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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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 Its flight plan called for the twin-propeller plane to hit a speed of 207 mph and an altitude of 7,000 feet. Jason Nark, Philly.com, "Two killed in plane crash in South Jersey were on an 'angel flight' to help patient in need," 14 June 2018 But immigration officials in Malaysia, seeing details of the flight plan, alerted Mr. Mahathir’s government, who blocked Mr. Najib’s exit. Yantoultra Ngui, WSJ, "Dragnet Widens Around Ousted Malaysian Leader Najib Razak," 18 May 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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