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Why UA954 was diverted to Houston IAH on 25th Feb?

Fligth UA954 on 25th February was diverted to IAH when in flight from SFO to TLV. Passengers were updated and told that the plane had a technical issue that was preventing it from crossing the ocean. ...
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When is deicing required?

For airliners, under which meteorological conditions is de-icing required? What factors (temperature, humidity, dew point, precipitation, etc.) influence the decision to de-ice? Is decision to de-...
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What are the benefits of long-haul airplanes servicing regional routes?

Following this answer. This is actually a set of three different questions: How often airlines "wastes" money, by putting long-hauls (widebody aircrafts) on regional or domestic routes? Are there any ...
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Why would a pilot request an unusual approach/runway to ATC?

In another SE Aviation question about the preferred approach for commercial aviation (Visual vs ILS) there's the following useful explanation: In most ATC facilities, the Tower decides what runway ...
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How do larger aircraft compensate for reduced visibility from the cockpit, e.g. less visibility of the rear of the aircraft?

In smaller planes, pilots has apparently great visibility in front, on the sides and a good portion of the rear of the plane. But as the plane's size is increased, the visibility is also reduced. One ...
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Did the 1500 hour rule expire?

So the 1500 hour legislation was set to expire on the 30th of September 2015. Anyone know the outcome of the expiration. Did congress extend the rule, or is it no longer in effect. I tried searching ...
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When buying airliners what is the difference between “orders”, “options” and “purchase rights”?

I've often seen announcements by aircraft manufacturers or operators along these lines "Qantas announced today that they will buy 10 A380's and have taken options on another 10". What does it mean to ...
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When is the autopilot engaged and disengaged? [duplicate]

When does the pilot engage the autopilot during a flight? And when does he disengage it - e.g. at what height - during the descent?
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Is there a list of part 121 and/or 135 operators?

While looking into this question, I found a list of certificated air carriers on the US Department of Transportation website (there's a list of commuter air carriers too). But, the list doesn't say if ...
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Is there a rule of thumb to choose an aircraft for long-haul operations? [closed]

Are there any rule of thumb for a NEW commercial airliner, maybe 200 seater or more, for long-haul operations ? I imagine it would be - mostly bigger aircraft as amount of fuel needed would be more ...
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Where do websites like expertflyer.com get their information? [closed]

I've been looking at internet resources like expertflyer.com and KVSTool which query information like live seat maps, upgrade availability and fare bucket information. To my knowledge, this seemed ...
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Iris Precursor - 4D Air Traffic Control System [duplicate]

I just read this article . From the article at the very end - ESA claims that the new tech, which may eventually require an Iris terminal/transponder to be attached to every plane in European ...
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Do dispatchers ever update and re-send a flight plan to an aircraft in flight?

In what scenarios would the dispatcher recalculate the flight plan and send it to the pilot via ACARS after take-off?
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When does the airline check if an airplane can reach its destination?

It is known that - for example - LaMia Airlines Flight 2933 needed to travel 1,605 nautical miles (2,972 km), which exceeds the range of the Avro RJ85 at 1,600 nautical miles (2,963 km). At what point ...
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Where can I find data sets on jet fuel prices, including futures and options?

I understand that most airline companies buy jet fuel using hedging instruments such as futures and options. I have been searching on the internet data sets of having both jet fuel and option prices. ...
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What is the maximum amount of flight hours an aircraft can have a month?

The reason I ask this question is because I am a programmer and developing ETL processes to calculate reliability of products that are installed in aircrafts. I have been getting A lot of bad data ...
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Do pilots ever increase the cabin altitude intentionally?

Is it true that some pilots increase the cabin altitude slightly to calm down potentially disruptive passengers for safety reasons? For example, footballers who have just won a championship.
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Do aircraft technicians need additional certifications to work in other countries?

Professional technicians, who work in aircraft maintenance, usually obtain some sort of national certification, right? Let's suppose someone got training and certification in one country, and wants ...
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How does an organization decide to evacuate planes (e.g. in a hurricane)?

I recently became aware that Embry Riddle temporarily evacuated Florida to escape an oncoming hurricane, taking dozens of planes with it. How does an organization like this decide that planes are at ...
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Why don't we have helicopter airlines?

Just a curious thought. Why isn't there any helicopter airline? Airlines that operate large helicopters that can transport 10 or 20 people a short distance?
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Why are videos call and voice calls prohibited on airplanes? [closed]

I'm taking a flight to Japan this summer and noticed that on United, they may have wifi but it says everywhere that no voice calls or video calls are permitted and strictly prohibited during flight. ...
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What is the strongest jetstream ever encountered in commercial flight?

Jet-streams are high-altitude winds which flow from west to east. They can be provide a very strong tailwind or headwind depending on which direction the aircraft is going. What is the historic ...
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Why aren't there direct flights connecting Honolulu, Hawaii and London, UK?

London is by far my favorite city, and many people in Honolulu apparently feel the same. An old poll (5-6 years ago) said that 50% of polled people would go to London on that flight if it existed. The ...
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How do airlines plan their payload for multiple flights in a day?

Of course, this isn't specific to a single airline or airplane. As a base rule, it is needless to say that airlines want to profit as much as they can and the payload is a strong factor to influence ...
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How can I find out if a close encounter in flight would be classed as an airprox?

I was on a Jet2 flight LS257 which left Leeds Bradford (LBA) at 06.30 on Sunday the 11th of September 2016. Approximately one hour and ten minutes into the flight we passed very close to a Ryanair ...
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Can airline ignore or get exception from V1 and other safety rules?

