Found posted on, 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".

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