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What does the term "Thru Pax" mean?

I am trying to find the meaning for a group of words used by professionals in the airline industry and this was one of them.
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Is there a name for the fast decline + pull to climb pattern?

I'm a hobby photographer and I've noticed some patterns in the bird flights, so I tried to poke a bit into the aviation terminology for it. Phalacrocorax carbo does this movement similar to the ...
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Pilots use of the term "with" then a letter when talking to ground [duplicate]

In ground comms when taxiing a pilot may say for example: "Kennedy ground, DELTA412 HEAVY, is in KILO-FOX, short of ALPHA with PAPA". I get that this means they waiting a KF exit of the ramp ...
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What does the expression "Normally with hull loss" mean?

This is a question from a non-english speaking person. I encountered the expression "Normally with hull loss" in this safety categorization: (image source: EASA CS-25) Why is that not only &...
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Why is turbine inlet temperature called "TET"?

I assume that at some point giggling engineering students caused their instructor to change "turbine inlet temperature" from TIT to TET, but I wonder if anyone knows the real reason and ...
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What is inflated wind speed?

According to NOAA, inflated wind speed is "the true wind speed (in knots) adjusted to improve forecasts of higher wind speeds. Wind speeds greater than the mean wind speed observed are increased, ...
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How does the FAA define "Endorsement"?

I've looked in Part 61.1 and Part 1.1 (definitions), and looked for it in Advisory Circular 61-65H, "Certification: Pilots and Flight and Ground Instructors", and a definition of "...
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What is the origin of the following aviation slang terms?

I'm researching some aviation slang terms. I have difficulty in finding the origin of the following words and phrases. I would be grateful if you can help me. The words and the phrases and their ...
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What is an executive pilot?

I've been reading the transcripts from the July 17 and 18 1962 "Qualifications for Astronauts" hearings before the special subcommittee on the selection of astronauts that was organized to ...
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Why does NASA say $v^2$ is velocity squared rather than speed squared?

Lift and drag forces scale as the square of the relative flow speed, $v$. But speed is the magnitude of the velocity vector; that is, speed is the square root of the sum of the squared velocity ...
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In a jet engine, what is the significance of the stagnation pressure/temperature?

I'm reading a paper on jet engines that repeatedly mentions the stagnation pressure and temperature. What does this mean? Is it the point where the jet engine stalls in performance/efficiency/thrust, ...
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What is the difference between equilibrium and steady flight?

If I'm flying a regular Cessna 172 and its perfectly trimmed and flying in circles holding the same altitude, is the aircraft in equilibrium? Or steady flight? (The definition of equilibrium flight ...
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What is a "runaway supercharger"?

During World War 2, my uncle was a navigator for a B-17G bomber based in the UK. On return from a bombing run over Frankfurt, the crew was forced to bail out over Belgium at 3000 feet altitude. My ...
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What is "ACO transition"?

In MSFS2020, I frequently hear terms like "Cleared to ACO transition" and I can set an ACO in my flight plan. What exactly is an ACO and its obviously not a unique point because they seem ...
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What are RW values in Venule increments?

In US AIP differences from ICAO: 12.3.1.7 d/e/f U.S. controllers do not give wind speed, visibility, or RVR values in metric terms. RVR values are given in 100- or 200-foot increments while RW values ...
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What is the correct definition of "spanwise" and "chordwise" with a swept wing?

What is the correct definition of "spanwise" and "chordwise" with a swept wing? For example, in the context of "spanwise airflow" and "chordwise airflow"? a) ...
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What is “Weather and Chaff” information provided to pilots by ATC?

This one appears in an entry under "Additional Services" in the FAA Pilot/Controller Glossary and claims that ATC provides a wide range of additional services to pilots, including "...
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What is the full-form of ATA?

I was going through FCOM of A320 and came to know that FCOM chapters are called as ATAs. So first of all what is its full- form and secondly why do we call the chapters ATAs ?
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Fly a fixed wing single propeller airplane like a helicopter?

Has anyone tried to "helicopter" an airplane? And succeeded? And posted this video on the internet where I can find it? What I'm talking about with what I would call a "helicopter&...
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What is the difference between a service manual and a maintenance manual?

What is the difference between service manual and maintenance manual? Because sometimes I found one, sometimes I found another, the content is similar but not the same. What are the differences and ...
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What are differences between vortex, swirl, eddies and wake?

These terms seem to have the same meanings. Can anyone differentiate them?
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What does scheduled departure time exactly mean?

I am trying to understand the (sometimes subtle) differences between various terminologies concerning flight schedules. What I find difficult to understand is how exactly the scheduled departure time ...
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How are the wings of a mono- bi- or triplane referred to with regard to position?

Apologies if this is an elementary question. If I look at a diagram for parts of a plane, they don't distinguish verbally between left/right. If I try Googling for, say, "right wing" or &...
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Why are flight instructors in the US called CFIs?

I live in EASA-land (Europe), here we call our flight instructors simply that, "FIs". That they hold an instructors certificate is simply implied. Why are flight instructors in FAA-land (US) ...
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Is there a standard term for "3D groundspeed"?

Does the term "groundspeed" always refer only to the magnitude of the horizontal component of an aircraft's velocity vector with respect to the earth, or does it sometimes include the ...
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What, if any, would be the most correct term for the aerodynamic flight control surfaces of SpaceX's Starship?

