aviation

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
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n the art of operating aircraft

Synonyms:
airmanship
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:
industry
the people or companies engaged in a particular kind of commercial enterprise

n travel via aircraft

Synonyms:
air, air travel
Types:
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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.
ballooning
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
overflight
a flight by an aircraft over a particular area (especially over an area in foreign territory)
pass
a flight or run by an aircraft over a target
solo
a flight in which the aircraft pilot is unaccompanied
sortie
(military) an operational flight by a single aircraft (as in a military operation)
low level flight, terrain flight
flight at very low altitudes
Type of:
travel, traveling, travelling
the act of going from one place to another

n the aggregation of a country's military aircraft

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

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