Glossary

Glossary

The following are some examples of aviation terminology used together with a brief explanation of their meaning.
• AFT/REAR: Back of aircraft.
• FWD/FORWARD: Front part of aircraft.
• AIR SICKNESS BAG: For use in case of air sickness.
• BULKHEAD: Partition walls inside the aircraft.
• AIRCRAFT-DISPATCHER: The person responsible for communication between ground and aircraft before departure and after landing.

• CHOCKS OFF : The actual time the wheel ( chocks wedges placed around the aircraft wheels on the ground to prevent the aircraft moving) are moved and the aircraft begins to taxi.

• CHOCKS ON: The actual time the aircraft comes to halt at the end of a sector and the chocks are placed around the wheels.

• GALLEY: The aircraft kitchen.
• LAVATORY: The aircraft toilet.
• GATE: Point of embarkation and disembarkation of customers.
• HOLDING: When an aircraft is required by ground control to maintain a flying pattern and altitude or because of heavy air traffic whilst awaiting its turn to land.

• SECTOR: The journey from take off and landing.
• LOAD SHEET: A form which shows weights and distribution of mail, cargo, fuel, catering supplies and passengers on the aircraft.

• TAX-ING: The movement of an aircraft to and from gate and the runway.
• FINGER / JETTY: Mobile mechanical link from the terminal to the aircraft door.
• DUTY FREE TROLLEY: A trolley containing duty free items.


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