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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 Sussex 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 - 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 - CAA 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.








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