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What can you do with an ATP that you can’t with an R-ATP?

So I know about the different requirements for an ATP vs R-ATP but I can’t find what you are able to do with a full ATP that you can’t do with an R-ATP
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Does arrival delay have two definitions? [closed]

It seems to me that it has two definitions. About delaying gir various reasons such as holding weather... About not metering ( something anout parking fees...) Can you guys clarify this...
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Which countries use qfe field pressure?

I heard that acrobatic flight, Russians, Americans use qfe but is it always the case? Also why doesn't everyone use it? Isn't qfe field pressure better than qnh local pressure... Does a pilot ever use ...
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What is "taxi speed" for an Airbus?

In the FCOM we can see a lot of "taxi speed", for example after landing: AT TAXI SPEED, ALL REVERSER LEVERS......STOW But what is taxi speed? Is there any definition or particular number? ...
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What are Market Share, Market Size & yield in aviation network planning? [closed]

I came across the terms Market share, size & yield in aviation network planning. I don't really know what that means, anyone can provide me with a simplified explanation or maybe a reference where ...
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What is needed in a plane to fly approach mode?

Do you need anything other than approach mode to be able to have the plane fly the ILS to minimums? Do you need a EFD (glass cokpit) or can it be done with steam gages as well?
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Difference between Maintenance planning document(MPD) and Maintenance Manual (AMM)

Could someone explain to a layman, relatively new to Aviation maintenance, the difference between the Maintenance planning document(s) (MPD) and the Maintenance manual (AMM). Is one a subset of the ...
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Do pilots of modern high-end aircraft normally communicate their destination to ATC?

Do pilots of modern high-end aircraft ever verbally communicate their destination to ATC? My understanding is clearance delivery is done electronically and when listening to ATC I haven't heard any ...
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How does the passenger load impact the direct costs and pricing strategy?

I am sitting at the airport and I was wondering if there is an optimal number of passengers to try to board a plane through an interesting fare. Flying an empty plane is obviously the worst situation: ...
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Two low flying large planes made bank turn - not on radar [closed]

On Thursday March 10, 2022, at approx. 7:30pm in Monroe, Connecticut, I witnessed two full sized planes following one another extremely low and then make an incredible bank turn. These planes did not ...
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What does a dispatcher do if an aircraft can't stay on a NAT route due to a communications failure?

For example, a flight is enroute form from LEJ (Leipzig/Halle Airport, Germany) to MIA (Miami, USA) on a North Atlantic Track (NAT). Now suppose there is an issue with the communication or CPDLC of ...
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Since 9/11, for international flights, have any airlines made regular technical stops in the US?

Since 9/11, has any airline had scheduled international passenger flights with a technical stop at any US airport? (A technical stop means all passengers and crew stay on the plane without going ...
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What routes are available for airliners to fly from Europe to Japan without entering Russian airspace?

Under the present circumstances it seems like for an European vector flying above Russian airspace can be dangerous (I don't know if Russian airspace is currently closed). However reaching Japan from ...
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Does dual given in an approved AATD/FTD under Part 141 count towards the total sim time allowed for ATP in 61.159(a)(6)?

Reviewing 61.159(a)(6), it mentions that an applicant cannot credit more than 100 hours in simulator towards their total aeronautical experience as long as it was conducted as part of a 141, 142, 121, ...
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In aircraft ventilation, what is meant by temperature increasing/decreasing for calculating the on-ground threshold?

In an open-circuit configuration, in normal operation, the A320 FCOM states: The open-circuit configuration operates when skin temperature is above the on-ground threshold. On-ground threshold = +12C ...
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Airline Ground Operations via ACARS

I read about the ACARS "In Range" request pilots can send to request cabin services, lavatory services, wheel chairs, assistance for unaccompanied minors, etc. What about other services such ...
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Does the rule that alcohol on flights must be served by a flight attendant also apply to private flights?

Regarding the recent incidents and fines the FAA levied it said in the following release: "Federal law prohibits passengers from consuming alcohol aboard a flight that is not served by a flight ...
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What is the difference between "cruise" and "en-route"?

I have a little misunderstanding about the two concepts: Cruise and En-route. Could you guys help me to compare the similarities and differences between these two concepts, maybe in some aspect like ...
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Is there a framework for inter-country rules enforcement?

I have a US pilot's license and if I do anything foolish or infringe an important rule while flying in the US, the FAA can take action such as order more training, suspend my license for a while, or ...
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Why did my plane descend nose down?

I was on a flight recently and the plane started to descend normally etc. However one cabin crew member randomly announced "remember if we have an emergency landing please leave all your ...
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What sort of briefing and planning information would an airline pilot in the 1960-70s have used?

Slightly related: Do airliners get substantially different weather briefings from the rest of us? Highly related: How was the navigation managed on jetliners before having programmable routes? Highly ...
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How is the gate/stand communicated to airline pilots?

I have heard that pilots use Controller–Pilot Data Link Communication or ACARS to know which gate (or stand?) they are supposed to be going to but haven't been able to find a definitive answer. Does ...
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Why did this FedEx flight (FDX1311) take such an indirect route multiple times?

I was looking at flights from DEN -> MEM, and saw this extra-long route that FDX1311 took last night (9 Aug 2021) Thinking they were probably just avoiding storms, I scrolled down and saw there ...
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How does an airline develop a Safety Management System (SMS) program? [closed]

How does an airline develop an SMS program? Like from the ground up. And who does it involve? Does it involve regulators? I know the 4 pillars but who does it involve?
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Do airliners get substantially different weather briefings from the rest of us?

