Souls on board
Posted by Lyle on August 15, 2007
"Souls on board" is the common term used by pilots and air traffic controllers to identify the people on board an aircraft. In response to the previous question, it does not have any "dark" implications. For example the pilot might say "I have 10 souls on board" meaning that 10 people are on board the aircraft. As a pilot it is a commonly heard term on the radio.