new terms for aviation buffs

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Cabin crew

The LATAM team in charge of welcoming and attending the passengers aboard a plane, guaranteeing their safety and comfort throughout the flight.

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Wind direction indicator or windsock

An instrument which resembles a sleeve or giant sock, installed near the landing runways to indicate the wind direction and speed.

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Yaw

To swing to the left or right on the vertical axis of an aircraft, moving the plane’s nose. It’s controlled by the rudder.

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Cross-check

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

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Canard

In French, it means ‘duck.’ This is what planes that have their horizontal stabilizers and elevators located forward of the wing are called, just like the Wright Brothers’ biplane.