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Comat – Company Materials

8 Airline Cargo Terms you Need to Know

Company Materials (COMAT).

Company material, commonly called COMAT, is an industry term used by operators to describe the shipment of non revenue (no freight revenue or compensation received) materials and supplies owned by the operator that are shipped by the operator in support of its operations. Aircraft parts owned by the airline shipped from one city to the next for repair of an aircraft would be considered Comat.

Hazardous Materials (hazmat)

Materials or substances meeting the definition of hazardous material in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR) part 171, § 171.8

First Article Inspection

. Inspection of the first of a manufactured component to ensure compliance with certification and airworthiness requirements.

Interlining Cargo

Transfer from one operator to another, whether the same or different aircraft types are used. For example, a ULD transferred from a domestic operator to a foreign operator.

Cargo

For the purpose of this AC, cargo refers to passenger-checked baggage, freight, Company Materials (COMAT), special cargo, and hazardous materials (hazmat). Cargo does not include passenger carry-on baggage.

Active Unit Load Devices (ULD)

ULDs with active temperature control systems for transporting temperature-sensitive cargo. These systems consist of a highly insulated container with a battery-operated heating/cooling system integrated into the construction of the container. Active ULDs are intended to be operating during flight. Active ULDs are battery-powered in flight and are only recharged while on the ground. The “active” component of these units typically consists of a vapor cycle refrigeration/heat pump type system that is powered by various types of large batteries, depending on the manufacturer.

Aircraft Loading Schedule

The loading schedule is used to document compliance with the certificated Weight and Balance (W&B) limitations contained in the manufacturer’s Aircraft Flight Manual (AFM) and W&B manual (WBM). The loading schedule is developed by the operator based on its specific loading calculation procedures and provides the operational limits for use with the operator’s W&B program accepted under  AC 120-85A  

Load Supervisor

An operator-determined name, such as loadmaster or load lead,
identifying the job function of the person with overall responsibility for supervising the loading
of the aircraft. This person is responsible for signing the load manifest. Refer to Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 121, § 121.665, Load Manifest. 

Low Cost Base

A Low Cost Base is an airport with at least one LCC (Low Cost Carrier) with at least 20 flights a day

Regional Hub

A Regional Hub is defined as an airport that is not hub and does not have an airline tenant with a connecting strategy. The airport will usually have mostly short to medium flights

Secondary Hub

A Secondary Hub is defined as an airport with at least one based network carrier offering connecting opportunities with several primary routes (<=10) offered to passengers and or numerous medium haul routes

Primary Hub

A Primary Hub is an Airport with at least one network air carrier that offers flight connecting opportunities with numerous long haul destinations operated by domestic or foreign airlines

Aeronautical Information Management – Cockpit Data

Aeronautical Information Management  – The dynamic, integrated management of aeronautical information services—safely, economically, and efficiently—through the provision and exchange of quality-assured digital aeronautical data in collaboration with all parties.

As defined in FAA Advisory Circular 00-63A Cockpit  Display of Digital Weather and Aeronautical 

Aeronautical Information (AI) – Cockpit Data

Aeronautical Information (AI). Information resulting from the assembly, analysis, and
formatting of aeronautical data.

As defined in FAA Advisory Circular 00-63A Cockpit  Display of Digital Weather and Aeronautical 

Aeronautical Data – Cockpit Data

Aeronautical Data. A representation of aeronautical facts, concepts, or instructions in a formalized manner suitable for communication, interpretation, or processing.

As defined in FAA Advisory Circular 00-63A Cockpit  Display of Digital Weather and Aeronautical 

Advisory-Use Information – Cockpit Data

Advisory-Use Information – Information delivered to the cockpit to assist pilots in the safe conduct of flight and aircraft movement. However, that delivery method may subject the information to alteration, corruption, latency, or other impairments, as well as disruptions in data link service. Users may not solely rely upon this information for making operational decisions.   As defined in FAA Advisory Circular 00-63A Cockpit  Display of Digital Weather and Aeronautical Information

Advisory – Cockpit Data

Advisory –  Specific and defined advice and information provided to assist pilots in the safe conduct of flight and aircraft movement.

As defined in FAA Advisory Circular 00-63A Cockpit  Display of Digital Weather and Aeronautical Information