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Parts of aircraft

aerofoil

noun

a curved part on an aircraft’s wing that helps it to rise in the air. The American word is airfoil.

aft

adjective, adverb

in or towards the back part of a ship or plane

aileron

noun

a part on the back edge of an aircraft’s wing that is used in making one side of the aircraft move higher than the other

altimeter

noun

a piece of equipment in an aircraft that tells you the height of the aircraft above sea level (=the surface of the sea)

avionics

noun

electronic equipment used in planes, or the practice of designing such equipment

AWACS

noun

Airborne Warning And Control System: an electronic system in military planes that tells pilots when other planes are attacking them

ballast

noun

a substance such as water, sand, or metal that is carried in ships or large balloons to help them remain steady

bay

noun

an area in a plane or ship that is used for carrying goods or equipment

black box

noun

a piece of equipment in a plane used for recording details about a flight, especially to try to find out the cause of a problem or crash

blade

noun

one of the flat parts of a propeller that spins around and pushes a boat or plane forwards

blade

noun

one of the thin flat parts that spin around and keep a helicopter in the air

body

noun

the main outer part of a car, not including the engine or wheels, or the main outer part of a plane, not including the engine, wheels, or wings

bucket seat

noun

a low deep seat in a car or aircraft

bulkhead

noun

a wall that divides the inside of a ship or plane into separate areas

cabin

noun

the part of a plane where the passengers sit

canopy

noun

a transparent cover over the front part of a plane where the pilot sits

chassis

noun

the landing gear of an aircraft

cockpit

noun

the part of a plane where the pilot sits

controls

noun

the instruments used for operating a large vehicle, especially an aircraft

cowling

noun

a metal cover for the engine of an aircraft

ejector seat

noun

a seat in a plane that will deliberately throw a pilot up and out into the air if the plane is likely to crash

escape hatch

noun

a small door for escaping from a ship, aircraft, or submarine in an emergency

fin

noun

a part on the back of an aircraft that sticks out and helps it to move smoothly

flap

noun

a part of the wing of a plane that moves up and down to help to control the plane

flight data recorder

noun

a flight recorder

flight deck

noun

the area at the front of a large plane where the pilot works

flight recorder

noun

a machine in a plane that records various types of information, such as speed, direction, and altitude during a flight

fuselage

noun

the main part of an aircraft that the wings are fixed to

galley

noun

the kitchen on a boat or plane

gangway

noun

a space between two sets of seats, for example in a bus, plane, or hall

gondola

noun

the part fixed to a hot-air balloon or an airship for people to travel in

hold

noun

the area in a plane or ship that is used for goods, vehicles, or bags

jet engine

noun

a type of engine that combines air and burning fuel to create power for a jet plane

joystick

noun

an upright handle that a pilot uses to control the direction of a plane

landing gear

noun

the equipment and wheels that a plane uses when it lands

lavatory

noun

a room with a toilet and a sink, especially on a plane

nose

noun

the front part of an aircraft

overhead locker

noun

one of a row of small cupboards above the seats in a plane where passengers can store things during a flight

port

noun

the side of a ship or plane that is on your left when you are looking forwards. The part that is on your right is starboard.

porthole

noun

a small window in the side of a ship or plane

propeller

noun

a piece of equipment with blades that spin, used for moving a ship or aircraft

ramp

noun

a set of stairs that can be moved, used by passengers to get on and off a plane

rotor blade

noun

one of the long flat pieces of metal on top of a helicopter that turn around to lift it off the ground

rudder

noun

a flat piece of wood or other material at the back of a boat or plane that is moved to change the direction of travel

skid

noun

a part on the bottom of an aircraft that helps it to land

spar

noun

a thick strong pole that supports something

spar

noun

a strong pole that supports the structure in the wing of a plane

stick

noun

a joystick

tail

noun

the back part of a plane

tailplane

noun

either of the parts at the back of a plane that look like small wings

thruster

noun

an engine on a spacecraft or aircraft that controls in what direction and how high it flies

underbelly

noun

the bottom surface of a plane or other vehicle

undercarriage

noun

the wheels of a plane and the whole structure that supports it

wing

noun

one of the long flat parts on both sides of a plane that allow it to fly

wingtip

noun

the point at the end of the wing of a bird or plane

pre-roll

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