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the geometric concept signifying that at a certain point, two curves (or a curve and a surface) have a common tangent line or two surfaces have a common tangent plane. The order of contact is a characteristic of the proximity of two curves (a curve and a surface, or two surfaces) in the neighborhood of their common point.
ii. Visual contact by the pilot with another aircraft (friendly, hostile, or unidentified), or object, or target on the ground.
iii. To pick up the target on radar.
iv. A warning call by the pilot when starting a piston engine to the person swinging the propeller to indicate that the ignition system is about to be put on.
v. A mechanical hookup between a tanker and a receiver aircraft.
vi. The act of an aircraft touching down on a runway or another surface after being airborne, as in “the moment of contact.”
vii. Flying in weather and at an altitude from where ground features can be seen continuously, as in contact flying.