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THE AVIATION GLOSSARY
Airfoil - Reynolds Wrap for manufacturing aircraft wings.
Airspeed - Speed of an airplane. Deduct 25% when
listening to a Navy pilot.
Angle of Attack - Pick-up lines that pilots use.
Arresting Gear - A Policeman's equipment.
Bank - The folks who hold the lien on most pilots' cars.
Barrel Roll - Sport enjoyed at squadron picnics, usually after
the barrels are empty.
Carburetor Icing - A phenomenon happening to Aero club pilots
at exactly the same time they run out of gas.
Cone of Confusion - An area about the size of New Jersey located
near the final approach beacon at an airport.
Crab - The squadron Ops. Officer.
Dead Reckoning - You reckon correctly, or you are.
Engine Failure - A condition which occurs when all fuel tanks
become filled with air.
Firewall - Section of the aircraft specially designed to let
heat and smoke enter the cockpit.
Glide Distance - Half the distance from an airplane to the
nearest emergency landing field.
Hydroplane - An airplane designed to land on a wet runway,
20,000 feet long.
IFR - A method of flying by needle and ripcord.
Lean Mixture - Non-alcoholic beer.
Motor - Word used by student pilots and Yankees when
referring to the engine.
Nanosecond - Time delay built into the stall warning system.
Parasitic Drag - A pilot who bums a ride back and complains
about the service.
Range - Usually about 30 miles beyond the point where all
fuel tanks fill with air.
Rich Mixture - What you order at the other guy's promotion
Roger - Used when you're not sure what else to say.
Roll - The first design priority for a fully loaded KC-135A.
Service Ceiling - Altitude at which cabin crews can serve drinks.
Spoilers - The Federal Aviation Administration.
Stall - Technique used to explain to the bank why your car
payment is late.
Steep Bank - Banks that charge pilots more than 10% interest.
Tactics - What a clock sounds like when it needs fixing.
Tail Wind - Results from eating beans, often causing Oxygen
deficiency in the immediate vicinity.
Turn & Bank Indicator - An instrument highly ignored by pilots.
Useful Load - Volumetric capacity of the aircraft,
disregarding weight of cargo.
Up - A chant used by pilots taking off from Colorado Springs,
who want to discover the meaning of life.
VOR - Radio navigation aid, named after the VORtex effect
of pilots trying to home in on it.
Windsocks - Socks that need darning.
Yankee - Any pilot that asks Houston tower to "Say again".
Zero - Style and artistry points earned for a gear-up landing.
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