Aeronautics and aviation have to do with the operation of aircraft. Aeronautics is primarily a science dealing with the operation of any kind of aircraft.
- engineers specializing in aeronautics
Aviation is an art, science, or practice concerned with the operation of heavier-than-air aircraft.
- skill in aviation develops only when theoretical knowledge is supplemented by practical experience
Unlike aeronautics it has extended use in which it may denote aircraft or their manufacture, development, and design.
- his aviation had sunk or damaged 52 . . . vessels—Newsweek
- recent advances in American aviation