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Were civilian aircraft allowed to overfly the Soviet Union?

The great-circle route from Western Europe to, say, Japan involves putting in a lot of miles above Russia, for example like this (London Heathrow–Tokyo Narita; map from gcmap.com). Would routes ...
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How much is the Boeing 787 Dreamliner affected by teething troubles now, one year after commencing commercial operations?

Boeing's Dreamliners have been hit several times by small bugs, like fires in the batteries or other engineering issues. Are such incidents frequent when new types are introduced, and how much has the ...
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How much would it cost to fit and maintain every passenger life jacket with personal beacon?

About a year ago one sailor showed his fancy life jacket. It included EPIRB or also known as personal beacon. To date, the smallest personal beacon I managed to find is Fastnet 220, which weights 150 ...
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Who is India's equivalent of the FAA?

I frequently fly within India as part of my work and every time I am sitting in an airliner preparing to take off, I observe a lot of differences in each crew handling the take off or the ground crew ...
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How much revenue do seat-back displays generate?

Many airlines are toying with the idea of getting rid of seat-back displays, how much revenue did those seat-back displays bring in the form of in-flight advertisement? I would presume for a long haul ...
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Who can request a check on an engine before boarding/takeoff?

I have read on a newspage that a passenger found an engine problem on the B767 before takeoff and requested staff to check it, while the airport claims the decision was made by the pilot. I was ...
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How much would it cost for a large airline to switch engine manufacturer for their planes?

I am trying to understand how much of a hassle and cost it would be for a large civil airline, who already had lots of installed Rolls Royce engines on its fleet, to switch over to GE engines on new ...
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How can take-off slots suddenly become available even when airspace is congested?

Here is something that happened to me: my flight was 3 hours late because the plane arrived late. We were told that a further 3-hour delay was expected because our flight had lost the slots it had in ...
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What does the airport fuel market look like?

The single biggest cost for many airlines is fuel. Given this, I'm sure they work hard to reduce the cost they pay per gallon of fuel as much as possible. How does that translate to the way fuel is ...
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Are two people required in cockpit at all times on large commercial aircraft?

It would seem reasonable on large commercial airlines to require that there be two people in the cockpit at all times. For example when the pilot goes to the toilet a member of the cabin crew must ...
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Can cabin pressure be lower than outside pressure?

In order to allow adaption to changed pressure, the pressure change in an aircraft cabin is stretched out over time. My observation is that the cabin pressure drops even before the plane takes off, ...
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Why do entertainment system headphones on aircraft have two pins?

In most commercial flights where headphones are provided for inflight entertainment they have two pins, unlike single pin connections which we use on the ground (e.g. for mobile phones). Is there a ...
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What happens when an airline pilot decides not to fly at the last minute?

What happens when a commercial airline pilot wants to remove himself from a flight a short time before takeoff (say an hour or less)? He obviously can't be forced to fly, and there may be very good ...
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What are common airline crew titles and positions?

I realize that airlines can operate with different numbers of Pilots and Flight Attendants, depending on the route, aircraft and length of flight (EET). Which are the types of crew members that an ...
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Is it currently feasible to glide airliners from cruise level to ILS glideslope (CDO)?

Is this possible for some airports to perform full continuous descent operations (CDO), gliding at idle thrust from top of descent to glideslope interception. (source: Lubo Mitev's Blog) LAX and UK ...
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Is there a set of laws which govern international flights? [duplicate]

A few years ago, my brother and I were aboard an Emirates flight from Australia to New Zealand. At the time, I was 16 and he was 14. At one point in the flight we were both offered alcoholic drinks. ...
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Why is there no alarm when the transponder is turned off?

When the transponder on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went off, there was no ALARM. The satellite kept getting pings, and apparently "knew" that the transponder was off. Would it not be a great idea if ...
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How often do V1 cuts come up in airline sim training?

Just how often do airline pilots practice V1 cuts when in the sim? Is it the kind of thing that turns up practically every sim session, or is it something that's much more sporadic?
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How can flight attendants respond to an immediate medical emergency?

When an airplane is about to takeoff (after leaving the gate), how should the flight attendants respond to an emergency with a passenger which requires medical immediate assistance?
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What if a passenger forcefully requested for a food which is not available on the flight? [closed]

I'd never took long flights, however curios if one day I'll fly to NewYork from India and I wish to eat my favourite dish, which may not available in kitchen of my flight, what they will do? Is there ...
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How do airlines pay air crews for an aborted flight, in general?

I was watching this Swiss Air video. It's a flight from Zurich to Shanghai. Shortly after take off they have high engine oil temp in engine 3 and end up shutting it down. They declare a pan-pan-pan, ...
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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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Airline flight scheduling method differences [closed]

What are the differences between American major mainline passenger airline scheduling policies? Presumably, each airline runs a model or optimization problem for determining where (markets/airports),...
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What is a “high-bypass geared turbofan,” and why is it so much more efficient?

