artificial horizon


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artificial horizon

n.
An instrument that indicates the pitching and banking of an aircraft by displaying the movement of a representation of the aircraft in relation to a line representing the horizon. Also called attitude indicator, gyro horizon.

artificial horizon

n
1. (Navigation) Also called: gyro horizon an aircraft instrument, using a gyroscope, that indicates the aircraft's attitude in relation to the horizontal
2. (Astronomy) astronomy a level reflecting surface, such as one of mercury, that measures the altitude of a celestial body as half the angle between the body and its reflection

artifi′cial hori′zon


n.
1. an instrument that indicates the banking and pitch of an aircraft with respect to the horizon.
2. a level, as a surface of mercury, used in determining the altitudes of stars.

artificial horizon

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Noun1.artificial horizon - a navigational instrument based on a gyroscopeartificial horizon - a navigational instrument based on a gyroscope; it artificially provides a simulated horizon for the pilot
navigational instrument - an instrument used for navigating
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The instruments provided for the journey consisted of two barometers, two thermometers, two compasses, a sextant, two chronometers, an artificial horizon, and an altazimuth, to throw out the height of distant and inaccessible objects.
The result can be a slow failure in which an under-powered artificial horizon can present a pilot with inaccurate information on the aircraft's attitude, leading to confusion and loss of control in instrument conditions.
Add in a low cloud layer and it is very easy for the brain to create an artificial horizon, in this case the shoreline.
The introduction of the conventional artificial horizon in 1927 allowed pilots to fly safely in cloud, which had not been possible till then.
I could not figure out why the artificial horizon was showing a turn to the right when I knew I was level.
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There are some modern-day aids to give you a helping hand including an autopilot and an artificial horizon HUD.
Hawkes is hoping to develop an artificial horizon indicator, similar to those used on airplanes, for use in murky water.
Studying Afro-Brazilian dance, she became fascinated by its polyrhythms and movement vocabulary, which led to works like Incorrect Translations (1982), for which she formed Jane Comfort and Company, and Artificial Horizon (1983).
The task was compensatory regulation of turbulence using an "inside-out" artificial horizon display - one in which the horizon line is the movable element.
It is most often used in conjunction with CRT-based flight instrumentation, including an artificial horizon and a "navigation display.
All four firms were successful in their own individual field of specialization, even more so if one considers that Sfena holds 98 (yes, ninety-eight) percent of the world market for stand-by artificial horizon indicators.