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No Place Like ‘Drome

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“There’s no place like home.” — Dorothy in the 1939 classic film, The Wizard of Oz.

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Boeing 727 (CC BY-SA 2.0)
TWA Hotel at New York’s JFK Airport.
TWA Hotel at New York’s JFK Airport.
* As defined by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), an aerodrome is “a defined area on land or water (including any buildings, installations, and equipment) intended to be used either wholly or in part for the arrival, departure, and surface movement of aircraft.” Though it is commonly and almost universally used in the United States, the term “airport” may imply a facility that has satisfied certain certification criteria or regulatory requirements. All airports are aerodromes, but not all aerodromes are airports.
Susan K. Parson ( is editor of FAA Safety Briefing and a Special Assistant in the FAA’s Flight Standards Service. She is a general aviation pilot and flight instructor.
This article was originally published in the September/October 2021 issue of FAA Safety Briefing magazine.
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