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I'm writing a sci-fi story involving aircraft and space craft. I'm struggling to get the terminology right for referring to a pilot being 'in the field' either on a mission or a training exercise. I have a feeling there is a phrase for this but I'm struggling to think of it.

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    $\begingroup$ Or english.stackexchange.com - because it is much more language issue than worldbuilding. $\endgroup$ – Mołot Oct 31 '17 at 16:30
  • $\begingroup$ Gotcha. I was wondering whether or not this was the best place, actually. I didn't know about the Aviation StackExchange. Thanks. $\endgroup$ – tommypyatt Oct 31 '17 at 16:32
  • $\begingroup$ This isn't about building a world. $\endgroup$ – sphennings Oct 31 '17 at 16:42
  • $\begingroup$ @sphennings: I figured creating appropriate lingo for my characters fell under this topic. But yes, I see your point. $\endgroup$ – tommypyatt Oct 31 '17 at 16:53
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An American armed forces general expression for this is "operational"

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