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Glossary of Aviation Terms

Welcome to one of the most researched and in-depth sources of private aviation terms and definitions. Aviation students researched this content using credible sources online as well as the library at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Abeam Absolute Altitude Absolute Ceiling
Aerial Refueling Aeronautical Charts AGL
Ailerons Air Ambulance Air Charter Operator
Air Traffic Control Air Traffic Controller Aircraft
Aircraft Management Airfoil Airport
Airspeed Airway Distance Airworthiness Directive (AD)
Alternate Airport Altimeter Altitude
Amphibious floats Angle of attack Approach (Departure) Control
Approach light system Approach Speed Apron
ARG/US ARO ASOS
ATIS Aviation Avionics
Block Flying Time Block Rates Block speed
Carbon Credit Carbon Emissions Carbon Offset
Cardinal Altitude Catering Ceiling
Certificate Charter Broker Charter Operator
Class A Airspace Class B Airspace Class C Airspace
Class D Airspace Class E Airspace Class F Airspace
Class G Airspace Class I Navigation Class II Navigation
Clearance Contrail Streaks Controlled Airspace
Crosswind Cruise Speed Cruising Altitude
D-085 Deadhead Decision Height
Depreciation Direct Air Carrier Drag
Duty Time Eco-Jet Charter EFIS
EGPWS Elevator ELT
Empty Leg FAA FAR
FBO Ferry Flight Flaps
Fleet Manager Flight Plan Flight Service Station
Flight Standards District Office Flight Time Floats
FMS Fractional Ownership Fuel Surcharge
Fuselage General Aviation General Aviation District Office
GPS GPWS Great Circle Distance
Ground Speed Ground Transportation Hangar
Helicopter Helipad Heliport
Horse Power IATA Code ICAO
ICAO Code IFR IFR Flight Plan
ILS Indicated Airspeed Indirect Air Carrier
Instrument Meteorological Conditions International Airport Jet Charter Broker
Jet Stream Joint Ownership Knot
KTAS LAAS Lateral Separation
Lavatory Layover Leg
Lift Light Jet Local Airport Advisory
Longitudinal Separation Mach Number Mayday
Medevac Microburst National Airspace System
Navaids Navigation NBAA
Net/Net Oceanic Airspace One-Ways
PAN-PAN Part 121 Part 135
Part 61 Part 91 Pilot in Command
Point to Point Pricing Positioning Positioning Time
Precipitation Private Airport Propjet
Radar Radar Flight Following Radio
Ramp Repositioning Time Retail Quote
Roger Runway Runway Heading
Scheduled Air Transportation Segment Sigmet
Speed of Sound Stage Length Standard Rate Turn
Tailwind Taxi Time Third Party Verification
Transmissometer Transponder True Airspeed
Vector Vertical Separation VFR
VFR Flight Plan Visibility Visual Meteorological Conditions
Waiting Time Waypoint

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