Aviation Terminologies Every Cabin Crew Should Know

There are a lot of things you need to know about the flight attendant job – the tasks that you need to do on board, the requirements of the airline you’re applying at, and the aviation company itself. But then again, learning doesn’t end as you get hired for the position. Every day is an opportunity for you to learn, improve your skill set, and figure out the best approach to use for every passenger.

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Importance of Aviation Terminologies

A lot of people who work in an aviation company use certain terminologies. Although airlines don’t really include them in a cabin crew’s qualifications, knowing these terms beforehand can make things easier for you as you start flying with the passengers. It will also give you a better understanding of the processes and airline situations.

AFT – pertains to the back or rear of the aircraft

Air field – a land or water territory intended for the aircraft’s departure and arrival, including the airplane landing, take-off, parking, loading and unloading, and more.

AOG – means ‘Aircraft on Ground’, the aircraft is unserviceable as it is waiting for spare parts or rectification

Block Time – the period of time starting from the aircraft’s movement until it is parked

Bulkhead – can also be referred to as exit row seats, a wall that divides parts of the cabin

CANX – means the flight is canceled

Chocks – they are placed in the wheels to prevent the aircraft from moving

Debriefing – the opposite of pre-flight briefing, as the meeting happens after the flight to summarize how the flight went

Ditching – emergency landing made on water

Flight Deck – the area where the crews usually sit

Galley – serves as the kitchen of the aircraft where the food is usually prepared

Hat Rack – another term for the overhead storage compartment

INF – a child who hasn’t reached his/her second birthday yet, an infant

J CLASS – another term for the business class

Lift – a certain vehicle that helps handicapped passengers to board the aircraft

MEL – Minimum Equipment List

NOTOC – Notification for the Captain about dangerous goods

Overbooked – as the term suggests, it means that the flight has more passengers than the available seats

PRM – a person with reduced mobility

Rudder – used to control the nose of the aircraft

Starboard – right side of the airplane

Taxiway – the link between the ramp and runway

WCHS – a passenger who cannot ascend or descend the stairs


The list goes on and on, and these are only a few that you can use to jumpstart your career. Which of these did you already know?