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  • air spring (mechanics)

    Air spring, load-carrying component of an air suspension system used on machines, automobiles, and buses. A system used on buses consists of an air compressor, an air-supply tank, leveling valves, check valves, bellows, and connecting piping. Basically, an air-spring bellows is a column of air

  • air staff (military science)

    general staff: …staff is usually called the air staff.

  • air superiority fighter (aircraft)

    fighter aircraft: The air supremacy, or air superiority, fighter must have long-range capability, to enable it to travel deep into enemy territory to seek out and destroy enemy fighters. Fighter-bombers fill the dual role suggested by their name.

  • air supremacy fighter (aircraft)

    fighter aircraft: The air supremacy, or air superiority, fighter must have long-range capability, to enable it to travel deep into enemy territory to seek out and destroy enemy fighters. Fighter-bombers fill the dual role suggested by their name.

  • air suspension (mechanics)

    bus: Development: Air suspensions were introduced in 1953 and continue to be employed on integral-frame bus models. They consist of multiple heavy rubber bellows, or air springs, mounted at each axle. The air springs are supplied with air from a reservoir in which the pressure is maintained…

  • air temperature

    global warming: …phenomenon of increasing average air temperatures near the surface of Earth over the past one to two centuries. Climate scientists have since the mid-20th century gathered detailed observations of various weather phenomena (such as temperatures, precipitation, and storms) and of related influences on climate (such as

  • air terminal

    Airport, site and installation for the takeoff and landing of aircraft. An airport usually has paved runways and maintenance facilities and serves as a terminal for passengers and cargo. The requirements for airports have increased in complexity and scale since the earliest days of flying. Before

  • air toxic (pollution)

    air pollution: Air toxics: Hundreds of specific substances are considered hazardous when present in trace amounts in the air. These pollutants are called air toxics. Many of them cause genetic mutations or cancer; some cause other types of health problems, such as adverse effects on brain tissue or…

  • air traffic control

    Air-traffic control, the supervision of the movements of all aircraft, both in the air and on the ground, in the vicinity of an airport. See traffic

  • Air Transport and Travel, Ltd. (British company)

    history of flight: The first airlines: …organizations, a British group called Air Transport and Travel, Ltd., acquired several Airco D.H.4a VIII single-engine planes (designed by Geoffrey De Havilland), powered by 350-horsepower Eagle V-type engines from Rolls-Royce Ltd., and modified them to include an enclosed cramped space in the fuselage with room for two adventurous passengers. The…

  • Air Transport Command (United States Air Force)

    history of flight: Wartime legacies: Army Air Force Air Transport Command (ATC) constituted a major step forward. The ATC became legendary during its transport services across the towering Himalayan mountain ranges (pilots called these challenging missions “flying the hump”), carrying crucial supplies to Chinese and Allied forces in the China-Burma-India theatre. More important,…

  • air transportation

    Aviation, the development and operation of heavier-than-air aircraft. The term “civil aviation” refers to the air-transportation service provided to the public by airlines, while “military aviation” refers to the development and use of military aircraft. A brief treatment of aviation follows. For

  • Air Transportation Stabilization Board (United States government)

    Air Transportation Stabilization Board (ATSB), U.S. governmental entity created in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001, to maintain and provide for safe and efficient commercial aviation. The board was created by the Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act, which was

  • air travel

    Aviation, the development and operation of heavier-than-air aircraft. The term “civil aviation” refers to the air-transportation service provided to the public by airlines, while “military aviation” refers to the development and use of military aircraft. A brief treatment of aviation follows. For

  • Air University (United States Air Force)

    war college: Air University: Air University grew out of the Air Corps Tactical School, which relocated in 1928 from Langley, Virginia, to Maxwell Field (later Maxwell Air Force Base), near Montgomery, Alabama. The U.S. Army Air Corps (the present-day U.S. Air Force) established other facilities there, including,…

  • air warfare

    Air warfare, the tactics of military operations conducted by airplanes, helicopters, or other manned craft that are propelled aloft. Air warfare may be conducted against other aircraft, against targets on the ground, and against targets on the water or beneath it. Air warfare is almost entirely a

  • Air, School of the (school, Australia)

    Meekatharra: … base and the first regular School of the Air (public education by radio for outback children). The town is also a base for mining in the region. Pop. (2006) local government area, 1,137; (2011) local government area, 1,377.

