The list is provided for use as a base from which everybody can develop their knowledge of aviation english.
Note- Throughout the text of this document the term “service" is used as an abstract noun to designate functions, or service rendered; the term "unit" is used to designate a collective body performing a service.
Accepting unit/controller. Air traffic control unit/air traffic controller next to take control of an aircraft.
Note- See definition of “transferring unit/controller".
Advisory airspace. An airspace of defined dimensions, or designated route, within which air traffic advisory service is available.
Advisory route. A designated route along which air traffic advisory service is available.
Note- Air traffic control service provides a much more complete service than air traffic advisory service; advisory areas and routes are therefore not established within controlled airspace, but air traffic advisory service may be provided below and above control areas.
Aerodrome. A defined area on land or water including any buildings, installations and equipment intended to be used either wholly or in part for the arrival, departure and surface movement of aircraft.
Note- The term "aerodrome" where used in the provisions relating to flight plans and ATS messages is intended to cover also sites other than aerodromes which may be used by certain types of aircraft, e.g. helicopters or balloons.
Aerodrome control service. Air traffic control service for aerodrome traffic.
Aerodrome control tower. A unit established to provide air traffic control service to aerodrome traffic.
Aerodrome elevation. The elevation of the highest point of the landing area.
Aerodrome taxi circuit. The specified path of aircraft on the manoeuvring area during specific wind conditions.
Aerodrome traffic. All traffic on the manoeuvring area of an aerodrome and all aircraft flying in the vicinity of an aerodrome.
Note- An aircraft is in the vicinity of an aerodrome when it is in, entering or leaving an aerodrome traffic circuit.
Aerodrome traffic circuit. The specified path to be flown by aircraft operating in the vicinity of an aerodrome.
Aeronautical fixed service (AFS). A telecommunication service between specified fixed points provided primarily for the safety of air navigation and for the regular, efficient and economical operation of air services.
Aeronautical fixed station. A station in the aeronautical fixed service.
Aeronautical ground light Any light specially provided as an aid to air navigation, other than a light displayed on an aircraft.
Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP). A publication issued by or with the authority of a State and containing aeronautical information of a lasting character essential to air navigation.
Aeronautical mobile service. A mobile service between aeronautical stations and aircraft stations, or between aircraft stations, in which survival craft stations may participate; emergency position‑indicating radio beacon stations may also participate in this service on designated distress and emergency frequencies.
Aeronautical station. A land station in the aeronautical mobile service. In certain instances, an aeronautical station may be located, for example, on board ship or on a platform at sea.
Aeronautical telecommunication service. A telecommunication service provided for any aeronautical purpose.
Aeronautical telecommunication station. A station in the aeronautical telecommunication service.
Airborne collision avoidance system (ACAS). An aircraft system based on secondary surveillance radar (SSR) transponder signals which operates independently of ground‑based equipment to provide advice to the pilot on potential conflicting aircraft that are equipped with SSR transponders.
Aircraft. Any machine that can derive support in the atmosphere from the reactions of the air other than the reactions of the air against the earth's surface.
Aircraft identification. A group of letters, figures or a combination thereof which is either identical to, or the coded equivalent of, the aircraft call sign to be used in air‑ground communications, and which is used to identify the aircraft in ground‑ground air traffic services communications.
Aircraft observation. The evaluation of one or more meteorological elements made from an aircraft in flight.
Aircraft proximity. A situation in which, in the opinion of a pilot or air traffic services personnel, the distance between aircraft as well as their relative positions and speed have been such that the safety of the aircraft involved may have been compromised. An aircraft proximity is classified as follows:
Risk of collision. The risk classification of an aircraft proximity in which serious risk of collision has existed.
Safety not assured. The risk classification of an aircraft Air proximity in which the safety of the aircraft may have been compromised.
No risk of collision. The risk classification of an aircraft proximity in which no risk of collision has existed.
Risk not determined: The risk classification of an aircraft proximity in which insufficient information was available to determine the risk involved, or inconclusive or conflicting evidence precluded such determination.
