Aircraft, Airport, Aircraft Specification

Aircraft Cargo Glossary

Cargo Aircraft Glossary

Air Waybill (AWB)  Document for carriage of cargo.
Basic Weight (BW)  The sum of standard basic empty weight and standard item variation
Bay A subdivision of a containerized/palletized compartment.
Belly General term describing the lower portion of an aircraft, normally that part of the aircraft body which is below the main deck
Center of Gravity (CG)  The point about which an aircraft would balance if it were possible to suspend it at that point. It is the mass centre of the aircraft, or the theoretical point at which the entire weight of the aircraft is assumed to be concentrated.
Dangerous Goods (DGR) Dangerous goods are articles or substances which are capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment when transported in commerce
Loadmaster Same function as a Loading Supervisor, with additional responsibility for Aircraft Weight and Balance.
Master Airway Bill An airway bill that has one or more house airway bills associated with it. This is also called a consolidation.
Net Weight The difference between total weight and the tare weight (gross weight minus tare weight).
Non-Certified Container A compartment restrained lower deck ULD which does not require airworthy certification, with the lightest tare weight possible.
Operating Weight The weight of the aircraft ready to operate with crew, all required equipment and fuel, but without payload.
Overhang see Extended Load
Pallet Net Assembly Any web net which attaches at all tie-down points on a pallet and is approved to restrain cargo loads for carriage on aircraft.
Payload Weight of all revenue load.
Position Limit Maximum weight loadable on a position using the whole position area.
Rigid Cargo Cargo consisting of an item or items which will not progressively conform to the airplane contour when subjected to loads up to the limit load.
Station (STA) A location in the aircraft which is identified by a number designating its distance from the datum. The datum is identified as station zero.
Serviceable ULD Any Unit Load Device in good repair, able to perform the function for which it was designed. Units must be serviceable prior to loading on aircraft.
Tare Weight The weight of an empty Unit Load Device. It includes all liners and/or fittings, etc. when these are required by specification or as registered with IATA.
Total Traffic Load The traffic load consists of passengers, baggage, cargo, mail, ULDs, lashing and securing material and company freight. Traffic load minus company freight is payload.
Underload  The maximum possible weight for any additional load after completion of the loadsheet. It will be obtained after subtraction of the total traffic load from the allowed traffic load. Any additional last minute change (LMC) shall never exceed the underload before LMC.
Unit Load Device (ULD) A load carrying device which interfaces directly with aircraft and restraint systems and meets all restraint requirements without the use of supplementary equipment.
Unserviceable ULD A Unit Load Device that cannot perform the function for which it was designed; in poor condition – repair needed.
Weight Statement A message or form prepared by company or approved vendor personnel that lists the expected cargo onload for a flight. It includes the following:

  • ULD numbers
  • Weight in kilogrammes
  • Destination
  • ULD height

Commodity and remarks such as hazmat, live animals, oversize cargo, etc