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airspeed

[air-speed] /ˈɛərˌspid/
noun
1.
the forward speed of an aircraft relative to the air through which it moves.
Also, air speed.
Compare groundspeed.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; air1 + speed
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  • Conflicting airspeed readings led to a major catastrophe.
  • Special tests of airspeed instruments can be arranged.
  • The recording airspeed and altimeter are connected to the airspeed head on the vertical fin.
  • Fuel-flow rate is independent of airspeed and thrust for aircraft with piston engines.
  • airspeed is controlled primarily by the elevator or longitudinal control position for a given configuration and power.
  • He stated he maintained as much airspeed as possible until the airplane contacted the frozen river.
  • Flaps enable the pilot to make a steeper descent when landing without increasing airspeed.
  • Indicated airspeed remains at the value prior to icing.
British Dictionary definitions for airspeed

airspeed

/ˈɛəˌspiːd/
noun
1.
the speed of an aircraft relative to the air in which it moves Compare groundspeed
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