Air-ground communication. Two-way communication between aircraft and stations or locations on the surface of the earth.
Air-ground control radio station. An aeronautical telecommunication station having primary responsibility for handling communications pertaining to the operation and control of aircraft in a given area.
AIRMET information. Information issued by a meteorological watch office concerning the occurrence or expected occurrence of specified en-route weather phenomena which may affect the safety of low-level aircraft operations and which was not already included in the forecast issued for low-level flights in the flight information region concerned or sub-area thereof.
AIRPROX. The code word used in an air traffic incident report to designate aircraft proximity.
Air-report. A report from an aircraft in flight prepared in conformity with requirements for position, and operational and/or meteorological reporting.
Air-taxiing. Movement of a helicopter/VTOL above the surface of an aerodrome, normally in ground effect and at a ground speed normally less than 37km/h (20kt).
Note- The actual height may vary, and some helicopters may require air-taxiing above 8 m (25ft) AGL to reduce ground effect turbulence or provide clearance for cargo slingloads.
Air-to-ground communication. One-way communication from aircraft to stations or locations on the surface of the earth.
Air traffic. All aircraft in flight or operating on the manoeuvring area of an aerodrome.
Air traffic advisory service. A service provided within advisory airspace to ensure separation, in so far as practical, between aircraft which are operating on IFR flight plans.
Air traffic control clearance. Authorization for an aircraft to proceed under conditions specified by an air traffic control unit.
Note 1‑ For convenience, the term "air traffic control clearance" is frequently abbreviated to "clearance" when used in appropriate contexts.
Note 2- the abbreviated term "clearance" may be prefixed by the words "taxi", "take-off", "departure", "en-route", "approach" or "landing" to indicate the particular portion of flight to which the air traffic control clearance relates.
Air traffic control instruction. Directives issued by air traffic control for the purpose of requiring a pilot to take a specific action.
Air traffic control service. A service provided for the purpose of:
a) preventing collisions:
1) between aircraft, and
2) on the manoeuvring area between aircraft and obstructions; and
b) expediting and maintaining an orderly flow of air traffic.
Air traffic control unit. A generic term meaning variously, area control centre, approach control office or aerodrome control tower.
Air traffic service. A generic term meaning variously, flight information service, alerting service, air traffic advisory service, air traffic control service (area control service, approach control service or aerodrome control service).
Air traffic services airspaces. Airspaces of defined dimensions, alphabetically designated, within which specific types of flights may operate and for which air traffic services and rules of operation are specified.
Note- ATS airspaces are classified as Class A to G as shown in ICAO Annex 11, Appendix 4.
Air traffic services reporting office. A unit established for the purpose of receiving reports concerning air traffic services and flight plans submitted before departure.
Note- An air traffic services reporting office may be established as a separate unit or combined with an existing unit, such as another air traffic services unit, or a unit of the aeronautical information service.
Air traffic services unit. A generic term meaning variously, air traffic control unit, flight information centre or air traffic services reporting office.
Airway. A control area or portion thereof established in the form of a corridor equipped with radio navigation aids.
ALERFA. The code word used to designate an alert phase.
Alerting service. A service provided to notify appropriate organizations regarding aircraft in need of search and rescue aid, and assist such organizations as required.
Alert phase. A situation wherein apprehension exists as to the safety of an aircraft and its occupants.
Allocation, allocate. Distribution of frequencies, SSR Codes, etc. to a State, unit or service. Distribution of 24-bit aircraft addresses to a State or common mark registering authority.
Alphanumeric characters (alphanumerics). A collective term for letters and figures (digits).
Alternate aerodrome. An aerodrome to which an aircraft may proceed when it becomes either impossible or inadvisable to proceed to or to land at the aerodrome of intended landing. Alternate aerodromes include the following:
Take-off alternate. An alternate aerodrome at which an aircraft can land should this become necessary shortly after take-off and it is not possible to use the aerodrome of departure.
