Jargon buster

There are lots of acronyms used daily within the airside working environment. Here are some of the most commonly used terms:

A-CDM
Airport Collaborative Decision Making

AGL 
Aeronautical Ground Lighting

AO
Airline Operator

AOBT
Actual Off Blocks Time

ATC
Air Traffic Control

CTOT
Calculated Take Off Time

DMAN
Departure Manager

DPI
Departure Planning Information

EOBT
Estimated Off Blocks Time

GAD
Gatwick Airport Directive

GAN
Gatwick Airport Notice

GHA 
Ground Handling Agent

MARS
Multi Aircraft Ramp System

MCA 
Multi Choice Apron

NMOC
Network Manager Operations Centre

RET
Rapid Exit Taxiway

RETILS
Rapid Exit Taxiway Indicator Lights

RGB
Runway Guard Bars

RTIL
Runway Threshold Identification Lights

RESA
Runway End Safety Area

RWY 
Runway

SEGS
Stand Entry Guidance System

SID
Standard Instrument Departure

TCO
Turn Control Operative

TOBT
Target Off Blocks Time

TUBS
Taxiway Unavailable Bars

TSAT
Target Start Approval Time

TTOT
Target take Off Time

VTT
Variable Taxi Time