aviation terms that you didn’t know

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Cross-check

A safety measure performed by the flight crew, who verifies that all slides, located at the plane’s emergency exits, are correctly armed before takeoff.

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Flaps

Have you ever noticed that there are parts of the aircraft’s wings that move? These devices are called flaps and are used to increase the plane’s lift, especially during takeoff and landing, 
and reduce its speed.

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IATA

Acronym for International Air Transport Association. This organization promotes cooperation among airlines, helps to develop safety standards and sensible environmental policies, among other things. 

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ILS

Abbreviation used to refer to a radio navigation system that allows pilots to land when they are unable to stablish visual contact with the runway. It means Instrument Landing System.

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Stopover

Your flight is making a stop and you’d like to visit the city? Stopover is when a passenger disembarks at an intermediate point and resumes their trip to the final destination hours later or even the next day. It’s also known as intermediate landing.

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Upgrade

It’s easy: if you’re flying Economy Class, with a cabin upgrade you can be transferred to a superior cabin, like Premium Business. With LATAM, you can request an upgrade up to 12 hours before your flight – a benefit available to Gold, Platinum, Black and Black Signature members of the LATAM PASS or LATAM Fidelidade programs.

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