The A-Z of Aviation

At Xclusive, we talk in numbers a lot of the time so we thought to mix things up a little. Here's twenty-six (or so) words all about the world of aviation and private jets.


A

ATC - AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL.

This is a service provided by ground-based controllers who direct aircraft on the ground and through controlled airspace. They will give aircraft permission to take off and land.


B

Base.

The majority of airlines/aircraft will operate from a base whereby the aircraft is located when it isn't in the sky. Here at Xclusive, our home base is Southampton Airport.


C

Charter.

On demand private jet flights, offering more flexibility and value than aircraft ownership or fractional programmes.


D

DASSAULT.

An international French aircraft manufacturer of military, regional and business jets. We own our very own Dassault Falcon 900B!


E

EMPTY LEG.

An empty leg is the return portion of a one-way private charter flight. The aircraft must otherwise fly empty in order to reposition itself for the next customer, or for it to return to its home base. Many operators will offer the empty leg at a significant discount in order for the aircraft not to fly without any passengers on.


F

FBO - FIXED BASE OPERATOR.

A FBO is the private jet terminal located at an airport. The handling agent at the FBO will oversee all passengers and crew who arrive or depart from the airport. Many larger airports will have more than one FBO on site.


G

Go Around.

A balked approach whereby an aircraft climbs away from the runway during the approach to either begin a new approach or proceed to an alternative airport. This is a perfectly safe and well practiced manoeuver often instigated by ATC or the pilot if he or she decides not to land the aircraft at the first attempt.


H

HOLDING PATTERN.

A manoeuver conducted by an aircraft when they are forced to delay the approach to their destination due to either traffic congestion, poor visibility or runway unavailability. Several aircraft may fly the same holding pattern at the same time, known as a holding stack. Aircraft are separated vertically by 1,000 feet or more of airspace. The aircraft at the bottom of the stack will be taken out and allowed to make an approach first, after which, all aircraft in the stack move down one level.


I

Interior.

Every private jet interior can be specifically bespoke to the buyer. One of the world's most expensive private jets is a customised Airbus A380, owned by Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. Costing in excess of $500million, the jet has its own parking garage for the Princes' Rolls Royce and a rotating prayer room to ensure it's always facing Mecca!


J

JET ENGINEs.

The majority of private jets and aircrafts are fitted with jet engines. These enable the aircraft to lift of the ground by generating thrust.


K

KNOTS.

A standard unit of speed in aviation and marine transportation. One knot is equal to 1.15 mph or 1.85 kph.


L

LANDING GEAR.

The undercarriage of an aircraft that is used for take off and landing. It supports the aircraft when its not flying, allowing it to taxi, take off and land, without any damage.


M

METAR - METEOROLOGICAL AVIATION REPORT.

An routine aviation weather report of what the weather actually was at a certain time.


N

NOTAM - NOTICE TO AIRMEN.

An alert issued to pilots from the aviation authority. This alert gives pilots important information about an airport or piece of airspace (such as airport closures or ground equipment at an airport temporarily not working).


O

ONLINE.

In recent years, the growth of the private jet industry has meant that booking charters has now moved online. With the help of new advanced technology and apps, its now much easier and faster to book.


P

PHONETIC ALPHABET.

The ICAO phonetic alphabet is the most widely used radiotelephonic spelling alphabet. It assigns codewords to the letters of the English alphabet so that critical combinations of letters and numbers can be pronounced and understood by those who exchange voice messages. 


Q

QUANTAS AIRWAYS.

The flag carrier of Australia and the largest airline by fleet size, international flights and destinations in the world.


R

REVERSE THRUST.

Reverse thrust acts against the forward momentum of the aircraft, providing deceleration. Thrust reverser systems are featured on many jet aircraft to help slow down just after the aircraft touches down, reducing wear on the brakes and enabling shorter landing distances.


S

SUPER BOWL.

The world's biggest event for private jet travel, closely followed by the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix.


T

TAIL NUMBER.

A unique global identifier for each aircraft. Our aircraft fly with the tail numbers; G-CGOA, G-XJCJ and G-FLCN.


U

UM - UNACCOMPANIED MINOR.

An underage passenger, usually between the ages of 5 and 15, travelling without a parent, guardian or trusted adult. They will be under the supervision of a member of the airline staff from the departure gate right up until he or she is picked up at the arrival airport.


V

VIP - VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE.

When chartering a flight with Xclusive Jets, you will be treated like a VIP from the very first minute you make contact with us. Our talented team of individuals go above and beyond your expectations to ensure your experience with us is completly bespoke and stress-free.


W

WI-FI.

We know the importance of access to the internet, that's why our Falcon 900B is equipped with on-board Wi-Fi, meaning that you don't have to worry about missing out on important emails whilst you're flying with us.


X

XLS.

The world's best selling private jet aircraft is the Cessna Citation XLS.


Y

YOKE.

Also known as the control wheel, the device is used for piloting some fixed-wing aircraft. The pilot uses the yoke to control the altitude of the plane.


Z

ZULU.

Used worldwide for the times of flight operations, formerly Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), it is now known as Co-ordinated Universal Time (UTC).