- (of aircraft or spacecraft) activated entirely by electronic controls.
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Examples from the Web for fly-by-wire
And Sullenberger was flying an Airbus—the smaller A320, but with identical “fly-by-wire” controls to those of the A330.Who Was Flying Flight 447?
June 5, 2009
The Airbus was as “fly-by-wire” plane, which means that the flaps on the wings are commanded by wires rather than manual tubes.7 Theories on the Crash of Flight 447
The Daily Beast
June 2, 2009
- aircraft control through systems operated by electronic circuits rather than mechanical rodsAbbreviation: FBW
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