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(of an aircraft) meeting established standards for safe flight; equipped and maintained in condition to fly.
Contemporary Examples

The FAA will have to certify SpaceShipTwo as airworthy, but there are as yet no protocols in place for that process.
Tycoons in Space: One in Orbit and One Still Grounded Clive Irving October 4, 2014

Historical Examples

The law says that it can’t leave the ground unless it’s airworthy.
By Proxy Gordon Randall Garrett

This is to notify you that the aircraft in question has been inspected and found to be not airworthy.
By Proxy Gordon Randall Garrett

The inventor thinks they will be compact and just as airworthy as ocean liners are seaworthy.
The Boy’s Book of New Inventions Harry E. Maule

Without wings or control surfaces, it is obviously not airworthy.
By Proxy Gordon Randall Garrett

(of an aircraft) safe to fly


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