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
  1. noun
    the art of operating aircraft
    synonyms: airmanship
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    art, artistry, prowess
    a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation
  2. noun
    the operation of aircraft to provide transportation
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    the people or companies engaged in a particular kind of commercial enterprise
  3. noun
    travel via aircraft
    synonyms: 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
  4. noun
    the aggregation of a country's military aircraft
    synonyms: air power
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    accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
    several things grouped together or considered as a whole
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