Wright Brothers 282nd Aero Composite Squadron - Civil Air


The following is a list of acronyms, definitions, and resources of the most frequently used terms:

    AAFES - Army and Air Force Exchange Service (uniform supplier).

    A/C or AC - Aircraft or Aircrew.

    Accouterments- Items authorized for wear on or with any uniform.

    ACUT- Advanced Communications User Training.

    AE - Aerospace Education.

    AEO - Aerospace Education Officer.

    AEPSM - Aerospace Education Program for Senior Members (Yeager Award).

    AETCFC - Air Education & Training Command Familiarization Course.

    AFMAN - Air Force Manual.

    AFNSEP - Air Force National Security Emergency Preparedness Office.

    AFRCC - Air Force Rescue Coordination Center.

    AFSCFC - Air Force Space Command Familiarization Course.

    ANG - Air National Guard.

    APJOC - Advance Pararescue Orientation Course.

    ATA - Actual Time of Arrival.

    ATD - Actual Time of Departure.

    ATE - Actual Time Enroute.

    Barracks - Buildings used for housing of military personnel on a military base.

    BCUT - Basic Communications User Training.

    BDU - Battle Dress Uniform.

    Blues - Blue Service Dress Uniform.

    Cadet Protection Policy Training (CPPT) - This course, usually taken as part of Level l, will familiarize you with CAP’s efforts to protect its cadet membership from abuse and harassment.

    CAP - Civil Air Patrol.

    Corporate Learning Course (CLC) - A 2-day course designed to teach members about wing operations and functions. A requirement for Level III completion.

    ELT - Emergency Locator Transmitter.

    Encampment - Cadet programs week-long training camp.

    ES - Emergency Services.

    ETA - Estimated Time of Arrival.

    ETD - Estimated Time of Departure.

    FAA - Federal Aviation Administration.

    FAR - Federal Aviation Regulations.

    FBO - Fixed-Base Operator - the service provider on an airport.

    Flight Line - Designated area where the planes are dispatched.

    FSS - Flight Service Station - an FAA facility which provides information to pilots.

    GES - An acronym for General Emergency Services, the basic training for ES participation.

    GPS - Global Positioning System - a satellite-based navigation system.

    Group Commander. Group commanders are appointed by the wing commander to supervise and direct operations in a geographic area, usually a major city and its suburbs.

    Level I Orientation. Introductory course which describes the basic structure of Civil Air Patrol.

    Liaison Officer/Noncommissioned Officer (LO/LNCO). United States Air Force Reservists who advise CAP wings and regions in the areas of organization, administration, operations, training, aerospace education, supply, and similar activities. They also provide Air Force oversight and maintain an interchange of information between HQ CAP and the CAP wings and regions. Each wing has at least a LO (officer) or LNCO (enlisted person) who is a retired Air Force member.

    National Staff College (NSC). The capstone CAP course for professional development. NSC gives senior CAP officers advanced training in leadership and management and discusses issues of interest to CAP on a national scale. A requirement for Level V completion.

    NCO - An acronym for Non Commissioned Officer, usually the grade of sergeant.

    NOC - Civil Air Patrol National Operations Center.

    NTSB - National Transportation Safety Board.

    NWS - National Weather Service.

    O-Ride - Cadet Orientation Flight.

    PIC - Pilot In Command.

    POH - Pilot's Operating Handbook.

    Region Staff College (RSC). A 1-week, in-residence course designed to teach members about management at the command level. A requirement for Level IV completion.

    Specialty Track. A three-digit code used to differentiate between staff positions and jobs (i.e., logistics, cadet programs, supply, etc).

    Specialty Track Ratings. Specialty tracks have three levels of achievement within a given specialty track: Technician, Senior, and Master.

    Squadron Leadership School (SLS). A 2-day course designed to teach members about squadron functions and basic CAP-related skills. A requirement for Certificate of Proficiency.

    Squadron Commander. Squadron commanders are appointed by the wing and/or group commander to supervise and direct the operations of a local unit.

    VHF - Very High Frequency.

    VOR - VHF Omnidirectional Range - a common type of aircraft electronic navigation aid.

    Wing Commander. Wing commanders are appointed by the region commander to supervise and direct operations and activities within the state.

    ZULU - Universal Coordinated Time.