What is a cross-check in an airplane

Airplane: That means the secret language of the crew

“Stand-by” is heard from the loudspeakers in the aircraft cabin. Announcement from the pilot. But - what does he (or in the case of a female pilot: she) mean by that?

In fact, there are a number of such code words that pilots use but hardly any passenger understands. Not anymore!

On his website "Ask the Pilot" Patrick Smith explains what the abbreviations and expressions of the pilots mean. Stand-byfor example, stands for “Please wait”. This is what pilots usually say through when they are too busy to take messages.

That is what the aircraft announcements from the pilots and crew mean

Most expressions (such as Air Pocket, All-Call or Final Approach) belong to the normal flight sequence. They mean there is turbulence (Air pocket or in German: Luftloch) that the flight attendants should communicate via their respective intercoms (All call) or that the aircraft reaches the last part of the landing (Final approach).

Nor do you have to worry about these announcements:

Ramp (German: Vorfeld): This is the area that is directly adjacent to the terminal and where passengers get on or off the aircraft.

Either over bridges that protrude into the apron, on foot or by bus, the so-called apron bus. (Good as show-off knowledge, so that next time you can talk to fellow travelers in the apron bus!)

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Doors to Arrival (Doors on arrival): This announcement usually comes from the flight attendant in charge, also known as the purser. This is to confirm that the escape slide does not automatically deploy when the door is opened. At departure, the emergency slides are equipped so that an emergency evacuation can be carried out quickly.

The crew of an Air India plane apparently forgot about this recently. Upon arrival at the airport, the doors are then indignant so that the emergency slide does not unfold and collide with the passenger boarding bridge.

Cross check (Cross-checking) means that the flight attendants and pilots have checked each other's tasks. For example, flight attendants check whether the doors are armed or disarmed.

EFC Time stands for Expected Further Clearing Time and describes the time at which the aircraft is likely to be allowed to leave the holding pattern or the ground stop (see below).

First Officer: Another name for co-pilot. Incidentally, he or she is sitting to the right of the pilot, both of whom take turns controlling the aircraft during the flight.

Flight Deck: Describes nothing other than the cockpit.

Flight level (Altitude): Provides information about how high the aircraft is above sea level.

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Ground stop: Situation in which airspace surveillance restricts departure to one or more destinations. Mostly the reason is a backlog in air traffic.

Holding pattern (Holding loop) describes a loop, the shape of which is somewhat reminiscent of a racetrack, and which is flown when the landing has to be postponed due to weather or delays in air traffic.

Pilot announcements for emergencies

With other announcements, however, you should prick up your ears - because if you hear the code 7500, code Adam, MEL or Pan-Pan, something is wrong.

7500 is announced in the event of a hijacking or impending hijacking of the aircraft. Code Adam alerts the crew about a missing child.

MEL (short for Minimum Equipment List) informs the crew that a special aircraft device is broken, but the flight can still be safely continued.

Perhaps this explanation will inspire you to listen a little more closely to what is echoing from the speakers on your next flight.