Pilot Reveals 23 Word Codes And Their Meanings

When flying onboard, we hear how the crew communicates in words that intrigues us and creates a mystery inside the airplane. One pilot decided to explain what those codes mean. Some of them might surprise you.

Here they are, the secret codes that the crew is using onboard.

"Doors to arrival and crosscheck."

This is mostly said by the senior flight attendant. It means that the plane is already approaching the gate. Also, that emergency escape slides are off.


This can be named "all cabin crew conference call". Each flight attendant reports from their positions and the situation they handle.

"Holding pattern."

The definition of the code is: "A racetrack-shaped course flown during weather or traffic delays."

"At this time."

When cabin crew introduces the rules onboard and asks to put away all electronic devices, they say "at this time". In another word, it means "now".

"Flight level."

This code is a fancy way to say how high is the aircraft at that moment.

"Last minute paperwork."

In most cases "paperwork" is the flight plan. But mostly it provides information about aircraft weight and balance record. If this is said, it means the crew is waiting for the maintenance staff to finish everything in the flight's log book.

"Ground stop."

Believe it or not but there can be traffic jams in the air. This code describes the moment when destinations are reduced by the air traffic control.

"Air pocket."

This is a term for air turbulence.


It means the airplane.


It is simply another name for the cockpit.

"First Officer (Co-Pilot)."

Co-Pilot is the second pilot in the cockpit together with the captain. It is possible to recognize the First Officer from the uniform and the three stripes on its shoulders.

"Final approach."

The definition of the code: "For pilots, an airplane is on final approach when it has reached the last, straight-in segment off the landing pattern - that is aligned with the extended centerline of the runway, requiring no additional turns or maneuvering."


The code applies to the cabin crew and pilots who travel to another destination to be repositioned. But it does not mean commuting.

"Direct flight."

The code means the flight with the routing that has the same flight number.

"Nonstop flight."

Same as the code, it means not stopping flight.

"EFC time."

As defined what is EFC time: "is the point at which a crew expects to be set free from a holding pattern or exempted from a ground stop."

"Wheels-up time."

This is the moment when the plane is expected to be in the air.

"The ramp."

The code means the nearest space to the terminal where aircraft are active and similar to parking spaces.


The definition of this code is: "Passageway, between terminals or ramps".


For vehicles, there are parking spaces and for airplanes, there are places called aprons.

"Final and immediate boarding call."

This code provides the information for the passengers that the plane will depart soon and they have to hurry up. Because in many cases "final call" does not encourage the passengers to run to the gate.

"Area of weather."

Sometimes pilots must fly to the other direction because of the weather. This code means that if pilots changed the course but the arrival point is the same, there is a thunderstorm. Or in other words, the area of weather.

"The floor area."

This code should not be named as a code. It is just the floor area around you.

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