Acronyms - the definition

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  1. Thorlifter

    Thorlifter Well-Known Member

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    I would like to suggest to everyone that when you post a thread and use an acronym, the first time you use the acronym put the definition right next to it. For example....

    The COG was changed on the F4U when the cockpit was moved back.

    Not everyone knows what COG means. Put something like this....

    The COG (Center Of Gravity) was changed on the F4U when the cockpit was moved back.

    Sure would be helpful to us dummies!
     
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    ahhh...but you learned what CoG was, right? :lol:

    Then there's RoF (Rate of Fire)
    RPM (rounds Per Minute)
    RPM (Revolutions Per Minute)
    IAS (Indicated Air Speed)
    TAS (True Air Speed)
    KTAS (Knots True Air Speed)
    GA (Ground Attack)
    CAP (Combat Air Patrol)
    RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
    BYOB (Bring Your Own Beer)
    and MFT (More To Follow)

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    Tactical Air Force
     
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    I'm probably guilty of this. I do try the correct format, which is to write the words of the acronym in full, followed by the acronym in brackets, when I think that it is not obvious. The various positions in the British Air Ministry and Royal Air Force (RAF) ;) being cases in point. I shall do so for all acronyms in the future.
    Cheers
    Steve
     
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    I like to read the posts on aerodynamics which are full of acronymns I don't understand, it is readings equivalent to the shipping weather forecast on radio.
     
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    Taf = welshman (derog, obs, vulg)
     
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    When I see TAF, the first thing comes to mind is Terminal Aerodrome Forecast
     
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    TLA = Three letter acronym for "Three Letter Acronym"
     
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    In my job the acronyms showed the creeping power of political correctness.
    In 1985 something out of specification was given an NCR (Non conformance report) by 1996 this had been changed to a DDR (Deviation Decision Request, in 2010 an enterprising company did away with all that and introduced an OFR (Opportunity For Improvement) and yes, believe it or not even disasters like the Deepwater Horizon would be covered by documents stating "opportunities for improvement".
     
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    Definitely an opportunity there. We still use NCRs in my neck of he woods
     
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    I vaguely remember that the name of the regulatory authority was changed after that, a bit like Me 210 to Me 410 :)
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    The stunts pulled in the oil industry never ceased to amaze me. Changing the name of the documents saved many headaches, quite cynically. The final data book has to be reviewed and sent to many parties including the insurers. People look much more deeply into documents called "Non Conformance Report" than they do into an "Opportunity for Improvement". Of course there will be another disaster, hands will be wrung and an LLL issued "List of Lessons Learned"

    The philosophy was to move towards the airline industry's culture of no blame and recording of minor incidents to prevent major ones but oil is run by greed and short term contracts.
     
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    NCR = National Cash Registers (company name) in the UK
     
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    A much more sensible method, though it too has its draw backs. I was recently working in Glasgow and drove daily past the Clutha bar, on to which, tragically, a police helicopter crashed in 2013.
    I remember when the AAIB....oops, sorry Air Accident Investigation Branch report was published that the families of those killed and injured on the ground were disappointed that the report did not apportion blame, but rather concentrated on establishing the facts of the accident. You can't please everyone all the time.
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    NEPA, Nigerian Electrical Power Authority, or as it was more commonly known, No Electrical Power At all. I think they might have changed that name too.
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    Steve
     
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    NCR was founded in the late 1800's here in the U.S. and was owned for a while by AT&T (American Telegraph and Telephone) but is still very much alive and well today
     
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    DDR (Deviation Decision Request) was also the Acronym for East Germany (Deutsche Demokratische Republik), working in what was the old west Germany but only 3 Km from the border one drunken German asked me and my colleague why we spent so much time discussing politics, speaking in North East English the only thing he understood was "DDR" and he clearly didnt believe our unlikely explanation, we had to take a copy of the blank document to prove we wernt political agitators.
     
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    Many companies I worked for were acronyms, of course it was our duty to make up the true meaning of the letters

    MMA make mine alcohol
    MMI mickey mouse Inspection

    In my early days doing ultrasonics a weld that was clear was reported as N.A.D. (no apparent defect) we managed to convince a trainee that it meant Not A Dickybird.
     
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