Definition of contact flight in English:

contact flight

(also contact flying)


  • Navigation of an aircraft by the observation of landmarks.

    ‘He was on a mid-stage, day contact flight out of the field.’
    • ‘Provided that he was sticking to contact flight rules, the pilot had a visual horizon.’
    • ‘In this contact flying configuration, high asperities are trimmed by the burnishing pads while low asperities are not.’
    • ‘They still had some of the contact character, and I witnessed more than one example of my captain abandoning the instruments and going down to contact flying.’
    • ‘Descend in accordance with contact flight rules to Los Angeles.’