En-route alternate. An aerodrome at which an aircraft would be able to land after experiencing an abnormal or emergency condition while en-route.
Destination alternate. An alternate aerodrome to which an aircraft may proceed should it become either impossible or inadvisable to land at the aerodrome of intended landing.
Note- The aerodrome from which a flight departs may also be an en-route or a destination alternate aerodrome for that flight.
Altitude. The vertical distance of a level, a point or an object considered as a point, measured from mean sea level.
Approach control office. A unit established to provide air traffic control service to controlled flights arriving at, or departing from, one or more aerodromes.
Approach control service. Air traffic control service for arriving or departing controlled flights.
Approach funnel. A specified airspace around a nominal approach path within which an aircraft approaching to land is considered to be making a normal approach.
Approach sequence. The order in which two or more aircraft are cleared to approach to land at the aerodrome.
Appropriate ATS authority. The relevant authority designated by the State responsible for providing air traffic services in the airspace concerned.
a) Regarding flight over the high seas: the relevant authority of the State of
b) Regarding flight other than over the high seas: the relevant authority of the State having sovereignty over the territory being overflown.
Apron. A defined area, on a land aerodrome, intended to accommodate aircraft for purposes of loading or unloading passengers, mail or cargo, fuelling, parking or maintenance.
Area control centre. A unit established to provide air traffic control service to controlled flights in control areas under its jurisdiction.
Area control service. Air traffic control service for controlled flights in control areas.
Area navigation (RNAV). A method of navigation which permits aircraft operation on any desired flight path within the coverage of station-referenced navigation aids or within the limits of the capability of self-contained aids, or a combination of these.
Area navigation route. An ATS route established for the use of aircraft capable of employing area navigation.
Assignment, assign. Distribution of frequencies to stations. Distribution of SSR Codes or 24-bit aircraft addresses to aircraft.
ATIS. Automatic terminal information service.
ATS route. A specified route designed for channeling the flow of traffic as necessary for the provision of air traffic services.
Note- The term "ATS route" is used to mean variously, airway, advisory route, controlled or uncontrolled route, arrival or departure route, etc.
Automatic dependent surveillance (ADS). A surveillance technique in which aircraft automatically provide, via a data link, data derived from on-board navigation and position-fixing systems, including aircraft identification, four-dimensional position and additional data as appropriate.
Automatic terminal information service. The provision of current, routine information to arriving and departing aircraft by means of continuous and repetitive broadcasts throughout the day or a specified portion of the day.
Base turn. A turn executed by the aircraft during the initial approach between the end of the outbound track and the beginning of the intermediate or final approach track. The tracks are not reciprocal.
Note- Base turns may be designated as being made either in level flight or while descending, according to the circumstances of each individual procedure.
Blind transmission. A transmission from one station to another station in circumstances where two-way communication cannot be established but where it is believed that the called station is able to receive the transmission.
Broadcast A transmission of information relating to air navigation that is not addressed to a specific station or stations.
Ceiling. The height above the ground or water of the base of the lowest layer of cloud below 6,000m (20,000ft) covering more than half the sky.
Clearance limit The point to which an aircraft is granted an air traffic control clearance.
Code (SSR). The number assigned to a particular multiple pulse reply signal transmitted by a transponder in Mode A or Mode C.
Computer. A device which performs sequences of arithmetical and logical steps upon data without human intervention.
Note- When the word "computer" is used in this document it may denote a computer complex, which includes one or more computers and peripheral equipment.
Control area. A controlled airspace extending upwards from a specified limit above the earth.
Controlled aerodrome. An aerodrome at which air traffic control service is provided to aerodrome traffic.
Note- The term "controlled aerodrome" indicates that air traffic control service is provided to aerodrome traffic but does not necessarily imply that a control zone exists.
Controlled airspace. An airspace of defined dimensions within which air traffic control service is provided to IFR flights and to VFR flights in accordance with the airspace classification.
