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

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airworthiness noun

Examples of airworthy in a Sentence

The agency considered the plane airworthy.
Recent Examples on the Web After the Federal Aviation Administration and airlines mandated that passengers who travel with a smart carry-on must be able to remove the battery, Arlo Skye’s suitcases remained airworthy. Washington Post, "Second-generation ‘smart’ luggage aims to balance form and function (batteries included)," 23 Aug. 2019 The very first 777 off the assembly line was airworthy. Maureen Tkacik, The New Republic, "Everybody thinks his business is different,," 18 Sep. 2019 Vintage planes need to be certified as airworthy by the FAA and are subject to periodic inspections. Jennifer Mcdermott, The Denver Post, "B-17 crash raises questions about vintage plane safety," 4 Oct. 2019 Only a few of the roaring Boeing B-17s are still airworthy. Los Angeles Times, "World War II-era bomber crashes in fireball with 13 aboard," 2 Oct. 2019 In the end, much of the plane’s real design happened on the assembly line, and Boeing had to write off three separate mock-ups that were too much like science projects to pass off as airworthy planes. Maureen Tkacik, The New Republic, "Everybody thinks his business is different,," 18 Sep. 2019 But federal and global aviation authorities, not Boeing, must approve software changes sought to make the planes airworthy. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Are Max 737s closer to flying? FAA 'looks forward' to international panel's findings as grounding drags on," 21 Aug. 2019 Airbus insists that the plane was airworthy, and air accident investigators found a plethora of problems to have caused the crash. Washington Post, "French judges drop case against Air France for 2009 crash," 5 Sep. 2019 Because of the collision between the fence and the propeller, the plane’s engine will now have to undergo a full teardown before it can be deemed airworthy, Griswold said. Emily Brindley,, "Plane leaves runway, hits fence at Simsbury Airport," 8 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of airworthy

1829, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of airworthy was in 1829

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8 Jan 2020

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“Airworthy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of airworthy

: fit or safe for flying

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