BANK - The folks who hold the lien on
most pilots' cars.
CARBURETOR ICING - A phenomenon
reported to the FAA by pilots immediately after they run out of gas.
CONE OF CONFUSION - An area about the
size of New Jersey located near the final approach beacon at an
CRAB - A VFR Instructor's attitude on
an IFR day.
DEAD RECKONING - You reckon
correctly, or you are.
DESTINATION - Geographical location
30 minutes beyond the pilot's bladder saturation point.
ENGINE FAILURE - A condition that
occurs when all fuel tanks mysteriously become filled with
FIREWALL - Section of the aircraft
specifically designed to funnel heat and smoke into the cockpit.
FLIGHT FOLLOWING - Formation flying.
GLIDE DISTANCE - Half the distance
from an airplane to the nearest emergency landing field.
HOBBS - An instrument which creates
an emergency situation should it fail during dual instruction.
HYDROPLANE - An airplane designed to
land long on a short and wet runway.
IFR - A method of flying by needle
LEAN MIXTURE - Nonalcoholic beer.
MINI MAG LITE - Device designed to
support the AA battery industry.
NANOSECOND - Time delay between the
Low Fuel Warning light and the onset of carburetor icing.
PARACHUTES - The two chutes in a
PARASITIC DRAG - A pilot who bums a
ride and complains about the service.
RANGE - Usually about 3 miles short
of the destination.
RICH MIXTURE - What you order at
another pilot's promotion party.
ROGER - Used when you're not sure
what else to say.
SECTIONAL CHART - Any chart that ends
25 nm short of your destination.
SERVICE CEILING - Altitude at which
cabin crew can serve drinks.
SPOILERS - FAA Inspectors.
STALL - Technique used to explain to
the bank why your car payment is late.
STEEP BANKS - Banks that charge
pilots more than 10% interest.
TURN & BANK INDICATOR - An instrument
largely ignored by pilots.
USEFUL LOAD - Volumetric capacity of
the aircraft, disregarding weight.
VOR - Radio navigation aid, named
after the VORtex effect on pilots trying to home in on it.
WAC CHART - Directions to the Army
YANKEE - Any pilot who has to ask New
Orleans tower to "Say again".