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QX terms 2

Terms used on a daily basis

QuestionAnswer
DEADHEAD the transportation of crewmembers from one point to another to position for a trip or a return to home base
DECOMPRESSION when the cabin pressurization system has failed and the atmosphere inside the aircraft equals the air outside the aircraft
DE-ICE removing ice from the wings with warm air from the engines, by inflation of boots on the leading edge of aircraft surfaces, or by chemical means
DELAY occurs when a flight operates behind schedule
DEMONSTRATION showing passengers the usage of various types of emergency equipment and/or exit locations
DESCENT the movement of an aircraft from a higher to lower altitude
DIRECT FLIGHT a flight, regardless of the normal intermediate stops which does not require a transfer to another aircraft
DISPATCH (DISP) Licensed operators who have the responsibility of scheduling and monitoring all aircraft and crew
DITCHING term used for water landing and evacuation of an aircraft
DOMICLE An airline crew base
DON to put on
DRAFT mandatory assignment of an FA to duty on a day off
DUTY TIME the time an FA is on duty. duty time begins one hour prior to scheduled departure time of the first flight of a flying sequence and extends to 15 minutes after the termination of the last flight of a flying sequence
EGRESS to go out or exit
EMPENNAGE the tail assembly of the aircraft
EN ROUTE in flight when you are on or along the way
EQUIPMENT aircraft
EVACUATION the emergency movement of passengers from the aircraft using all available exits
FLIGHT ATTENDANT a qualified individual assigned by the company to perform all duties required by the FAA in the cabin of the aircraft
FA INFORMATION FILE contains pertinent information and must be read before each scheduled trip
FLIGHT CREW INFORMATION FILE contains pilot information
FEATHERED PROP when the propeller blade turns so the leading edge is into the wind. this reduces drag or wind resistance making it easier to fly the aircraft with an engine inoperative
FERRY FLIGHT a flight with no passengers or cargo on board which is made to position an aircraft for a flight or to get at its home base
FIRST OFFICER pilot in the right seat
FLIGHT CREW MEMBER FAA term used for pilots
FLIGHTDECK (cockpit) the area from which the aircraft is flown
FLIGHT PLAN a predetermined plan to be followed during flight based on the latest info available on the route. Submitted to ATC prior to takeoff
FLIGHT SCHEDULE computerized timetable located on the alaskaair website
FOREWARD toward the front of the aircraft
FUSELAGE the main structure or central section of an airplane that houses the crew and passengers
GALLEY the area used for food storage and service preperation
GATE a holding area where passengers wait prior to boarding the aircraft
GEAR the landing gear
GOLDSTREAK counter to counter, small package service provided by AA
GROUND SPEED the speed of an aircraft, or flight, measured by the distance it travels over the ground taking wing velocity into account
HANGER a building where aircraft is housed
HEADWIND a wind blowing in such a direction that the principle effect is to reduce the ground speed of an airplane in flight
HOLDING a predetermined maneuver that keeps an aircraft within a specific air space while waiting to descend (circling to land)
HUBS connecting terminals that are served by commuter and major airlines
INSTRUMENT FLIGHT RULES (IFR) flying by instruments only due to weather
INITIAL OPERATING EXPERIENCE (IOE) the time an FA trainee will fly under the supervision of an inflight trainer
INBOARD nearest to the aisle
INCOMING CREW the crew from an incoming flight
INFANT passenger less than 2
INFLIGHT INSTRUCTOR an FA that performs initial, recurrent, and other ground school instruction, providing coaching and guidance
INFLIGHT READ FILE (IRF) contains items that do not have a direct operational impact, not required but encouraged reads
INFLIGHT TRAINER an FA that performs the IOE training of a new hire
INFLIGHT TRAINING AND COMPLIANCE SPECIALIST a full time specialist that performs classroom instruction and training support for FA. they also provide guidance and coaching to all FA's through check rides
INOPERATIVE (INOP) not working
INTERMEDIATE STOP a stop at a city between the originating and termination points of a flight
INTERPHONE the phone used to speak to the flightdeck or FA's on the aircraft
