terms that separate aviation experts from amateurs

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Seaplane

Plane equipped with floats instead of landing gear, allowing it to land on water. It was first used in the 19th century and became more popular during the World Wars.

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True north

Due to the declination of the Earth, compasses point to magnetic north instead of true north. To find it, the pilot needs to make a calculation, considering their position in relation to the North Pole.

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Jump seats

The small seats used by the crew members during takeoff, landing, and in case of emergency. These seats automatically fold up when the user stands up.

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Universal seat belt extender

It’s used in the pre-flight safety demonstration. It can be requested by anyone who needs a longer seat belt to comply with safety measures.

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Variometer

One of the main flight instruments. It informs the plane’s vertical speed to the pilot, in addition to indicating if the aircraft is climbing, descending, or maintaining the flight level.