over·​flight | \ ˈō-vər-ˌflīt How to pronounce overflight (audio) \

Definition of overflight

: a passage over an area in an aircraft

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Israeli airlines have been barred from skies above most other Mideast states for decades, while wars in Syria and Yemen mean overflights there are too risky, according to regulators. Layan Odeh, Bloomberg.com, "Iran-U.S. Spat Leaves Mideast Airlines Encircled by Hostile Skies," 21 July 2019 As the world’s second-biggest economy, China upholds freedom of navigation and overflight because nearly 75 percent of its imported and exported goods and nearly 80 percent of its imported oil and gas transit through the South China Sea, Zhao said. Jim Gomez, BostonGlobe.com, "Philippine defense chief hits China for South China Sea acts," 30 July 2019 Simultaneous warfare in the two countries would stress intelligence and reconnaissance assets such as drone overflights, which the U.S. military has come to rely on heavily, according to former Pentagon officials. Paul Sonne, Washington Post, "Could the U.S. fight dual wars in North Korea and Iran? After diplomacy breaks down, questions loom.," 25 May 2018 Scientists say a helicopter overflight on Monday confirms a significant reduction in lava output from a fissure in a Big Island community where new volcanic cracks first opened on May 3. Fox News, "The Latest: Hurricane heads to Hawaii as lava activity wanes," 6 Aug. 2018 Were the B-52s there for freedom of navigation and overflight? James Griffiths, CNN, "Beijing may have removed missiles from disputed South China Sea island," 6 June 2018 They are required to avoid the Kilauea area itself because of concerns about ash and a potential explosion, but the lava overflights give passengers an eagle's eye view of the destruction and birth of new land. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Hawaii volcano has flung ash and rattled residents. Now it's taking a toll on the Big Island's economy.," 16 May 2018 Flight crews have conducted multiple overflights in a search for the containers, and initially located nine. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Maritime mystery: Where are 70 cargo containers that fell overboard off NC coast? | Charlotte Observer," 14 Mar. 2018 China says its island construction is mainly for civilian ends and military facilities there are principally to protect freedom of navigation and overflight. Jeremy Page, WSJ, "As China Courts Neighbors, New Images Show More Building in Disputed Waters," 14 Dec. 2017

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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