expressions to add to your aviation vocabulary

Each month, we bring you a dictionary with new terms related to the world of aviation


Aeronautical chart

Especially designed to assist in navigation, it’s a representation of the relief and the structures on the portion of land overflown by aircraft.



It’s the estimated time of arrival of a flight. In this sense, ETD is the estimated time of departure.


Open-jaw ticket

A roundtrip ticket in which the outward point of arrival and the inward point of departure are not the same. Example: Lima – São Paulo / Brasília – Lima.


Air Shuttle

A term that refers to the transportation of passengers between two destinations, on high-frequency and high-periodicity flights.



A maneuver in which an aircraft is pushed backwards from a boarding position to the take-off runway (since airplanes don’t have reverse gear).