Southwest Airlines flights were delayed and cancelled this week due to an outage in their third-party weather provider. I understand if they have a streamlined business process for getting weather ...
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What is the expected reaction of a civil airliner pilot upon an invalid request from a fighter jet?

After asking a question about the recent diversion/pirating of the Ryanair flight in Belarus (that got closed, but has a nice answer), I got to wonder about how the pilot should have had behaved in ...
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Can an airline rewrite a flight's origin airport for the day, following an earlier diversion?

Suppose a domestic US civilian carrier regularly flies flight N directly from airport A to airport B, and flies back flight M from B to A. Now, one day, the aircraft flying N is diverted to airport C, ...
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How could Airbus better tailor the A380 to the modern market? [closed]

I understand any company do things that give net profit. But, had not manufacturing newer engines that increase its Endurance and Range saved it from its decline? Airbus had designed the A380 to ...
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How is flight planning performed with short turnaround times?

For low cost carrier short-haul flight such as Dortmund-London I have experienced multiple times that turnaround times are around 20-25 minutes. In such a short time what is included in the flight ...
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If an airliner turns back midway, how is the route planned?

There's several incidents of "flights to nowhere", e.g. https://onemileatatime.com/klm-787-nine-hour-flight-to-nowhere/ After a pilot decides to turn back, how is this handled from a routing/...
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What is the difference between leasing and chartering?

As written above, what is the difference between leasing and chartering? Is it the same thing and if not what are the differences?
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How to get an accurate time of arrival to the en-route alternate airport during flight planning?

I was thinking about accurate criteria of selecting en-route alternate (ERA) weather from ground (planning stage) especially for ERA 3% contingency flight plan. As we all know we should care about one ...
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How long it takes for Pilots to prepare for landing?

I'm wondering how many minutes prior to Final approach do pilots decide what type of approach they will carry on with at the arrival airport like (VISUAL/CATI,II,IIIA,IIIB) ? Like how many minutes ...
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What is the time-lag between an airline's decision to serve a route and the starting of its service?

I was wondering whether there is any literature about the time-lag between the moment in which an airline decides to enter a given route and pays the associated fixed costs and the moment in which the ...
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Can I Return Back to the Destination Airport after I Diverted to the Destination Alternate? [closed]

Can I Return Back to the Destination Airport after I Diverted to the Destination Alternate (while enroute to the destination alternate)? I highly appreciate an answer with reference please.
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What is a IATA aircraft sub-type?

I am currently reading docs regarding slots, where the following is mentioned: All SCR messages in linked (turn-around format) using aircraft subtypes only (e.g. 73G or 738 instead of 737). Not sure ...
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Hub-and-spoke networks: fixed and variable costs

In the economic literature, many authors sustain that hub-and-spoke networks: Increase the fixed costs sustained by the airlines (due to minimising the risk of congestions at the hubs). In particular,...
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Variable versus fixed costs in the airline industry

I want to list the costs airlines have to sustain by distinguishing them between variable and fixed. Variable costs change in proportion to aircraft usage. Fixed costs show little or no change in ...
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When do carriers overhaul their flight schedules with flight re-numbering?

A (US domestic) carrier can obviously stop flying a flight, or some legs of that flight, for a host of reasons. But - occasionally it makes more significant changes, like re-numbering many flights, or ...
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What type of visa do pilots who fly from one country to another need? [duplicate]

I am little curious about international travel. I would like to know what type of visa allows pilots and cabin crews to fly from one country to another? I mean suppose I am pilot of Japan airline and ...
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What is the relation between cargo smoke and EDTO?

I have heard a lot of people discussing about cargo smoke and Extended Diversion Time Operations (EDTO) together. Just want to know how these two affect each other.
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How does an airline decide when to cancel a long haul flight permanently?

BROAD QUESTION WARNING: Obviously the airlines cancel the routes because they are not making money, but would that not have been factored in when they start a route? For example, the current SFO-BLR ...
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Why was the Boeing 747SP unsuccessful?

Why was the 747SP not very successful with sales and longevity in service with the airlines that did purchase it?
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Can an airline schedule two same-number flights to leave the same airport on the same day?

I've read: Why have different flights with the same flight number? and I guess I understand this can make sense. But - is it allowed for a domestic US airline to schedule two flights with the same ...
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Which is the smallest available widebody on the market?

I'm interested to find out which is the smallest (capacity wise) modern widebody aircraft in production/ operation.
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Why is the battery turned off for checking the voltage on the A320?

Preliminary cockpit preparation section requires BAT check for 25.5V with BAT off (The beginning step). Since BAT indicator always show respective voltage, why they must be switched off?
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What is ILS CLASS in this airport NOTAM?

I have seen this NOTAM for UAII /CIT SHYMKENT airport and they mention ILS CLASS for runway 10/28, Does anyone knows what it means? NOTAM: NOTAM K3998/20: Shymkent Airport (UAII) K3998/20 NOTAMN Q) ...
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Is this free flight data really correct? [closed]

In recent years, I'm being terrorized by airplanes flying over here all the time at low height. For this reason, I'm trying to set up a little notification system to see if these are actually "...
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Does FedEx use other airlines?

I have an International Priority parcel being shipped by FedEx from Zurich, Switzerland to Perth, Australia. Currently the parcel is located in Singapore, I presume with FedEx at Changi Airport. It ...
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Do airline pilots have to wear face masks in the cockpit because of COVID?

Do the flight crew with a commercial airline have to wear a face mask while on the flight deck, as both crew are in close proximity to each other and in a tight confined area? If not, why not?
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