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contact flight

n.
Aircraft navigation by visual observation of the horizon or of landmarks. Also called contact flying.
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contact flight

n
1. (Aeronautics) a flight in which the pilot remains in sight of land or water
2. (Navigation) air navigation by observation of prominent landmarks, beacons, etc
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There was also an interesting exercise in 'Contact flying skills' in which landmarks along a route had to be matched to markers on a map.