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PROPELLER: Wood, plastic or composite
device used to stabilize inferior landings.
TRAINER: Inexpensive throw-a-way device used by beginning pilots to scare instructors and spectators with.
INSTRUCTOR: Old pilot who loves flying and teaching others to fly...usually can not tell you how many planes he has crashed.
TAIL ASSEMBLY: Fragile device which has affinity for door frames during non-flight transport.
TRANSMITTER or RECEIVER FAILURE: Something which happens only on first flight of a plane (usually the last flight, too).
RUNWAY: Flat object used by student pilots to walk on to retrieve aircraft which "almost landed ok".
GLIDE-TIME (1): The time between the Engine falling out and the Airplane hitting the ground.
GLIDE-TIME (2): Time between the Wings folding and the airplane hitting the ground.
DUCTED-FAN: A high-maintenance salad shooter.
AEROMODELING : The art of turning precision-cut and glued balsa wood and foam into toothpicks and confetti.
AIRPLANE - Heavier than air machine that flies like it's heavier than air.
BALSA - An extremely light substitute for gold.
CRASH - Method of seeing inside a model airplane.
DINNER - A meal that is always cold by the time you get back from flying.
ELEVATOR - Device to prevent level flight.
ENGINE - Device that doesn't start when you want it to, and cuts your fingers.
FAIL SAFE - Option on PCM radio's that allows a pilot to choose whether to crash near him, or a long way away.
FLYING FIELD - Take off area. Landings occur elsewhere.
GIRLS - Something to be interested in before you take up flying.
HINGE - Device to prevent control surface movement and cause flutter.
INVERTED FLIGHT - Method of landing without wear and tear on the wheels.
JOKER - Person who invites you to "taxi back" after a dead stick landing.
LANDING - Test of strength between your plane and the planet.
LB. - Abbreviation for "pound", used to describe how much overweight an airplane is.
MIXTURE SCREW - Device to meter too little fuel to the engine at critical moments.
MOTOR - Electric device that starts when you don't want it to, and cuts your fingers.
NOSE WHEEL - Device that prevents an airplane from landing without bouncing.
PLUG - (1)-Electrical device for making intermittent contact in your engine's ignition.
PLUG - (2)-Electrical device for making intermittent contact with your radio.
RADIO - Device that enables an airplane to crash in different places than it otherwise would.
RECEIVER - Part of the radio that picks up interference.
SKID - Another word for spinner.
SPINNER - Critical part of landing gear.
TANK - Temporary storage place for chemicals before they saturate the airplane.
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