instrument flying


Definition of instrument flying

: navigation of an airplane by instruments only

Examples of instrument flying in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For six weeks last summer the DC-8 and a pair of Twin Otters similarly quilled with atmospheric-sampling instruments flew through more than 100 different columns. Kyle Dickman, Scientific American, "The Hidden Toll of Wildfires," 1 Mar. 2020 The aircraft is equipped for instrument flying for operators licensed to do so — even with a solo pilot. New York Times, "Helicopter in Kobe Bryant Crash Wasn’t Legal to Fly in Poor Visibility," 30 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of instrument flying

1924, in the meaning defined above

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“Instrument flying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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