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ABSOLUTE ALTITUDE

ACCESSORY GROUP

ADF

ADI

ADIABATIC LAPSE RATE

ADVERSE YAW

AHRS

AILERON

AIR DEFENSE IDENTIFICATION ZONE (ADIZ)

AIR ROUTE TRAFFIC CONTROL CENTER

AIR SPEED INDICATOR

AIR TAXI

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL (ATC)

AIRPORT TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER (ATCT)

ALCLAD

ALPHABET (PHONETIC)

ALTIMETER

AMPHIBIAN

ANGLE OF ATTACK

ANGLE OF INCIDENCE

ANHEDRAL

AP

APRON

ARSA

ARTIFICIAL HORIZON

ASPECT RATIO

ATA

ATIS

AUTO-ROTATION

AUTOGYRO

AUTOMATIC TERMINAL INFORMATION SERVICE (ATIS)

BALANCED CONTROL SURFACE

BERNOULLI EFFECT (or LAW or THOREM)

BLEED AIR

BOUNDARY-LAYER CONTROL

BUMPED COWLING

CABANE STRUT

CALIBRATED AIRSPEED (CAS)

CAMBER

CANARD

CAT

CAVU

CEILING

CENTER

CENTER OF GRAVITY (c/g)

CERTIFICATED AIRPORT

CHORD

CLASS G AIRSPACE (Uncontrolled Airspace)

COLLECTIVE PITCH

COLLECTOR RING

COMMON TRAFFIC ADVISORY FREQUENCY (CTAF)

COMMUTER

COMPASS COURSE

COMPASS NORTH

CONE OF SILENCE

CONSTANT-SPEED PROPELLER

CONTRAILS

CONTROLLED AIRSPACE

CONVENTIONAL GEAR

COWL FLAP

COWL, COWLING

CRAB

CTAF

DEADSTICK

DECALAGE

DECISION HEIGHT

DELTA-WING

DEPARTURE CONTROL

DEPARTURE STALL

DEVIATION (MAGNETIC)

DEWIZ

DIHEDRAL

DIRECTIONAL GYRO

DME

DORSAL FIN

DOWNWASH

DRAG

DRAG WIRE

DRIFT

DRY WEIGHT

DURAL

EARTH-INDUCTOR COMPASS

ELEVATOR

ELEVON

ELT

EMPENNAGE

EN ROUTE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL

ETA

ETD

FAIRING

FAN MARKER

FBO

FEATHERING

FEDERAL AIR REGULATION (FAR)

FERRY FLIGHT

FIN

FIREWALL

FISHTAILING

FIVE-BY-FIVE (5x5)

FLAP

FLAPERON

FLARE

FLIGHT ENVELOPE

FLIGHT LEVEL (FL)

FLIGHT PLAN

FLIGHT SERVICE STATION (FSS)

FLOATPLANE

FLYING WIRES

FOWLER FLAP

FRISE AILERON

FSS

FUSELAGE

g or G

GAP

GCA

GENERAL AVIATION

GEOGRAPHIC NORTH

GLASS COCKPIT

GLIDE SLOPE

GLIDER

GPS

GREEN LIGHT

GROSS WEIGHT

GROUND CONTROL

GROUND EFFECT

GROUND SPEED

GULL-WING

GYROPLANE

HANGAR

HELICOPTER

HIGH BLOWER

HIGH-SPEED STALL

HORSEPOWER

HYPERSONIC

IAS

IFR

ILS

INDICATED AIRSPEED (IAS)

INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS (IMC)

IRON COMPASS

JOYSTICK

KNOT

LAMINAR-FLOW AIFOIL

LANDING WIRES

LIFT

LIFT WIRES

LIFT-DRAG RATIO

LIQUID COMPASS

LOAD FACTOR (g)

LOFTING

LONGERON

LOOP ANTENNA

LORAN

LTA

LUNKENHEIMER VALVE

Mach or m.

MAGNETIC COMPASS

MAGNETIC COURSE

MAGNETIC NORTH

MAGNETO, MAG

MAGNUS EFFECT

MARKER BEACON

MEAN SEA LEVEL

MOA

MONOCOQUE

MSL

NACELLE

NATIONAL AIRSPACE SYSTEM (NAS)

NDB

OVERSHOOT

PANTS

PAR

PATTERN

PAYLOAD

PHONETICS

PILOT IN COMMAND (PiC)

PITCH

PITOT TUBE

POSITIVE CONTROL

POWER LOADING

PUSHER

RADAR APPROACH CONTROL FACILITY (RAPCON)

RADIO COMPASS

RAMJET

RING COWLING

ROGALLO WING

ROLL

ROTARY ENGINE

ROTORCRAFT

RUDDER

SAILPLANE

SCRAMJET

SCUD

SEAPLANE

SECONDARY STALL

SERVICE CEILING

SESQUI-WING

SHOULDER-WING

SIDESLIP

SKID

SLATS

SLIP

SLIPSTREAM

SLOT

SLOTTED FLAP

SMOH

SPECIAL USE AIRSPACE (SUA)

SPLIT FLAP

SPOILER

SPONSON

SQUAWK

STABILATOR

STABILIZER

STAGGER

STALL

STANDARD AIR (Standard Atmosphere)

STANDARD RATE TURN

STATIC WIRE

SUA

SUPERSONIC

SWEEPBACK

SWING-WING

TAILDRAGGER

TARMAC

TAS

TAS

TCA

TERMINAL RADAR SERVICE AREA (TRSA)

TETRAHEDRON

THRUST

TORQUE

TOUCH-AND-GO

TRACTOR

TRANSPONDER

TRIM TAB

TRUE AIRSPEED

TRUE NORTH

TURBOJET

TURBOPROP

ULTRALIGHT

UNCONTROLLED AIRSPACE

UNDERCARRIAGE

UNDERSHOOT

UNICOM

UPWASH

UPWIND TURN

USEFUL LOAD

V

VARIOMETER

VENTRAL FIN

VENTURI TUBE

VFR

VFR ON TOP

VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS (VMC)

VOR

VORTAC

VSI

WASH-IN, WASH-OUT

WET COMPASS

WING LOADING

WINGLET

YAW

YOKE

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