  • Air, Waters, and Places (work by Hippocrates)

    bioclimatology: …ago in his treatise on Air, Waters, and Places, the science of bioclimatology is relatively new. It developed into a significant field of study during the 1960s owing largely to a growing concern over the deteriorating environment.

  • air-blast tunnel freezer

    food preservation: Industrial freezers: …types of industrial freezers, including air-blast tunnel freezers, belt freezers, fluidized-bed freezers, plate freezers, and cryogenic freezers.

  • air-bone gap (medicine)

    human ear: Audiometry: air-bone gap. This difference is a measure of the loss in transmission across the middle ear and indicates the maximum improvement that may be obtained through successful corrective surgery. When the defect is confined to the organ of Corti, the bone-conduction audiogram shows the same…

  • air-breathing catfish (fish)

    ostariophysan: Annotated classification: Family Clariidae (air-breathing catfishes) Long dorsal and anal fins without spines; adipose fin usually lacking. Treelike air-breathing organ. Food fishes. Size to 130 cm (51 inches). About 14 genera, about 90 species. The similar family Heteropneustidae has long, hollow air sacs. Asia, Africa; widely introduced elsewhere. Family…

  • Air-Conditioned Nightmare, The (work by Miller)

    The Air-Conditioned Nightmare, nonfiction account by Henry Miller of his travels through the United States, published in 1945. Miller undertook these travels in 1940 and 1941 after returning from a lengthy stay in Europe. Miller comments, mostly negatively, on the country’s physical landscape as

  • air-conditioning

    Air-conditioning, the control of temperature, humidity, purity, and motion of air in an enclosed space, independent of outside conditions. An early method of cooling air as practiced in India was to hang wet grass mats over windows where they cooled incoming air by evaporation. Modern

  • air-cooled engine (technology)

    automotive industry: Europe after World War II: …the Volkswagen used a four-cylinder air-cooled engine at the rear of the car. It also dispensed with the annual model change that had become customary with other automobile manufacturers. Although the company had been founded by the German government, in the 1960s the government divested itself of 60 percent of…

  • air-core transformer (electronics)

    transformer: Air-core transformers are designed to transfer radio-frequency currents—i.e., the currents used for radio transmission; they consist of two or more coils wound around a solid insulating substance or on an insulating coil form. Iron-core transformers serve analogous functions in the audio-frequency range.

  • Air-Crib (psychology)

    B.F. Skinner: …through his invention of the Air Crib baby tender—a large, soundproof, germ-free, mechanical, air-conditioned box designed to provide an optimal environment for child growth during the first two years of life. In 1948 he published one of his most controversial works, Walden Two, a novel on life in a utopian…

  • air-cushion machine (vehicle)

    Air-cushion machine, any of the machines characterized by movement in which a significant portion of the weight is supported by forces arising from air pressures developed around the craft, as a result of which they hover in close proximity to the Earth’s surface. It is this proximity to the

  • air-cushion pallet (mechanical device)

    conveyor: During the 1960s, air-float conveyors were introduced consisting of a platform, or pallet, equipped with air jets underneath to provide levitation. Thus supported, the platform can be easily moved in any direction over a flat surface.

  • air-cushion train

    air-cushion machine: Air-cushion trains: Once air-cushion suspension was proved practical in Hovercraft, the system was quickly applied to other forms of transport, and it soon became clear that a tracked vehicle, similar to a train or monorail, would benefit considerably from the lack of friction inherent in…

  • air-cushion vehicle

    air-cushion machine: The former are classed as aerostatic craft (ACVs); the latter are called aerodynamic ground-effect machines (GEMs).