In this famous video with not to good quality now I don't believe this IL76 was able to takeoof if the engine failed. Are the rules ignored? Or it's possible to get ...
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Did Pacific Southwest Airlines ever operate flights under VFR?

Does anyone know if Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) ever flew certain routes under VFR? I've read this question and I understand that Part 121 does allow for VFR flight, but my question is specific ...
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Does ATC direct flights to fly eastbound at odd levels and westbound at even ones?

Do commercial airlines routinely travel at altitudes specified by the ATC based on the direction they are heading? Example: eastbound flights travel at odd levels and westbound flights travel at even ...
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Is it OK to make an approach without any straight-in segment at all?

Let's say you are on a 180° heading right of the airport and want to land on runway 36. Abeam 36 you can make a descending turn left, flare and start leveling off at the same time, touch down with the ...
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Is there any order of loading containers into aircraft instead of weight balance?

Assuming there is some container which have to load into the airliners. All of them are stored into same size ULD and same weight. The difference is that some are exclusively passenger luggage, ...
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What is block hour in ACMI lease?

What is difference between Block hour and Flight Hour? In ACMI Lease of aircraft, prices are calculated based on block hours. What is a block hour and how are they calculated? Can any one show me an ...
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Do airlines ever clean their planes?

Looking at some photos, I saw that a lot of planes are very dirty (on the fuselage, not inside or in the cabin), and it is said that the dirt on the fuselage affect performance. Also insects affect ...
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Can a pilot act as cabin crew member?

If several standby cabin crew members called in sick and there are no more available can standby pilot called to perform cabin crew member duties? Probably it would be more economical than postpone ...
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Aviation business administration/ management or aeronautical engineering [closed]

Hello im an a & p considering continuing education in avaiation field for better opportunity, wondering if there are any suggestions on either Aviation business administration/ management or ...
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Does a request for passengers to open vents indicate pressurization issues or equipment failure?

This occurrence was a year ago, but it kept bugging me until this day. I am a frequent flyer and this happened only this one time. While the plane (a Swiss A320) was still by the gate and the boarding ...
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Why do airlines have intermediate stopovers with no passenger boarding?

I fly regularly KLM 573 from Amsterdam to Dar es Salaam. This flight does a stop over in Kilimanjaro International Airport and no passengers are boarded, but passengers are disembarked. There are ...
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Can commercial air traffic operate from uncontrolled airport, airspace?

Are there any airports with scheduled services where big jets (say 737 or A320) or wide bodies regularly operate without control tower? Are there any rules (EASA FAA) for this? If controllers go ...
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What is a raw data takeoff and is there a benefit to performing them?

I heard a pilot mention a raw data takeoff in offhand conversation. The topic was generally about maintaining hand flying skills. What exactly is a raw data takeoff and is there a benefit to a pilot's ...
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Why is on-time performance important for commercial flights?

From the perspective of an airline, is it just to avoid penalty and also to portray reliable service to the customers? Or is it just a matter of logistics and scheduling?
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Why might American Airlines fly a 767 from JFK to EWR?

I was browsing FlightAware and saw the following: This is an American 767 flying from JFK to Newark (EWR). Surely this isn't a passenger flight...this isn't one of American's normal routes. Why ...
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Is there a legal minimum stop time between 2 legs?

This question is restricted to airliners transporting many passengers (let's say more than 20). Between two legs, airliners stay at the boarding gate for a limited time, sometimes less than an hour. ...
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How frequent is the use of spoilers during descent?

Having flown a number of flights as a passenger recently, I observed that: Roughly 50% of pilots used spoilers above FL180 Almost everybody used spoilers to pass the 10,000 feet / 250 knots mark ...
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Why do gate agents wait to ask for volunteers minutes before departure? [closed]

E.g., taking the last flight out of the day. It checks in full, and the airline knows this several hours in advance. Getting bumped would mean spending the night here again. Would be nice to avoid ...
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Is there currently a measurable shortage of pilots?

Is there a clearly identifiable and measurable pilot shortage right now? If so, is it a shortage of pilots or of captains, i.e. more experienced pilots? Are airlines changing any personnel rules - ...
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What privileges do off-duty pilots have in their own airline?

I was recently in a Delta flight where there were two off-duty, but in-uniform pilots flying along with the passengers. One of the pilots sat in the First Class section of the airplane and the other ...
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(Why) Do airliners travel together sometimes?

While browsing through the planes in FlightRadar (once again), I've noticed that sometimes some airliners from the same airline company seem to travel "together" on long distance flights to ...
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What makes someone a 'Senior First Officer'?

Some airlines have a Senior First Officer rank. Apart from the title and (presumably) the pay, what makes them different from a regular First Officer? Do they have any differing duties or ...
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What is the ratio of actual flight time to simulator time on type for airline pilot training?

I know that training flying time on large commercial aircraft is awfully expensive but I'm just curious how much training time a typical scheduled passenger airline pilot gets on the real craft these ...
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Where can I find (online) manuals for refueling A320/B737 for a given destination?

Surely, airline crews must have manuals/apps by which they calculate the (minimum) amount of refueling before departure to a given destination. I have been looking online for such sources, with zero ...
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Are there any accident reports that mention hacked/compromised avionics as a factor?

Does anyone know of any documented examples of airline accidents caused by hacked or otherwise deliberately compromised avionics?

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