flight plan


Definition of flight plan

: a usually written statement (as by a pilot) of the details of an intended flight (as of an airplane or spacecraft) usually filed with an authority

Examples of flight plan in a Sentence

The pilot filed a flight plan before taking off.

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Similarly, Astra Space has released no public information about the flight plan for the coming test flight. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Turbulent pricing era ahead, SLS concerns, SpaceX plays catch," 12 Oct. 2018 The 45-year-old pilot, Mark Davies, and his wife, Janet, did not file a flight plan before taking off. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Wreckage of plane missing since 1997 found in Michigan, believed to belong to couple that vanished," 16 July 2018 In this last case, with a ruggedized laptop, a ground controller can upload the mission flight plan to the drone prior to launch. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "A military helicopter drone that can fight wildfires," 9 Aug. 2018 Bombing runs are preprogrammed events, all part of the flight plan. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "B-52 Bombers Could Quadruple Their Wing Bomb Loads," 25 June 2018 Even with the flight plans filed, a negotiation with the tanker crew ensues across the radio. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "B-52 Bombers Could Quadruple Their Wing Bomb Loads," 25 June 2018 Delta’s competitors also are face rising fuel costs that could affect their flight plans. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "Delta to trim growth plans for flights this fall," 13 July 2018 Today, troops on the ground use GPS to navigate foreign streets; drone pilots can program a flight plan from thousands of miles away. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space," 26 June 2018 The decision was made for Brenda Casey to spend some time with Gores, but with children aged 7 and 10, flight plans were quickly scuttled. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey: 'Time is now' for team to contend," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of flight plan

circa 1936, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of flight plan

: a written statement that tells when and where an aircraft will fly

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