Note- Controlled airspace is a generic term which covers ATS airspace Classes A, B, C D and E as shown in ICAO Annex 11, Appendix 4.
Controlled flight. Any flight which is subject to an air traffic control clearance.
Control zone. A controlled airspace extending upwards from the surface of the earth to a specified upper limit.
Cruise climb. An aeroplane cruising technique resulting in a net increase in altitude as the aeroplane mass decreases.
Cruising level. A level maintained during a significant portion of a flight.
Current flight plan. The flight plan, including changes, if any, brought about by subsequent clearances.
Note- When the word "message" is used as a suffix to this term, it denotes the content and format of the current flight plan data sent from one unit to another.
Data convention. An agreed set of rules governing the manner or sequence in which a set of data may be combined into a meaningful communication.
Data processing. A systematic sequence of operations performed on data.
Note- Examples of operations are the merging, sorting, computing or any other transformation or rearrangement with the object of extracting or revising information, or of altering the representation of information.
Decision altitude (DA) or decision height (DH). A specified altitude or height in the precision approach at which a missed approach must be initiated if the required visual reference to continue the approach has not been established.
Note 1‑ Decision altitude (DA) is referenced to mean sea level and decision height (DH) is referenced to the threshold elevation
Note 2- The required visual reference means that section of the visual aids or of the approach area which should have been in view for sufficient time for the pilot to have made an assessment of the aircraft position and rate of change of position, in relation to the desired flight path. In
Note 3-For convenience where both expressions are used they may be written in the form "decision altitude/height" and abbreviated "DA/H".
Dependent parallel approaches. Simultaneous approaches to parallel or near-parallel instrument runways where radar separation minima between aircraft on adjacent extended runway centre lines are prescribed.
DETRESFA. The code word used to designate a distress phase.
Discrete code. A four-digit SSR Code with the last two digits not being “00”.
Distress phase. A situation wherein there is reasonable certainty that an aircraft and its occupants are threatened by grave and imminent danger or require immediate assistance.
Elevation. The vertical distance of a point or a level, on or affixed to the surface of the earth, measured from mean sea level.
Emergency phase. A generic term meaning, as the case may be, uncertainty phase, alert phase or distress phase.
Estimated elapsed time. The estimated time required to proceed from one significant point to another.
Estimated off-block time. The estimated time at which the aircraft will commence movement associated with departure.
Estimated time of arrival. For IFR flights, the time at which it is estimated that the aircraft will arrive over that designated point, defined by reference to navigation aids, from which it is intended that an instrument approach procedure will be commenced, or, if no navigation aid is associated with the aerodrome, the time at which the aircraft will arrive over the aerodrome. For VFR flights, the time at which it is estimated that the aircraft will arrive over the aerodrome.
Expected approach time. The time at which ATC expects that an arriving aircraft, following a delay, will leave the holding point to complete its approach for a landing.
Note- The actual time of leaving the holding point will depend upon the approach clearance.
Filed flight plan. The flight plan as filed with an ATS unit by the pilot or a designated representative, without any subsequent changes.
Note- When the word "message" is used as a suffix to this term, it denotes the content and format of the filed flight plan data as transmitted.
Final approach. That part of an instrument approach procedure which commences at the specified final approach fix or point, or where such a fix or point is not specified,
a) at the end of the last procedure turn, base turn or inbound turn of a racetrack procedure, if specified; or
b) at the point of interception of the last track specified in the approach procedure; and ends at a point in the vicinity of an aerodrome from which:
1) a landing can be made; or
2) a missed approach procedure is initiated.
Flight crew member. A licensed crew member charged with duties essential to the operation of an aircraft during flight time.
Flight information centre. A unit established to provide flight information service and alerting service.
Flight information region. An airspace of defined dimensions within which flight information service and alerting service are provided.
Flight information service. A service provided for the purpose of giving advice and information useful for the safe and efficient conduct of flights.
