Secret language of pilots and flight attendants


language of pilots

Pilots and flight attendants in the UK use a coded language to indicate various objects or actions on the plane. Although normal words, they have no meaning when you hear them used by the crew of the plane.

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British crews used code words to refer to actions, parts of aircraft or crew when talking inside the airplane.For laymen, they have no meaning, although normal words, writes Daily Mail.

“Whizzer” is the term used for auxiliary power unit, a small single engine in the tail which supplies electrical systems and air conditioning systems when the main engines are off. Name comes from the sound that makes.

“Weights” does not refer to some people fat, but to reserve pilots on long flights today, which replace the principal.

“Two in one” (There-and-back) refers to a race that leaves and comes back the same day. Pilots and flight attendants prefer these flights, because I do not lose a night in the hotel at the destination, then fly home until the next day.

“Director” means the air traffic controller that determines the order and place of landing in crowded airports.


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“Box sins” (sin bin) is the area near the runway where an aircraft may be sent to wait to make room for other planes. The planes were sent there to wait the usual restrictions flight path caused by overcrowding or bad weather at the destination.

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“Self” refers to busy flight routes between Europe and North America. These routes are changed every day, depending on wind, days, seasons and airflow power.

“All-Call” refers to arming-disarming procedure which ensures that emergency exits and mattresses downhill runs.


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Level one refers to the altitude at which it flies and is measured in thousands of feet. The flight level 330 means an altitude of 33,000 feet or approximately 10,000 meters.

FC time refers to the time the crew is released from a case of waiting – waiting on the ground for example.EFC means “Expected Further clearance”.

“Voldemort” (deadhead) refers to a pilot or a flight attendant who must relocate to take a flight, a kind of commuting to work. For example, someone who must come to New York to work there on a flight to Los Angeles.

Ramp refers to the range of movement of the aircraft closest to the terminal.


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