  • air-depolarized cell (battery)

    battery: Air-depolarized batteries: A very practical way to obtain high energy density in a battery is to employ the oxygen in air for a “liquid” cathode material. If paired with an anode such as zinc, long cell life at low cost per watt-hour (for a dry…

  • air-entraining cement (cement)

    cement: Types of portland cement: Air-entraining cements are made by the addition on grinding of a small amount, about 0.05 percent, of an organic agent that causes the entrainment of very fine air bubbles in a concrete. This increases the resistance of the concrete to freeze-thaw damage in cold climates.…

  • air-filled ionization chamber

    radiation measurement: Ion chambers: Air-filled ion chambers operated in current mode are a common type of portable survey meter used to monitor potential personnel exposure to gamma rays. One reason is that the historical unit of gamma-ray exposure, the roentgen (R), is defined in terms of the amount of…

  • air-float conveyor (mechanical device)

    conveyor: During the 1960s, air-float conveyors were introduced consisting of a platform, or pallet, equipped with air jets underneath to provide levitation. Thus supported, the platform can be easily moved in any direction over a flat surface.

  • air-independent propulsion (submarine technology)

    submarine: Postwar developments: …but the development of "air-independent propulsion" (AIP) using fuel cells has brought even greater improvement. Some AIP-capable submarines, equipped with fuel cells that use stored hydrogen and oxygen to generate electricity, are said to be able to operate at low speeds underwater for as long as a month.

  • Air-India (Indian airline)

    Air India, airline founded in 1932 (as Tata Airlines) that grew into an international airline owned by the Indian government; it serves southern and east Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, the United States, and Canada. Headquarters are in Bombay (Mumbai). The first scheduled service was

  • air-injection system (engineering)

    emission control system: …of systems are used: the air-injection system and the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system. In EGR a certain portion of exhaust gases are directed back to the cylinder head, where they are combined with the fuel-air mixture and enter the combustion chamber. The recirculated exhaust gases serve to lower the…

  • air-intercept missile (military technology)

    rocket and missile system: Air-to-air: …such as the AIM-4 (for air-intercept missile) Falcon, the AIM-9 Sidewinder, and the AIM-7 Sparrow. The widely imitated Sidewinder was particularly influential. Early versions, which homed onto the infrared emissions from jet engine tailpipes, could approach only from the target’s rear quadrants. Later versions, beginning with the AIM-9L, were fitted…

  • air-jet spinning (textiles)

    cotton: Cotton fibre processing: …the production of cotton blends, air-jet spinning may be used; in this high-speed method, air currents wrap loose fibres around a straight sliver core. Blends (composites) are made during yarn processing by joining drawn cotton with other staple fibres, such as polyester or casein.

  • air-launched cruise missile

    cruise missile: The air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) had a length of 6.3 m (20.7 feet); it attained a range of 2,500 km (1,500 miles). It was designed for deployment on the B-52 bomber. The Tomahawk sea-launched cruise missile (SLCM) and the Tomahawk ground-launched cruise missile (GLCM) had a…

  • air-lift dredge

    mining: Marine beaches and continental shelves: Also effective are air-lift dredges, which operate by injecting compressed air into a submerged pipe at about 60 percent of the depth of submergence. This reduces the density of the fluid column inside the pipe so that, if the top of the pipe is not too far above…

  • air-mass freeze

    horticulture: Frost control: …weather is clear and calm; air-mass freezes occur when it is overcast and windy.

  • air-mass thunderstorm (meteorology)

    thunderstorm: Isolated thunderstorms: These storms are sometimes called air-mass or local thunderstorms. They are mostly vertical in structure, are relatively short-lived, and usually do not produce violent weather at the ground. Aircraft and radar measurements show that such storms are composed of one or more convective cells, each of which goes through a…

  • air-pollution control

    Air pollution control, the techniques employed to reduce or eliminate the emission into the atmosphere of substances that can harm the environment or human health. The control of air pollution is one of the principal areas of pollution control, along with wastewater treatment, solid-waste

  • air-potato yam (plant and vegetable)

    Dioscoreaceae: batatas); air potato (D. bulbifera); and yampee, or cush-cush (D. trifida).

