1.5. Abbreviations and Acronyms

  1. The following abbreviations and acronyms are used in the SOPs. Where the abbreviation or acronym is derived from another document (such as the Aircraft Flight Manual), the reference for that acronym is shown by the title of the publication preceded by the abbreviation "ref." The expanded text for the abbreviation or acronym is shown in this section. For definitions of terms see the Definitions section. Items are sorted in ascending alphabetical order sorted by abbreviation or acronym - vice the expanded text. Generally, the periods "." have been omitted from the abbreviation unless required for clarity.

[The abbreviations, acronyms and expanded text are examples only. A number of them are included only because they have been used in examples in these generic SOPs. The relevant acronyms and expanded text that are used by your organization should be inserted here. However, many of the items shown will apply to your operation. To reduce the likelihood of an incorrect interpretation, we recommend that you include a complete list of any abbreviations and/or acronyms that are used in your SOPs]

ACAS  Airborne Collision Avoidance Systems, (ref. AIP) [insert only if your aircraft is so equipped]
AIP  Aeronautical Information Publication Canada
AFM  Aircraft Flight Manual
APU  Auxiliary Power Unit
ASR  Airport Surveillance Radar (ref. CAP)
ATC  Air Traffic Control, (ref. AIP)
CAP  Canada Air Pilot
Capt. Aircraft Captain
CARs  Canadian Aviation Regulations
CDU  Control Display Unit
CFR  Airport Crash, Fire Fighting and Rescue Services (DND) (ref. CAP)
DH  Decision Height (ref. CAP)
FE  Flight Engineer [insert only if an FE is used on the aircraft]
FA  Flight Attendant [insert only if an FA is used on the aircraft]
FAF  Final Approach Fix (ref. CAP)
FAWP  Final Approach Waypoint (ref. CAP)
FL  Flight Level (ref. CAP)
FMS  Flight Management Systems, (ref. AIP) [insert only if your aircraft is so equipped]
FO  First Officer
FOD  Foreign Object Damage
GPS  Global Positioning System (ref. AIP)
GPWS  Ground Proximity Warning Systems [insert only if your aircraft is so equipped]
HAA  Height Above Aerodrome (ref. CAP)
HAT  Height Above Touchdown Zone Elevation (ref. CAP)
IAF  Initial Approach Fix (ref. CAP)
IAS  Indicated Airspeed (ref. AIP)
IAWP  Initial Approach Waypoint (ref. CAP)
IF  Intermediate Fix (ref. CAP)
ILS  Instrument Landing System (ref. CAP)
IMC  Instrument Meteorological Conditions (ref. CARs)
INS  Inertial Navigation System (ref. AIP)
IWP  Intermediate Waypoint (ref. CAP)
KIAS  Knots Indicated Airspeed
MDA  Minimum Descent Altitude (ref. CAP)
MLS  Microwave Landing System (ref. AIP)
NAVAID  Navigational Aid (ref. AIP)
NH  High Pressure Compressor/Turbine speed (ref. AFM)
PAR  Precision Approach Radar (ref. CAP)
PF  Pilot Flying
PNF  Pilot Not Flying
RCR  Runway Condition Report (ref. AIP)
RNAV  Area Navigation (ref. AIP)
RWY or Rwy Runway (ref. CAP)
SO  Second Officer [insert only if an SO is used on the aircraft]
SOP(s) Aircraft Standard Operating Procedure(s)
STAR  Standard Terminal Arrival (ref. CAP)
TCAS  Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance Systems, (ref. AIP) [insert only if your aircraft is so equipped]
TCS  Touch Control Steering (ref. AFM)
V1 Take-off decision speed, (ref. AFM) [or as per the AFM]
V2 Take-off safety speed, (ref. AFM) [or as per the AFM]
VAC Volts Alternating Current
Vapp Approach Speed, (ref. AFM or SOP) [or as per the AFM] [insert only if published in the AFM or if used as part of the SOP]
Vbroc Best Rate of Climb Speed, (ref. AFM) [or as per the AFM] [insert only if published in the AFM]
Vclimb Single engine zero flap climb speed, (ref. AFM) [or as per the AFM] [insert only if published in the AFM]
VDC Volts Direct Current
Vfe Maximum Flap Extend Speed, (ref. AFM) [or as per the AFM] [insert only if published in the AFM]
Vfri Flap Retraction Initiation Speed, (ref. AFM) [or as per the AFM] [insert only if published in the AFM]
Vgo around Go Around Speed, (ref. AFM) [or as per the AFM] [insert only if published in the AFM]
Vle Maximum Landing Gear Extended Speed, (ref. AFM) [or as per the AFM] [insert only if published in the AFM]
Vlo Maximum Landing Gear Operating Speed, (ref. AFM) [or as per the AFM] [insert only if published in the AFM]
VMC Visual Meteorological Conditions (ref. CARs)
Vmc Minimum Control Speed, (ref. AFM) [or as per the AFM] [insert only if published in the AFM]
Vmca Minimum Control Speed Air, (ref. AFM) [or as per the AFM] [insert only if published in the AFM]
Vmcg Minimum Control Speed Ground, (ref. AFM) [or as per the AFM] [insert only if published in the AFM]
Vmo Maximum Operating Limit Speed, (ref. AFM) [or as per the AFM] [insert only if published in the AFM]
VNAV Vertical Navigation
Vne Never Exceed Speed, (ref. AFM) [or as per the AFM] [insert only if published in the AFM]
Vr Rotation Speed, (ref. AFM) [or as per the AFM] [insert only if published in the AFM]
Vref Final Approach Reference Speed, (ref. AFM) [or as per the AFM] [insert only if published in the AFM]
VS Vertical Speed
Vs Stalling speed, (ref. AFM) [or as per the AFM] [insert only if published in the AFM]
VSI Vertical Speed Indicator (ref. Instrument Procedures Manual)
Vso Stalling Speed in the landing configuration, (ref. AFM) [or as per the AFM] [insert only if published in the AFM]
Vsse Safe Single Engine Speed, (ref. AFM) [or as per the AFM] [insert only if published in the AFM]
Vxse Best single engine angle of climb speed, (ref. AFM) [or as per the AFM] [insert only if published in the AFM]
Vyse Best singe engine rate of climb, (ref. AFM) [or as per the AFM] [insert only if published in the AFM]

 
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