air·​speed | \ ˈer-ˌspēd How to pronounce airspeed (audio) \

Definition of airspeed

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The instrument panel is simple: a revolutions counter, an altimeter, a compass, a turn-and-slip indicator, an airspeed indicator, and an oil gauge. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "A Pilot’s Son Takes Flight," 17 Oct. 2020 Users can still play simpler game modes to hop around the globe without having to constantly check their airspeed. NBC News, "Now boarding: A trip anywhere in Microsoft Flight Simulator's virtual world," 4 Oct. 2020 The report listed the pilot's inability to attain or maintain airspeed and the descent rate, plus the decision-making of the pilot, as probable causes of the crash. Adrian Sainz, Star Tribune, "NTSB: Pilot's actions likely caused Earnhardt plane crash," 23 Sep. 2020 But, in a counter-intuitive twist, the four-inch thick filter yielded an airspeed of 460 feet per minute. Adam Rogers, Wired, "Could a Janky, Jury-Rigged Air Purifier Help Fight Covid-19?," 6 Aug. 2020 The internal documents also verify how and why Boeing rejected a proposal to add a new flight control system to the MAX called synthetic airspeed that several engineers said might have prevented the two MAX crashes. Dominic Gates, Anchorage Daily News, "Boeing documents show employees discussing efforts to manipulate regulators scrutinizing the 737 Max," 10 Jan. 2020 The outcome of this decision was not immediately obvious as Oestricher continued to struggle for control while waiting for his airspeed to increase to the point that there was lift sufficient for flight. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "That Time When the F-16 Accidentally Had Its First Flight," 23 Jan. 2020 Documents released Thursday included internal email exchanges from February 2013 showing managers discussing synthetic airspeed, a system that was already installed on the 787 Dreamliner. Dominic Gates, Anchorage Daily News, "Boeing documents show employees discussing efforts to manipulate regulators scrutinizing the 737 Max," 10 Jan. 2020 The system, known as synthetic airspeed, draws on several data sources to measure how fast a plane is moving., "It is unclear what, if any, assessment investigators have made of the complaint.," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of airspeed

1909, in the meaning defined above

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25 Oct 2020

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“Airspeed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of airspeed

: the speed at which an aircraft moves through the air

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