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What's the difference between a “flight line” and a “tarmac”?

I was at a conference where there was a discussion on ontology for assets. There were two classification trees, one for assets on the flight line and one for assets on the tarmac. What is the nuance ...
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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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What are these “F,S,O” characteristic speeds?

I am leaning for an avionics exam and I encountered a question asking for the meaning of F, S and O . They appear to be "Characteristic speeds", which are calculated by the flight management system (...
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Does “nose dive” have a technical aviation meaning?

I've usually heard the term 'nose dive' used in a metaphorical sense -- "Wow, your stock portfolio is really in a nose dive!" Does it have any legitimate aviation meaning? More specifically, is it ...
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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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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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Fuel price actually used in the industry [closed]

I know it's a bit off-topic but I guess some of the terminology used in the aircraft community is the same as in marine transportation. I know that both aircraft and marine vessels use fuel. But if I'...
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What does “Controlling Object” mean in FAA documentation?

I was examining FAA's legacy files, which contain information for various airspace elements, and I noticed that there is a field in the airport layout file called "Controlling Object", for both base ...
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What is the difference between an engine “shut down”, “cut-off” and “cut down”?

Explain please for non-native speakers the difference between these engine (jet or piston) terms: shut down cut-off cut down I'm studying at a civil aviation university to become a pilot and a ...
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What is an “aeronautically qualified witness”?

Many older NTSB AARs, in their history-of-flight-and/or-accident-sequence sections, make mention of observations by an “aeronautically qualified witness” or witnesses, without any further explanation ...
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What do compressor/turbine stages mean, and why we need a different number of stages?

I am new to aviation. I realize that LP (Low Pressure) and HP (High Pressure) compressors/turbines have a various number of stages. What do stages mean? What is the reason to have a different number ...
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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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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 situational awareness and why is it important?

What is the definition of situational awareness? In which phase of flight is situational awareness the lowest, and why?
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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 difference between landing weight and end-of-mission weight?

Raymer says: Landing is much like taking off, only backwards!....Note that the aircraft weight for landing analysis is specified in the design requirements, and ranges from the takeoff value to ...
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Are the “centerbody”, “fan hub frame”, and “intermediate case” all the same thing or separate parts?

I'm curious about the frames & cases at the front of an engine. I've seen OEMs call them the centerbody, fan hub frame, and intermediate case. Are these all the same thing or are these each a ...
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What do “azimuth window” and “compass switch” refer to in this accident report?

I recently read the accident report on BEA 548, but I'm unsure of some technical terms used on p. 4 of the report (p. 14 of the linked PDF): Apart from the probability that in the particular ...
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What date and time definition is used for the second leg of a flight?

Let's take flight BA0015, from London to Syndney, via Singapore. This is data from FlightStats. The first leg has this data: ...
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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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Is “passenger loading bridge” a synonym to “contact stand”?

In a master plan of an international airport, which is already approved by the client, I face some confusion between the terminology of the PLB and the contact stand. Sometimes they're mentioned just ...
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Where to find comprehensive description of Special Use Airspaces (SUAs)? [closed]

Can you suggest me some document or website where I can learn about Special Use Airspaces? My goal is to understand the following topics: SUA definition Types of SUAs SUA pubblication SUA creation ...
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What is the difference between a nautical mile and a statute mile? And what is a knot?

What is the difference between a "nautical mile" and a "statute mile?" And what is a "knot?"
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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's the technical name of the side window on Boeing and on Embraer?

On Airbus, the window beside the Captain and the First Officer has the technical name of SIDE WINDOW. What's the name on other aircraft, or they have the same specification?
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What is the difference between Review and Analysis in DO-178C?

In the context of DO-178C, what is the difference between review and analysis of the outputs of the software development processes? Are they both the same?
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What is an “unsafe airline”? [closed]

Question: Is there any internationally accepted definition for what an "unsafe airline" is based on objective criteria (e.g. fatalities per million passengers) ? Or is there an international standard ...
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If an aircraft cannot fly above 300ft, is it an aircraft?