Flight level. A surface of constant atmospheric pressure which is related to a specific pressure datum, 1013.2 hPa, and is separated from other such surfaces by specific pressure intervals.
Note 1 A pressure type altimeter calibrated in accordance with the Standard Atmosphere:
a) when set to a QNH altimeter setting, will indicate altitude;
b) when set to QFE altimeter setting, will indicate height above the QFE reference datum;
c) when set to a pressure of 1013.2 hPa, may be used to indicate flight levels.
Note 2 The terms "height" and "altitude", used in Note 1 above, indicate altimetric rather than geometric heights and altitudes.
Flight plan. Specified information provided to air traffic services units, relative to an intended flight or portion of a flight of an aircraft.
Note- Specifications for flight plans are contained in ICAO Annex 2. A Model Flight Plan Form is contained in Appendix 2 ICAO Doc 4444.
Flight status. An indication of whether a given aircraft requires special handling by air traffic services units or not.
Flight visibility. The visibility forward from the cockpit of an aircraft in flight.
Flow control. Measures designed to adjust the flow of traffic into a given airspace, along a given route, or bound for a given aerodrome, so as to ensure the most effective utilization of the airspace.
Forecast. A statement of expected meteorological conditions for a specified time or period, and for a specified area or portion of airspace.
Glide path. A descent profile determined for vertical guidance during a final approach.
Ground effect. A condition of improved performance (lift) due to the interference of the surface with the airflow pattern of the rotor system when a helicopter or other VTOL aircraft is operating near the ground.
Note- Rotor efficiency is increased by ground effect to a height of about one rotor diameter for most helicopters.
Ground-to-air communication. One-way communication from stations or locations on the surface of the earth to aircraft.
Ground visibility. The visibility at an aerodrome, as reported by an accredited observer.
Heading. The direction in which the longitudinal axis of an aircraft is pointed, usually expressed in degrees from North (true, magnetic, compass or grid).
Height. The vertical distance of a level, a point or an object considered as a point, measured from a specified datum.
Holding point. A specified location, identified by visual or other means, in the vicinity of which the position of an aircraft in flight is maintained in accordance with air traffic control clearances.
Holding procedure. A predetermined manoeuvre which keeps an aircraft within a specified airspace while awaiting further clearance.
IFR. The symbol used to designate the instrument flight rules.
IFR flight. The instrument flight rules.
IMC. Instrument meteorological conditions.
INCERFA. The code word used to designate an uncertainty phase.
Independent parallel approaches. Simultaneous approaches to parallel or near-parallel instrument runways where radar separation minima between aircraft on adjacent extended runway centre lines are not prescribed.
Independent parallel departures. Simultaneous departures from parallel or near-parallel instrument runways.
Initial approach segment That segment of an instrument approach procedure between the initial approach fix and the intermediate approach fix or, where applicable, the final approach fix or point.
Instrument approach procedure. A series of predetermined manoeuvres by reference to flight instruments with specified protection from obstacles from the initial approach fix, or where applicable, from the beginning of a defined arrival route to a point from which a landing can be completed and thereafter, if a landing is not completed, to a position at which holding or en-route obstacle clearance criteria apply.
Instrument meteorological conditions. Meteorological conditions expressed in terms of visibility, distance from cloud, and ceiling, less than the minima specified for visual meteorological conditions.
Note 1 The specified minima for visual meteorological conditions are contained in Chapter 4 of ICAO Annex 2.
Note 2-In a control zone, a VFR flight may proceed under instrument meteorological conditions if and as authorized by air traffic control.
Landing area. That part of a movement area intended for the landing or take-off of aircraft.
Level. A generic term relating to the vertical position of an aircraft in flight and meaning variously, height, altitude or flight level.
Location indicator. A four-letter code group formulated in accordance with rules prescribed by ICAO and assigned to the location of an aeronautical fixed station.
Manoeuvring area. That part of an aerodrome to be used for the take-off, landing and taxiing of aircraft, excluding aprons.
Meteorological information. Meteorological report, analysis, forecast, and any other statement relating to existing or expected meteorological conditions.
