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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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 Olympic National Park is one of America's only wilderness areas that's uncrossed by highways and far from most commercial flight paths. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "Olympic National Park Is Home to the Quietest Spot in the Continental U.S.," 11 June 2018 State news services report that China is developing a rocket that can identify mechanical failures during a launch and plot a new flight path as a result of whatever problems are occurring. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Japanese rocket blows up, NASA chief ponders purpose of SLS," 6 July 2018 Thunderstorms are especially troublesome for summer flights, sometimes flaring up out of nowhere to block flight paths and cause delays that can quickly ripple across the region or country. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "Summer flying guide: How to cope with record crowds," 26 June 2018 Also, because 191 is under the flight path, the FAA would have to sign off on any use other than storage, an absurd obstacle in light of 191’s close proximity to Liberty Station commerce. Logan Jenkins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cliff-hanger update: 3 damsels no longer distressed," 2 July 2018 For Reagan National, the state filed a separate petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for review of the FAA’s changes to the approach flight path for a runway. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland files petitions to change flight paths at BWI, Reagan airports to reduce noise," 26 June 2018

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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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