air·​wor·​thy | \ ˈer-ˌwər-t͟hē How to pronounce airworthy (audio) \

Definition of airworthy

: fit for operation in the air kept the historic aircraft in airworthy condition

Other Words from airworthy

airworthiness noun

Examples of airworthy in a Sentence

The agency considered the plane airworthy.
Recent Examples on the Web Former aviators said there were four airworthy Blackhawks and four working C-208 utility planes among the usable fleet when Kabul fell. New York Times, 13 Mar. 2022 Lipp, who uses a scooter, said the problem is not just that airplanes have not been designed to safely carry wheelchairs, but that wheelchairs approved by health insurers are not built to be airworthy. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2022 Unlike other airliners that were caught in the 2011 crossfire at Tripoli airport and had to be written off, Gadhafi's A340 remained airworthy. Miquel Ros, CNN, 19 Feb. 2021 This aerial resupply group, comprised mostly of former military pilots and crewmen, used secret houses in El Salvador, received their paychecks from a Pennsylvania company and flew aircraft that were barely airworthy. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Oct. 2021 It is expected to be airworthy by 2023 and the country plans to produce 300 of the fighters over 15 years starting in 2026, according to Reuters. Fox News, 21 July 2021 In late 2020, local spotters observed its engines getting started, a regular procedure for aircraft kept in long-term storage, but are still airworthy. Miquel Ros, CNN, 19 Feb. 2021 Sriwijaya Air president director Jefferson Irwin Jauwena said the plane, which was 26 years old and previously used by airlines in the United States, was airworthy. Time, 10 Jan. 2021 Sriwijaya Air President Director Jefferson Irwin Jauwena said the plane, which is 26 years old and previously used by airlines in the United States, was airworthy. Fox News, 10 Jan. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of airworthy

1829, in the meaning defined above

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“Airworthy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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