[flahy-bahy-wahyuh r]


(of aircraft or spacecraft) activated entirely by electronic controls. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fly-by-wire

Contemporary Examples of fly-by-wire

  • And Sullenberger was flying an Airbus—the smaller A320, but with identical “fly-by-wire” controls to those of the A330.

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    Who Was Flying Flight 447?

    Clive Irving

    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.

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    7 Theories on the Crash of Flight 447

    The Daily Beast

    June 2, 2009

British Dictionary definitions for fly-by-wire



aircraft control through systems operated by electronic circuits rather than mechanical rodsAbbreviation: FBW
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