Aircraft

An aircraft is a vehicle that is able to fly by gaining support from the air, or, in general, the atmosphere of a planet. It counters the force of gravity by using either static lift or by using the dynamic lift of an airfoil, or in a few cases the downward thrust from jet engines.

The human activity that surrounds aircraft is called aviation. Crewed aircraft are flown by an onboard pilot, but unmanned aerial vehicles may be remotely controlled or self-controlled by onboard computers. Aircraft may be classified by different criteria, such as lift type, propulsion, usage, and others.

Read more about AircraftHistory, Construction and Design, Impact and Use

Other articles related to "aircraft":

Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport - Aviation Services - Aircraft Maintenance Services
5,000 m2 (53,820 sq ft) column-free three-bay hangar for Base Maintenance works of narrow-body aircraft, such as Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 ... capacity of the company boosted to 72 aircraft from the present 24 ...
Visual Flight Rules - VFR Cruising Altitude Rules in The US
... US, there are specific VFR cruising altitudes, based on the aircraft's heading, to assist pilots in separating their aircraft while operating under visual flight above 3,0 ... FAR 91.159 states that any aircraft On a magnetic course of 0-179 degrees shall fly at an odd thousand ft MSL altitude +500 feet (e.g ...
VTOL
... A vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft is one that can hover, take off and land vertically ... This classification includes fixed-wing aircraft as well as helicopters and other aircraft with powered rotors, such as cyclogyros/cyclocopters and tiltrotors ... Some VTOL aircraft can operate in other modes as well, such as CTOL (conventional take-off and landing), STOL (short take-off and landing), and/or STOVL (short take-off and vertical landing) ...
VTOL - Rotary Wing - Tiltrotor and Propeller
... to the helicopter, many approaches have been tried to develop practical aircraft with vertical take-off and landing capabilities ... The US built an aircraft where the jet exhaust drove the fans, while British projects not built included fans driven by mechanical drives from the jet engines ... Sikorsky tested an aircraft dubbed the X-Wing, which took off in the manner of a helicopter ...
Aircraft - Impact and Use - Model
... Main article Model aircraft A model aircraft is a small unmanned type made to fly for fun, for static display, for aerodynamic research or for other purposes ...