Operational Brevity words, BFM terminology, and Military Aviation Acronyms

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PACAF Form 1

$20 bill for drinking/partying and "long time"

Package

Geographically isolated collection of groups/contacts/formations.

Padlocked

Informative call indicating aircrew hqs "tally" and cannot take eyes off an aircraft/ground target without risk of losing tally/visual.

Paint

Friendly AAI/APX interrogation retum.

Parrot

A military IFF transponder.

Pb

Probability of hit

PBG

Pressure Breathing for g

Pd

Probability of damage.

PDU

Power Drive Unit- Powers the F-16's LEF system, rotates the leading edge flap torque tubes to move the LEF's inflight hydraulically actuated.

Perch

Position from which an attack can be launched.

PFL

Pilot Fault List

Picture

Situation briefing which includes real-time information pertinent to a specific mission.

PIDS

Pylon Integrated Dispense System

Pigeons (Location)

Magnetic bearing and range to a specified point.

Pincer

A tactic designed to maneuver an enemy into a defensive position by simultaneous attack from both sides of bogey.

Pipper

A HUD symbol representing an aiming line of sight. The pipper is in the center of the reticle.

Pirep

Pilot-reported weather conditions.

Pitbull

Radar-guided missile (like the AMRAAM or Phoenix) has gone from inertial or remote guidance to onboard RADAR guidance—gone active. The launching aircraft no longer needs to support the missile.

Pitch/Pitchback

A nose-high heading reversal to reposition as stated.

Pitch/Pitchback (Left/Right)

Directive call for fighter/flight to execute a nose-high heading reversal.

Pj

Pararescueman.

Pk

Probability of kill.

Placard G Limit

The limiting cockpit G for the particular configuration.

Plane Of Turn

Plane defined by the flight path of an aircraft and its turn radius.

Playtime

Amount of time aircraft can remain on station.

PLD

Personnel Lowering Device

PMG

Permanent Magnet Generator

PNEU

Pneumatic (secondary altimeter operating mode)

PNL

Panel

Point

Directive for an element to turn towards each other either as a defensive response or to reestablish a mutually supportive formation.

Pop

Starting climb for air-to-surface attack.

Popeye

Flying in and out of clouds or area of reduced visibility.

Posit

Request for position; response normally in terms of a geographic landmark, or off a common reference point.

Post Hole

Rapid descending spiral.

Post-Attack (Direction)

Cardinal direction weapons controller assigns a fighter for the purpose of leaving the target area.

Post-Attack (Heading)

Specific heading passed by the weapons controller after aircrew has completed the attack.

Power

Reminder to set the throttles appropriately considering the IR threat and desired energy state.

pph, PPH

Pounds per Hour

PPR

Prior Permission Required

PRE

Preset

Press

Directive / informative call to continue the attack. Normally given by supporting fighter in response to engaged fighter's statement of intentions and means he is in a position to attack should the engaged fighter's position deteriorate.

PRESS.

Pressure, Pressurization

Pressing

Term describing a delay resulting in releasing ordnance closer and/or lower to a target than planned.

PRI

Primary

Primary Force

The flight(s) that are being protected/escorted.

Ps

Specific excess power; Probability of survival.

PSA

Pneumatic Sensor Assembly

psi, PSI

Pounds per Square Inch

PTO

Power Takeoff (shaft from engine gearbox to ADG)

Pulling

Descriptive of the situation where the bandit is behind the one stating "I'm pulling."

Pump

A briefed maneuver to stop closure on the threat or geographical boundry while maintaining situation awareness.

Pure

Call indicating pure pursuit is being used or directive call to go pure pursuit.

Pure Pursuit

An attack geometry that will cause the attacker to fly directly at the target.

Pure Pursuit Attack

An attack geometry that will cause the attacker to fly directly at the target. The nose of the attacker's aircraft remains pointed at the defender's aircraft.

Push (Channel)

Go to designated frequency.

Pushing

Descriptive of the situation where the bandit is in front of the one stating "I'm pushing".

PWR

Power