Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Air Travel Terminology

Air Travel Terminology

Terminology is the system of terms belonging or peculiar to a science, art, or specialized subject. I am interested in one day going into an aviation career so I decided to look up terminology for aviation for my assignment. I would like to share the terminology that I have found with you. I have found the definition and have written an example sentence to help you better understand the words.

Transcontinental- Spanning across a single continent.

Ex: I took a transcontinental flight from Los Angles, California to Miami, Florida.

Jet lag- A physiological condition caused by the disorientation of a person's biological clock due to travel across several time zones. Characterized by irritability, lethargy, insomnia, and other symptoms.

Ex: The jet lag from my flight across two time zones made me really tired.

Hub- A city or an airport in which an airline has major operations and many gates.

Ex: Frontier Airlines' hub is located at Denver International Airport in Denver, Colorado. It has its own terminal to itself.

Frequent flyer- A person who flies frequently. Specifically, a person who is enrolled in an airline's frequent flyer program.

Ex: The businessman has a frequent flyer card because he travels so much with work.

Air traffic controller- Person in the control tower of an airport charged with monitoring and directing the takeoff and landing of planes.

Ex: The air traffic controller directed the plane to the wrong runway so the plane had to turn around causing a big jam at the runway.

Actual flying time- Total time spent in the air, as opposed to scheduled flight time or time spent waiting on the ground.

Ex: The ticket says one time that will be arriving but the actual flying time is is shorter because it doesn't count the time on the ground and taxiing.

Aerotropolis- A combined airport and urban center, purposely designed with the airport as the central feature and reason for its existence.

Ex: Some people consider DIA an aerotropolis because it's an airport and it has shops and restaurants.

Jetway- An enclosed gangway that provides access from the terminal to an aircraft.

Ex: To board the plane the people had to walk across the jetway.

Screener- Any person tasked with examining passengers, passenger documents, or baggage at an airport or other transportation terminal.

Ex: As you enter the terminal you will be checked by a screener to see if you have any weapons or things not allowed on the plane.

Skycap- A baggage carrier or porter at an airport.

Ex: The skycap took my baggage from the bus to the check-in desk.

Taxiway- A right of way at an airport used by planes to get to and from the runway.

Ex: An airplane takes the taxiway from the terminal to the runway so it can takeoff.

Tilt-wing- Of an aircraft, having wings that can be rotated so as to facilitate landing or taking off in short distances.

Ex: The pilot misjudged the runway so he had to use the tilt-wing to get the plane to lift off faster.

Aircraft Stand- A parking area for aircraft at an airport.

Ex: The airplane parked at the aircraft stand to wait for the terminal to open up.

Travolator- A moving sidewalk, sometimes used in airports.

Ex: To travel within an airport for longer distances people can use the moving pathway called a travolator.

Turbulence- Rough, sometimes violent, atmospheric conditions encountered by airplanes.

Ex: When flying you enter turbulence from the clouds and wind causing the plane to shake.

Hidden-city ploy- A stratagem used to get a lower airfare when the fare for a flight from A to C with a stop in B is cheaper than a fare directly from A to B. The passenger who wants to travel to B, buys a ticket from A to C and then gets off at B. Considered unethical by airlines and many travel agencies.

Ex: The passenger thought he could get away with hidden-city ploy by buying a ticket to Memphis from Denver with a connecting flight in Las Vegas and getting off in Las Vegas as his original plan.

Gate- Area in an airport where passengers board an airplane.

Ex: The passenger needed to get to gate B-27 so she could board the plane.

Flight number- A unique alphanumerical designator that identifies a specific airplane's journey from one destination to another in a single direction, sometimes with intermediate stops.

Ex: I took flight number S774 to Jamaica and flight number S778 back to Denver.

Flight deck- On a commercial airliner, the cockpit of the airplane.

Ex: Sometimes passengers can go and see the flight deck, or the cockpit, of the plane.

Airport codes- Three-letter codes used to uniquely identify all airports.
The airport code for Denver International Airport is DIA and the airport code for Las Vegas McCarran International Airport is LAS.

Travel Industry Dictionary." Travel Industry Dictionary. Ed. The Intrepid Traveler. The Intrepid Traveler, 2009. Web. 7 Dec. 2009. .

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