flight path


Definition of flight path

: the path in the air or space made or followed by something (such as a particle, an airplane, or a spacecraft) in flight

Examples of flight path in a Sentence

No other planes were on their flight path.

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Regulators say both planes had similar erratic flight paths shortly after take-off, an important part of their decision to ground the roughly 370 Max planes around the world. Elias Meseret, The Seattle Times, "Ethiopian Airlines says pilots got appropriate training," 25 Mar. 2019 At the moment, the flight path, sensor payload and weapons disposal of airborne drones such as Air Force Predators and Reapers are coordinated from ground control stations. Fox News, "Air Force brings AI to B-2, F-35 and F-15," 31 July 2018 Until a few years ago, the flight path, known as Tennis Climb, was in effect only during the U.S. Open. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Lawmaker Urges LaGuardia Flight Path Changes," 21 Aug. 2018 Alaska Airlines and Boeing did the careful work to develop such an automated flight path for the west-side planes. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "As Sea-Tac Airport traffic booms, distant neighborhoods are noisy despite FAA plan," 25 Oct. 2018 The report released Friday by California's firefighting agency says the pilot in a small lead plane nearly ran the jetliner into the trees because the pilots failed to recognize a hill in the middle of the flight path. Don Thompson, Fox News, "Firefighter's death caused by retardant drop from 747," 14 Sep. 2018 The dossier and its related dirt was on a circular flight path aboard a courier service called air Clinton, and the FBI kept signing for the packages. Fox News, "Rudy Giuliani: Strzok's defense is ridiculous, pathetic," 13 July 2018 The tricky orography narrows the options for safe landing-approaches, meaning that Santa Lucía’s new runways wouldn’t arithmetically increase traffic capacity because flight paths would overlap with Benito Juárez. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Mexico’s Democracy Test," 25 Nov. 2018 Qatari fighter jets intercepted a second commercial plane on a regular flight path to Manama, Bahrain, the U.A.E. alleged. Ayesha Sruti, Bloomberg.com, "Everything You Need to Know This Morning From Daybreak (Podcast)," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of flight path

1908, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of flight path

: the route that an airplane, spaceship, etc., travels along through the air or space

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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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