We also happen to have a wonderful commentator, Clive Irving, who is obsessed with aeronautics.
They offered free flight instruction and other courses in aeronautics to all comers.
1824, from aeronautic (1784), from French aéronautique, from aéro- (see aero-) + nautique "of ships," from Latin nauticus, from Greek nautikos (see nautical). Originally of balloons. Also see -ics. Aeronaut "balloonist" is from 1784.
The design, construction and operation of aircraft.
The scientific study of flight through the atmosphere.