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Abbreviations:

Abbreviations and acronyms are used to simplify the complex regulation and technical nature of the aviation industry.

The following is a list of many of these abbreviations and acronyms for your reference.

A & P
A/FD
AC
ACAR
ACAS
ADCUS
ADF
ADIZ
AFSS
ALD
APA
ARFFIC
ARINC
ARSA
ARSR
ARTS
ASOS
ASR
ATCRBS
ATCSCC
ATD
ATT
AWOS
BBS
CAB
CASS
CD
CDI
CERAP
CFA
CFIT
CFR
CTAF
CVFP
CVR
CVRS
CWA
DA
DCP
DF
DH
DME
DME/N
DME/P
DOD
DOT
DP
DPU
DUATS
DVA
DVFR
EFAS
EASA
ESV
ETA
ETD
ETE
ETOPS
FAA
FAR
FBO
FCC
FD
FDC
FDR
FISDL
FMSP
FSDO
GBAS
GLS
GPWS
GSD
GUS
HAT
HDTA
HIWAS
IAP
IAS
IF
ILS
IMC
ITWS
LAA
LAHSO
LAWRS
LDA
LLWAS
MAHWP
MALS
MAP
MATA
MAWP
MDA
MEA
MIRL
MLS
MM
MOCA
MSA
MSAW
MTI
MVA
NASA
NAVAID
NDB
NFDC
NIDS
NIMA
NMAC
NOAA
NoPT
NTSB
OAT
PAPI
PAR
PAR
PFD
POB
POH
PT
RA
RADAR
RBDT
RCAG
RCC
REIL
RMI
RNP
RVSM
SAR
SCAT-1 DGPS
SDF
SFL
SIAP
SID
SMGCS
SPS
STAR
STOL
SWAP
TA
TAF
TAS
TAWS
TCAS
TCH
TD
TDWR
TDZL
TLS
TPP
TRACON
TRSA
TSA
TSO
TWEB
U.S.
UFO
USCG
UTC
VASI
VDA
VDP
VGSI
VIP
VMC
Vmini
Vnei
VOR
VORTAC
VTOL
Vx
Vy
WAAS
WAC
WATA
WGS-84
WMO
WMS
WRS

Airframe and Powerplant
Airport/Facility Directory
Advisory Circular
Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System
Airborne Collision Avoidance System
Advise Customs
Automatic Direction Finder
Air Defense Identification Zone
Automated Flight Service Station
Available Landing Distance
Allied Pilots Association
Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Incident Commander
Aeronautical Radio Incorporated
Airport Radar Service Area
Air Route Surveillance Radar
Automated Radar Terminal System
Automated Surface Observing System
Airport Surveillance Radar
Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System
Air Traffic Control System Command Center
Along Track (Straight-line) Distance
Attitude Retention System
Automated Weather Observing System
Bulletin Board System
Civil Aeronautics Board
Continuing Analysis and Surveillance Systems
Controller Display
Course Deviation Indicator
Combined Center/RAPCON
Controlled Firing Area
Controlled Flight Into Terrain
Code of Federal Regulations
Common Traffic Advisory Frequency
Charted Visual Flight Procedure
Cockpit Voice Recorder
Computerized Voice Reservation System
Center Weather Advisory
Decision Altitude
Data Collection Package
Direction Finder
Decision Height
Distance Measuring Equipment
Standard DME
Precision DME
Department of Defense
Department of Transportation
Instrument Departure Procedure
Data Processor Unit
Direct User Access Terminal System
Diverse Vector Area
Defense Visual Flight Rules
En Route Flight Advisory Service
European Aviation Safety Agency
Expanded Service Volume
Estimated Time of Arrival
Estimated Time of Departure
Estimated Time En Route
Extended Twin-Engine Operations
Federal Aviation Administration
Federal Aviation Regulation
Fixed Base Operator
Federal Communications Commission
Flight Director System
Flight Data Center
Flight Data Recorder
Flight Information Services Data Link
Flight Management System Procedure
Flight Standards District Office
Ground Based Augmentation System
GNSS Landing System
Ground Proximity Warning System
Geographical Situation Display
Ground Uplink Station
Height Above Touchdown
High Density Traffic Airports
Hazardous Inflight Weather Advisory Service
Instrument Approach Procedure
Indicated Air Speed
Intermediate Fix
Instrument Landing System
Instrument Meteorological Conditions
Integrated Terminal Weather System
Local Airport Advisory
Land and Hold Short Operations
Limited Aviation Weather Reporting Station
Localizer Type Directional Aid
Low Level Wind Shear Alert System
Missed Approach Holding Waypoint
Medium Intensity Approach Light System
Missed Approach Point
Minnesota Aviation Trades Association
Missed Approach Waypoint
Minimum Descent Altitude
Minimum En Route Altitude
Medium Intensity Runway Lights
Microwave Landing System
Middle Marker
Minimum Obstruction Clearance Altitude
Minimum Safe Altitude
Minimum Safe Altitude Warning
Moving Target Indicator
Minimum Vectoring Altitude
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Navigational Aid
Non-directional Radio Beacon
National Flight Data Center
National Institute for Discovery Sciences
National Imagery and Mapping Agency
Near Midair Collision
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
No Procedure Turn Required
National Transportation Safety Board
Outside Air Temperature
Precision Approach Path Indicator
Precision Approach Radar
Preferred Arrival Route
Personal Flotation Device
Persons on Board
Pilots Operating Handbook
Procedure Turn
Resolution Advisory
Radio Detection and Ranging
Ribbon Display Terminals
Remote Center Air/Ground
Rescue Coordination Center
Runway End Identifier Lights
Radio Magnetic Indicator
Required Navigation Performance
Reduced Vertical Separation Minima
Search and Rescue
Special Category I Differential GPS
Simplified Directional Facility
Sequenced Flashing Lights
Standard Instrument Approach Procedure
Standard Instrument Departure
Surface Movement Guidance Control System
Standard Positioning Service
Standard Terminal Arrival
Short Take-Off and Landing
Severe Weather Avoidance Procedure
Traffic Advisory
Aerodrome Forecast
True Air Speed
Terrain Avoidance and Warning System
Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System
Threshold Crossing Height
Time Difference
Terminal Doppler Weather Radar
Touchdown Zone Lights
Transponder Landing System
Terminal Procedures Publications
Terminal Radar Approach Control
Terminal Radar Service Area
Transportation Security Administration
Technical Standard Order
Transcribed Weather Broadcast
United States
Unidentified Flying Object
United States Coast Guard
Coordinated Universal Time
Visual Approach Slope Indicator
Vertical Descent Angle
Visual Descent Point
Visual Glide Slope Indicator
Video Integrator Processor
Visual Meteorological Conditions
Minimum speed – IFR
Never exceed speed – IFR
Very High Frequency Omni-directional Range
VHF Omni-directional Range/Tactical Air Navigation
Vertical Take-Off and Landing
Best Angle of Climb speed
Best Rate of Climb speed
Wide Area Augmentation System
World Aeronautical Chart
Wisconsin Aviation Trades Association
World Geodetic System of 1984
World Meteorological Organization
Wide-Area Master Station
Wide-Area Ground Reference Station