What is AERONAUTICS? Definition of AERONAUTICS in Black's Law Dictionary
The science, art or practice of sailing in the air; aerial navigation; the branch of aerostatics which treats of floating in or navi- gating the air as in an airship or airplane. Mas- sachusetts Protective Ass'n v. Bayersdorfer, C.C.A. Ohio, 105 F.2d 595, 597. Operation of aircraft. Equitable Life Assur. Soc. of United States v. Dyess, 194 Ark. 1023, 109 S.W.2d 1263, 1265.
It is divided into two branches: aerostation, dealing with machines which, like balloons, are lighter than air ; and aviation, dealing with artificial flight by machines which are heavier than air. Bew v. Travelers' Ins. Co., 95 N.J.Law, 533, 112 A. 859, 860, 14 A.L.R. 983.
A passenger in an airplane, whether he takes part in its operation or not, "participates in aeronautics" within the meaning of an insurance policy. Meredith v. Business Men's Acc. Ass'n of America, 213 Mo.App. 688, 252 S.W. 976, 977. Contra as to a transport airplane passenger who could not pilot an airplane, had no knowledge of flying, and at time of accident was traveling on private business. Gregory v. Mutual Life Ins. Co. of New York, C.C.A.Ark., 78 F.2d 522, 524. As to an insured, who was a fare-paying passenger on a commercial transport plane over an estab- lished route while plane was wholly under the control of others. Bayersdorfer v. Massachusetts Protective Ass'n, D.C.Ohio, 20 F.Supp. 489, 492. A father riding with son as guest in airplane purchased by father for son. Day v. Equitable Life Assur. Soc. of U. S., C.C.A.Colo., 83 F.2d 147, 149. And where insured after alighting from a flight, in bending over to avoid a wire, was struck by the propel- ler of the aeroplane. Tierney v. Occidental Life Ins. Co. of California, 89 Cal.App. 779, 265 P. 400, 401.
See, also, Aircraft; Airship; Airport; Airway; Aviation.
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