  • air-sea interface

    Air–sea interface, boundary between the atmosphere and the ocean waters. The interface is one of the most physically and chemically active of the Earth’s environments. Its neighbourhood supports most marine life. The atmosphere gains much of its heat at the interface in tropical latitudes by back

  • air-supported structure (architecture)

    construction: Postwar developments in long-span construction: …roof structures in tension are air-supported plastic membranes, which were devised by Walter Bird of Cornell University in the late 1940s and were soon in use for swimming pools, temporary warehouses, and exhibition buildings. The Ōsaka World’s Fair of 1970 included many air-supported structures, the largest of which was the…

  • air-to-air system (military technology)

    rocket and missile system: Air-to-air: Developed in 1947, the radar-guided, subsonic Firebird was the first U.S. guided air-to-air missile. It was rendered obsolete within a few years by supersonic missiles such as the AIM-4 (for air-intercept missile) Falcon, the AIM-9 Sidewinder, and the AIM-7 Sparrow. The widely imitated Sidewinder…

  • air-to-fuel ratio (automobiles)

    conductive ceramics: Oxygen sensors: … to monitor and control the air-to-fuel (A/F) ratio in the internal combustion engine. A prominent sensor material is zirconia, which, as noted above, can be an excellent high-temperature oxygen conductor if suitably doped with Ca2+ or Y3+. A tube or thimble made of zirconia can be exposed on its exterior…

  • air-to-surface system (military technology)

    rocket and missile system: Air-to-surface: The United States began to deploy tactical air-to-surface guided missiles as a standard aerial munition in the late 1950s. The first of these was the AGM-12 (for aerial guided munition) Bullpup, a rocket-powered weapon that employed visual tracking and radio-transmitted command guidance. The pilot…

  • air-traffic control

    Air-traffic control, the supervision of the movements of all aircraft, both in the air and on the ground, in the vicinity of an airport. See traffic

  • air-traffic-control radar-beacon system (radar technology)

    radar: Airport surveillance radar: …lightweight planar-array antenna for the air-traffic-control radar-beacon system (ATCRBS). Its dimensions are 26 feet (8 metres) by 5.2 feet (1.6 metres). ATCRBS is the primary means for detecting and identifying aircraft equipped with a transponder that can reply to the ATCRBS interrogation. The ATCRBS transmitter, which is independent of the…

  • Airacomet (aircraft)

    military aircraft: Subsonic flight: jet, the Bell P-59A Airacomet, made its first flight the following year. It was slower than contemporary piston-engined fighters, but in 1943–44 a small team under Lockheed designer Clarence (“Kelly”) Johnson developed the P-80 Shooting Star. The P-80 and its British contemporary, the de Havilland Vampire, were the…

  • airag (alcoholic beverage)

    Khalkha: …mare’s milk, or airag, called kumys in Russian (koumiss).

  • airbag (restraint system)

    microelectromechanical system: …large market was the automobile air-bag controller, which combines inertia sensors to detect a crash and electronic control circuitry to deploy the air bag in response. Another early application for MEMS was in inkjet printheads. In the late 1990s, following decades of research, a new type of electronic projector was…

  • airborne moving-target indication radar (radar technology)

    radar: Postwar progress: Airborne MTI radar for aircraft detection was developed for the U.S. Navy’s Grumman E-2 airborne-early-warning (AEW) aircraft at this time. Many of the attributes of HF over-the-horizon radar were demonstrated during the 1960s, as were the first radars designed for detecting ballistic missiles and satellites.

  • airborne radar (military technology)

    radar: Airborne combat radar: A modern combat aircraft is generally required not only to intercept hostile aircraft but also to attack surface targets on the ground or sea. The radar that serves such an aircraft must have the capabilities to perform these distinct military missions. This…

  • airborne radio compass (aviation technology)

    Henri-Gaston Busignies: …his career by inventing the airborne radio compass, which permitted accurate aircraft navigation. He joined the International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation (now the ITT Corporation) in 1928 and continued work on his first crude radio compass and radio direction finders. He and other ITT scientists left France for the United…

  • airborne rocket

    rocket and missile system: Aerial rockets: Britain, Germany, the Soviet Union, Japan, and the United States all developed airborne rockets for use against surface as well as aerial targets. These were almost invariably fin-stabilized because of the effective aerodynamic forces when launched at speeds of 250 miles per hour…

  • Airborne Tactical Data System (United States military)

    warning system: Air defense systems: Navy the Airborne Tactical Data System, consisting of airborne radar, computers, and memory and data links, is connected with the Naval Tactical Data System, located in fleet headquarters, which processes, organizes, and displays information of the overall picture of the tactical situation.

