If it has to do with flying or operating a plane, it has to do with aviation. If someone tells you that he's in aviation school, that means he is learning how to fly a plane.

Aviation comes from the Latin avis meaning "bird," an appropriate translation given that aviation deals with travel by air, specifically in a plane. The aviation industry is the business sector dedicated to manufacturing and operating all types of aircraft. Air traffic controllers, when they are awake, are concerned with aviation safety.

Definitions of aviation

n the art of operating aircraft

Type of:
art, artistry, prowess
a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation

n the operation of aircraft to provide transportation

Type of:
the people or companies engaged in a particular kind of commercial enterprise

n travel via aircraft

air, air travel
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flight, flying
an instance of traveling by air
acrobatics, aerobatics, stunt flying, stunting
the performance of stunts while in flight in an aircraft
blind flying, blind landing
using only instruments for flying an aircraft because you cannot see through clouds or mists etc.
flying in a balloon
fly-by, flyover, flypast
a flight at a low altitude (usually of military aircraft) over spectators on the ground
glide, gliding, sailing, sailplaning, soaring
the activity of flying a glider
maiden flight
the first flight of its kind
a flight by an aircraft over a particular area (especially over an area in foreign territory)
a flight or run by an aircraft over a target
a flight in which the aircraft pilot is unaccompanied
(military) an operational flight by a single aircraft (as in a military operation)
low level flight, terrain flight
flight at very low altitudes
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travel, traveling, travelling
the act of going from one place to another

n the aggregation of a country's military aircraft

air power
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accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
several things grouped together or considered as a whole

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