FullDescription:Phases of Flight

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Block hour

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Time from the moment the aircraft door closes at departure of a revenue flight until the moment the aircraft door opens at the arrival gate following its landing.

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Massachusetts Insitute of Technology (MIT), Global Airline Industry Program, Airline Data Project, Glossary [1]

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Block hours are the industry standard measure of aircraft utilization. (same source)

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Lexicon Release 2015.2

Climb-out

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That portion of flight operation between takeoff and the initial cruising altitude.

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Pilot-Controller Glossary, 2010 [2]

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Landing flare

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The Landing Flare, in a fixed wing aircraft, is the transition phase between the final approach and the touchdown on the landing surface. This sub-phase of flight normally involves a simultaneous increase in aircraft pitch attitude and a reduction in engine power/thrust, the combination of which results in a decrease in both rate of descent and airspeed.

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Skybrary (2013) page on Landing Flares [3]

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Pre-flight phase

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the period from the first submission of a flight plan until the first delivery of an air traffic control clearance.

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EUROPEAN UNION (2006), COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 1033/2006 of 4 July 2006 laying down the requirements on procedures for flight plans in the pre-flight phase for the single European sky

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