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US Air Terms

A/C (AIRCRAFT) A vehicle that can fly, such as an airplane, helicopter, or glider.
ACM Additional Crew Member (Jumpseat rider)
AFT The back of the airplane.
AGENT A company employee concerned with the handling of ground phases of flight operations.
AIR CARRIER A commercial enterprise that provides scheduled flights for passengers.
AIRFOIL Any surface, such as an airplane wing, designed to obtain reaction from the air through which it moves.
AIR POCKET A condition in the atmosphere that can cause an airplane to loose altitude quickly
AIRSPEED The velocity of an aircraft
ALT Alternate Airport
ALTIMETER The instrument used to measure the height of an aircraft above sea level, usually expressed in feet.
AOG Aircraft on Ground (Grounded due to Maintenance)
ATC AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL) The control of local air traffic in the vicinity of an airport by the FAA
AUXILIARY POWER UNIT (APU) A separate engine on board the aircraft that provides power to the entire aircraft
BANK (a) To incline the aircraft at an angle while turning left or right (b) A number of flights leaving a Hub city during a short period of time
BEVERAGE CART Trolley used to roll down the aisle to serve beverages to the customer
BID HOLDER A flight attendant awarded a line of flying for a particluar month
BID SHEET A form used to bid on a line of flying for a particluar month
BLOCK TO BLOCK A time interval, beginning when the aircraft pulls away from the gate at the departure city and ending when the aircraft comes to a complete stop at the gate of the arrival city.
BOARDING PASS The document provided to the passenger that permits the passenger to board the aircraft and claim a specific seat. Not all airlines issue boarding passes.
BOW (BASIC OPERATING WEIGHT) The weight of the empty aircraft, plus the weight of the crew, fuel, oil, necessary publications
BULKHEAD A term used to define any dividing wall in the cabin of an aircraft
BUMP The practice of denying boarding to a confirmed passenger on an overbooked flight
CABIN The interior of an aircraft where the passengers are seated
CANCELLED FLIGHT An originally scheduled flight that is eliminated (cancelled) due to poor weather conditions, mechanical trouble, or lack of equipment
CAPT or CA (CAPTAIN) Pilot who is in command of the flight and sits in the left seat in the cockpit. The Captain's uniform jacket has 4 stripes on the end of the sleeves.
CARRY ON BAGGAGE Small personal items passengers are electing to carry in the cabin of the aircraft during flight. TSA limits two per passenger.
CEILING Term used by to refer to the distance from the ground to the underside of the clouds.
CFR (1) Crash/Fire/Rescue Emergency Equipment (2) Code of Federal Regulations
CHARTER FLIGHT Aircraft and crew are leased by a group or company for an unscheduled flight
CHOCKS Blocks placed in front of and behind aircraft tires to prevent aircraft from rolling in the ramp gate area.
CITY PAIR Departure and arrival cities
COCKPIT The area of the aircraft where the pilot sits (flight deck)
COMAIL / COMAT Company Mail/Company Materials
CONCOURSE Area of the terminal building where gates are located. Aircraft arrive and depart from the gate and deplane and load passengers.
CONNECTION/CONNECTING FLIGHT Flights requiring a change of aircraft at some intermediate point before arriving at the final destination. This change can be either online or interline. Also referred to as "transfer".
CREW REST The rest period required by a crew after a completed trip
CREW SCHEDULING The department responsible for assigning and keeping track of all flight crews
DBA Doing Business As
DEADHEAD Transportation of a crewmember from one point to another to cover a trip or return to home base.
DELAY A flight that is operating later than scheduled
DESTINATION Ultimate stopping place which a journey concludes
DIRECT FLIGHT A flight which may make a intermediate stop or stops before reaching its final destination but requires no change of aircraft.
DIVE A steep descent
DOMICILE The city (station) where the crewmember is based
DOT (DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION) The government agency that governs economic concerns of the transportation industry.
DOWNLINE The next station or stations in line of the flight's scheduled routing.
EQUIPMENT The actual aircraft
ETA (ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL) The time estimated for the aircraft to arrive
ETD (ESTIMATED TIME OF DEPARTURE) The time estimated time for the aricraft to depart
F/A (FLIGHT ATTENDANT) A person who assists passengers in safety and service onboard any aircraft that seats 20 or more.
F/A JUMPSEAT Collapsible seat in the cabin for the Flight Attendant to sit during takeoff and landing.
FAA (FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION) The government agency that regulates the safety of airline operations through specific Federal Aviations Regulations (FARs)
FAR (FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATION) FAR's are the rules that govern the aviation industry (Airlines, Pilots, Flight Attendants, Maintenance, etc.). Strict adherence to FAR's is mandatory.
FERRY FLIGHT A flight operated without revenue passengers, cargo or mail. A ferry flight is flown to move the aircraft to a different sicty either to begin a flight or to undergo maintenance.
FLIGHT The movement of an aircraft from one location to another, as a scheduled flight, extra section, ferry flight, test flight, or training flight.
F/O (FIRST OFFICER) Pilot who sits in the right seat of the cockpit. The First Officer's uniform jacket has 3 stripes on the end of the sleeves.
FLOOR LEVEL EXIT All aircraft doors are floor level exits and are used as emergency exits.
