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  • Aerofoil
    a surface which is shaped to produce more lift than drag when moved through the air
  • Aileron
    a horizontal control surface hinged to the mainplane, which enables an aeroplane to bank or roll
  • Avionics
    electronic communication, navigation, and flight control equipment of an aircraft
  • Bay
    a space or area in the structure of an aeroplane where equipment can be located
  • Beam
    a shaft of light or radiation travelling in one direction, as from a cars headlights
  • Black box
    an electronic device located in the tail section of an aircraft that picks up and stores data about a flight
  • Blade
    a flattened part of a propeller or rotor
  • Body
    the main part of an aeroplane
  • Bulkhead
    a dividing partition across the structure of the fuselage separating one compartment from another for reasons of safety or strength
  • Cabin
    a passenger compartment in an aircraft
  • Canopy
    a transparent cover, typically on some fighters, light aircraft and gliders, designed to slide backwards and forwards or hinge upwards to allow pilots to enter or leave an aircraf
  • Cockpit
    the forward area in an aircraft from where the aircraft is controlled by the pilot
  • Cowl
    a covering usually made up of hinged or removable panels
  • Ejection seat
    an emergency escape seat in military aircraft which is fired out of the aircraft while the crew-member is still in it
  • Elevator
    a movable control surface, usually attached to the horizontal stabiliser of an aircraft, used to produce the nose up and down motion of an aircraft in level flight known as pitch
  • Empennage
    the tail assembly of an aircraft
  • Engine
    a machine that converts energy into mechanical force or motion, different from an electric or hydraulic motor because of its use of a fuel
  • Escape hatch
    a small doorway only used in emergencies
  • Fairing
    a device to improve the flow of air over a surface
  • Fin
    a fixed vertical aerofoil at the rear of a plane, the vertical stabiliser
  • Flap
    a movable control surface on the trailing edge of an aircraft wing, used primarily to increase lift and drag during final approach and landing
  • Flight deck instruments
    instruments used by the flight crew when flying an aircraft
  • Fuselage
    the central body of a plane, to which the wings and tail assembly are attached and which accommodates the crew, passengers, and cargo
  • Hold
    an area or compartment within the aircraft for carrying freight
  • Horizontal stabiliser
    a tailplane
  • Instrument
    a device for recording, measuring or controlling, especially functioning as part of a control system
  • Landing gear
    the undercarriage of an aircraft
  • Lavatory
    a room or cubicle with a toilet bowl in it
  • Nose
    the extreme forward end of the aircraft
  • Propeller
    a rotating shaft with blades which, together with the engine, moves an aircraft through the air
  • Propeller blade
    one of the elements of a propeller which generate lift when the unit is turning
  • Pylon
    a structure on the wing of an aircraft to support an engine
  • Ramp
    an inclined track for loading and unloading
  • Rivet
    a type of metal bolt or pin with a head on one end, inserted through one of the aligned holes in the parts to be joined and then compressed on the plain end to form a second head
  • Rotor
    a device which turns about an axis or centre
  • Rotor blade
    a long thin aerofoil on a helicopter rotor
  • Rudder
    a control surface on the fin which rotates the aircraft about its vertical axis to produce yaw
  • Rudder Pedals
    a foot operated lever which moves the rudder
  • Seat
    a place for sitting
  • Slat
    a movable device on the leading edge of a wing which, when extended, creates a gap that allows air to pass smoothly over the top of the wing thus reducing the possibility of a stall
  • Spar
    the main longitudinal beam of an aircraft wing
  • Spoiler
    a hinged surface on the upper wing which, when opened, decreases lift and increases drag
  • Stabiliser
    a device to improve the tendency of an aircraft to return to its original attitude after being deflected
  • Stick
    the main hand control used by the pilot to control the aircraft roll and pitch
  • Tail
    the rear part of the aircraft
  • Tailplane
    a horizontal stabiliser, a horizontal aerofoil at the rear of the aircraft
  • Tyre
    a rubber covering for a wheel
  • Undercarriage
    the landing gear of an aircraft
  • Wing
    the main horizontal aerofoil or mainplane
  • Winglet
    an upturned wing tip or small additional vertical aerofoil on a wing tip
  • Wingtip
    the outermost part of the wing