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Etymology {{#invoke:Side box|main}} The word aerodrome is derived from the Greek words aeras (αέρας), "air" and dromos (δρόμος), "road" or "course", literally meaning "air course". An ancient example was the term Hippodrome (stadium for horse racing and chariot racing, derived from hippos (ἵππος; "horse") and dromos (δρόμος; "course").

In the UK, the term was used by the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War and the Royal Air Force in the First and Second World War as it had the advantage that their French allies, on whose soil they were based and with whom they co-operated, used the cognate term aérodrome.

In Canada<ref name="TC">Transport Canada AIM - AGA 2.0 Aerodromes and Airports</ref> and Australia,<ref>Commonwealth Consolidated Acts</ref> aerodrome is a legal term of art for any area of land or water used for aircraft operation, regardless of facilities.

The term aerodrome is used in International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) documents, for example, in the Annex to the ICAO Convention about aerodromes, their physical characteristics, and their operation. However, the term airfield or airport has mostly superseded use of aerodrome after World War II.


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