FUSELAGE The central body portion of an aircraft designed to accomodate the payload on the aircraft
FWD (FORWARD) The front of the aircraft towards the cockpit
GALLEY Small designated area where beverages and meals are served
GATE The area of the terminal building where passengers gather before boarding an aircraft
GATEWAY Last departure point from a country before arriving in another country
GPU (GROUND POWER UNIT) Ground support equipment used to supply on board power (lights, heat, air conditioning, etc.) to the aircraft
GROUND SPEED The speed of an aircraft with reference to the surface of the earth
GSC (GROUND SECURITY COORDINATOR) Employee charged with overall responsibility of security related issues while the aircraft is on the ground.
HOLDING A flight that is waiting for instructions to either takeoff, land, or park at an available gate
INBOUND An aircraft that would be arriving or coming into a city
ILS (INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEMS) A system of navigational radios used for guiding aircraft during unfavorable weather conditions such as fog
INTERLINE When the routing from origin to destination requires 2 or more different air carriers to accomodate the passenger to their final destination.
INTERLINE CONNECTION Changing from a flight of one carrier to a flight of another carrier
INTERMEDIATE STATION A scheduled stop or stops between the originating city and the final destination
ISC (INFLIGHT SECURITY COORDINATOR) The Captain of the flight who is charged with overall responsibility of security related issues while the aircraft is in flight.
JUMPSEAT A collapsible seat in the cockpit occupied by authorized personel
JUMPSEAT AUTHORITY Authorization given to crewmembers and other eligible personel to travel in the jumpseat
JUMPSEAT RIDER Authorized personel occupying the jumpseat
KNOT Velocity of one nautical mile per hour
LAYOVER (a) Time spent on the ground between flights when passenger's itinerary involves a connection (b) The time spent downline between flights (crew rest)
LEG OF FLIGHT Refers to each flight of the passenger or crewmwmber itinerary
LEGALITIES Rules and regulations used to establish flying timeand rest periods
LINE OF FLYING A series of flights sequenced together to produce a monthly work schedule.
LOCAL PASSENGER Customer who boards the aircraft at the originating station
MAAS (MEET AND ASSIST) A request for ground personel to meet and assist a passenger
NO SHOW A traveller who does not show up for a flight on which he has a reservation and fails to cancel that reservation. Airlines will cancel all further flights on a traveler's itinerary when a passenger no
NTSB (NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD) The governmental agency that investigates and reports reasons for accidents and recommends solutions to the FAA.
OAL Other Airline
OFFLINE Traveling via another airline or a combination of other airlines
ONLINE When travel involves only one carrier
ONLINE CONNECTION Changing from one flight to another flight of the same carrier
OPEN TIME Any flight time that is not assigned to a crewmember
ORIGIN (ORIGINATING STATION) The city where the flight begins
OUTBOUND An aircraft that would be departing from a city
OVERBOOKING The practice by the airlines of confirming more seats on an aircraft than are actually available. Overbooking is designed to protect the airlines from no
OVERHEAD BINS Storage compartments located over the seats inside an aircraft cabin
OVERSALE A situation which occurs when a customer has a confirmed reservation and a valid ticket but is not accomodated on the flight.
PAX / PSGR (PASSENGER) Customer who travels on a scheduled airline flight
PASSENGER COUPON The last coupon of an airline ticket. The coupon is clearly marked and serves as the passenger record for expense reports.
PAWOB (PASSENGER ARRIVING WITH OUT BAGGAGE) This passenger had checked his baggage at his origin city, and at his destination his baggage did not show up on the flight due to an error on the airline(s) part.
PAYLOAD The total weight of passengers and cargo carried on the aircraft.
RAMP The area adjacent to the terminal building for aircraft loading and unloading.
RECURRENT TRAINING Training required on an annual basis intended to review regulations, policies, procedures, and changes.
REISSUE / REROUTE A rewriting of an existing ticket due to a change in fare, class of service, or routing.
RESCHEDULED FLIGHT A change to a crewmembers assigned flight or flights due to unforeseen circumstances, ie, cancellations, mechanicals, etc.
RESERVE CREW Flight Crewmembers on standyby for duty
RESERVE SCHEDULE OR RESERVE DAYS A month or day schedule requiring a crewmember to be available on a "stand
ROUTING The way travel between the origin and destination is arranged
RUNWAY The area used specifically for the landing and takeoff of aircraft
SABRE The name of the airline reservation computer system used by Trans States Airlines, hosted by our code share partner American and US Airways.
ST. ELMO'S FIRE A build up of electrical charge on the airplane
SCHEDULED FLIGHT A flight identified with a flight number and is published in the timetable to originate and terminate at specific stations and times.
SEQUENCE A series of flights paired together to produce a daily work schedule
STANDBY A traveler who does not have a confirmed reservation and must wait at the airline gate for a seat to become available.
STATION Airport office in a city served by Trans States Airlines.
STOP / STOPOVER An intermediate stopping point on a journey, whether voluntary or involuntary
STOW To secure baggage into a safe location in flight
TAXI To operate an aircraft under its own power on the ground, except when involved in takeoffs or landings.
TAXI STRIP Paved areas connecting the ramp to the runway
TERMINATING STATION The city where the flight ends
THRU PASSENGER A passenger who has boarded the aircraft at a previous station and remains on board at the intermediate stop to continue on the flight to its destination.
TRANSFER Flights requiring a change of aircraft at some intermediate point before arriving at the final destination. This change can be either online or interline. Also referred to as "connection".
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