  • Airborne Warning and Control System (aircraft and military technology)

    AWACS, a mobile, long-range radar surveillance and control centre for air defense. The system, as developed by the U.S. Air Force, is mounted in a specially modified Boeing 707 aircraft. Its main radar antenna is mounted on a turntable housed in a circular rotodome 9 m (30 feet) in diameter, e

  • airbrush (tool)

    Airbrush, Pneumatic device for developing a fine, small-diameter spray of paint, protective coating, or liquid colour (see aerosol). The airbrush can be a pencil-shaped atomizer used for various highly detailed activities such as shading drawings and retouching photographs; in contrast, a spray gun

  • airbrush art (tool)

    Airbrush, Pneumatic device for developing a fine, small-diameter spray of paint, protective coating, or liquid colour (see aerosol). The airbrush can be a pencil-shaped atomizer used for various highly detailed activities such as shading drawings and retouching photographs; in contrast, a spray gun

  • Airbus Industrie (European consortium)

    Airbus Industrie, European aircraft-manufacturing consortium formed in 1970 to fill a market niche for short- to medium-range, high-capacity jetliners. It is now one of the world’s top two commercial aircraft manufacturers, competing directly with the American Boeing Company and frequently

  • aircraft (technology)

    airplane: …of a class of fixed-wing aircraft that is heavier than air, propelled by a screw propeller or a high-velocity jet, and supported by the dynamic reaction of the air against its wings. For an account of the development of the airplane and the advent of civil aviation see history of…

  • aircraft carrier (ship)

    Aircraft carrier, naval vessel from which airplanes may take off and on which they may land. As early as November 1910, an American civilian pilot, Eugene Ely, flew a plane off a specially built platform on the deck of the U.S. cruiser Birmingham at Hampton Roads, Virginia. On January 18, 1911, in

  • aircraft industry

    Aerospace industry, assemblage of manufacturing concerns that deal with vehicular flight within and beyond Earth’s atmosphere. (The term aerospace is derived from the words aeronautics and spaceflight.) The aerospace industry is engaged in the research, development, and manufacture of flight

  • Aird, An (former district, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom)

    Ards, former district (1973–2015) within the former County Down, now in the Ards and North Down district, eastern Northern Ireland. The former district extended northward from just south of the village of Killinchy along the western shoreline of Strangford Lough (inlet of the sea) to the town of

  • Airds (New South Wales, Australia)

    Campbelltown, city within the Sydney metropolitan area, eastern New South Wales, southeastern Australia. The town was founded in 1810 by Gov. Lachlan Macquarie, who named it for his wife, the former Elizabeth Campbell. In 1882 it became a municipality and absorbed the historic villages of

  • Aire, River (river, England, United Kingdom)

    River Aire, river rising at Malham Tarn (lake), in North Yorkshire administrative county, historic county of Yorkshire, England. It drains the central Pennines and flows southeastward through West Yorkshire metropolitan county and across the southern part of North Yorkshire to meet the River Ouse

  • Airedale (valley, England, United Kingdom)

    River Aire: …deep, troughlike valley known as Airedale; the dale’s scenic beauty makes it a tourist attraction, and its agriculture is concentrated on dairy and poultry production. After leaving the Pennines, the river crosses the Yorkshire coalfield and is joined by the River Calder, its major tributary. Leeds is the principal city…

  • Airedale terrier (breed of dog)

    Airedale terrier, the largest of the terriers, probably descended from the otterhound and an extinct broken-haired dog, the black-and-tan Old English terrier. It is named for the Aire valley, or Airedale, in Yorkshire. Intelligent and courageous, powerful and affectionate, though reserved with

