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ACJ

ACJ is an acronym that stands for Airbus Corporate Jetliner and is used as a prefix for Airbus' range of VIP Airliners, such as the ACJ320.

AIR AMBULANCE

An aircraft which is specially equipped for medical purposes, used to transport people suffering from sickness or injury to hospital in an emergency. A doctor, as part of the crew, will be taking care of the patient during the trip. See also MedEvac.

AIR CHARTER OPERATOR

An air charter operator is authorised to operate air charter flights, due to having been granted an Air Operator Certificate (AOC). This is the party in charge of the maintenance, licensing, safety and operations of private aircraft, be it a single business jet or a fleet. The operator is not necessarily the owner of the private aircraft that is available for charter.

AIR OPERATOR'S CERTIFICATE (AOC)

An Air Operator's Certificate is the official authorisation of an aircraft operator by a national aviation authority (NAA) to permit it to use aircraft for commercial purposes. Requirements vary depending on country but generally include aircraft airworthiness, adequate personnel and operating systems and proof of sufficient finances, amongst others things. LunaJet's only uses the most reliable operators with the highest level of certification for its clients.

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL (ATC)

Air traffic control is a service which manages the flow of air traffic through specially trained ground-based air traffic controllers. Each country generally provides this service to all private, military and commercial aircraft operating within its airspace and the primary role of ATC is to ensure the safe and fluid circulation of aircraft.

ATC SLOTS

The commonly called 'ATC Slot' message is provided by Air Traffic Control in order to delay an aircraft departure time, when necessary for regulation reasons. The CTOC (Calculated Takeoff Time) will be the new identified, planned time. Understandably, passengers do not like ATC slot restrictions, as they often cause delay. However, they are provided for the safety of air traffic and can sometimes improve over time as Air Traffic Control will always try to accommodate traffic as much as possible.

AVIONICS

The term 'avionics' refers to the electronic systems with which aircraft are equipped. These serve a variety of purposes, ranging from communications and monitoring to collision-avoidance and navigation.
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BALTIC AIR CHARTER ASSOCIATION (BACA)

The Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA), of which LunaJets is a proud member, is a London-based worldwide organisation that acts as a network for air charter professionals. As the world's largest and most prestigious organisation of its kind, BACA promotes the highest standards of professionalism and ethics and its members strive to deliver this level of service to the consumer.

BBJ

BBJ is an acronym that stands for Boeing Business Jets, the American company's series of VIP airliners which are often derived from their commercial jets. They are known for combining the luxury of a Business Jet with the space of a Commercial Airliner to provide an exceptional service. The Boeing 737 is know to be the flagship of the BBJ but now 757, 767, 777, 787 or 747 400 models of BBJ exist.

BUSINESS JET CHARTER

The act of chartering a private jet for the purpose of personal use or corporate transportation. See also Private Jet Charter.
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CHARTER CARD

A Charter Card is a method of pre-payment for private air travel, often purchased in the form of a block of charter hours. These are sold for a pre-determined fee or a set debit balance, resulting in higher overall costs of travel than purchasing individual bespoke flights through LunaJets.

COCKPIT

The area in the forward fuselage of an aircraft which contains the pilot and co-pilot's seats, the flying controls and instrument panel.

CRUISE SPEED

The speed maintained by the aircraft once it has acquired its cruising altitude.
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DE-ICING

De-icing is defined as the removal of ice and snow from parts of the aircraft. This is extremely important for maintaining an aircraft's safety and performance as, if snow and ice are covering the wings, it changes the air dynamics and disrupts the airflow across the wings' surface. The lift performance is thus reduced. For this reason, it is absolutely necessary to remove all ice and snow from the aircraft before takeoff. De-icing is the only additional cost that will be charged after the flight by LunaJets, as we unfortunately cannot predict it. LunaJets propose some insurances on small aircraft. Please ask your of Private Aviation Advisor for more information.

DEPRECIATION

The term 'depreciation', in the context of aviation, refers to the reduction in value of an aircraft over time due to a variety of factors, principally: age, use, wear and market conditions.

DOUBLE ROTATION

A 'Double Rotation' is when the flight itinerary sees an aircraft fly to a destination, drop off its passengers then return to its home base. The aircraft then returns to the same original destination to collect the passengers and return them to where their journey began. This occurs when it is more expensive to keep an aircraft away from its home base than it is to return home and go back to pick up the passengers. See also 'Double Round Trip'.

DOUBLE ROUND TRIP

Also known as a 'Double Rotation', a Double Round Trip is when the flight itinerary sees an aircraft fly to a destination, drop off its passengers then return to its home base. The aircraft then returns to the same original destination to collect the passengers and return them to where their journey began. This occurs when it is more expensive to keep an aircraft away from its home base than it is to return home and go back to pick up the passengers.

DRAG

Drag, along with thrust, lift and weight, is one of the four forces acting on an aircraft during straight-and-level unaccelerated flight. Drag is an aerodynamic force, generated by the difference in velocity between the aircraft and the atmosphere in which it flies. Drag can be considered as a form of aerodynamic friction, which acts in the opposite direction to the direction of motion of an aircraft, thus opposing the aircraft's motion through the air.

DUTY TIME

This refers to the number of hours per day that a member of the crew is on duty in any capacity, including hours outside of flight time. The length of duty time is limited by the FAA or EASA and many charter operators impose their own restrictions so it is worth inquiring about when planning a trip of long duration.
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