INSTANT TRAVEL MACHINE (ITM) check in kiosk
JUMPSEAT a collapsible seat for crewmembers or authorized observers
LAYOVER crew rest break between flight assignments
LEG OF FLIGHT a portion of a flight series between stops
LOGO company emblem
MAIN CABIN DOOR (MCD) the aircraft door primarily used for passenger boarding and deplaning
MINIMUM CREW the smallest number of FA crewmembers required by the FAA (1 FA to 50 passengers)
MONITOR to watch, check, or keep track of
MOVEMENT ON THE SURFACE the movement of an aircraft on the surface of the airport, including pushback, towing and taxi
NON-STOP FLIGHT non stop between destinations
NON-REVENUE (NON-REV) a passenger traveling on a pass or reduced rate ticket
NO SHOW (NS) a passenger who has a confirmed reservation, no shows and doesn't cancel
OFFICIAL AIRLINE GUIDE a listing of all scheduled airline schedules
ON-LINE FLIGHT ATTENDANT an FA actively working on a schedule
ON-LINE STATION cities that are served on a regularly scheduled basis
OPERATIONS (OPS) an office located at all on-line airport stations where crews obtain necessary flight info
ORIGINATING FLIGHT a flight that is just beginning with a new flight number
OUTBOARD furthest from the aisle
OUTBOUND CREW the crew leaving on a flight
PASSENGER any person occupying a passenger seat in the cabin
PER DIEM monies allotted crew members to cover meal costs while away from their home base
PHOTO LUMINESCENT LIGHTING lighting system on or near the floor to help guide passengers to exits in a darkened cabin
PILOT the person who operates the controls of an airplane
PITOT TUBE instrument located on outside of the fuselage used to indicate airspeed. it is heated and remains very hot to the touch
PLACARD an informational sign designating the location of, or use of emergency or exits
POSITIVE SPACE PASSENGER paying passenger
PREFLIGHT to check, test and prepare for use of an aircraft engine or other piece of equipment prior to flight
PRESSURIZATION air that is compressed by the engines and fed into the cabin to maintain a lower cabin altitude than the aircraft is actually flying
PROMOTION an event or activity which is used to increase company sales, service, or visibility
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS public address system on board an aircraft
PUSHBACK the means by moving an aircraft from a gate for departure
QUICK TURN (QT) procedures followed to reduce the ground time of an aircraft when the flight is behind schedule
RADAR electronic device that sends impulses out ahead to determine weather conditions
RAMP/TARMAC the area in front of the terminal where the aircraft is parked
REMAIN OVERNIGHT (RON) a flying sequence which will keep a crewmember away from his/her base overnight
RESET return to a normal position
ROUTE SYSTEM the area in which an airline flies on a regular basis
RUNWAY concrete road for aircraft take off and landing
SEAT ASSIGNMENT specific seats assigned to passengers
SECURE to lock up of prepare for locking up
SENIORITY length of service with QX
STAR FLIGHT the first flight of the day for each aircraft
STATION MANAGER a person in charge of all station functions within his/her station
STERILE FLIGHTDECK(COCKPIT) regulation that prohibits crewmembers from performing any duties during a critical phase of flight except those required for safe operation of the airplane
STOW to store or place
TAIL WIND a wind blowing from such a direction that the principle effect is to advance the ground speed of an airplane in flight
TAXI the movement of an airplane under its own power on the surface of the airport
THRU PASSENGER a passenger traveling beyond the first stopping point of a flight
TOPS reported top of cloud layer, or overcast
TRIP PAIRING a series of flights that are grouped together to make up a flying sequence
TURBULENCE a weather condition causing a bumpy ride, classified in categories
TURN a flight on which an FA leaves and returns to his/her domicile without a layover
UNACCOMPANIED MINOR (UM) a child 5-12 who is traveling alone
VISUAL FLIGHT RULES (VFR) weather conditions that permit operation of the aircraft by use of visual reference to the ground
WALK AROUND the exterior inspection of the aircraft by a flight crewmember done during preflight and after each landing
WEIGHT AND BALANCE the placement of passenger and cargo on an aircraft to keep it in balance
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