Minimal flight

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minimal flight

Ideally, an aircraft flight so planned and navigated that is completed in the least possible time.

Such planning should take into consideration the complete three-dimensional wind pattern en route as related to aircraft operating characteristics. To date, however, minimal flight is still largely a two-dimensional (pressure-pattern flight) concept. One practical method of determining a minimal flight path is the wave-front method.
Compare optimum flight.