SpaceX's Starship uses a unique flight control scheme during descent that I have not seen anywhere except with skydivers: it falls straight down belly-first using four aerodynamic control surfaces at ...
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What exactly do "attempt" and "cycle" mean in these starter duty limitations?

Can someone please explain me this A320 Starter Duty Limitation in simple terms? E.g. for the CFM56 Starter: No running engagement when N2>20% 4 cycles of max 2 mins Pause between start attempts . ...
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What is the origin of the "Pickle" switch for release of ordnance?

I am looking for proper proof of the theory that it is called so due to the Norden sight of the B17, which was said to assist the bomber in putting a bomb into a pickle jar, and hence it stuck.
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What classification of aerial vehicle would a manned quadcopter or octocopter be?

US here, if it makes a difference (w.r.t. FAA regulation, etc.). There's a new upcoming class of aerial vehicles, similar to drones, however they are gigantic and they are manned -- that is, manned (...
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Degree of motion terminology for special aviation movements

I perfectly understand yaw, pitch and roll. I'm wondering what a few special terms are for other unusual movements, such as those executed by a helicopter, drone or even perhaps something like a ...
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On the B737 FCTM, what are the limit values for strong and gust definitions?

There are definitions called as "Gusty and Strong Crosswind Condition" related to takeoff thrust setting choice and "Strong Crosswind" in touchdown in crab part of B737NG FCTM. I ...
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What use was there for Boeing to include customer numbers in their aircraft model names, and why did they end this practice?

Inspired by this question (thanks Hot Network Questions!). The tl;dr is that Boeing included a unique numeric model number designation, referring to the customer that had purchased a particular plane, ...
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Does a Boeing 747-830 exist and if it does, is there any difference to a 747-8 (748)

Two years ago I've uploaded a video of the Lufthansas Boeing 747 "D-ABYA" to Youtube. I am currently receiving some angry comments on that video because the title reads "747-830 with ...
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From an ATC perspective, what is an "arrival gate"?

I have seen reference to ATC assigned "arrival gates". As a passenger, an "arrival gate" is something like B12 or ...
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What is the difference between a spin and an uncontrolled roll in an high speed dive?

A comment I had on another (now deleted) question states that Air china 006 didn't spin. For me it was a spin (unwanted roll due to asymmetrical stall). The comment states it was "it was a slow ...
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What is the standard date format used in aviation?

As English is the standard language used in aviation and Zulu/UTC time is used as standard too or at least between pilots to calculate flight time and fuel. Is there any standard date format used in ...
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What is the correct term for the type of performance chart where curved lines are followed?

What is the correct term for the type of performance chart where, from a starting location, curved lines are followed to various reference points to eventually find a solution? For a specific example, ...
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What are the differences between "Off/On Time", "Total AC Time", and "Offset"?

Can somebody please help explain to me the difference between all of these. I understand that "Off/On time" is probably the Hobbs time which is determined by the time my battery master ...
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What does "running torque" mean?

I would like to know the meaning of the phrase and especially the meaning of "running torque": Torque the inner plug to between 75 and 85lbf.in. Loosen half a turn and RETORQUE to between 15 and ...
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What is the purpose of classifying fighters?

Fighters are classified by generation, as explained in this answer. Given this Wikipedia sum up, some fighters are not clearly in a defined generation, especially for 4th generation subclasses. Thus ...
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What does "Raven" [phonetic] means when used by ATC?

What is the meaning of "Raven" [phonetic] heard in use at Reagan National Airport? Most recently heard: The ATC will say "proceed direct raven" or "direct raven maintain" whatever altitude; or "...
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Is there a more specific term than 'flight line' for straight lines flown during flight?

I work for a small software startup, where its just my boss and I. Prior to this job, I had no experience with aircraft. We have a client that uses our software to fly a pattern over an area, where ...
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What does ''Reduced Coordination Airspace'' mean?

What does ''Reduced Coordination Airspace'' mean? There is a definition in here, page 4 bottom image.
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Is there a proper term to use when you're referring to the total number of people on an aircraft, including both the passengers and crew/pilots?

I've found that often when people quote the number of passengers on an aircraft, they exclude the crew/pilots, which they'll provide separately. Is there a proper term to use when you're referring to ...
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Why does the auto brake panel on an A320 use "lo", rather than "low"?

Is there a specific reason that Airbus chose to shorten "LOW" to "LO" for the lowest autobrake setting? Wouldn't it be more consistent to use three letters for each setting?
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What does "5B3/P" in CFM56-5B3/P mean?

For the CFM56 engine model CFM56-5B3/P, what does "5B3/P" mean?
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What is the name of the movement which is carried out by plane beginning from the runway and ending at takeoff?

What is the name of the movement which begins after the plane lines up on the runway and takeoff clearance is received, and ends when the plane lifts off from the runway? Is it also called as 'taxiing'...
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Does this web page really correctly depict the angle that is called "incidence" in the French language in the aviation context?

Does this web page really correctly depict the most common usage of the term "incidence" in the French language in the aviation context, in the context of speaking of an entire aircraft and not just ...
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A question about the exact meaning of one British usage of the term "Angle of Incidence"

This answer to a related question stated: Most anything can have an angle of attack. If you must be specific, you mention 'angle of attack of ...' ... When we talk about airplane as a whole, ...
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The meaning of "fully paid" [closed]

What is the meaning of "fully paid" in the airline industry? Based on my research it's an adjective and it means "paid for at full face value with no further money due from the stockholder", but I ...

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