Meteorological office. An office designated to provide meteorological service for international air navigation.
Meteorological report. A statement of observed meteorological conditions related to a specified time and location.
Minimum fuel. The term used to describe a situation in which an aircraft's fuel supply has reached a state where little or no delay can be accepted.
Note- This is not an emergency situation but merely indicates that an emergency situation is possible, should any undue delay occur.
Missed approach procedure. The procedure to be followed if the approach cannot be continued.
Mode (SSR). The conventional identifier related to specific functions of the interrogation signals transmitted by an SSR interrogator.
Movement area. That part of an aerodrome to be used for the take-off, landing and taxiing of aircraft, consisting of the manoeuvring area and the apron(s).
Near-parallel runways. Non-intersecting runways whose extended centre lines have an angle of convergence/divergence of 15 degrees or less.
Non-radar separation. The separation used when aircraft position information is derived from sources other than radar.
Normal operating zone (NOZ). Airspace of defined dimensions extending to either side of an ILS localizer course and/or MLS final approach track. Only the inner half of the normal operating zone is taken into account in independent parallel approaches.
NOTAM. A notice distributed by means of telecommunication containing information concerning the establishment, condition or change in any aeronautical facility, service, procedure or hazard, the timely knowledge of which is essential to personnel concerned with flight operations.
No transgression zone (NTZ). In the context of independent parallel approaches, a corridor of airspace of defined dimensions located centrally between the two extended runway centre lines, where a penetration by an aircraft requires a controller intervention to manoeuvre any threatened aircraft on the adjacent approach.
The lowest altitude or the lowest height above the elevation of the relevant runway threshold or the aerodrome elevation as applicable, used in establishing compliance with appropriate obstacle clearance criteria.
Note 1‑ Obstacle clearance altitude is referenced to mean sea level and obstacle clearance height is referenced to the threshold elevation or in the case of non-precision approaches to the aerodrome elevation or the threshold elevation if that is more than 2 m (7 ft) below the aerodrome elevation. An obstacle clearance height for a circling approach is referenced to the aerodrome elevation.
Note 2-For convenience when both expressions are used they may be written in the form "obstacle clearance altitude/height" and abbreviated “OCA/H”.
Operational control. The exercise of authority over the initiation, continuation, diversion or termination of a flight in the interest of the safety of the aircraft and the regularity and efficiency of the flight.
Operator. A person, organization or enterprise engaged in or offering to engage in an aircraft operation.
Pilot-in-command. The pilot responsible for the operation and safety of the aircraft during flight time.
Precision approach radar (PAR). Primary radar equipment used to determine the position of an aircraft during final approach, in terms of lateral and vertical deviations relative to a nominal approach path, and in range relative to touchdown.
Note- Precision approach radars are designated to enable pilots of aircraft to be given guidance by radio communication during the final stages of the approach to land.
Pressure-altitude. An atmospheric pressure expressed in terms of altitude which corresponds to that pressure in the Standard Atmosphere. (As defined in ICAO Annex 8).
Primary radar. A radar system which uses reflected radio signals.
Primary surveillance radar (PSR). A surveillance radar system which uses reflected radio signals.
Procedure turn. A manoeuvre in which a turn is made away from a designated track followed by a turn in the opposite direction to permit the aircraft to intercept and proceed along the reciprocal of the designated track.
Note 1‑ Procedure turns are designated "left" or "right” according to the direction of the initial turn.
Note 2- Procedure turns may be designated as being made either in level flight or while descending, according to the circumstances of each individual procedure.
Profile. The orthogonal projection of a flight path or portion thereof on the vertical surface containing the nominal track.
PSR blip. The visual indication, in non-symbolic form, on a radar display of the position of an aircraft obtained by primary radar.
Radar. A radio detection device which provides information on range, azimuth and/or elevation of objects.
Radar approach. An approach in which the final approach phase is executed under the direction of a radar controller.
