aviation terms to speak like a pilot

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Artificial Horizon

It’s the graphic representation of the aircraft in relation to the horizon through an instrument located in the cockpit. 

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Transponder

The name of this piece of equipment is a combination of the words “transmitter” and “responder.” With this device, aircraft automatically communicate with each other and with the control towers.

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Slot

A defined time for a plane to take off or land at certain high-demand airports. If an airline fails to make use of the allocated slot, it loses priority and is pushed to the end of the line.

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No show

This expression refers to passengers that buy tickets but don’t show up at the airport on the date and time of their scheduled flight. 

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Knots

It’s the unit used to measure the plane’s speed (and also the wind speed). One knot is equivalent to 1.85 kilometers per hour. 

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