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Pilot Quiz - Communication Acronyms

Communications of all types today use acronyms, but nowhere is this more prevalent than in aviation. The list of abbreviations and acronyms in the Aeronautical Information Manual takes up several pages. How is your knowledge of FAA language? Try your hand at identifying these. Name five out of ten and you're good. Correctly identify seven and you score excellent. Name all ten correctly and you probably looked up the answers.

1. TLS

a. Transponder Landing System
b. Terminal Lighting System
c Technical Localizer System

2. SOIA

a. Standard Operation Instrument Approach
b. Sequenced Omni Instrument Approaches
c. Simultaneous Offset Instrument Approaches

3. CARTS

a. Course Alert Reference Transcribed Service
b. Common Altitude Radar Transmission System
c. Common Automated Radar Terminal System

4. CPDLC

a. Central Processor Domestic Localizer Computer
b. Controller Pilot Data Link Communications
c. Common Precision Direct Landing Course

5. LAWRS

a. Limited Aviation Weather Reporting System
b. Limited Altitude Weather Routing System
c. Limited Approach With Radar Signal

6. MAHWP

a. Missed Approach Helicopter Warning Point
b. Maximum Altitude Holding Waypoint
c. Missed Approach Holding Waypoint

7. LAHSO

a. Land and Hold Short Operations
b. Local Area Height Safety Obstacle
c. Large Hazardous Surface Obstacles

8. UWS

a. Universal Weather Signal
b. Urgent Weather SIGMET
c. Unmanned Weather Station

9. WW

a. Severe Weather Watch Bulletin
b. Weather Warning
c. Waypoint Warning

10. VCOA

a. Vector Course Outside Area
b. Voice Command Over Automation
c. Visual Climb Over Airport

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