'Powerless' seems like a misnomer. Can we rename it to 'unpowered'? That is at least a more typical term, although perhaps that's only in the US.


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Agreed. It would be good to get international input, as you suggest, but unless it's commonly used elsewhere, unpowered would certainly be preferred. I think glider pilots would take offense to being called powerless.

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    $\begingroup$ I'd agree -- a search for "unpowered" in the FARs returns multiple matches, while a search for "powerless" comes in empty-handed. $\endgroup$ Dec 19, 2013 at 10:12

I started the tag.

I had chosen it because there is plenty of usage of the term.

Upon researching more, I find that the term "unpowered flight" is perhaps the more prevalent term.


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