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Quick Aviation Glossary

May 23, 2017

// Article copied from pjsgroup.com as content is not ours. We understand that some terms are confusing, so we included a quick glossary of common terms. //



We know that sometimes aviation lingo can seem like a foreign language, especially to those not very familiar with the industry. We’re hoping the brief glossary with the aviation terms below can help clear up some confusion for you when you charter your next trip.


Ad Hoc Charter – An ad hoc chartered flight is any flight that is chartered for a specific purpose on a per-trip basis.


Duty Time – A pilot’s duty time is the time spent “on duty” operating, or assisting in the operation of an aircraft. The FAA has mandated specific limits on the amount of duty time a pilot may accrue before crew rest is required.


Empty Leg – An empty leg is the portion of a chartered flight where the plane is flying without passengers. This usually occurs when the aircraft needs to reposition itself or return to its homebase. (Sometimes called a “dead head.”)


FBO – An FBO, or fixed-base operator, is an independent business operating on location at an airport and proving aviation services, like fueling the aircraft. These businesses are what are commonly thought of as the private jet terminals at smaller non-commercial airports.


RJ – An RJ is the common abbreviation for a regional jet. A regional jet is a type of short to medium range aircraft, typically carrying 40-50 passengers.


Contingency Plan – A contingency plan is a plan that takes several possible future events into account. As it relates to private aviation, this would mean having a back up plan in the event of a delay resulting from bad weather, aircraft maintenance and other deviations from the “ideal” flight plan.



Full article: www.pjsgroup.com/aviation-glossary

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