Radar clutter. The visual indication on a radar display of unwanted signals.
Radar contact. The situation which exists when the radar position of a particular aircraft is seen and identified on a radar display.
Radar control. Term used to indicate that radar-derived information is employed directly in the provision of air traffic control service.
Radar controller. A qualified air traffic controller holding a radar rating appropriate to the functions to which he is assigned.
Radar display. An electronic display of radar-derived information depicting the position and movement of aircraft.
Radar identification. The situation which exists when the radar position of a particular aircraft is seen on a radar display and positively identified by the air traffic controller.
Radar map. Information superimposed on a radar display to provide ready indication of selected features.
Radar monitoring. The use of radar for the purpose of providing aircraft with information and advice relative to significant deviations from nominal flight path, including deviations from the terms of their air traffic control clearances.
Radar position indication (RPI). The visual indication, in non-symbolic and/or symbolic form, on a radar display of the position of an aircraft obtained by primary and/or secondary surveillance radar.
Radar position symbol (RPS). The visual indication, in symbolic form, on a radar display, of the position of an aircraft obtained after automatic processing of positional data derived from primary and/or secondary surveillance radar.
Radar separation. The separation used when aircraft position information is derived from radar sources.
Radar service. Term used to indicate a service provided directly by means of radar.
Radar track position. An extrapolation of aircraft position by the computer based upon radar information and used by the computer for tracking purposes.
Note- In some cases, information other than radar derived information is used to assist the tracking processes.
Radar unit. That element of an air traffic services unit which uses radar equipment to provide one or more services.
Radar vectoring. Provision of navigational guidance to aircraft in the form of specific headings, based on the use of radar.
Receiving unit/controller. Air traffic services unit/air traffic controller to which a message is sent.
Note- See definition of "sending unit/controller".
Repetitive flight plan (RPL). A flight plan related to a series of frequently recurring, regularly operated individual flights with identical basic features, submitted by an operator for retention and repetitive use by ATS units.
Reporting point A specified geographical location in relation to which the position of an aircraft can be reported.
Required navigation performance (RNP). A statement of the navigation performance accuracy necessary for operation within a defined airspace.
Rescue co-ordination centre. A unit responsible for promoting efficient organization of search and rescue service and for co-ordinating the conduct of search and rescue operations within a search and rescue region.
Rescue unit A unit composed of trained personnel and provided with equipment suitable for the expeditious conduct of search and rescue.
RNP type. A containment value expressed as a distance in nautical miles from the intended position within which flights would be for at least 95 per cent of the total flying time.
Example‑ RNP 4 represents a navigation accuracy of plus or minus 7.4 km (4 NM) on a 95 per cent containment basis.
Runway. A defined rectangular area on a land aerodrome prepared for the landing and take-off of aircraft.
Runway visual range (RVR). The range over which the pilot of an aircraft on the centre line of a runway can see the runway surface markings or the lights delineating the runway or identifying its centre line.
Secondary radar. A radar system wherein a radio signal transmitted from the radar station initiates the transmission of a radio signal from another station.
Secondary surveillance radar (SSR). A surveillance radar system which uses transmitters/receivers (interrogators) and transponders.
Segregated parallel operations. Simultaneous operations on parallel or near-parallel instrument runways in which one runway is used exclusively for approaches and the other runway is used exclusively for departures.
Sending unit/controller. Air traffic services unit/air traffic controller transmitting a message.
Note- See definition of "receiving unit/controller".
Shoreline. A line following the general contour of the shore, except that in cases of inlets or bays less than 30 nautical miles in width, the line shall pass directly across the inlet or bay to intersect the general contour on the opposite side.
SIGMET information. Information issued by a meteorological watch office concerning the occurrence or expected occurrence of specified en-route weather phenomena which may affect the safety of aircraft operations.
Signal area. An area on an aerodrome used for the display of ground signals.
Significant point A specified geographical location used in defining an ATS route or the flight path of an aircraft and for other navigation and ATS purposes.
