ro·​tor·​craft | \ ˈrō-tər-ˌkraft How to pronounce rotorcraft (audio) \
plural rotorcraft

Definition of rotorcraft

: an aircraft (such as a helicopter) whose lift is derived principally from rotating airfoils

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Recent Examples on the Web Textron also owns Bell Helicopters, one of the world’s biggest makers of rotorcraft, as well as a large defense business specializing in drones and ground vehicles. Jacquie Mcnish And Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "Bombardier in Talks to Sell Business-Jet Unit to Textron," 4 Feb. 2020 Instead, the space agency is funding the Dragonfly Mission to Saturn’s larger moon Titan, where a large rotorcraft will explore the planet searching for the building blocks of life. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "New Organic Compounds Found In Plumes From Saturn’s Icy Moon Enceladus," 4 Oct. 2019 The rotorcraft will then autonomously survey the sands of Shangri-La for a suitable area to touch down. Jay Bennett, Smithsonian, "Dragonfly Spacecraft to Scour the Sands of Titan for the Chemistry of Life," 6 May 2012 At Jaunt, Stanzione, who is also a former test pilot, acquired the rights to technology long in development by Carter Aviation Technologies, one of the most aggressive innovators in rotorcraft technology in the modern age. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Old Gyrocopters Could Be the Funky Flying Cars of the Future," 12 Aug. 2019 The rotorcraft, called Dragonfly, will study several regions where exotic chemistry could produce the constitute components of life. Jay Bennett, Smithsonian, "Dragonfly Spacecraft to Scour the Sands of Titan for the Chemistry of Life," 6 May 2012 Lockheed Martin was set to close a plant in Coatesville, Pennsylvania where workers manufactured helicopters, citing a lack of demand for rotorcraft. Fortune, "A VC Community Introduces a Gender Quota: The Broadsheet," 12 July 2019 The Dragonfly mission will involve a small, drone-like rotorcraft lander that will be able to fly in small hops across Titan’s surface, covering more distance during its two-year mission than any planetary rover in history. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "NASA Will Send a Helicopter to Hunt for Life on Saturn's Biggest Moon," 27 June 2019 McCormack received his commercial pilot's license in 2004, according to Federal Aviation Administration records, and he was certified as a flight instructor for a rotorcraft-helicopter last year. Greg Wallace And Brynn Gingras, CNN, "Pilot of helicopter that crashed on New York high-rise didn't have proper certificate, FAA says," 12 June 2019

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1929, in the meaning defined above

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“Rotorcraft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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