Abbreviated Aviation Terms and Names


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      AAAE American Association of Airport Executives
AC Advisory Circular (FAA)
ACHP Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
ACI-NA Airports Council International-North America
ACM Asbestos-containing materials
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
ADO Airports District Office (FAA)
ADPM Average day of the peak month
AGL Above ground level
AIP Airport Improvement Program
AIR-21 Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century
ALP Airport Layout Plan
ALPA Airline Pilots Association
ALUC Airport Land Use Commission
ANG Air National Guard
AOA Air operations area
AOPA Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
APM Automated people mover
APU Auxiliary power unit
AQMP Air Quality Management Plan
ARC Airport Reference Code
ARFF Aircraft rescue and fire fighting (formerly crash/fire/rescue [CFR])
ARP Airport reference point
ARSA Airport Radar Service Area (now, Class C airspace)
ARSR Air route surveillance radar
ARTCC Air Route Traffic Control Center
ASV Annual service volume
ATA Air Transport Association of America
ATC Air traffic control
ATCT Airport traffic control tower

BCA Benefit-cost analysis (FAA)
BEA Bureau of Economic Analysis (U.S. Department of Commerce)
BIDS Baggage Information Display System
BLM Bureau of Land Management
BLS Bureau of Labor Statistics (U.S. Department of Labor)
BMP Best management practices
BRL Building restriction line

CATER Collection and Analysis of Terminal Records
CBD Central Business District
CEQ Council on Environmental Quality
CERCLA Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (Superfund)
CFR Code of Federal Regulation
CMSA Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area
CO Carbon monoxide
CPI Consumer Price Index

dBA A-weighted decibels
DBE Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
DBO Date of Beneficial Occupancy
DEIS Draft Environmental Impact Statement
DGPS Differential global positioning system
DME Distance measuring equipment
DNL Day-night average sound level (expressed in dBA)
DOT Department of Transportation

EA Environmental Assessment
EDMS Emissions and Dispersion Modeling System
EIR Environmental Impact Report (state)
EIS Environmental Impact Statement (federal)
EPA Environmental Protection Agency

FAA Federal Aviation Administration
FAR Federal Aviation Regulation
FBO Fixed base operator
FEIS Final Environmental Impact Statement
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FFY Federal Fiscal Year
FHA Federal Housing Administration
FHWA Federal Highway Administration
FICAN Federal Interagency Committee on Aircraft Noise
FICON Federal Interagency Committee on Noise
FICUN Federal Interagency Committee on Urban Noise
FIDS Flight Information Display System
FIP Federal Implementation Plan
FIRM Flood Insurance Rate Map
FIS Federal Inspection Services
FONSI Finding of No Significant Impact
FSS Flight service station
FTZ Foreign trade zone
FY Fiscal Year

GA General aviation
GAO Government Accounting Office
GARB General Airport Revenue Bonds
GDP Gross domestic product
GDS Global distribution system
GIS Geographic Information System
GPO Government Printing Office
GPS Global positioning system
GSE Ground support equipment
GTC Ground Transportation Center

HIRL High-intensity runway lights
HOV High occupancy vehicle
HUD U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

IAB International Arrivals Building
IATA International Air Transport Association
ICAO International Civil Aviation Organization
IFR Instrument flight rules
ILS Instrument landing system
IMC Instrument meteorological conditions
INM Integrated Noise Model
INS Immigration and Naturalization Service
ISTEA Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (1991)
IT Information technology
ITB International Terminal Building

LBE Local Business Enterprise
LDA Localizer-type directional aid
LLWAS Low Level Windshear Advisory System
LOI Letter of Intent
LOS Level of service

MALS Medium intensity approach lighting system
MALSF Medium-intensity approach lighting system with sequenced flashers
MALSR Medium-intensity approach lighting system with runway alignment indicator lights
MBE Minority-owned Business Enterprise
mgd Million gallons per day
MGTW Maximum gross takeoff weight
MIRL Medium-intensity runway lights
MLS Microwave landing system
MOA Memorandum of Agreement
MOU Memorandum of Understandign
mph Miles per hour
MPO Metropolitan Planning Organization
MSA Metropolitan Statistical Area
MSL Mean sea level
MTOW Maximum takeoff weight

NAAQS National Ambient Air Quality Standards
NAS Naval Air Station
NAS National Airspace System
NCDC National Climatic Data Center
NCP Noise Compatibility Program
NDB Nondirectional radio beacon
NEPA National Environmental Policy Act
NLA New Large Aircraft
NLR Noise level reduction
NO Nitrogen oxides
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOI Notice of Intent
NOP Notice of Preparation
NPA National Planning Association
NPDES National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
NPIAS National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems
NTSB National Transportation Safety Board
NWS National Weather Service

O&D Origin and destination
O&M Operation and maintenance
OAG Official Airline Guide (a registered trademark of Official Airline Guides, Inc.)
ODALS Omnidirectional Approach Lighting System
OFA Object free area
OFZ Obstacle free zone
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration

PAL Planning activity level
PAPI Precision approach path indicator
PAR Precision approach radar
PCB Polychlorinated biphenyls
PFC Passenger facility charge
PL Public Law
PM Particulate matter
PMSA Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area
PRM Precision runway monitor

R&D Research and development
RAIL Runway alignment indicator lights
RAPCON Radar approach control
RDSIM Runway Delay Simulation Model (FAA)
REIL Runway end identifier lights
RIMS Regional Input-Output Modeling System
ROD Record of Decision
RPM Revenue passenger miles
RPZ Runway protection zone (formerly clear zone)
RSA Runway safety area
RVR Runway visual range

SEL Sound exposure level
SHPO State Historic Preservation Officer
SIMMOD Airport and Airspace Simulation Model (FAA)
SIP State Implementation Plan
SLUCM Standard Land Use Coding Manual
STAR Standard Terminal Arrival Route
SWAP Severe Weather Avoidance Plan

TACAN Tactical area navigational aid
TCA Terminal Control Area (now, Class B airspace)
TCAS Terminal Collision Avoidance System
TDM Transportation Demand Management
TEA 21 Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (1998)
TERPS U.S. Standard for Terminal Instrument Procedures
(FAA Handbook 8260.3B)
TODA Takeoff distance available
TORA Takeoff run available
TRACON Terminal Radar Approach Control
TRB Transportation Research Board

USC United States Code
USGS United States Geological Survey
USPS United States Postal Service
UST Underground storage tank

VASI Visual approach slope indicator
VMC Visual meteorological conditions
VMT Vehicle miles traveled
VOC Volatile organic compounds
VOR Very-high frequency omnidirectional range station
VORTAC Very-high frequency omnidirectional range tactical air navigation
VFR Visual flight rules

WAAS Wide Area Augmentation System
WBE Woman-owned Business Enterprise
WVAS Wake Vortex Advisory System

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