airspeed

noun
air·​speed | \ -ˌspēd \

Definition of airspeed

: the speed (as of an airplane) with relation to the air — compare ground speed

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As the report notes, the plane's maintenance logs reported problems with the airspeed and altitude readings on four of the six flights operating during the three days prior to the crash. Barbara S. Peterson, Popular Mechanics, "If the Lion Air Jet Was "Unairworthy," Then Why Was It Allowed To Fly?," 29 Nov. 2018 The logs indicate that various maintenance procedures were performed, but issues related to airspeed and altitude continued on each successive flight. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Lion Air Black Box Shows Pilots Tried to Fight Automatic Controls," 28 Nov. 2018 Cockpit instruments displayed a barrage of fault warnings, including unreliable airspeed and altitude, according to the report. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Boeing Omitted Safety-System Details, Minimized Training for Crashed Lion Air 737 Model," 5 Dec. 2018 The logs indicate that various maintenance procedures were performed, but issues related to airspeed and altitude continued on each successive flight. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Lion Air Black Box Shows Pilots Tried to Fight Automatic Controls," 28 Nov. 2018 The logs indicate that various maintenance procedures were performed, but issues related to airspeed and altitude continued on each successive flight. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Lion Air pilots struggled against Boeing’s 737 MAX flight-control system, black-box data shows," 27 Nov. 2018 The crew had recorded problems reading the instruments that track airspeed and altitude. Barbara S. Peterson, Popular Mechanics, "How Could a Brand New Boeing Jet Crash Without Warning?," 31 Oct. 2018 But the new system in the 737 uses data from the aircraft's AOA and airspeed sensors to proactively counter pilot error, adjusting the aircraft's controls to push the nose down if the sensors indicate the aircraft could stall. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Indonesia 737 crash caused by “safety” feature change pilots weren’t told of," 13 Nov. 2018 Indonesia investigators have said that the Lion Air jet’s last four flights all experienced airspeed-indicator problems. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Indonesia Crash Probe Zeros In on Faulty Flight-Control Gear," 7 Nov. 2018

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1909, in the meaning defined above

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airspeed

noun

English Language Learners Definition of airspeed

: the speed at which an aircraft moves through the air

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