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What is the origin of the term “pax”?

Pax in commercial transport is used as something like persons or passengers, in the context of counting people, e.g. 150 pax onboard. (Amadeus capture, source) I observed that in German writers tend ...
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What is a CRM and what does it stand for? [duplicate]

I've always wanted to ask a pilot what a CRM was. Of course, I didn't really get lots of chances to ask pilots, no I thought of just asking here. What is a CRM and what does it stand for?
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Are the terms “Aircraft Version” and “Aircraft Variant” synonyms?

Related to the answer of the following question: How are evolution and variants of aircraft considered by certification authorities? Are the terms "Aircraft Version" and "Aircraft Variant" synonyms? ...
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Is the term “guinea pig” defined in the Pilot/Controller Glossary?

Is the term "guinea pig" now or was it previously defined in the Pilot/Controller Glossary? If it's not defined in the Pilot/Controller Glossary, maybe it's in some other publication. I was flying ...
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“right traffic pattern” vs. “right-hand traffic pattern”

Is it officially called "right traffic pattern" or "right hand traffic pattern"? I'm mostly interested in EASA terminology, but also FAA / other areas of the world. Background: After I always said "...
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Is it incorrect to refer to a C-130 as a jet?

In this article by CNN, the C-130 involved in the unfortunate crash in Savannah, GA is referred to as a "jet." Is this considered proper usage? I'm not looking for public opinion here but official ...
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What are heat detection sensors and how can they cause a speed error?

From this news article on Saratov Airlines Flight 703: A report handed down by Russian investigators has blamed human error for the crash of Saratov flight 703, saying the pilots didn’t switch on ...
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What does “lower flatness” mean in airfoil terminology?

What does lower flatness mean in these parameters of a Glenn Martin airfoil?
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What exactly are “clipped” wings?

What exactly does "clipped wing" mean? Been having a rather heated debate. My understanding is that clipped means the tips were removed after manufacture. The other party claims that if it was ...
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What does leading edge radius mean?

What does leading edge radius mean amongst these parameters of a st cyr 24 airfoil?
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What is the difference between a vertical stabilizer and a rudder?

I saw two questions on locating these surfaces ahead of CG: Vertical Stabilizer and Rudder How are these the same or different control surfaces?
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What does “RA” mean in the FAA Terminal Constraints?

I'm trying to interpret the Terminal Constraints listed on the Operations Plan Advisory (https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_spt.jsp). RA seems to be used in the context of weather, but I haven't been ...
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What is the difference between a Boeing Line number and a Block number?

We know that every Boeing aircraft has a Line number, Block number, and MSN number. I want to know what what does it mean by this Line Number or Block number. and what are the difference among these ...
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What does the letter G mean in a runway identifier?

Boulder Municipal Airport (KBDU) has runways 8 / 26 and also runways 8G / 26G. What is the significance of the letter G following the runway numbers?
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Gage or Gauge? Which is correct in the aviation industry? [closed]

Gage or Gauge? Some official aviation sources seem to use the spelling "gage" whether referencing cockpit instruments or aircraft maintenance tooling. However, more broad English sources note that "...
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What is the FAA definition of “takeoff” and “landing”?

This question is in the context of commercial flights with passengers. What is the definition of "takeoff" and "landing" phases? Does it include taxi? Is it from lift-off for takeoff? and touchdown ...
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Is there a term for the general design used in most modern fighters?

Is there a term that encompasses the overall design of modern fighters (e.g. F-15, F/A-18, F-14, Su-27, Su-30,33,35,37, Mig-29, J-11, etc.), with dual vertical stabilizers, leading edge extensions, ...
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What is the relationship between the terms “airprox” and “near mid-air collision”?

Do the terms "Airprox" and "Near mid-air collision" mean the same? If not what is the difference between them?
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What is Arctic Control Area (ACA)?

I saw that in Jeppesen airway manual but I didn't find a definition for it. What is that? How to establish it? Who establishes it and for what reason?
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What exactly are “suitcase handles” in a cockpit?

I was watching Seconds From Disaster about Alaska Airlines 261 (the one with the vertical stabilizer issue) and at one point the copilot tells the pilot to "try the suitcase handles". Is that pilot ...
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What does “inertial” refer to in “inertial reference”?

An ADIRU makes use of air data reference and inertial reference. Inertial reference calculates the heading, position, ground speed and attitude. I was wondering why is it called inertial. Is it ...
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What does the FAA mean by “Make and Model” of aircraft?

Short Version: How does the FAA define the terms "make" and "model" in regulatory documents, particularly in the context of referring to pilot experience in aircraft? Long Version In 14 CFR 135—and ...
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What is the english term for “vol en ficelle”?

From what I have read online and understood, "vol en ficelle" is basically a low altitude flight preparation method that requires calculating a set of altitudes to be followed in order not to crash. ...
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What exactly is a QRH?

In this question about aircraft dumping fuel I was told that there may possible be guidance in the QRH. I know that there are a lot of guidelines given to pilots, but I've never heard of this one. ...
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What is the difference between Cruise and Service ceilings?

I am looking at aircraft performance data. There are charts for "Cruise Ceiling" and "Service Ceiling." What is the difference? (The cruise altitude is lower.)
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Why do we say “climb” and not “ascend”?

