avionics

plural noun
avi·​on·​ics | \ ˌā-vē-ˈä-niks How to pronounce avionics (audio) , ˌa- \

Definition of avionics

: electronics designed for use in aerospace vehicles

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Other Words from avionics

avionic \ ˌā-​vē-​ˈä-​nik How to pronounce avionics (audio) , ˌa-​ \ adjective

Examples of avionics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web ZeroAvia is producing hydrogen-electric powertrains for aircraft along with the necessary avionics and software systems to integrate hydrogen into the planes. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "British Airways backs hydrogen plane startup ZeroAvia," 31 Mar. 2021 An even more formidable version, the Dauphin, will have advanced avionics and heavier armament. Sheldon M. Gallager, Popular Mechanics, "PM Meets the AH-64 Apache: The Helo That Fights Back," 25 Mar. 2021 The company, which isn’t receiving local government incentives for the move, specializes in aircraft avionics sales, upgrades, installation and repair, in addition to aircraft maintenance. Brandon Lingle, San Antonio Express-News, "Aircraft maintenance firm lands in Kerrville," 25 Mar. 2021 In addition, the stage -- for which Boeing is the prime contractor -- is technologically advanced, with sophisticated flight software and avionics systems, propulsion systems and hydraulic systems. Julia Musto, Fox News, "NASA successfully tests 'world's most powerful rocket'," 19 Mar. 2021 The avionics computers have 18 miles of cabling and more than 500 sensors. Washington Post, "NASA faces key engine test of its massive SLS moon rocket," 18 Mar. 2021 The avionics computers have 18 miles of cabling and more than 500 sensors. Washington Post, "NASA faces key engine test of its massive SLS moon rocket," 18 Mar. 2021 It is made up of engines, a liquid hydrogen tank, a liquid oxygen tank and electronics, avionics and computers. Julia Musto, Fox News, "NASA to conduct second rocket test for Artemis moon missions," 17 Mar. 2021 Wings and tail, engines and intakes can be mixed with avionics tailored to whatever use-case (basic trainer, advanced trainer, light attack, aerial refueler) an air force wants. Eric Tegler, Forbes, "With Its Mix-And-Match Trainer Design, A U.K. Startup Aims To Create Defense Aviation-As-A-Service," 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of avionics

1945, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for avionics

aviation electronics

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The first known use of avionics was in 1945

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4 Apr 2021

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“Avionics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avionics. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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