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Block III Terms and Definitions

Above Ground Level (AGL) a measurement of altitude above a specific land mass
Above Mean Sea Level (AMSL) a measurement of the average height of the surface of the sea for all stages of the tide
Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) area of airspace over land or water within which the ready identification, location, and control of aircraft are required int he interest of national security.
Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) A facility established to provide air traffic control service to aircraft operating on IFR flight plans within controlled airspace and principally during the en route phase of flight.
Air Defense Control Facility (ADCF) a military unity (ROCC/SOCC/AWACS) primarily used for air defense, including air sovereignty and counter-drug operations; ADCF's are the only MRUs authorized to direct interception
Air Traffic Clearance an authorization by air traffic control, for the purpose of preventing collision between known aircraft, for an aircraft to proceed under specified traffic conditions within controlled airspace.
Air Traffic Control (ATC) A service operated by appropriate authority to promote the safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air traffic.
Airborne Radar Unit (ARU) used as an extension of a military radar unit during planned exercises and daily training missions
ATC Assigned Airspace (ATCAA) defined vertical/lateral limits, assigned by ATC, for the purpose of providing air traffic segregation between the specified activities being conducted within the assigned airspace and other IFR air traffic
Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility (FACSFAC) US Navy fixed ground facility which manages offshore and inland operating areas including warning areas, restricted areas and other assigned airspace.
Flight Level (FL) A level of constant atmospheric pressure related to a reference datum of 29.92 inches of mercury ; each is stated in three digits that represent hundreds of feet
Military Operations Area (MOA) special use airspace of defined vertical and lateral dimensions established outside Class A airspace to serparte/segregate certain non-hazardous military activities from IFR traffic in controlled airspace and to identify for VFR traffic where these activi
Military Radar Unit (MRU) any fixed or mobile ground unit under the operational jurisdiction of the military services excluding commissioned ATC facilities; will provide services in accordance with the letter of agreement with the appropriate ATC facilities-will not provide actual
Participating Aircraft only those aircraft engages in the activity being conducted
Prohibited Area airspace designated under 14 CFR, Part 73 within which no person may operate an aircraft without the permission of the using agency
Radar Contact the term an air traffic controller uses to inform the transferring controller that the target being transferred is identified on the radar display
Restricted Area special use airspace under 14 CFR, Part 73 which the flight of aircraft, while not wholly prohibited , is subject to restriction
Special Use Airspace (SUA) airspace of defined dimensions identified by an area on the surface of the earth wherein activities must be confined because of their nature, and/or wherein limitations may be imposed upon aircraft operations that are not a part of those activities
Areas of Special Use Airspace Alert Area Military Operations area Restricted Area Controlled Firing Area Prohibited Area Warning Area
Victor Routes (VR) Military Training Routes (MTR) routes used by the department of Defense and associated Reserve and Air Guard units for the purpose of conducting low altitude navigation and tactical training under VFR at airspeeds in excess of 250 KIAS below 10,000 feet MSL
Warning Area airspace of defined dimensions, extending from three nautical miles outward from the coast of the United States, that contains activity that may be hazardous to nonparticipating aircraft; purpose is to warn nonparticipating pilots of the potential danger;
Whiskey Alert a term used over a voice page hot line to alert a controlling agency that a spill out situation is imminent
Alpha Check Request for conformation of bearing and range from own ship to a described point
As Fragged Fighter, FAC, mission package, or agency will be performing exactly as stated by the air tasking order
Authenticate to request or provide a response for a coded challenge
Bent System indicated is inoperative
Bingo Fuel state needed for recovery
*Blind No visual contact with friendly aircraft; opposite of term "VISUAL"
Bogey A radar/visual contact whose identity is unknown
Bogey Dope Request for target information as requested or closest group in BRAA with appropriate fillins
Brevity Radio Frequency is becoming saturated/degraded or jammed and briefer transmissions must follow
*Bullseye An established reference point from which the position of an object can be referenced by bearing and range from this point
*Cap Directive call to establish a combat air patrol at a specific point
Check (left/right) turn() degrees left/right and maintain new heading
Chicks Friendly fighter aircraft
*Clean no sensor information on non-friendly aircraft of interest; no visible battle damage; aircraft no carrying external stores
Cold Call to initiate a turn in the CAP away from the anticipated threats; groups heading away from friendly aircraft; attack geometry will result in a pass or roll out behind the target; defined area is not expected to receive fire
*Contact Sensor contact at the stated position; Acknowledges sighting of a specified reference point; individual radar return within a group or arm
Faded Radar contact is lost on a non-friendly aircraft/surface contact and any positional information given is estimated
Feet Wet/Dry flying over water/land
*Fence Set cockpit switches as appropriate prior to entering/exiting the combat area
*Flow Directive call to fly stated heading
*Furball Response to a declare request indicating known bandits and friendlies in close proximity
Heads Up Alert of an activity of interest
Hot call to initiate a turn in CAP toward anticipated threats; groups heading toward friendly aircraft; ordnance employment intended or completed; defined area is expected to receive fire; 16 to 18 AA from tail or 0 to 20 degree angle from nose; intercept geo
In Place Perfrom indicated maneuver simultaneously
*Joker Fuel state above Bingo at which separation/ bugout/ event termination should begin
*No Joy Aircrew does not have visual contact with the target/bandit; opposite of term "TALLY"
Parrot IFF/SIF transponder
Playtime Amount of time aircraft can remain on station
*Popeye Flying in clouds or are of reduced visibility
Posit Request for position; response normally in terms of a geographic landmark, or off a common reference point
Push Switch to designated frequency; no acknowledgment required
*Roger Indicates aircrew understands the radio transmission; does not indicate compliance or reaction
*Saunter Fly at best endurance
Sour Invalid/no response to an administrative IFF/SIF check; (Timber) indicates there are potential problems with net entry and initiates pre-mission link trouble shooting
Squawk Operate IFF as indicated or IFF is operating as indicated
Squawking Bogey is responding with an IFF/SIF mode or code other than that prescribed by the ATO/identification criteria
*Sweet Valid response to an administrative IFF/SIF check request; (Timber) confirms receipt of data link information
Tied Positive radar contact with element/aircraft
Unable Cannot comply as requested or directed
Uniform UHF/AM radio
Victor VHF/AM radio
Visual sighting of a friendly aircraft or ground position
Well System indicated is fully operative
What Luck Request for results of missions or tasks
What State Request for amount of fuel and missiles remaining
Wilco Will comply with received instructions
*Winchester No ordnance remaining
Created by: jsc265