Most frequently used words in business aviation
An aircraft refers to a specific physical aircraft identified by its tail number. An aircraft is of a specific aircraft type.
Air operator’s certificate (AOC):
A certificate issued by a country’s national aviation authority, allowing the operator to use the aircraft for the specified commercial purposes.
Each aircraft type belongs to a category. These are the fixed wing categories available to all companies in the Avinode Marketplace.
Piston – Small piston-powered aircraft.
Turbo prop – Turbo prop-powered aircraft that seat up to 19 passengers.
Entry level jet (VLJ) – Jet aircraft with a MTOW of up to 12 000 lbs.
Light jet – Jet aircraft with a MTOW between 12 000 and 18 000 lbs.
Super light jet – Jet aircraft with a MTOW between 18 000 and 22 000 lbs.
Midsize jet – Jet aircraft with a MTOW between 22 000 and 30 000 lbs.
Super midsize jet – Jet aircraft with a MTOW between 30 000 and 40 000 lbs.
Heavy jet – Jet aircraft with a MTOW of more than 41 000 lbs.
Ultra long range – Heavy jets with a range of more than 5 000 NM.
VIP airliner – VIP-configured airliners.
Airliner – Non-VIP airliners that seat 20 passengers or more.
These are the two available categories for helicopters.:
An aircraft type contains information about a group of aircraft with the same or very similar specifications. Each aircraft is connected to one aircraft type. Examples of aircraft types are:
A company that arranges transactions between the end-client and the seller. The broker often also arranges other trip related services for the end-client. This can be, for example, ground transportation, hotel accommodation etc.
Empty legs are flights that the operator needs to do to position an aircraft. These flights can be marketed in the Avinode Marketplace in an attempt to find business for them.
An itinerary holds information about one of more flight legs.
A leg represents a flight movement between locations. This is normally between two airports but the location can be, for example, a city or an address. The leg also has information about departure time and/or arrival time. It can also hold information about the number of passengers, flight times, distance etc.
A company that holds one or more air operator’s certificates and operates the aircraft listed on these.
A quote is an offer that a seller sends to a buyer as a reply to an RFQ. A quote contains information about what lift the quote is for, the itinerary and the price offered to the buyer. The quote itinerary may differ from the itinerary the buyer requested in the RFQ. This can happen if, for example, the quote is only for parts of the requested itinerary or if the seller wants to offer an alternative departure airport.
The seller can reply to an RFQ with any number of quotes.
A trip is something a buyer arranges for an end-client. It has an itinerary describing where and when the end-client wants to fly. It can also be connected to information about the end-client, RFQs sent to sellers, quotes received from sellers etc.