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In my experience, it is at least as likely that flight crews will make a wrong frequency selection when it is not so busy - in the cruise. This may be because they are 'relaxed' rather than focused as in busy airspace climbing/descending with lots of changes and perhaps also because distractions are more readily accepted at quieter times so a frequency change may be taken whilst really concentrating on something else.
A flight crew mis-selection in the cruise is often not recognised as quickly as it would be in busy airspace and, in my experience has much more chance of becoming a 'PLOC' situation.--John.Milner 13:33, 16 January 2008 (CET)
One way in which flight crew can help to avoid a significant loss of comms when an incorrect frequency change is unintentionally made is by making sure that the previous frequency is left on the pre-select position until the next frequency is given. I have noticed a tendency for younger pilots especially to be apparently keen to demonstrate their route familiarity be putting what they believe will be the next frequency on the pre-select before it is actually given.--Ed.Pooley 11:42, 24 January 2008 (CET)
Thank you for these useful comments which have been incorporated into the text of the article.--Ian.Wigmore 10:54, 6 February 2008 (CET)