flight path

noun

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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The beach is unusually close to the runway, and directly under the flight path of aircrafts passing just 30 meters above ground. Fox News, "Couple criticized for pulling 'stupid' stunt in Saint Martin one year after woman dies on same beach," 9 July 2018 The helmet display can even overlay the aircraft flight path over the pilot’s field of vision, including ground targets and air defense threats detected by other friendly forces. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy Is Fixing a Serious, Six-Year-Old Bug in the F-35 Fighter Helmet," 30 Aug. 2018 According to USA Today, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) sent out planes to try to intercept the aircraft and direct the man’s flight path over the Pacific Ocean. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Airline Employee Crashes Plane Taken From Seattle-Tacoma Airport," 11 Aug. 2018 Under that agreement, flight paths in Newport Beach would stay between the existing noise monitors on the ground and along Newport Bay. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Laguna Beach settles with FAA over John Wayne Airport flight routes," 25 Jan. 2018 Whether the shorter-than-average landing strips end with an abrupt drop-off or mountainous terrain makes for a twisting flight path, getting to and from these airports takes some serious know-how. Amanda Greene, Woman's Day, "10 Terrifying Airport Runways," 27 Apr. 2011 Similar skirmishes over airplane noise have broken out in communities across the country as the FAA has shifted flight paths in its effort to modernize the air traffic system. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, "D.C. residents ask for rehearing in Reagan National Airport airplane noise case," 14 May 2018 After rules protecting flight paths at Logan Airport required that the tower be cut down from its initial 775 feet, Millennium filed a proposal many panned as too massive and blocky. Tim Logan, BostonGlobe.com, "Winthrop Square tower design finally approved," 3 May 2018 The beach is unusually close to the runway, and directly under the flight path of aircrafts passing just 30 meters above ground. Fox News, "Couple criticized for pulling 'stupid' stunt in Saint Martin one year after woman dies on same beach," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of flight path

1908, in the meaning defined above

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flight path

noun

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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