relative airflow

The air in a region where the pressure, temperature, and relative velocity are unaffected by the passage of aircraft through it. Also known as free-stream flow.

Aviation dictionary. 2014.

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  • relative wind — noun : the motion of the air relative to a body in it usually determined so as to exclude disturbance at the surfaces of the body * * * /wind/ the velocity or direction of airflow with respect to the body it surrounds, esp. an airfoil. [1915 20] …   Useful english dictionary

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  • relative wind — /wind/ the velocity or direction of airflow with respect to the body it surrounds, esp. an airfoil. [1915 20] * * * …   Universalium

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  • Slip (aerodynamic) — A slip is an aerodynamic state where an aircraft is moving sideways as well as forward relative to the oncoming airflow. In other words, for a conventional aircraft, the nose will not be pointing directly into the relative wind . Flying in a slip …   Wikipedia

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