According to the article Bombardier’s CSeries Gamble Is Facing Longer Odds, this new plane from Bombardier uses a new engine technology that will improve efficiency over its rival 737 series and A320 ...
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How common is it for airlines to fly unauthorised flight paths? [closed]

With the revelation that flight QZ8501 did not have permission to fly the route on the day it crashed, I'm wondering how common an occurrence this is. Is it something that all airlines do every now ...
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How does an airliner deal with cabin altitude at an airport above 8000 ft?

There are a number of airports above 8000 ft altitude. FAR 25.841 states: Pressurized cabins and compartments to be occupied must be equipped to provide a cabin pressure altitude of not more than ...
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Why do some airlines operate fleets so diversified?

When you have a look at the fleets from big airlines like United, Delta, Lufthansa, BA, AF, etc. it seems that they have almost every model Boeing and Airbus released in their fleet. And my question ...
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How profitable is an airline shuttle flight between BOS and DCA on an A320? [duplicate]

I was computing the hypothetical profitability of commercial airline flights and it seems to be pretty extreme. For example, looking at the Boston-DCA shuttle, pro-rating all costs to the just the ...
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Is the “confirmed allocation” string in “A Scandal in Belgravia” a real airline practice? [closed]

(This is a repost of this question on Movies SE. I hope to get better answers here.) Irene Adler shows the following text to Sherlock: ...
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How do airlines handle communication/notification after an accident?

I'm a frequent subscriber of airport messaging services where you get notified of check-in queue times, delays in takeoff, ETA + 10 minutes, landed timestamp, baggage claim time and these kinds of ...
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Is defacing the airline logo of a wrecked airplane illegal?

I was listening to episode #25 of the Hello Internet podcast where Brady Haran mentioned that it's not unheard of for airline employees to rush to their own airplane's respective accident scene to ...
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What can be expected in an airline interview?

So after the long wait, when someone finally gets that phone call for an interview at an airline, what do they need to study? What kinds of questions will they ask during the interview? How many ...
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What is the proportion of active aircraft from CASL (commercial aircraft sales and leasing)?

I recently discovered the existence of CASL and I understand they buy a lot of new aircraft (e.g. BOC aviation ordered more than 80 B737's and about 40 A320's few weeks ago). I imagine those aircraft ...
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What is a typical working day like for an Australian airline pilot? [closed]

What is it like working for a domestic airline in Australia (e.g. Virgin, Regional Express, etc)? Obviously we're all here because we're interested in flying, but as for the practical aspects of ...
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Why 1st and 2nd class but not fast or slow airplanes?

Why do airlines separate passengers into 1st and 2nd class but do not offer fast or slow connections? Isn't the biggest cost the kerosene? And isn't the cost directly proportional to speed?
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On how many routes an aircraft is used on a typical day?

I wonder how an commercial aircraft used to transport passengers is used on a typical day. I imagine several scenarii, but I cannot figure out if they are right: take off in the morning from the ...
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Why are US Regional Airline starting wages so low?

With 2,000hrs of flight time, a commercial ticket for ASEL and AMEL, CFI, CFII, MEI, and a Master's in Aeronautical Science I could easily qualify to fly right seat for a regional airline, but I just ...
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If an A/C have Radio failure ( sqk 7600 ) How the ATC will give him instruction or how will he land? [duplicate]

If an A/C have Radio failure ( sqk 7600 ) How the ATC will give him instruction or how will he land ?!
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Is it usual for a first officer not to know how to taxi?

According to this article on afspc.af.mil, the first officer of the 737 the pilot in the story was flying with had never taxied a 737. Is this normal? The exact quote in the article: After landing,...
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Do crew need visas when landing at airports in countries other than their own?

If the crew never leave the plane, have they really entered the foreign country? What about if the crew leaves the plane, but not the airport? How do crews of international flights keep up with all of ...
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What was 'Lufthansa Express'?

I found this picture earlier with a Lufthansa express livery: It also appears to have been on a few larger aircraft like the A300: Could somebody enlighten me as to what this operation was or the ...
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How do airlines choose what food to serve? [closed]

I'd imagine there are probably reasons behind the choice of food that airlines serve, and I'm wondering what those reasons are? I guess that Air India probably serves more curries than American ...
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Can airline pilots communicate with dispatchers?

Is it possible for airline pilots to communicate with dispatchers? If so, what methods do they use? A special radio channel?
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How are airlines able to work out gate allocations so far in advance?

When flying on a long-haul flight, you can often see gate allocations for when you land a hour or two before actually arriving at the airport, including transfer information and connecting flights. ...
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Can someone explain Exemption 3585?

Exemption 3585 allows 121 carriers (and perhaps others) to dispatch to destinations in certain cases with weather below minimums. What are the forecast weather minimums to be dispatched under ...
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Are rolling takeoffs now more common than powering up while holding on the brakes?

I remember back in the 90's that commercial planes would line up on the runway, stop, apply full power and then release the brake to take off. Now I've been on flight where they've literally rolled ...

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