ground crew


Definition of ground crew

: the mechanics and technicians who maintain and service an airplane

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The ground crews will leave launchpad 39A and 38 minutes before liftoff the rocket will activate its launch escape systems. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX and NASA Reach Agreement on Astronaut Safety," 20 Aug. 2018 Passengers can either sign up for the safari when booking their tickets, or talk with a member of the Karuba ground crew in the transit lounge, once they land in Nairobi, says Mikosz. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Kenya Airways Will Give You a Free Safari (Seriously)," 13 July 2018 Who in the wide world of baseball wonk-itude knows exactly what to make of Billy R. Hamilton, baseball’s fastest human, who gets on base as much as the grounds crew? Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: Amazing and aggravating – the Cincinnati Reds' Billy Hamilton paradox," 2 May 2018 This same Soyuz will later be used to carry three members of the ISS back to Earth next week, and ground crews will finally be able to examine the craft in greater detail. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Russian Cosmonauts Spacewalk to Find the Cause of a Mysterious ISS Leak," 11 Dec. 2018 Air traffic controllers can monitor these systems, and pilots as well as ground crew also report wildlife to airport operations teams. Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Airports Keep Birds Away," 5 Nov. 2018 Every single employee that worked with us, from the TSA guards to the pilots, was a woman—and the grounds crew even wore pink vests in our honor. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "What It's Like to Go on a 36-Hour All-Female Networking Trip," 12 Nov. 2018 An Army Chinook helicopter from Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks also planned to launch with a ground crew onboard that can be inserted into a glacier staging area to assist with rescue operations. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Search resumes for airplane crashed in Denali National Park," 6 Aug. 2018 Many of the protective measures involve using background checks, such as criminal screens conducted on airline ground crews such as baggage handlers and tow operators, to ensure that anyone inside a secure area does not pose a security risk. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Stolen Horizon Air plane ‘a serious breach,’ raises questions about airport security," 14 Aug. 2018

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1934, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ground crew

: a group of people at an airport who take care of and repair aircraft

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