air·speed | \-ˌspēd \

Definition of airspeed 

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

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Orlando Executive Airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell tells the Orlando Sentinel that the plane failed to gain sufficient airspeed after takeoff. Fox News, "Plane takes off, falls into ditch at Florida airport," 26 June 2018 Fennell said the plane failed to gain sufficient airspeed after take off. Maria Elena Vizcaino,, "Plane falls into ditch at Orlando Executive Airport," 25 June 2018 Light-sport aircraft like Sherman’s are small, simple-to-operate, low-performance aircraft, according to the FAA, and limited to two seats, 1,320 pounds and a maximum airspeed of 138 mph. Robert Mccoppin,, "Plane was upside down before crash that killed suburban activist Rob Sherman, safety board says," 23 May 2018 As the plane's airspeed increased, the pilot began climbing and then started a turn to the left, the report said. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Man struck in head by plane during Navy training exercise in the frozen Arctic Ocean," 28 Mar. 2018 After studying the An-148’s flight data recorder, the Interstate Aviation Committee said Sunday’s crash near Moscow occurred after the pilots saw conflicting data on two airspeed indicators. Washington Post, "World Digest: Feb. 13, 2018," 13 Feb. 2018 Aside from the loss of airspeed indication, everything is working fine. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "What Really Happened Aboard Air France 447," 6 Dec. 2011 But neither Bonin nor Roberts has ever received training in how to deal with an unreliable airspeed indicator at cruise altitude, or in flying the airplane by hand under such conditions. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "What Really Happened Aboard Air France 447," 6 Dec. 2011 Responding improperly to unreliable airspeed readings, the pilots allowed the plane to slow too much and mistakenly continued to pull up the nose at a sharp angle, resulting in a stall that killed all 228 people. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Efforts to Tackle Icing Problems on Planes Face Setback," 2 July 2017

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1909, in the meaning defined above

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: the speed at which an aircraft moves through the air

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