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 The airline said customers won’t be automatically rebooked on a Max if their original flight plan changes. chicagotribune.com, "American Airlines plans to fly Boeing 737 Max by year-end," 19 Oct. 2020 United has the smallest flight plan in November, with 72,566. Dallas News, "American Airlines cuts November schedule by nearly half ‘to match low demand’," 5 Oct. 2020 The former fighter pilot already had a flight plan: bombs away. Glenn Thrush, New York Times, "In Supreme Court Fight, McSally Sees a Chance to Reboot Her Senate Campaign," 2 Oct. 2020 Among other failures, OC Helicopters did not assess weather, obtain proper weather data before and during the flight, or recommend a safe route and flight plan. Stella Chan, CNN, "Kobe Bryant's widow sues LA County sheriff and the department for crash photo leak," 22 Sep. 2020 The two stealth fighters were probably part of that buildup, and a desire to get them there quickly, by the most direct route, likely led the Air Force to file the intentionally misleading flight plan. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "That Time the U.S. Tried to Sneak Stealth Fighters Across Austria," 23 July 2020 Those wishing to overfly the mountainous country need to file a flight plan, but in general, overflights are often approved. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "That Time the U.S. Tried to Sneak Stealth Fighters Across Austria," 23 July 2020 That's that flight plan that Ryanair's CEO Michael O'Leary laid out in a video announcing results for the June quarter (its Q1 2021), followed by a conference call with analysts on July 27. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Not wasting a crisis: How Ireland’s Ryanair is using the pandemic to power an audacious growth plan," 2 Aug. 2020 Think of your budget as a flight plan that can and must be adjusted from time to time to mitigate the effects of turbulence. Nancy Tengler, USA TODAY, "Now is the time to set up a savings and investment plan," 28 June 2020

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First Known Use of flight plan

circa 1936, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flight plan was circa 1936

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30 Oct 2020

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“Flight plan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flight%20plan. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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