Those German controllers at Frankfurt Airport tend to be a short-tempered
lot. They not only expect pilots to know their parking location
but how to get there without any assistance.
So it was with some amusement that we (PanAm 747) listened
to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground and a
British Airways 747 (radio call Speedbird 206) after landing.
Speedbird 206: "Good morning Frankfurt. Speedbird 206 clear to
Ground: "Good Morning. Taxi to your gate."
The British Airways 747 pulls onto the main taxiway and
Ground: "Speedbird, do you know where you are going?"
Speedbird 206: "Stand by, ground. I'm looking up the gate location
Ground (impatiently): "Speedbird 206, have you never flown
to Frankfurt before?"
Speedbird 206 (coolly), "Yes, in 1944. But I didn't stop."