AS Definitions

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AftToward the tail, or rear, of the aircraft
AlternateAn airport other than the scheduled airport where the aircraft is to land. May be necessary to land at an alternate airport due to adverse weather conditions at the scheduled airport, or due to a medical emergency.
BaseThe station a flight attendant is assigned to by seniority. AS FA bases are ANC, SEA, PDX, LAX and SAN
CaptainThe pilot in command of the aircraft and its crew members. The captain sits in the left seat in the flight deck.
CateringCatering provides the food, beverages and service equipment for flights
Code of Federal Regulations (CFRs)A set of standards to which each airline must conform. The regulations are required to be met, and if violated, carry substantial fines and penalties to both airline and the individual crew member.
Crew Schedulingresponsible for ensuring all flights are staffed with the correct number of flight attendants and flight deck crew members.
Customer Service Agents (CSAs)sell tickets, check in customers, board flights and assist customers with other requests while on the ground
Deadheadingterm used for crew members traveling on a flight as a non-working crew member to position them for a flight that originates in another city.
De-icing/Anti-icingfluid are sprayed on the exterior of the aircraft in cold conditions to remove frost, snow, and ice from the exterior surfaces of the aircraft and prevent their reformation.
Deplaneprocedure in which customers leave the aircraft.
ETAEstimated Time of Arrival
ETDEstimated Time of Departure
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)government agency serves the public in the fields of aviation safety, airways, airports, development and information.
First Officer (FO)pilot who is second in command on a flight. The first officer sits in the right seat in the flight deck.
Fleet ServiceThis group is responsible for the supplies and condition of the airplane cabin.
Flight Deckpilot's compartment containing all the controls and navigation equipment for flying the aircraft.
Flight Numbernumber assigned to a flight which identifies the flight itinerary.
GalleyThe galley is the area on an aircraft used to store the heat meals, and to store other items used in food and beverage services. It is the kitchen on an airplane.
GateThe area where customers check in, board, and deplane their flights.
Head windswinds flowing in the opposite direction the aircraft is flying, causing the flight to take longer and the airplane to burn more fuel.
Intermediate StopAll legs (segments) that fall between the point of origination and the termination of a flight having the same flight # (ie: PDX is the intermediate stop of flight 20 from SEA-PDX-SFO)
Jumpseatcrew member's seat on an airplane. Flight attendants must occupy a jumpseat for all takeoffs and landings.
Leg (Segment)A portion of a flight (ie, Flight 6 SEA-KTN-WRG-PSG-SIT-JNU. SEA to KTN is the first leg, ect)
MaintenancePersonnel responsible for the upkeep and repair of the aircraft and equipment on board.
Non-Revstems from "non-revenue". Usually an airline employee, spouse, elig children or parents. Non-Revs travel on "standby", meaning they will only go if there is an available seat
Non Stopflight that travels between two cities only, with no intermediate stop
OriginationThe starting city of a flight. A crew is said to "originate" at the station where they started their assignment for the day
StowTo place bags, etc. in a safe and secure place for takeoff and landing
Tail WindsWinds flowing in the same direction an aircraft is flying
Taximovement of the aircraft either proceeding to the runway for takeoff or to the terminal after landing
Tech StopA tech (technical) stop is most commonly used to refuel an aircraft when additional fuel is necessary to reach a destination. This occurs most often aircraft are flying into headwinds against stronger winter jet streams
TerminationThe station where a flight makes its last stop
Through FilghtThis is a single flight from departure city to destination with one or more intermediate stops
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)This agency is responsible for security of all modes of transportation