aviation terms to talk like a pilot

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Water landing

By analogy with ground landing, it’s the controlled landing of an aircraft, like a floatplane, on a body of water.

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Endurance

It’s the maximum length of time that an aircraft can spend in cruising flight (expressed in hours and minutes), without needing to refuel.

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Airspace

It’s a portion of the atmosphere, above land or water, controlled by a country. The type of airspace depends on the flow of airplanes, the security level and the operations held there.

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Apron buses

Vehicles that transport passengers from the departure gate to an airplane on the runway, and vice versa.

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Transponder

It’s an electronic device that picks up and automatically responds to an incoming radio signal. It is used to help air traffic controllers identify the aircraft.