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Glossary of Private Jet Charter Terms

AOC:Air Operator's Certificate. It specifies the type of operation that the operator is licensed to perform and sets out the conditions under which those authorised operations will be performed. Issued in the UK by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
APU:Auxiliary Power Unit. An onboard source of power that enables air conditioning, heating, galley facilities and cabin lighting to be used on the ground when the main engines are not operating. The APU is actually a small additional jet engine that doesn't provide any forward thrust and acts solely as a generator of electricity.
Airshow:A cabin information system that displays the aircraft's position on a moving map, with altitude, time to destination, outside temperature and other flight data.
Augmented crew:See Heavy Crew
Block hours:The advance purchase of a specific number of hours of flying time, to be flown as and when required.
Charter Broker:An individual or company that acts as a middle man between the charter operators and the charter passengers. A good broker will be able to find the best deal for his customer's needs.
Club seating:A seating layout where pairs of seats face each other, as in a railway carriage compartment, rather than all face the same way, as on a bus. The club configuration is more sociable and enables easy conversation between occupants.
Dead leg:See empty leg.
Duty Time:The elapsed time from when a crew start their working day to when they finish, not just the time spent in the air. Limited by the CAA for the safety of the crew's passengers.
Empty leg:Informal term for a flight without passengers or cargo. See also positioning flight
FBO:Abbreviation for Fixed Base Operator. Not as in charter operator, but an American synonym for Handling Agent sometimes used in the UK by aircrew.
Ferry:See empty leg.
Flight Attendant:A member of the crew dedicated to attending to the passengers during the flight. Often able to meet advance requests for specific catering, drinks, magazines, flowers or other requirements.
Flight time:The time between take-off and landing. Excludes any time spent taxiing to and from the stand.
GAT:Abbreviation for General Aviation Terminal. The Handling Agents will often be located here as GA terminals are much quieter than scheduled terminals.
General Aviation:The aviation industry categorises flights as either Scheduled, Cargo, Military or General. Non-airline passenger flights fall in the broad General Aviation category, however the terms Business Aviation or Executive Aviation are frequently used to differentiate private jet charter flights from light aircraft enthusiast flights.
Handling agent:A company appointed by the operator to greet and ease their passengers' passage through an airport. Will typically feature a dedicated car park, VIP lounge, security and immigration liaison and baggage porterage.
Heavy crew:Flying with one or more additional flight crew members. On occasion an ultra-long range aircraft might carry additional pilots to allow each to rest in rotation and counter the onset of fatigue.
Instrument approach:An airport installation that enables the aircraft to safely land in poor visibility. All commercial airports and all but the smallest general aviation aerodromes have at least one instrument approach. A private jet charter can be arranged to any licensed airport or aerodrome with a runway sufficient for the aircraft.
Jet cards:Schemes by which operators sell individuals block hours on their aircraft.
Leg:Each single, direct flight between two airports
Operator:The company that operates the aircraft, employs the crew and organises all aspects of the flight. All Charter Operators are required to hold an AOC.
Positioning flight:To fly an aircraft empty to a particular airport in order for it to be able to commence a flight from that airport.
Revenue flight:Any flight that generates revenue for the operator. i.e. not a positioning, crew training or maintenance flight.
Reposition:To undertake a positioning flight.
Sector:See leg.
Small cabin jets:Private jets built primarily for efficiency and lower cost of operation. A good choice for business travel and still afford plenty of luxury on shorter journeys. Browse small cabin jets.
Stand:The part of the tarmac on which the aeroplanes stand when idle, separate from the taxiways and runways. Many airports allow private charter customers' cars to be escorted to and from the stand for transferring passengers and luggage. If preferred, or where airport regulations prohibit passenger vehicles airside, the handling agent will transfer passengers and luggage in their own vehicles.
Stand-up cabin:A cabin designed for sufficient height to allow passengers to move around the cabin with relative ease. Typically taken to be a ceiling height of 5'8" or greater. Browse jets with stand-up cabins
Taxi time:The time the aircraft takes taxiing from the stand to runway on departure and from the runway to the stand on landing. Typically totals around 10 minutes per leg.
Technical stop:Landing at an airport en-route to the destination airport for technical rather than operational reasons, most typically to upload fuel if the total journey exceeds the range of the aircraft.
Turbo-prop:An aircraft that has propellers driven by gas-turbine engines
UTC:Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The abbreviation is a compromise between the French language term Temps Universel Co-ordonné and the English language equivalent Universal Co-ordinated Time.
VLJ:Very Light Jet. A new breed of aircraft, smaller than conventional small jets, with lower acquisition and running costs.
Waiting time:The time that the crew and aircraft must spend on the ground waiting for passengers to return to the airport on a multi-leg trip.
Zulu time:UTC or Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The aviation convention is to append the characters Z to times written as UTC and L to times written as local time. In the phonetic alphabet, Z is pronounced Zulu.

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