The term for moving to a lower altitude is "descending." Why, then, is the term for moving to a higher altitude "climbing" and not "ascending"? The latter goes better with the term "descending." Does ...
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Does the reference for AGL include obstacles?

Let's say a plane flies 10m above some trees, that themselves are 10m above the underlying ground. Would that be 10m or 20m AGL? Or, in more abstract terms: What exactly is the reference point for ...
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What is it called when an airplane has to circle because it can't land?

Sometimes, a plane is required to circle around an airport repeatedly because for whatever reason, it is not able or permitted to land just yet. This state in which a plane is stuck in the air in ...
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What's the difference between “HAND OFF” and “HAND OVER”?

I think "HAND OVER" is a whole process of transfering radar idenrification between 2 controllers, and "HAND OFF" is a term used by the transfering controller(not receiving controller) when doing HAND ...
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Is there a generic term for origin and destination seen from an airport point of view?

I am trying to create a program that gives you the departures or the arrivals from a given airport. Thus, in the software code, I would like to refer to both origin...
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Why is the Departure leg of the traffic pattern being mistaught as Upwind?

I hear a LOT of newer pilots and CFI's erroneously referring to the Departure leg of the traffic pattern as the Upwind. Ref. A.I.M. Sec 4-3-2. Actually had a Tower controller tell me "I'll call your ...
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Is a pilot responsible for CTAF announcements in this scenario? [closed]

A Cessna 525 Citation Jet is coming in to land and a single-engine Cessna 150 is taking off at a small airport with no ATC. The Cessna 150 stays in continued radio contact and the Cessna 525 Citation ...
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What are the differences between various simulator levels?

I've heard of level A, B, C, and D simulators, (as well as FTD and AATDs) but know nothing about them. What criteria is used to certify a sim as a particular level?
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What's the difference between aquaplane and hydroplane?

If one reads through 10 articles describing a plane which overran a contaminated runway, the term aquaplane will be used 9 times and the term hydroplane once (and on that one time there will be a ...
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What is the name of the system that replaced stairs for disembarking aircraft?

Back in the day, or in old airports, or airports that have not upgraded their systems, passengers disembarked in aircraft using stairs, through rain and or snow and extreme weather, sometimes having ...
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Are there FAA rules about changing an airport name from Municipal to Regional?

Are there any FAA requirements to be met or stipulations for an airport to change its name from Municipal to Regional?
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What is the difference between a propeller and a rotor?

I have been making the mistake of using words "propeller" and "rotor" interchangeably when they are not the same thing. What is the difference between a propeller and a rotor?
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What exactly is the meaning of “detent” in aviation?

I come across it in many different situations e.g. "settings changed to flight detent" or "landing altitude changes at first detent". There are other scenarios which I came across in the past, but I ...
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What is a “round-robin flight”, in layman's terms?

I'm struggling to find a sufficient explanation of a round-robin flight, as it pertains to ATC. Can someone explain, in layman's terms, what it is and the lifecycle of a round-robin flight? Graphic ...
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Why does the Trent XWB have intermediate compressor stages?

I realized that the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB on the Airbus A350 has intermediate compressor stages. Why is that? Other engines like the CFM56 or IAE V2500 that power most of the A320-family have low ...
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What is altitude above surface / ASFC?

ASFC is an acronym frequently seen in official European publications, e.g. used by the French AIS: Also in some ICAO ones, e.g in Annex 4 (Aeronautical Charts) to the Chicago Convention: The ...
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What is Flexible Gunnery in the US Air Force?

I read many times in English Wikipedia that some servicemen were trained in Flexible Gunnery schools, but I don't get what that exactly means. Example: In January 1942, the 2d Air Force was ...
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What does the term “trimming” most commonly mean in aviation?

Why does an airplane need trim, and what does it do during the flight? Does an autopilot adjust the trim automatically?
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What exactly is a “drone”?

I was under the impression that things like this: and soon this and even this Are drones. When and how did the media and the general public get the idea that these: Are also drones? I'm not ...
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Is there a comprehensive list of IFR terms with definitions?

Is there a comprehensive list of IFR terms with definitions easily available? I am trying to make some flash cards for study
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What is a canard?

While browsing this Stack Exchange, I regularly come across mentions of canards. I am not familiar with this term, and Google only gives information about ducks when I search for "canard". So, what is ...
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What does YF stand for?

I know that F=fighter, A=attack, F/A=fighter/attack, B=bomber. I can not find any information on what YF stands for. This type of aircraft is usually an experimental aircraft, but why do modern ...
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What is the name of the maximum altitude at which a helicopter can fly?

What is the name of the maximum altitude at which a helicopter can fly? I recall it as "vertical limit", but I can't find a Wikipedia page for it other than a movie of the same title, which seems to ...
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Where does the term “throttle quadrant” come from?

The area of many flight decks that contains throttles or thrust levers is often referred to as the “throttle quadrant” or “thrust lever quadrant” even if it’s not one of four parts of the panels. ...
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When passing a waypoint, when exactly are we on the next leg?

When performing one of the procedures shown in the pictures below, when exactly do we consider ourselves to be on the next leg? For example: for the fly-by waypoint, when do we consider that we are ...