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Relating to operating aircraft

aerobatics

noun

impressive and clever movements in the air made by a plane

aerospace

adjective

relating to the science or business of building and flying planes and space vehicles

airborne

adjective

an aircraft that is airborne is in the air

air corridor

noun

a narrow area that an aircraft must not fly outside when flying over a country

airdrop

noun

an operation to deliver supplies to a place by dropping them from an aircraft

airlift

noun

an operation in which people or things are taken into or away from a place by aircraft, especially in a dangerous situation

air pocket

noun

an area where the air pressure is low that makes an aircraft fall suddenly to a lower level

airspeed

noun

the speed at which an aircraft flies

air-to-air

adjective

involving two aircraft while they are both flying

air traffic control

noun

the activity of organizing the movement of planes

airway

noun

a path through the sky that planes regularly use

airworthy

adjective

an airworthy aircraft is in good condition and safe to fly

approach

noun

the path that a plane follows when it is preparing to land

automatic pilot

noun

a system that controls the direction of a plane, ship, or spacecraft

autopilot

noun

an automatic pilot

aviation

noun

the practice of flying planes

aviation

noun

connected with making or flying planes

beacon

noun

a radio or radar signal that helps ships or aircraft to find their position

burnout

noun

a situation in which a plane or spacecraft has used all of its fuel and has no more power

ceiling

noun

the greatest height at which an aircraft can fly and be safe

clearance

noun

official permission that allows the pilot of a plane to take off or land

climb

noun

a gradual movement to a higher position by an aircraft or vehicle

crash landing

noun

an occasion when an aircraft has to land in a sudden and dangerous way

drop

noun

an occasion when something or someone is dropped from an aircraft

earthbound

adjective

unable to fly

flight path

noun

the route that an aircraft, space vehicle, or missile follows as it travels through the air

flight simulator

noun

a machine used for training pilots that provides an environment and experience like flying a plane

flying

noun

the activity of operating or controlling an aircraft

forced landing

noun

the action of making a plane land because of an emergency

ground control

noun

the people, computers, and other machines on the ground that help to control a spacecraft or aircraft

guidance

noun

the process of controlling the flight of a missile, an aircraft, or a vehicle in space

holding pattern

noun

the direction in the sky that a plane follows as it waits for permission to land

landing

noun

the process of moving a plane down onto the ground at the end of a journey

lane

noun

a course that a ship or aircraft follows

lift

noun

the force that makes an aircraft leave the ground and stay in the air

loop

noun

a circular movement made by a plane flying upwards, then backwards, and then downwards

manned

adjective

a manned space vehicle or aircraft has people on it who operate it

mayday

noun

a radio signal which people on a ship or plane use to call for help when they are in danger

navigation

noun

the movement of a ship or an aircraft along a planned path

no-fly zone

noun

an area that a plane must not fly into because it may be attacked by planes belonging to an enemy

nosedive

noun

an occasion when a plane suddenly falls out of the sky with its nose pointing down

payload

noun

the amount of people or things that an aircraft or other vehicle is able to carry

pitch

noun

a sudden movement in which an aircraft or ship moves up and down

pushback

noun

a procedure in which an aircraft is pushed back from a gate by a special vehicle

range

noun

the distance that a vehicle, especially a plane, can travel before it needs more fuel

simulator

noun

a piece of equipment used for training people to operate an aircraft or other vehicle by simulating the situations that they will have to deal with

slipstream

noun

the flow of air behind a vehicle or aircraft that is moving very fast

soft landing

noun

the process by which a plane or a space vehicle comes down to the ground in a gentle and safe way

sonic boom

noun

the loud sound that a plane makes as it starts to go faster than the speed of sound

SOS

noun

a radio signal used for calling for help, especially by a ship or plane

the sound barrier

noun

the very strong air pressure that presses against a plane when it starts to travel at the speed of sound

spin

noun

the movement of an aircraft that turns as it falls with its front pointing towards the ground

tailspin

noun

an occasion when a plane falls in the sky with its nose (=front part) downwards and its tail (=end part) spinning in a very wide circle

take-off

noun

an occasion when a plane leaves the ground and starts to fly

test flight

noun

an occasion when a plane or rocket (=vehicle for travelling into space) is flown for the first time in order to test its equipment

touchdown

noun

the moment when an aircraft lands on the ground

trim

noun

the position of the flaps on a plane

unmanned

adjective

used for describing an aircraft without a pilot

vapour trail

noun

the long white line seen in the sky behind a plane

vector

noun

the direction in which a plane flies

wings

noun

a small badge in the shape of two wings that a pilot receives to show that he or she is officially allowed to fly a plane

aeronautic

adjective

aeronautical

adjective

airworthiness

noun

ejection

noun

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