FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)
federal agency responsible to promote aviation
safety through regulation and education.
Testing of the envelope fabric for
tensile strength, tear strength, and/or porosity.
Fabric tests are specified by each balloon
See Uncontrolled Lift.
FCC(Federal Communications Commission)
The federal agency which
regulates radio communication and
communication equipment in the United States.
Adjective used to describe a
noncombustible material that cannot be destroyed
The inadvertent extinguishing of a
The last flight maneuver by an aircraft
in a successful landing, wherein the balloon's
descent is reduced to a path nearly parallel to the
suspension consisting of steel or fiber cables
without rigid structure.
Required for all certificated
pilots every 24 months in order to retain pilot in
command privileges. A flight review consists of
at least 1 hour of flight training and 1 hour of
"The time from the moment the
aircraft first moves under its own power for the
purpose of flight until the moment it comes to
rest at the next point of landing." (14 CFR
"The average forward
horizontal distance, of an aircraft in flight, at
which prominent unlighted objects may be seen
and identified by day and prominent lighted
objects may be seen and identified by night."
(14 CFR part 1)
Feet Per Minute.
FSDO (Flight Standards District Office)
Field offices of the FAA, which deal with
certification and operation of aircraft.