Aviation Acronyms

For someone who like’s list, this one is a joy to read. All kidding aside, these will probably be on a test somewhere, so memorize them now and you will be prepared. Not wanting to be a pilot? you should still memorize them just in case you need to help a pilot. Since this originated from the Airplane Flying Handbook, I am just going in order. Enjoy.

  • A & P – Airframe and Powerplant (license)
  • ACS – Airman Certification Standards
  • ADM – Aeronautical Decision Making
  • ADs – Air worthiness Directives
  • AFM – Airplane Flight Manual
  • AFS – Flight Standards Service
  • AGL – above ground level
  • AIM – Aeronautical Information Manual (10-12-2017)
  • AOA – area of attack
  • ARTCCs – Air Route Traffic Control Centers
  • ASIs – Aviation Safety Inspectors
  • ASOS – Automated Surface Observing System
  • ATC – Air Traffic Control
  • ATIS – Automatic Terminal Information Service
  • AWOS – Automated Weather Observation System
  • BARO – Barometric Pressure (knob on electronic flight display)
  • CFI – Certified Flight Instructor
  • CFR – Code of Federal Regulations
  • CG – Center of Gravity
  • CRM – Cockpit Resource Management
  • CTAF – common traffic advisory frequency
  • CTIF – controlled flight into terrain
  • DPE – Designated Pilot Examiner
  • ELT – emergency locator transmitter
  • FAA – Federal Aviation Administration
  • FAR – Federal Aviation Regulations
  • FITS – FAA/Industry Training Standards
  • FPM – feet per minute
  • FSDO – Flight Standards District Office
  • IA – Inspection Authorization
  • INOP – inoperative
  • IRF – Instrument Flight Rules
  • KOEL – Kinds of Operation Equipment List
  • MEL – Minimum Equipment List
  • MFD – Multi-function Display
  • MSL – mean seal level
  • NAS – National Airspace System
  • NOTAMs – Notices To Airmen
  • PAVE – Pilot – Aircraft – EnVironment – External pressures
  • PFD – Primary Flight Display
  • PIC – Pilot in Command
  • PIM – Pilot’s Information Manual
  • POH – Pilot’s Operating Handbook
  • PTS – Practical Test Standards
  • RM – Risk Management
  • SLCA – Special Light Sport Aircraft
  • SRM – Single Pilot Resource Management
  • TCDS – Type Certificate Data Sheet
  • TCO – training course outline
  • TPA – Traffic Pattern Altitude
  • VFR – Visual Flight Rules
  • VMC – Visual Meterological Conditions
  • VSI – vertical speed indicator

 

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