Found posted on pwareunion.com, the Pacific Western Airlines Employee Alumni web site.
Posted by C. Beck in December 2009.
- Airspeed - Speed of an airplane. (Deduct 25% when listening to a retired fighter pilot).
- 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 airport.
- 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 low-octane air.
- Firewall - Section of the aircraft specifically designed to funnel heat and smoke into the cockpit.
- Flight following - USAF 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 and horoscope.
- 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 Stearman.
- 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 female barracks.
- Yankee - Any pilot who has to ask New Orleans tower to "Say again".