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Pilot/Controller Glossary

3/29/18

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other during simultaneous dependent operations.
Integral parts of a total system ATC procedures, and
appropriate airborne and ground based equipment.

SINGLE DIRECTION ROUTES

− Preferred IFR

Routes which are sometimes depicted on high
altitude en route charts and which are normally flown
in one direction only.

(See PREFERRED IFR ROUTES.)
(Refer to CHART SUPPLEMENT U.S.)

SINGLE FREQUENCY APPROACH

− A service

provided under a letter of agreement to military
single-piloted turbojet aircraft which permits use of
a single UHF frequency during approach for landing.
Pilots will not normally be required to change
frequency from the beginning of the approach to
touchdown except that pilots conducting an en route
descent are required to change frequency when
control is transferred from the air route traffic control
center to the terminal facility. The abbreviation
“SFA” in the DOD FLIP IFR Supplement under
“Communications” indicates this service is available
at an aerodrome.

SINGLE-PILOTED AIRCRAFT

− A military

turbojet aircraft possessing one set of flight controls,
tandem cockpits, or two sets of flight controls but
operated by one pilot is considered single-piloted by
ATC when determining the appropriate air traffic
service to be applied.

(See SINGLE FREQUENCY APPROACH.)

SKYSPOTTER

− A pilot who has received

specialized training in observing and reporting
inflight weather phenomena.

SLASH

− A radar beacon reply displayed as an

elongated target.

SLDI

(See SECTOR LIST DROP INTERVAL.)

SLOT TIME

(See METER FIX TIME/SLOT TIME.)

SLOW TAXI

− To taxi a float plane at low power or

low RPM.

SN

(See SYSTEM STRATEGIC NAVIGATION.)

SPEAK SLOWER

− Used in verbal communications

as a request to reduce speech rate.

SPECIAL ACTIVITY AIRSPACE (SAA)

− Any

airspace with defined dimensions within the National
Airspace System wherein limitations may be
imposed upon aircraft operations. This airspace may
be restricted areas, prohibited areas, military
operations areas, air ATC assigned airspace, and any
other designated airspace areas. The dimensions of
this airspace are programmed into EDST and can be
designated as either active or inactive by screen entry.
Aircraft trajectories are constantly tested against the
dimensions of active areas and alerts issued to the
applicable sectors when violations are predicted.

(See EN ROUTE DECISION SUPPORT TOOL.)

SPECIAL AIR TRAFFIC RULES (SATR)

− Rules

that govern procedures for conducting flights in
certain areas listed in 14 CFR Part 93. The term
“SATR” is used in the United States to describe the
rules for operations in specific areas designated in the
Code of Federal Regulations.

(Refer to 14 CFR Part 93.)

SPECIAL EMERGENCY

− A condition of air piracy

or other hostile act by a person(s) aboard an aircraft
which threatens the safety of the aircraft or its
passengers.

SPECIAL FLIGHT RULES AREA (SFRA)

− An

area in the NAS, described in 14 CFR Part 93,
wherein the flight of aircraft is subject to special
traffic rules, unless otherwise authorized by air traffic
control. Not all areas listed in 14 CFR Part 93 are
designated SFRA, but special air traffic rules apply to
all areas described in 14 CFR Part 93.

SPECIAL INSTRUMENT APPROACH PROCE-
DURE

(See INSTRUMENT APPROACH PROCEDURE.)

SPECIAL USE AIRSPACE

− Airspace of defined

dimensions identified by an area on the surface of the
earth wherein activities must be confined because of
their nature and/or wherein limitations may be
imposed upon aircraft operations that are not a part of
those activities. Types of special use airspace are:

a.

Alert Area

− Airspace which may contain a high

volume of pilot training activities or an unusual type
of aerial activity, neither of which is hazardous to
aircraft. Alert Areas are depicted on aeronautical
charts for the information of nonparticipating pilots.
All activities within an Alert Area are conducted in
accordance with Federal Aviation Regulations, and
pilots of participating aircraft as well as pilots