fly-by-wire

[ flahy-bahy-wahyuhr ]

adjective
  1. (of aircraft or spacecraft) activated entirely by electronic controls.

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fly-by-wire

noun
  1. aircraft control through systems operated by electronic circuits rather than mechanical rods: Abbreviation: FBW

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