Cambridge Aerospace Dictionary by B Gunston

By B Gunston

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Includes transparencies, flush aerials, radomes, fairings, doors, internal ducts, and pylons for external stores. In case of ballistic rocket vehicle would not include thrust chambers of liquid-propellant engines, nor separable solid motors, but could include payload fairings. Items where argument exists include: RVs; MAD booms; rigid refuelling booms; mission equipment carried demonstrably outside structure proper (eg, AWACS aerial); and podded engine cowlings. Airframe usually includes landing gear, but not systems, equipment, armament, furnishings and other readily removable items.

Aircraft pallet See pallet. aircraft performance monitoring Software calculates deviation(s) from specific range caused by aerodynamic deterioration of airframe. aircraft prepared for service See weight. aircraft rocket Missile launched from aircraft. aircraft system controller Avionics subsystem performing flight engineering control and monitoring functions to automate hydraulic or electric or fuel or ECS or other system. aircraft unit-load device See Unit load. aircrew Crew required to operate aircraft, esp.

AFCRL Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratoriesm became part of ESC. AFCS 1 Automatic flight-control system. 2 Air Force Communications Service, became AFCC, then part of AFC4A. 3 Active-facility control system. AFD 1 Air Force Department (UK, MoD). 2 Adaptive flight display. 3 Advanced flight deck. 4 Autopilot flight director. A/FD Airport/facility directory (US). AFDAS Aircraft fatigue-data analysis system. AFDC 1 Auto flight-director computer; S adds system. 2 Automatic formation drone control (USN).

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