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Layperson's term for the "apron"

Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:02 am

I'm working on a project and need to describe the "apron" area of an airport. However, my co-authors are convinced that apron is a very industry-specific term and not something an average person can define or recognize. Can anyone provide a synonym to "apron" that non-airport enthusiasts would easily recognize?
 
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Re: Layperson's term for the "apron"

Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:11 am

"Ramp." "Apron" is a word used by people on islands where they spell "color" as "colour" and don't know what "moving the chains" means :D

In all seriousness though, I'd say "parking area or define it ("the apron is...").
 
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Re: Layperson's term for the "apron"

Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:12 am

Tarmac
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Re: Layperson's term for the "apron"

Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:14 am

Moose135 wrote:
Tarmac
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Slay him... ;)
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Re: Layperson's term for the "apron"

Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:57 am

Landside, Movement area..
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Re: Layperson's term for the "apron"

Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:30 pm

Apron is the correct word for a civvy to use. In the industry it is known as the ramp. At SAA we called it the base.
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Re: Layperson's term for the "apron"

Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:40 pm

How about calling it a conveyor belt?
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Re: Layperson's term for the "apron"

Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:30 pm

I’ve been in the industry for over 30 years and have heard the ramp referred to as an apron only a handful of times, even when abroad. Ramp is the most common term.
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Re: Layperson's term for the "apron"

Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:06 pm

StereoTechque wrote:
Landside, Movement area..


There are multiple meanings for movement area.
 
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Re: Layperson's term for the "apron"

Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:19 pm

In Canada it is officially called apron.
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Re: Layperson's term for the "apron"

Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:43 pm

Based on media reports I believe the correct term is “runway”
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Re: Layperson's term for the "apron"

Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:45 pm

"In front of the terminal"?
 
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Re: Layperson's term for the "apron"

Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:39 pm

Ramp...apron is a piece of protective garment......
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Re: Layperson's term for the "apron"

Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:28 pm

bhill wrote:
Ramp...apron is a piece of protective garment......

If we are going to be that silly, a ramp is an inclined plane. It says so in the dictionary.
Personally, I prefer my plane to be parked.... on a flat plane. :lol:
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Re: Layperson's term for the "apron"

Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:48 pm

masgniw wrote:
... my co-authors are convinced that apron is a very industry-specific term and not something an average person can define or recognize.

Yes, "apron" is industry specific, but not just the aviation industry. It's use goes back further than that.

Apron, a ramp used to connect shoreside facilities with a barge or ferry, also known as a linkspan.
Lol, there is that pesky word "ramp" again! (Probably because it is an American English definition.)

Apron, an area of pavement on a motorsport circuit that separates the racing surface from the infield
Another American English definition; in England, a pavement is something else, and we only use "infield" in a specific cricket context. That's the game where each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in.

All joking aside, if you incorporate the term into a sentence such as "...the planes park on the apron", anybody who cannot put 2 + 2 together, shouldn't be reading your paper.
But above all else, if you are publishing your project in the US, use "ramp". If you are addressing the rest of the world, use the correct term "apron".
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Re: Layperson's term for the "apron"

Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:38 pm

SheikhDjibouti wrote:
masgniw wrote:
... my co-authors are convinced that apron is a very industry-specific term and not something an average person can define or recognize.

Yes, "apron" is industry specific, but not just the aviation industry. It's use goes back further than that.

Apron, a ramp used to connect shoreside facilities with a barge or ferry, also known as a linkspan.
Lol, there is that pesky word "ramp" again! (Probably because it is an American English definition.)

Apron, an area of pavement on a motorsport circuit that separates the racing surface from the infield
Another American English definition; in England, a pavement is something else, and we only use "infield" in a specific cricket context. That's the game where each man that’s in the side that’s in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in.

All joking aside, if you incorporate the term into a sentence such as "...the planes park on the apron", anybody who cannot put 2 + 2 together, shouldn't be reading your paper.
But above all else, if you are publishing your project in the US, use "ramp". If you are addressing the rest of the world, use the correct term "apron".
:lol:

Ha ha well done, this made me chuckle....
 
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Re: Layperson's term for the "apron"

Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:48 am

StereoTechque wrote:
Landside, Movement area..


On further review, "movement area" does have an ICAO definition and is also defined in the FAR's...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maneuvering_area

...but in most parts of the world, asking "where is the movement area" will get you directions to the nearest bathroom.
 
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Re: Layperson's term for the "apron"

Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:34 am

From ICAO Annex 14 Volume I Aerodrome Design and Operations

Aircraft stand. A designated area on an apron intended to be used for parking an aircraft.

Apron. A defined area, on a land aerodrome, intended to accommodate aircraft for purposes of loading or unloading passengers, mail or cargo, fuelling, parking or maintenance.

Apron management service. A service provided to regulate the activities and the movement of aircraft and vehicles on an apron.

Landing area. That part of a movement area intended for the landing or take-off of aircraft.

Manoeuvring area. That part of an aerodrome to be used for the take-off, landing and taxiing of aircraft, excluding aprons.

Movement area. That part of an aerodrome to be used for the take-off, landing and taxiing of aircraft, consisting of the manoeuvring area and the apron(s).

Road. An established surface route on the movement area meant for the exclusive use of vehicles.

Runway. A defined rectangular area on a land aerodrome prepared for the landing and take-off of aircraft.

Shoulder. An area adjacent to the edge of a pavement so prepared as to provide a transition between the pavement and the adjacent surface.

Taxiway. A defined path on a land aerodrome established for the taxiing of aircraft and intended to provide a link between one part of the aerodrome and another, including:

a) Aircraft stand taxilane. A portion of an apron designated as a taxiway and intended to provide access to aircraft stands only.

b) Apron taxiway. A portion of a taxiway system located on an apron and intended to provide a through taxi-route across the apron.

c) Rapid exit taxiway. A taxiway connected to a runway at an acute angle and designed to allow landing aeroplanes to turn off at higher speeds than are achieved on other exit taxiways thereby minimizing runway occupancy times.

Taxiway intersection. A junction of two or more taxiways.

Taxiway strip. An area including a taxiway intended to protect an aircraft operating on the taxiway and to reduce the risk of damage to an aircraft accidentally running off the taxiway.
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