Dictionary of Aeronautical Terms

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An essential dictionary for everyone in the industry, with more than 11,000 aviation terms, acronyms, and phrases supported by encyclopedia-style definitions and nearly 500 illustrations.


Dale Crane’s ultimate reference book contains more than 11,000 accurate, aviation-specific terms and definitions, updating and gathering all the terms in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, glossaries from FAA handbooks, advisory circulars and manuals, the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) and Pilot/Controller Glossary, as well as definitions not found in government publications. Nearly 500 illustrations further define and aid visual recognition of the terms, and useful tables and lists are included in appendices.


In an industry of acronyms and technical language, this comprehensive dictionary is an essential reference book for anyone involved with aviation and/or space organizations—administrators, pilots, maintenance technicians, drone operators, colleges and universities, air traffic controllers, manufacturers, engineers, government agencies, airlines, and corporate flight departments, as well as newcomers to the industry, and those who speak English as a second language.


The ASA Dictionary of Aeronautical Terms, now in its Sixth Edition, is a vital reference tool that belongs on every aviation bookshelf.