Special VFR flight. A VFR flight cleared by air traffic control to operate within a control zone in meteorological conditions below VMC.
SSR response. The visual indication, in non-symbolic form, on a radar display, of a response from an SSR transponder in reply to an interrogation.
Surveillance radar. Radar equipment used to determine the position of an aircraft in range and azimuth.
Taxi-holding position. A designated position at which taxiing aircraft and vehicles may be required to hold in order to provide adequate clearance from a runway.
Taxiing. Movement of an aircraft on the surface of an aerodrome under its own power, excluding take-off and landing.
Taxiway. A defined path on a land aerodrome established for the taxiing of aircraft and intended to provide a link between one part of the aerodrome and another, including;
a) Aircraft stand taxilane. A portion of an apron designated as a taxiway and intended to provide access to aircraft stands only.
b) Apron taxiway. A portion of a taxiway system located on an apron and intended to provide a through taxi route across the apron.
c) Rapid exit taxiway. A taxiway connected to a runway at an acute angle and designed to allow landing aeroplanes to turn off at higher speeds than are achieved on other exit taxiways thereby minimizing runway occupancy times.
Terminal control area. A control area normally established at the confluence of ATS routes in the vicinity of one or more major aerodromes.
Threshold. The beginning of that portion of the runway usable for landing.
Total estimated elapsed time. For IFR flights, the estimated time required from take-off to arrive over that designated point, defined by reference to navigation aids, from which it is intended that an instrument approach procedure will be commenced, or, if no navigation aid is associated with the destination aerodrome, to arrive over the destination aerodrome. For VFR flights, the estimated time required from take-off to arrive over the destination aerodrome.
Touchdown. The point where the nominal glide path intercepts the runway.
Note- “Touchdown" as defined above is only a datum and is not necessarily the actual point at which the aircraft will touch the runway.
Track. The projection on the earth's surface of the path of an aircraft, the direction of which path at any point is usually expressed in degrees from North (true, magnetic or grid).
Traffic avoidance advice. Advice provided by an air traffic services unit specifying manoeuvres to assist a pilot to avoid a collision.
Traffic information. Information issued by an air traffic services unit to alert a pilot to other known or observed air traffic which may be in proximity to the position or intended route of flight and to help the pilot avoid a collision.
Transfer of control point. A defined point located along the flight path of an aircraft, at which the responsibility for providing air traffic control service to the aircraft is transferred from one control unit or control position to the next.
Transferring unit/controller. Air traffic control unit/air traffic controller in the process of transferring the responsibility for providing air traffic control service to an aircraft to the next air traffic control unit/air traffic controller along the route of flight.
Note- See definition of "accepting unit/controller".
Transition altitude. The altitude at or below which the vertical position of an aircraft is controlled by reference to altitudes.
Transition layer. The airspace between the transition altitude and the transition level.
Transition level. The lowest flight level available for use above the transition altitude.
Uncertainty phase. A situation wherein uncertainty exists as to the safety of an aircraft and its occupants.
Unmanned free balloon. A non-power-driven, unmanned, lighter-than-air aircraft in free flight.
Note- Unmanned free balloons are classified as heavy, medium or light in accordance with specifications contained in ICAO Annex 2, Appendix 4.
VFR. The visual flight rules.
VFR flight. A flight conducted in accordance with the visual flight rules.
Visibility. The ability, as determined by atmospheric conditions and expressed in units of distance, to see and identify prominent unlighted objects by day and prominent lighted objects by night.
Visual approach. An approach by an IFR flight when either part or all of an instrument approach procedure is not completed and the approach is executed in visual reference to terrain.
Visual meteorological conditions. Meteorological conditions expressed in terms of visibility, distance from cloud, and ceiling, equal to or better than specified minima.
Note- The specified minima are contained in ICAO Annex 2, Chapter 4.
VMC. Visual meteorological conditions.
Way-point A specified geographical location used to define an area navigation route or the flight path of an aircraft employing R-NAV.