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LADAR: The laser light equivalent of radar.

LAMINAR FLOW: Flow of air with no significant production of vortices.

LANDING MINIMUMS: The minimum visibility (due to clouds, etc.) under which an instrument approach can be legally completed

LCOS: Lead-Computing Optical gunSight.

LDA: Localizer Type Directional Aid, an instrument landing aid similar to a localizer but not aligned with the runway

LEADING EDGE SLATS: See SLATS.

LIDAR: See LADAR.

LIFT DUMPERS: See "spoilers".

LIGHT THE FIRES: To start an aircraft's turbine engines.

LINE OF SIGHT: A straight line drawn between a measuring instrument and an object. High frequency radio is line of sight dependent because the radio waves will not scatter over the horizon.

LNAV: Lateral Navigation, engaging the course programmed into a flight management computer.

LOADMASTER: The military transport aircraft crewman who is responsible for management of aircraft weight and balance (center of gravity).

LOCALIZER: An instrument landing aid, used to provide horizontal alignment with the runway; similar to a VOR but with only a single radial and more accurate

LOITER: To linger over enemy territory.

LORAN: Longe Range Navigation, a system of ground based radio stations that can be used to determine an exact geographic location

LOW AND SLOW:' An approach unintentionally being flown beneath the glide slope and at a low enough airspeed that regaining altitude requires the application of full throttle.

LOW APPROACH: An approach at a low altitude over a runway, without the airplane actually touching down


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