Davies, Glyn A. O. Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, United Kingdom.
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The science and practice of human-made aircraft for flying in the Earth's atmosphere. The aircraft include traditional fixed-wing and rotary-wing (helicopter) machines, as well as hybrid craft (tilt rotors), in which the engines (or the wings) rotate to transition from vertical take-off or landing to horizontal forward flight. The whole world of the design, research and development, manufacture, operation, service, and repair is also referred to as aviation. See also: Helicopter; Vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL)
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