Aviation is a vast universe from which we learn something new every day. Being so vast, it is made up of numerous terms that our crews use daily and are within their most used vocabulary. But maybe for you, some of these words sound like “Chinese”, while others have expanded beyond aviation and are broadly well known.
Do you want to know which words we are talking about? Let’s see how many you know!
It could be called the “kitchen” of the airplane. This is the area where food and drinks are stored and prepared on the plane. Each galley is equipped with electrical power “circuit breaks” for safety reasons. There are coffee machines, ovens and service lights.
In general, we can always find them at the rear of the plane and, in many cases, also at the front as most commercial aircrafts equip two.
Who hasn’t heard the phrase “arm ramps and cross-check”?
Every member of the crew has an assigned emergency exit and is responsible for his/her door and ramp. In case of an emergency, passengers will evacuate from there. As in almost every operation carried out onboard, the arm of the ramps must be double checked; hence the cross-check. You check both your door and your partner’s door across the street. It’s a cross check.
This is the rest area for the crew, normally only found on long-haul planes. Rest is scheduled in shifts so both cabin crew and pilots can enjoy their moments of rest on long-duration flights.
We dare to say that it is the most secret area of the planes as it is not visible to passengers.
It is a connection center with most of the routes an airline has.
Hub is an English term that refers to a center of activity, similar to what happens in computing with USB port hubs, where the connection of all the cables is concentrated in a single device. From there, the information is transmitted to many different systems.
Transferred to the aviation world, it would be an airport from where most of the routes operated by an airline are connected offering fast connections between various destinations.
Also known as the flight deck., that is, the place from where pilot and copilot control the flight.
It is made up of different screens showing flight information, as well as all the instruments and controls needed to maneuver the flight. They have evolved a lot over the years since, in the past, a flight engineer was needed within the crew.
FDR. Flight Data Recorder
Commonly known as “black box”, although it is actually orange so that it can be easily found in the event of an accident. These boxes record all the parameters of the flight and data such as altitude, flight time, etc. It has a capacity to record between 17 and 25 hours in loop. In the event of an accident, these devices emit an ultrasound signal for 30 days to make them easier to locate.
These are meteorological reports that have been used since 1968. They are issued by the airport every hour, although if there is a significant change, a new report is generated instantly.
In addition, these reports are not only for the controllers or pilots but are available to all citizens. You can access them in the AeroWeather application where reports appear in technical jargon for the pilots and “decoded” for anyone to review in a simpler manner.
Either way, at Air Europa we want to bring you a little closer to the world of aviation through these and other curiosities.
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