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.

Recent Examples on the Web

These transponders would transmit and receive the flight plans of other aircraft in the vicinity automatically so that pilots, or in the case of autonomous aircraft their flight computers, can see and avoid one another. The Economist, "Flying taxis are taking off to whisk people around cities," 14 Sep. 2019 Her flight plan on her last fateful trip was from New Guinea to Howland Island, a tiny island in the central Pacific. Erin Davis And Brandon Griggs, CNN, "Amelia Earhart broke aviation records and empowered generations of women pilots," 24 July 2019 July 2 The flight plan Kupang (PORT.) June 28 After a westbound attempt in March that failed with a crash in Hawaii, Earhart decided on an eastbound route that would cover nearly 29,000 miles. National Geographic, "‘Tantalizing clue’ marks end of Amelia Earhart expedition," 26 Aug. 2019 According to the company, Smart Dragon-1 has already secured six launch contracts, with its second flight planned for as soon as late 2019. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Single-core Delta IV is no more, fully automated Soyuz," 23 Aug. 2019 Roy Halladay III did not file a final flight plan with the FAA. Stephanie Apstein, SI.com, "— Roy Halladay (@RoyHalladay)," 17 July 2019 The worldwide television audience was watching animated simulation of the approach and touchdown, following the original flight plan which showed when the lunar module was supposed to land. Jeffrey Kluger, CBS News, "To the Moon! A chronicle of mankind's greatest adventure," 14 July 2019 Pilots could post their flight plans on a site, where passengers could more easily find them. Mike Lee And Jon Riches, Twin Cities, "Lee, Riches: The FAA needs to let flight-sharing take off," 12 Aug. 2019 The unscheduled flight had just been added to the flight plan the previous Friday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Squadron leaders warned of dangerous helicopter ‘hot seat’ hours before sailor fatally injured, report finds," 5 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'flight plan.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of flight plan

circa 1936, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about flight plan

Statistics for flight plan

Last Updated

19 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for flight plan

The first known use of flight plan was circa 1936

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for flight plan

flight plan


English Language Learners Definition of flight plan

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

More from Merriam-Webster on flight plan

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with flight plan

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about flight plan

Comments on flight plan

What made you want to look up flight plan? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


authorized for issue (as a bond)

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!