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When can a pilot disobey ATC commands? [duplicate]

The title really asks it all: When can a pilot disobey ATC commands?. Of course, the pilot has the final decision, but when would the pilot really disobey someone in ATC with much more knowledge of ...
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Who has final say over an aircraft flight path? [duplicate]

This question got me thinking... if there was an emergency situation on a commercial airliner (let's say both engines have flamed out or something) and the pilot wants to do one thing (land in the sea)...
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Who has more power? Air Force One PIC or ICAO or FAA? [duplicate]

So, ICAO(or FAA) Controls everything in the air, but is Air Force One on top of it, or does Air Force One need to follow the ICAO's (or FAA's) regulations?
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How can an airliner make up for time lost?

If a plane has been delayed at the origin how does it make up for the lost time? Does the pilot need any special permission from ATC to increase the speed so that it can cover the lost time or has the ...
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What is the correct phraseology for declaring a fuel emergency?

If I am pilot, approaching my destination airport and realise that, after landing I will have less than 30 minutes of fuel remaining, how exactly should I express this when communicating with ATC? ...
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What to do if expediting your ascent or descent is impossible/unsafe?

As a pilot of a small single engine plane, what do we do if ATC instructs us to expedite our climb/descent and doing so would be impossible or unsafe (i.e. we're already at the maximum safe rate of ...
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Was ATC overstepping its boundaries when advising a pilot to ignore a cell warning?

I found a clip on YouTube (via an article on Jalopnik) of an Aer Lingus pilot departing from JFK. Due to a weather cell showing up on his instruments, he can not make the left ATC asks him to make. ...
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Who decides how fast commercial aircraft fly: the pilots or ATC?

Once a commercial aircraft is in the cruise phase, who determines the speed of the aircraft? Do pilots have the authority to fly at up to the maximum permissible speed of that plane, or does ATC ...
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What to do when fuel is exhausted and we are denied landing by ATC?

What to do when fuel has exhausted and we are denied landing by ATC? If we were denied landing it means we are close to the runway, and thus if we are intending for a forced landing, the runway could ...
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Can a controller clear you through an SFRA?

A pilot I know (lets call him Joe) recently had a minor run in with the FAA after he skirted the edge of the Washington DC Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) while returning to Leesburg (JYO). Here are ...
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Which clearances are issued by ATC without the pilot requesting them?

Some clearances are only provided after specifically requesting them, such as the departure, engine-start, taxi or oceanic crossing clearance. Line-up and Take-off clearances are issued once the pilot ...
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How much “power” do ATCs really have?

After reading this question about being cleared to go faster than 250kts in airspace that otherwise has a speed limit, I began to wonder how far can Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) can bend the rules ...
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How are special flight paths coordinated with ATC?

I assume they have to enter a flightplan for this or do say just say "it's a test, please clear airspace for us around the complete US"? Still flying and completing the right wing. I would ...
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How is the effect of wind on arrival time handled?

If a commercial plane encounters strong tailwinds, would the pilots set the autopilot for a fixed arrival time (if that is possible), or would it be ok to arrive way ahead of schedule? I imagine ...