Air Speed Indicator
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Air Speed Indicator: An instrument or device that measures the air speed of an aircraft through an air mass, but not its ground speed.
Indicated Airspeed (IAS): A direct instrument reading obtained from an air speed indicator uncorrected for altitude, temperature, atmospheric density, or instrument error. Compare CALIBRATED AIRSPEED and TRUE AIRSPEED.
True Air Speed (TAS): Because an air speed indicator indicates true air speed only under standard sea-level conditions, true air speed is usually calculated by adjusting an Indicated Air speed according to temper . . . View Full Definition
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