  • Aires, Matias (Portuguese philosopher)

    Portuguese literature: The 18th century: Matias Aires, who studied science in Spain and France, returned to Portugal to write Reflexões sobre a vaidade (1752; “Reflections on Vanity”), a philosophical and moral critique expressing his skeptical conclusions about human nature. Men of liberal ideas traveled to France and England; with their…

  • AIRFA (United States [1978])

    Native American: Religious freedom: Congress eventually passed the American Indian Religious Freedom Act (AIRFA; 1978). AIRFA was intended to ensure the protection of Native American religions and their practitioners, and it successfully stripped away many of the bureaucratic obstacles with which they had been confronted. Before 1978, for instance, the terms of the…

  • airfoil (aircraft part)

    Airfoil, shaped surface, such as an airplane wing, tail, or propeller blade, that produces lift and drag when moved through the air. An airfoil produces a lifting force that acts at right angles to the airstream and a dragging force that acts in the same direction as the airstream. High-speed

  • airforce

    Air force, military organization of a nation that is primarily responsible for the conduct of air warfare. The air force has the missions of gaining control of the air, supporting surface forces (as by bombing and strafing), and accomplishing strategic-bombing objectives. The basic weapon systems

  • airframe

    Airframe, basic structure of an airplane or spacecraft excluding its power plant and instrumentation; its principal components thus include the wings, fuselage, tail assembly, and landing gear. The airframe is designed to withstand all aerodynamic forces as well as the stresses imposed by the

  • airglow (science)

    Airglow, faint luminescence of Earth’s upper atmosphere that is caused by air molecules’ and atoms’ selective absorption of solar ultraviolet and X-radiation. Most of the airglow emanates from the region about 50 to 300 km (31 to 180 miles) above the surface of Earth, with the brightest area

  • airi aicme (ancient Irish nobility)

    Ireland: Political and social organization: …king was an aristocracy (airi aicme, the upper class), whose land and property rights were clearly defined by law and whose main wealth was in cattle. Greater landowners were supported by céilí, or clients. These and other grades of society, minutely classified and described by legal writers, tilled the…

  • Airlangga (Indonesian ruler)

    Erlangga, early Indonesian ruler who succeeded in reuniting the empire of eastern Java. Erlangga was married to the daughter of Dharmavamsa, the earliest Javanese historical figure for whom clear information is available and who created an empire centred on his capital in eastern Java between a

  • airline (commercial aviation)

    history of flight: The first airlines: One of the earliest airline organizations, a British group called Air Transport and Travel, Ltd., acquired several Airco D.H.4a VIII single-engine planes (designed by Geoffrey De Havilland), powered by 350-horsepower Eagle V-type engines from Rolls-Royce Ltd., and modified them to include an enclosed cramped…

  • airline terminal (aviation)

    airport: Passenger terminal layout and design: As passenger throughput at airports increases, the passenger terminal becomes a more important element of the airport, attaining a dominant status in the largest facilities. The passenger terminal may amount to less than 10 percent of the total…

  • airline, national

    Airline, national, Air transportation services owned and operated by national governments. All U.S. airlines are privately owned, but many other countries have government-owned airlines. Often national airlines were founded as private services and later purchased by the government. The oldest

  • airmail

    Airmail, letters and parcels transported by airplanes. Airmail service was initiated in 1911 in England between Hendon (northwest of London) and Windsor, to celebrate the coronation of George V. Service was irregular, however, and only 21 trips were made. Continuous regular air transport of

  • airman (military rank)

    private: Air Force, airman.

