US Airways - September 2013 - (Page 11)
Did You Know?
News, Notes, and
How can I get
about my flight?
What’s that mean?
The airline industry is filled with technical terms — and acronyms
and abbreviations to shorten just about all of them (just take a look
at airport codes). Use this handy list to practice your airline lingo.
aID Airport Information Desk
aOG Aircraft on the Ground
at Air Traffic (movement of
aircraft in a certain space)
CDt Controlled Departure Time
(a process that holds aircraft
on the ground at a departure
airport due to delays en route
to or at the destination airport)
eta Estimated Time of Arrival
etD Estimated Time of
ete Estimated Time En Route
FP Flight Plan (a summary of
the schedule, route, and other
details of an aircraft)
Ga General Aviation
PBRF Pilot Briefing (a meeting before a flight to help pilots
and/or the flight crew plan for
ROt Runway Occupancy Time
(the time it takes a departing
aircraft from entering an active
runway until it clears the departure end or the time it takes an
incoming plane from crossing
the threshold until it turns off
tat Total Air Time
tL Taxilane (section of an
airfield designated for taxiing to
and from gates)
tOF Time of Flight
Sign up for BeNotified,
US Airways’ flight notification system. You can
choose how you’d like to
be contacted — via text,
email, or phone — and you
can also pick which alerts
you’d like to receive.
A departure reminder will send you all
the information regarding your upcoming
flight. Day-of-travel alerts will let you
know if your flight has been changed,
delayed, or canceled. Gate change notifications ensure you’re always at the right
gate. And if you want someone to know
you’ve landed, you can sign up for arrival
alerts that will inform your friends, family,
or business partners that you’re on the
Sign up at usairways.com/benotified.
How long can a plane fly in a day?
illustrations by nigel holmes
There are no set regulations on how much or how long a plane
can fly, but maintenance checks after each flight ensure that a
plane can continue to its next destination. Limitations include aircraft
type, fuel capacity, and available crew.
Length of flight varies by aircraft. The Airbus
A330-200, one of US Airways’ largest planes, can
fly for about 14 hours before needing to refuel.
The length of flight also depends on the crew.
Longer flights require more crewmembers: two
pilots for flights up to eight hours, three pilots for
flights from eight to 12 hours, and four pilots for flights from 12 to 18
hours. Longer flights must also have a designated crew rest area where
pilots are required to take breaks while others take their spots.
Currently, US Airways’ longest flight is from Tel Aviv to
Philadelphia. The flight clocks in at 4,973 miles and about 12 hours.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of US Airways - September 2013
Did You Know?
Making It Happen
Hot Spots: Top College Football Rivalries
Hub Crawl: Montreal-Trudeau International Airport
Wine & Dine: Las Vegas Dining
Golf: Pacific Links International
University Spotlight: Salisbury University
Style Spotlight: Yacht Club
Gear Up: Cookout Tools
Travel Feature: Jamaica
US Airways: Countdown to Departure
Great Tastes: Fearrington Village, NC
Professional MBA: Wake Forest University
Travel: Apps for Business and Leisure
High Style: Fashion by Peter Millar
Readers Resource Index
Your US Airways Guide
U.S. and Caribbean Service Map
International Service Map
Airport Terminal Maps
US Airways Fleet/Customs & Immigration
Passenger Info/Contact US Airways
US Airways MarketPlace®
Window or Aisle?
US Airways - September 2013