ground loop


Definition of ground loop

: a sharp uncontrollable turn made by an aircraft on the ground and usually caused by an unbalanced drag (as from a wingtip touching the ground)

Examples of ground loop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As further insurance, a ground loop cooling system is being installed under the building that can be powered up to keep the ground frozen if winters become too warm, Crandall said. Lisa Demer, Anchorage Daily News, 7 July 2017 Tail-dragger airplanes—that is, airplanes with the main gear in front and a tail wheel behind—are particularly susceptible to ground looping. Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of ground loop

1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ground loop was in 1928

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“Ground loop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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