  • Airmaster (airplane)

    history of flight: General aviation: …per hour; the four-seat Cessna Airmaster, powered by a 145–165-horsepower engine that enabled a cruising speed of about 160 miles (260 km) per hour; and the seven to nine passenger Beechcraft Model 18, powered by two 450-horsepower engines that enabled a cruising speed of about 220 miles (350 km) per…

  • airone, L’  (work by Bassani)

    Giorgio Bassani: …later novels include L’airone (1968; The Heron), a portrait of a lonely Ferrarese landowner during a hunt. This novel received the Campiello Prize for best Italian prose work. Bassani also wrote L’odore del fieno (1972; The Smell of Hay). His collections of poetry include Rolls Royce and Other Poems (1982),…

  • airplane (aircraft)

    Airplane, any of a class of fixed-wing aircraft that is heavier than air, propelled by a screw propeller or a high-velocity jet, and supported by the dynamic reaction of the air against its wings. For an account of the development of the airplane and the advent of civil aviation see history of

  • airplane carrier (ship)

    Aircraft carrier, naval vessel from which airplanes may take off and on which they may land. As early as November 1910, an American civilian pilot, Eugene Ely, flew a plane off a specially built platform on the deck of the U.S. cruiser Birmingham at Hampton Roads, Virginia. On January 18, 1911, in

  • airplane pilot (aeronautics)

    traffic control: History: , the pilot), this means short periods of high concentration and stress (takeoffs and landings) with relatively long periods of low activity and arousal. During this long-haul portion of a flight, a pilot is much more concerned with monitoring aircraft status than looking around for nearby planes.…

  • airplane racing (sport)

    Air racing, sport of racing airplanes, either over a predetermined course or cross-country up to transcontinental limits. Air racing dates back to 1909, when the first international meet was held at Reims, France. Sporting aviation dates back to the early days of flying, when aviation pioneers used

  • airplane simulator (training instrument)

    Flight simulator, any electronic or mechanical system for training airplane and spacecraft pilots and crew members by simulating flight conditions. The purpose of simulation is not to completely substitute for actual flight training but to thoroughly familiarize students with the vehicle concerned

  • Airplane Tracking Technology

    At 12:41 Am on March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight 370 (MH370) took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport for a roughly six-hour flight to Beijing with 239 people on board, including 12 crew members. Within one hour after takeoff, however, the Boeing 777-200 aircraft had essentially

  • airplane travel

    Aviation, the development and operation of heavier-than-air aircraft. The term “civil aviation” refers to the air-transportation service provided to the public by airlines, while “military aviation” refers to the development and use of military aircraft. A brief treatment of aviation follows. For

  • Airport (film by Seaton [1970])

    George Seaton: Later films: …his biggest box-office hit with Airport, a thriller based on Arthur Hailey’s best-selling novel about an airport during a blizzard and a plane that is carrying a suicide bomber. (Henry Hathaway was also credited for directing the exterior scenes.) In addition to a nomination for best picture, the film earned…

  • airport

    Airport, site and installation for the takeoff and landing of aircraft. An airport usually has paved runways and maintenance facilities and serves as a terminal for passengers and cargo. The requirements for airports have increased in complexity and scale since the earliest days of flying. Before

  • Airport 1975 (film by Smight [1974])

    Charlton Heston: …the disaster movies Skyjacked (1972), Airport 1975 (1974), and Earthquake (1974). In addition, he appeared in a number of television movies, notably portraying Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons (1988), Long John Silver in Treasure Island (1990), Sherlock Holmes in The Crucifer of Blood (1991), and Brigham…

  • airport surveillance radar (radar technology)

    radar: Airport surveillance radar: Airport surveillance radar systems are capable of reliably detecting and tracking aircraft at altitudes below 25,000 feet (7,620 metres) and within 40 to 60 nautical miles (75 to 110 km) of their airport. Systems of this type have been installed at more…

  • airport terminal (aviation)

    airport: Passenger terminal layout and design: As passenger throughput at airports increases, the passenger terminal becomes a more important element of the airport, attaining a dominant status in the largest facilities. The passenger terminal may amount to less than 10 percent of the total…

  • Airpower Museum (museum, Ottumwa, Iowa, United States)

    Ottumwa: …is the site of the Airpower Museum, which displays a large collection of antique airplanes and artifacts from early aviation. Lake Wapello State Park is to the southwest near Drakesville, and the house that was used for Grant Wood’s painting American Gothic (1930) is in Eldon to the southeast. Inc.…

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