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Pilot/Controller Glossary

3/29/18

PCG C

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identified and in communication with ATC by
ensuring that radar targets do not touch. Pertinent
traffic advisories shall be issued when this procedure
is applied.

Note: This procedure shall not be provided utilizing

mosaic radar systems.

CONFORMANCE

− The condition established when

an aircraft’s actual position is within the conformance
region constructed around that aircraft at its position,
according to the trajectory associated with the
aircraft’s Current Plan.

CONFORMANCE REGION

− A volume, bounded

laterally, vertically, and longitudinally, within which
an aircraft must be at a given time in order to be in
conformance with the Current Plan Trajectory for that
aircraft. At a given time, the conformance region is
determined by the simultaneous application of the
lateral, vertical, and longitudinal conformance
bounds for the aircraft at the position defined by time
and aircraft’s trajectory.

CONSOLAN

− A low frequency, long-distance

NAVAID used principally for transoceanic naviga-
tions.

CONTACT

a.

Establish communication with (followed by the

name of the facility and, if appropriate, the frequency
to be used).

b.

A flight condition wherein the pilot ascertains

the attitude of his/her aircraft and navigates by visual
reference to the surface.

(See CONTACT APPROACH.)
(See RADAR CONTACT.)

CONTACT APPROACH

− An approach wherein an

aircraft on an IFR flight plan, having an air traffic
control authorization, operating clear of clouds with
at least 1 mile flight visibility and a reasonable
expectation of continuing to the destination airport in
those conditions, may deviate from the instrument
approach procedure and proceed to the destination
airport by visual reference to the surface. This
approach will only be authorized when requested by
the pilot and the reported ground visibility at the
destination airport is at least 1 statute mile.

(Refer to AIM.)

CONTAMINATED RUNWAY

− A runway is

considered contaminated whenever standing water,
ice, snow, slush, frost in any form, heavy rubber, or

other substances are present. A runway is contami-
nated with respect to rubber deposits or other
friction-degrading substances when the average
friction value for any 500-foot segment of the runway
within the ALD fails below the recommended
minimum friction level and the average friction value
in the adjacent 500-foot segments falls below the
maintenance planning friction level.

CONTERMINOUS U.S.

− The 48 adjoining States

and the District of Columbia.

CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES

− The 49 States

located on the continent of North America and the
District of Columbia.

CONTINUE

− When used as a control instruction

should be followed by another word or words
clarifying what is expected of the pilot. Example:
“continue taxi,” “continue descent,” “continue
inbound,” etc.

CONTROL AREA [ICAO]

− A controlled airspace

extending upwards from a specified limit above the
earth.

CONTROL SECTOR

− An airspace area of defined

horizontal and vertical dimensions for which a
controller or group of controllers has air traffic
control responsibility, normally within an air route
traffic control center or an approach control facility.
Sectors are established based on predominant traffic
flows, altitude strata, and controller workload. Pilot
communications during operations within a sector
are normally maintained on discrete frequencies
assigned to the sector.

(See DISCRETE FREQUENCY.)

CONTROL SLASH

− A radar beacon slash repre-

senting the actual position of the associated aircraft.
Normally, the control slash is the one closest to the
interrogating radar beacon site. When ARTCC radar
is operating in narrowband (digitized) mode, the
control slash is converted to a target symbol.

CONTROLLED AIRSPACE

− An airspace of

defined dimensions within which air traffic control
service is provided to IFR flights and to VFR flights
in accordance with the airspace classification.

a.

Controlled airspace is a generic term that covers

Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, and Class E
airspace.

b.

Controlled airspace is also that airspace within

which all aircraft operators are subject to certain pilot
qualifications, operating rules, and equipment

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