I was gratified to find that my comment on the Flight 23-29 July issue article on an incident in Moscow concerning the difference between transition level and transition altitude was printed and commented on in th 24-30 September issue
However, the editor's reply can not escpe further comment!
Regardless of the "purpose of this article", the altimeter setting procedures apply and any reference to them must be correct. It is vital for safe operations that the procedures are folowed, asI am certain pilots and air traffic controllers understand perfectly well. It is disapponting that my comment is disnmissed with reference to irrelevant circumstances.
I vividly recal an incident that occurred during my own career in ATC. Four F16 fighters taking off in formation from an air base in our area of responibility and conrolled by us during clmib out, became conflicting traffic to a descending airliner on a crossing track. Adequate vertical separation was initially applied.. Becuase one of the fighter pilots erroneously set the standard setting before departure, under the current pressure conditions, vertical separation was lost, and we very nearly had a midair.. Such incidents have a tendency to live with you!