air·boat | \ˈer-ˌbōt \

Definition of airboat 

: a shallow-draft boat driven by an airplane propeller and steered by an airplane rudder

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In a preview to the show, Galante is seen riding around in an airboat at night using drones equipped with thermal cameras to pick up on heat signatures of a herd of deer and a looming predator (the black panther?). Johnny Diaz,, "Animal Planet's 'Extinct or Alive' heads to the Everglades in search of black panther," 27 June 2018 Finding inspiration in Lake Pontchartrain and the area's many waterways, Fontainebleau students made one of the shoes an airboat and the other a sailboat. Bob Warren,, "St. Tammany students designed shoes for Vans. Will it win them $75K?," 9 May 2018 Or get BOGO happy hour cruises on the Water Taxi or take a airboat tour of the Everglades at Sawgrass Recreation or Billie Swamp Safari Adventure. Doreen Christensen,, "Free entry, discounts at 80+ SoFla museums, zoos, botanical gardens and more in May | Doreen's Deals," 30 Apr. 2018 Ellie’ Goldenberg graduated from the University of Miami the day before she was killed while on an airboat tour in the Everglades. Elizabeth Koh, miamiherald, "His daughter died in an airboat accident. He hopes a new law prevents more tragedies.," 1 Feb. 2018 But insurance is often not required and airboat operators have been otherwise unregulated. Elizabeth Koh, miamiherald, "FWC sets new requirements for airboat operators, spurred by death of UM grad," 22 June 2018 Minimum requirements to become airboat operators who carry passengers will go before the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission next week. News Service Of Florida,, "Panel to discuss implementing 'Ellie's Law' for airboats," 11 June 2018 The helicopter went down in a remote area that authorities say was accessible only by airboat, all terrain tracked vehicles and helicopter. Littice Bacon-blood,, "Victims in fatal Boutte helicopter crash identified," 21 May 2018 More than 75 accidents involving private and commercial airboats have occurred in the last three years in Florida, according to the Miami New Times, leading to at least seven deaths and 102 injuries. Elizabeth Koh, miamiherald, "His daughter died in an airboat accident. He hopes a new law prevents more tragedies.," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of airboat

1914, in the meaning defined above

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