Aviator Acronyms

As a FAR Part 61 flight school, Third Coast Aviation LLC (TCA) pilots and students encounter many acronyms everyday in aviation.  We thought that it would be useful to keep a list to ensure that everyone had a handy guide:


  • AATD – Advance Aviation Training Device
  • AGL – Above Ground Level
  • AIM – Aeronautical Information Manual
  • ASFP – Alien Flight School Program
  • ATPL – Air Transport Pilot License
  • ATS – Air Traffic Service
  • ATTC – Air Traffic Control Center
  • AWBS – Aviation Weather Briefing Service
  • BFR – Biannual Flight Review
  • CFI – Certified Flight Instructor
  • CFII – Certified Flight Instrument Instructor
  • CFR – Code of Federal Regulations
  • CPL – Commercial Pilot License
  • DPE – Designated Pilot Examiner
  • FAA – Federal Aviation Administration
  • FAR – Federal Aviation Regulation
  • FDR – Flight Data Recorder
  • GA – General Aviation
  • GPS – Global Positioning System
  • I/C – In Charge, also used in conjunction with Pilot In Charge (“PIC”)
  • IFR – Instrument Flight Rules
  • IPC – Instrument Proficiency Test
  • MAA – Maximum Authorize Altitude
  • MCA – Minimum Crossing Altitude
  • MEA – Minimum Enroute Altitude
  • MEI – Multi Engine Instructor
  • MFD – Multi Function Display
  • MOCA – Minimum Obstruction Clearance Altitude
  • MRA – Minimum Reception Altitude
  • MSL – Mean Sea Level
  • PFD – Primary Flight Display
  • PPL – Private Pilot License
  • RTO – Abort to Take Off
  • TFR – Temporary Flight Restrictions
  • VFR – Visual Flight Rules

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Eva Fernandez
Office Manager at Third Coast Aviation LLC

Mrs. Fernandez is office manager for Third Coast Aviation LLC, as well as one of its investors.


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