terms to add to your aviation vocabulary

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Anti-ice system

This system is responsible for eliminating the ice that is formed on several parts of the plane as a result of the low temperatures and/or the altitude. For this end, the areas that are more likely to freeze are heated, including the leading edge of the wings, the rudder, the elevator and, of course, the turbine air inlets.

 

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Sharklets

They are aerodynamic mechanisms located at the tip of the wings that help to reduce fuel consumption on long-haul flights.

 

 

 

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Marshallers

Anyone who has traveled by plane has probably seen those operators that move their arms holding lights and flags on the airport runway more than once. They are known as marshallers, the ground personnel that are in charge of giving visual directions to the pilot – when they should break, keep going, maneuver, or turn off the engines before they can park at the designated space.

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Control tower

This building in the shape of a tower has a large room on the top floor where the air traffic of an airport is organized and controlled. Its location and height are very important – controllers need to be able to see the airplanes circulating, taking off, approaching and landing.