plural noun

avi·​on·​ics ˌā-vē-ˈä-niks How to pronounce avionics (audio)
: electronics designed for use in aerospace vehicles
avionic adjective

Examples of avionics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An array would consist of thousands of independent tiles as small as 100 square centimeters, each with its own solar cells, transmitter, and avionics. IEEE Spectrum, 3 Feb. 2023 No singular company builds an entire aircraft—there are many organizations playing a role in everything from designing airframes and engines to landing gear and avionics. Rajnish Nath, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2022 These include the engines, the landing gear and some of the avionics -- the electronic components of the aircraft that handle tasks like communications or navigation. Jacopo Prisco, CNN, 18 Jan. 2023 Students can pursue associate degrees and certificates in airframe, powerplant and avionics. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 27 Dec. 2022 Fortunately the crew eventually managed to restart the engines two at a time, enabling the airliner to land safely at Anchorage, despite extensive damage to the windshields, internal aircraft systems, avionics and electronics. Paul Armstrong, CNN, 29 Nov. 2022 Typically, with new spacecraft, there are issues with thrusters, navigation, onboard avionics, and more. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 6 Dec. 2022 The Marshall center designed the avionics’ software. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, 28 Nov. 2022 But the real differentiator will be autonomy built around Garmin’s G3000 avionics system. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 18 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


aviation electronics

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of avionics was in 1945

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“Avionics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avionics. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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