM
foxyshadis     
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.

08 Dec 2012 03:50 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?

08 Dec 2012 03:51 PM
rnatalie    [TotalFark]  
APPROVES:

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08 Dec 2012 03:54 PM
Sabretooth     

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?

08 Dec 2012 03:55 PM
texdent    [TotalFark]  
Warning Against Welsh?

08 Dec 2012 03:58 PM
costermonger    [TotalFark]  

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.

08 Dec 2012 04:06 PM
jasnotron     

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?

08 Dec 2012 04:07 PM
brantgoose    [TotalFark]  
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).

08 Dec 2012 04:09 PM
texdent    [TotalFark]  

texdent: Warning Against Welsh?


Wait, that would be if it was WAW


Warning
Against
Moroccans?

08 Dec 2012 04:17 PM
Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener     

texdent: Wait, that would be if it was WAW


That's how all the grownups talk in those Charlie Brown specials.

08 Dec 2012 04:23 PM
MFAWG    [TotalFark]  
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08 Dec 2012 04:30 PM
KarmaSpork     
I spit my coffee on my keyboard.

Great job, you magnificent bastard, subs!

08 Dec 2012 04:30 PM
Gyrfalcon    [TotalFark]  

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.

08 Dec 2012 04:56 PM
geekbikerskum     
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.

08 Dec 2012 05:06 PM
JonnyBGoode     
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"The mountains, Ted, the mountains!"
"But we're over Iowa!"
"The cornfields, Ted, the cornfields!"

08 Dec 2012 05:07 PM
sobek     
What happens if the WAM overheats?

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