I saw a question here that inspired one of my own. If an larger, person carrying aircraft, say some sort of hovercraft, could not fly above 300 ft would it be allowed to fly? Here in Australia, 300ft ...
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What is “company compensation fuel” and “pad fuel”?

I tried to find the definition of these fuels but I could't. Does anyone know about company compensation fuel or pad fuel? In which document can I find the definition of these fuels?
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Does it make sense to say an aircraft has an attitude of 3° or that it has a flight position of 3°?

I am trying to translate an aircraft manual, and there is a diagram showing what the HUD would look like given a "posición de vuelo de 3°". The diagram is captioned in Spanish as "vuelo horizontal a ...
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Is “wingman” strictly a military term?

Does it have to be a potential combat situation for a pilot flying on another's wing to be called a wingman. If two aircraft are being flown in formation to a destination simply for the purpose of ...
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What is the real difference between aerospace and aeronautical?

I see people using these two words interchangeably. But I feel there is a huge difference between the both.
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Definition of “Rotation Speed” vs “Lift Off Speed” vs “Fly Off Speed”

Is rotation speed and lift-off speed ever used interchangeably? (AMENDED Question) Is lift off speed and fly off speed the same? (See supplemental info below) I thought I clearly understood the ...
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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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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 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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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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What is the meaning of segment in MTRs?

Military Training Routes (MTRs) with no segment above 1,500' AGL shall be identified by four number characters (IR1206/VR1207) MTRs that include one or more segments above 1,500' AGL shall be ...
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What does “short parked” mean?

Recently, when flying (as a passenger of a regular flight) from Stockholm/Arlanda, there was quite a long bus ride from the gate to the aircraft, because the latter was "short parked", according to ...
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What exactly rotates along the lateral axis? Is 'rotate' mathematically correct?

Researching the etymology of 'rotate' (that OED lacks!), I chanced on Anas Maaz's Quora answer: What many does not know is 'rotate' is just not a fancy word, but it involves a real physical ...
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What's the difference between 'modification' and 'corrective action' in an AD or SB?

For example Modification of an airplane in accordance with the instructions of the specific SB as specified in Table 1 of this AD, as applicable...
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What is the meaning of “regular pitch” when applied to a propeller?

I am looking at parameters of a propeller that looks like this: 3 blade xx inch diameter (regular pitch) What does "regular pitch" mean?
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What is the difference between microburst and windshear?

When I read about these weather phenomena, I find that both of them depict the same thing, and have the same actions to avoid. So why are they differentiated? http://www.myairlineflight.com/windshear....
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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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What is the exact definition of Taxi Time?

I found some definitions on the web, but they weren't same. Some resources mentioned it is sum of the times the aircraft is moving on the ground with its own engines. Some defined it as the time ...
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What is the name for a flap that increases the wing's area but not its camber?

Flaps are high-lift devices mounted to the rear portion of an aircraft's wing. Some types of flaps increase lift by increasing the wing's camber, or, at least, that of its lower surface (plain flaps, ...
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Why is it common to speak of “Concorde” rather than “the Concorde”?

Suppose you researching a book on the history of Boeing B-17. Suppose you researching a book on the history of the Boeing B-17. Which of those sentences sounds more complete and correct? OK, so ...
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What are the radius of containment (Rc) and horizontal protection limit (HPL) and how are they related to Type Code?

In ICAO Document 9871 (Technical Provisions for Mode S Services and Extended Squitter) page 30 they have mentioned it in the form of a table. But they haven't explained HPL and Rc in detail.
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AN-hedral or Cath-hedral? [closed]

We normally hear of wing geometry with dihedral. Most commonly, when speaking of a wing with negative dihedral, we hear the term anhedral. As I recall the prefix "an" indicates "without". On a few ...
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Aviation terminology for 'in the field' [duplicate]

I'm writing a sci-fi story involving aircraft and space craft. I'm struggling to get the terminology right for referring to a pilot being 'in the field' either on a mission or a training exercise. I ...