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Revision: 07 Oct 2021

AFE

Above Field Elevation

Aircraft

Any fixed-wing, rotor, or lighter than air ship.

Air Operating Certificate (AOC)

Virtual Operators can obtain an Operating Certificate from POSCON which permits them to conduct special activities on the Network.

Airport Advisory Charts

Charts that are produced by an ATC Division or Sub-Division that give the pilot information on the local procedures for a particular airport.

ATC

Air Traffic Control

ATCT

Air Traffic Control Tower

ATS

Air Traffic Service

Cease and Desist Order

An order issued by the Manager of Certificates if Ops Inspectors determine that major adjustments are needed to the requested Ops Specs in order for the Virtual Operator to remain in compliance.

Controlled Airfield

Any airfield that is:

  • Controlled by ATC in the real world; and
  • The current time falls within normal airfield/airspace operating times; and
  • POSCON ATC is online to handle the flight.

Controlled Airspace

Airspace that is staffed by POSCON ATC.

CPDLC

Controller Pilot Data-Link Communications

CTAF

Common Traffic Advisory Frequency

D-ATIS

Digital Automated Terminal Information Service

EOBT

Estimated Off-Block Time (i.e. pushback time)

Feedback

A method of leaving positive or negative comments about another POSCON Member's conduct or performance on the network.

Feedback Receiver

The user receiving feedback.

Feedback Submitter

The user submitting feedback about another user.

FPM

Feet Per Minute in regards to vertical speed.

FPS

Frames Per Second

Ghost Mode

A connected server mode that allows a user to be an inactive participant. In this mode, a user is invisible and muted to other users, but can still see and hear everyone else in the Live Mode.

Guard Frequency

VHF 121.5 MHz or UHF 243.0 MHz

Live Mode

A connected server mode that allows a user to be an active participant. In this mode, a user is visible and unmuted to all other users.

Member

A registered user of the POSCON Network acting as either a Pilot or ATC.

Moderator

A member of the POSCON Staff that serves as a "judge" of Feedback cases and mediator for member disputes. A POSCON Moderator is well versed in aviation regulations, procedures, and best practices. Moderators are also able to provide immediate non-technical support requests on official POSCON platforms.

Movement Area

A runway, taxiway, or helipad.

Non-Movement Area

A ramp, tarmac, or apron.

Operations Specification (Ops Spec)

A document that contains terms, authorizations, conditions, and limitations to ensure POSCON and the certificated Virtual Operator have a mutual and clear understanding of how the certificated Virtual Operator will conduct its operations.

Ops Inspector

POSCON volunteers who periodically inspect certificated Virtual Operators to ensure compliance with approved Operations Specifications.

Pilot Booking

An advance entry into the POSCON Flight Data System that reserves a callsign (>2 hours prior to EOBT). This can be accomplished by filing a flight plan up to 5 days in advance of the EOBT or creating a reservation through a 3rd party source, such as a Virtual Airline. You are considered "on time" if you pushback between EOBT minus 10 minutes to EOBT plus 15 minutes.

Point of Contact (POC)

A member of the certificated Virtual Operator that is in charge of operations as they relate to POSCON. This person will have limited access to POSCON membership information to update which POSCON Members are affiliated with the certificated Virtual Operator.

Revision Order

An order issued by the Manager of Certificates if Ops Inspectors find that minor adjustments are needed to the requested Ops Specs in order for the Virtual Operator to remain in compliance.

Shared Cockpit

When one user connects in the Live Mode while another connects in the Shared Cockpit Mode in order to simulate a two-crew flight operation.

Shared Cockpit Mode

A connected server mode that allows a user to be an active participant with restrictions. In this mode, a user is invisible to other users, but can still see and talk to everyone else in the Live Mode.

Supersonic

Faster than the speed of sound (Mach 1.0).

Temporary Operating Certificate (TOC)

Is a temporary certificate that permits the Virtual Operator to conduct operations on POSCON in accordance with their Ops Specs for a period not longer than 90 days.

Terminal Environment

The area surrounding an airport that is inclusive of both ATCT and TRACON airspace.

Touchdown Zone

First one-third or 3,000' of a runway, whichever is less.

TRACON

Terminal Radar Approach Control (i.e. Approach and Departure controllers).

Uncontrolled Airfield

Any airfield that is:

  • Not controlled by ATC in the real world; or
  • Controlled by ATC in the real world, but the current time falls outside of normal airfield/airspace operating times; or
  • Controlled by ATC in the real world, but POSCON ATC is offline.

Uncontrolled Airspace

Airspace that is unstaffed by POSCON ATC.

Virtual Operator

Any not-for-profit organization, external to POSCON, that conducts scheduled or otherwise routine virtual aviation related operations. To be classified as a Virtual Operator, these organizations must consist of five or more members and have a publicly accessible website.

 

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