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Hello and welcome to Seat 1A!

When you travel, do you ever wonder how you can be that person who is always ahead of the pack, even when things go awry? Hosts Vinod Viswalingam (@VViswalingam) and Geoff Dahl (@geoffdahl) are proud to present The Seat 1A Podcast.

Seat 1A aims to provide savvy travellers with advanced industry based knowledge to enhance the air travel experience and take off from the crowd. By arming you with an understanding of the systems, processes, rules and structures that define modern air travel, Seat 1A strives to give you the upper hand by examining real experiences from abroad.

Whether traveling in ultra-economy or first-class, with or without frequent flyer status, knowing how the operation works will keep you moving in front of the masses, especially when things don’t go as planned. Seat 1A provides tips and tricks on how to make your travel experience as smooth and efficient as possible. Our goal is that you'll be in Seat 1A all the time!

We have over 5 million miles of flying and over 10 years working for numerous airlines, enjoying all classes and cabins, and exploring airports on every continent. We're enthusiastic #avgeeks, with a keen interest in modern aviation trends and aim to share our knowledge in The Seat 1A Podcast. To learn more about who we are, check out Experience 010!

The Seat 1A Podcast also relies on feedback from listeners, offering the chance to take real experiences and analyze them, breaking them down to understand what happened, where things went well or wrong and what can be learned from it. If you have a story, question or experience that you would like to share, please email us at stories(at) or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Jul 20, 2021

In this experience it's study time with Vinod and Geoff. So sharpen your pencils as we start with the first of two experiences with aviation terminology. In this experience we're covering Alfa to Juliett.

When you fly or read about aviation, often you hear or see terminology used by pilots, airline staff or you may hear about in the media. We have chosen various terms that we hope will assist you in understanding what's going on, and to allow you to communicate with Seat 1A savvy.

Don't worry there is no quiz at the end, so sit back and enjoy.

  • APU
  • Airside
  • Aileron
  • Air Start
  • Airway
  • ATC
  • ATIS
  • Approach
  • Apron
  • Airstair
  • ADS-B
  • Belt Loader
  • Codeshare
  • Cabin
  • Cabin Crew
  • Call Sign
  • Clearance
  • Classes
  • Conventions
  • De-Ice
  • Duty Manager
  • e-Ticket
  • FIM
  • FIR
  • FMD
  • Flaps
  • Ferry Flight
  • Fuselage
  • Feathering
  • Flight Deck
  • Freedoms of the Air
  • FOD
  • Fly By Wire
  • Groundside
  • Glass Cockpit
  • Gendec
  • Holding Patterns
  • Heavy
  • Head Start
  • IATA
  • ICAO
  • IFR
  • ILS
  • IFE
  • Jet Wash


News Items:

  • article "Ethiopian Airlines 787 Exorcised By Voodoo Priest On Togo Layover"
  • article "Australia Is Close To Allowing Pets In The Aircraft Cabin"

If you have a story about the terms that we've shared today, or other experiences that you would like to share, please email us at stories(at) or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Patreon. Show notes are available online at