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3DAGS: Amtex's ATP Companion: 3-D Advanced Graphics System

A/FD: Airport/Facility Directory, a book updated very 54 days with detailed information about airports within its coverage area

AAF: Mallard's Aircraft and Adventure Factory for FS4

ABEAM: An aircraft is abeam a fix, point or object when that point is approximately 90 degrees to the right or left of the aircraft track

ADF: The ADF, or Automatic Direction Finder, is a radio system which senses and indicates the direction to an NDB

ADIZ: Air Defense Identification Zone, an area usually along the coast where identification of aircraft is required in the interest of national security

ADDON: Jargon for an extension to the capabilities of FS.

ADVERSE YAW: Adverse yaw is an unfavorable design characteristic typical of early aircraft in which the application of ailerons results in the downward-going aileron creating more drag than the upward-going aileron, thereby yawing the aircraft away from the direction of turn.

AFTERBURNER: A military jet engine device for temporarily boosting engine thrust by dumping raw fuel into the exhaust pipe, thereby producing a rocket-like effect.

AGL: Altitude Above Ground Level

AI: "Artificial Intelligence". In the context of flight simulation this usually refers to vehicles that are controlled by the computer rather than by the player

AIM: Aeronautical Information Manual, an FAA publication with information about operating in U.S. airspace

AIR BOSS: The senior aviation officer on an aircraft carrier. When flight operations are underway he functions as the "tower" controller for landing aircraft. See also "mini boss".

AIRCRAFT CONTAINER: A subfolder found in the Flight Simulator folder named "aircraft". There is one container per aircraft, and one aircraft per container.

AIRFILE: Short for ".air file", often referred to simply as a ".air". It contains some of the aircraft performance parameter information used by the FS flight dynamics model. The remainder of this information is in the aircraft.cfg file.

AIRFRAME: Synonym for the FS concept of a "model" or ".mdl" file. The model is for aircraft visual appearance and visual parts animations. "Paint jobs" are draped over the model.

AIRMET: A weather advisory concerning hazardous weather conditions such as icing, turbulence, low ceilings, etc.

AIRWAY: A corridor between radio navaids

AIR FORCE ONE: Any US Air Force aircraft carrying the president of the United States. It is the name of the mission, not the name of the aircraft.

ALTITUDE CAPTURE: An autopilot's smooth transition and lock-on to a preset target altitude.

ANGLE OF ATTACK: The angle between a wing's mean cross-sectional chord line and the relative wind as air reaches the wing's leading edge. Not to be confused with "deck angle", the angle of attack governs the angle of the lift vector and therefore the induced drag of the airframe.

ANSI: Abbreviation of "American National Standards Institute", a US government-sanctioned private organization that effectively succeded the former National Bureau of Standards. ANSI is a legal monopoly.

ANTI-TORQUE: The tail rotor of a helicopter, the purpose of which is to resist the machine's tendency to twist around the axis of the main rotor.

API: Armor Piercing Incendiary, a non-explosive round with a magnesium core that damages the target through impact energy and/or by starting fires. Also stands for "application programming interface", the boundary between an application program and an operating system.

APPROACH: An ATC facility that provides control for aircraft arriving and departing an airport

APRON: Jargon for the surface area between boarding gates and adjacent taxiways.

APU: Auxilliary Power Unit, a small aircraft-mounted turbine engine for supplying electrical and air conditioning power on the ground. Often also operable while airborne.

ARC: A curved ground track of an aircraft flying at a constant distance from a navaid

ARRIVAL: A transition from a given high altitude airway to the controlled airspace around a given airport. If airways are considered as highways, arrivals are identical in concept to highway off-ramps.

ARSA: An obsolete airspace definition, now known as Class C Airspace

ARTCC: Air Route Traffic Control Center, or just "Center", the enroute air traffic control facility

ARTIFICIAL HORIZON: A visible instrument element that is kept parallel to the horizon by means of a gyroscope.

ASCII: Abbreviation of "American Standard Code for Information Interchange", a set of 8-bit computer character codes designed specifically for representing alphanumeric text and associated special characters.

ASD: Microsoft's Aircraft and Scenery Designer for FS4

ASI: Abbreviation of "airspeed indicator"

ATC: Air Traffic Control, any FAA control facility at airports and other controlled airspace

ATIS: Automatic Terminal Information Service, a recorded message with information about an airport's active runways, weather conditions, etc.

ATP: subLOGIC's Flight Assignment: Airline Transport Pilot. Also see ATP.

AUTOBRAKE: Similar to an automobile's anti-lock brake system, except that the aviation version can be enabled or disabled from the cockpit.

AUTOROTATION: A helicopter dead-engine landing maneuver in which the kinetic energy stored in the rotor disk is used to flare the aircraft.

AVIONICS: Jargon for "aviation electronics".

AXIAL FLOW: The modern turbojet engine design in which compressed air is fed directly to a single inline combustion chamber.



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