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What are the role and responsibilities of “fleet captains”?

I understand that fleet captains are usually experienced airline captains that take over this management position and deal with training, staffing and administration of a particular aircraft type (or ...
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Are there any “captains-only” airports in the U.S.?

Some airports in the world only allow captains to take off or land the aircraft, due to airport design or environmental conditions (obstacles, high winds). Examples include: Funchal (Madeira, ...
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Is it a common airline practice to base T/O speeds on the actual T/O weight when an assumed temp thrust is used?

Let's say the current outside air temp is 15 C and you have decided to use 50 C as the today's assumed temperature for your takeoff. In this case, use of the T/O weight the assumed temp thrust ...
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Why are there no “sleeper” planes?

On a recent long-haul flight I sat by the windows and was dreaming away staring into infinity out of the window. Then a thought came up, in Asia sleeping busses are very common. This made me think, ...
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Why does one announce “Thrust Set”?

I have watched many aircraft takeoffs now where the flight deck announce 'Thrust Set', just after the engines are set to full. Forgive the dumb question, but why does one announce that the thrust is ...
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Why not tow aircraft instead of single-engine taxi?

To save costs, budget airlines could potentially eliminate the single-engine taxi that is standard. Companies are looking into things like electric motors on the wheels of airliners for taxi, which ...
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Why didn't Air India always fly DEL-SFO over the Pacific?

I read a 2016 article that said Air India broke a record for the longest flight (distance) by flying from New Delhi to San Francisco over the Pacific rather than a polar/Atlantic route. The total ...
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Did these weather conditions require the airline to cancel a flight? [duplicate]

[I do not believe this question duplicates a previous question, which involves different conditions and circumstances] I'm interested in the airline's response to a query of mine about why a flight ...
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Do airlines in Middle East use higher cost indexes?

Cost index equals time cost divivded by fuel cost. Given that, do the airlines in Middle East generally use higher cost indexes because fuel costs are much cheaper?
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Why would Emirates fly over Iraq, avoiding Iran?

For the last few years flying with Emirates from the UK to Dubai, I've noticed it avoids Iraq and fly over Iran to the north. For example, EK40 from BHX to DXB From Flightradar24 However, flying ...
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What is the proper procedure when a passenger seat belt becomes inoperable during flight?

I was on a Delta flight in Business class on a 777 and during flight the motor of the seat caused the seat belt buckle to pop off the end of the seat belt causing the seat belt to be inoperable. ...
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Where can I find accident statistics on zero gravity flights?

I am investigating the option of booking a zero gravity flight with a commercial airline. But I am a nervous flyer. Do any of the airlines offering this have a 0% accident / fatality record?
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What regulation allows airlines to require flight attendants to work up to 20 hours? [closed]

What regulation can a Part 121 airline use to bypass the rest requirements for flight attendants? Our airline has been working flight attendants for up to 20 hours using the term "irregular ...
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Why does Turkish Airlines avoid Israel when going to Amman, but not on the return leg?

(flightaware.com) Last week I was browsing Flight Aware when I came across a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul (Turkey) to Amman (Jordan). I noticed that the flight path clearly makes an effort ...
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How do airlines handle SIGMETS?

In general, what is the action taken by airlines when presented with a SIGMET in the projected route. Will they go around it, cancel the flight prior to takeoff, or simply fly thought it anyway? As ...
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What policies, technologies, equipment, etc is used to mitigate liquid spills in the cockpit especially during turbulence?

While reading this stack exchange question about waterproofing cockpits, I wondered what common industry practices as well as personal practices are in place to mitigate spills and damage. Type of ...
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Is « Shepherd One » really used internationally by air traffic control for Pope's flight?

CNN: The President flies on Air Force One. The Pope flies on "Shepherd One." That's the Federal Aviation-approved call sign for the Boeing 777 in which he'll be traveling around the United ...
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Which current commercial flights have the highest ETOPS ranking?

While the Airbus A350 is technically certified for ETOPS-370, what are currently the highest rated commercial ETOPS flights? Which airline actually operates flights under ETOPS-330 or ETOPS-370 rules ...
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How does an operator change an aircraft's maintenance program from high-interval to low-interval?

I have question for CAMO operators. If you have a maintenance program that is high-interval and the aircraft operates in excess of the maximum permissible hours and cycles you must go to a low-...
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Why don't passenger planes move back by their own means before taxiing? [duplicate]

As far as I know, passenger planes needs a puller/pusher truck to go back in the land. But why they don't go back without truck assistance?
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Post MH370, are there developments to improve the tracking of airliners? [duplicate]

Post MH370, are there developments to improve the tracking of airliners? Is there any technology being developed that would utilize the smartphones of the passengers? MY question include smartphones ...
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Why did flight NH175 divert back to Los Angeles?

In the news recently is All Nippon Airways flight NH175, which returned to LAX after four hours towards NRT when it was discovered that a passenger aboard did not have the correct ticket, although his ...
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Does the weather condition of the runway affect the braking of an aircraft with regards to wheel braking and reverse thrust?

I was on a 737 that landed on a snowy runway in northern Finland the other day. We had to wait around 30 minutes to land as they were waiting for it to stop snowing and then for them to clear the ...
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Why was my flight cancelled due to bad weather while other flights were not?

I'm stuck in Frankfurt. I missed my connection due to a delay. I was rebooked, but this new flight was also cancelled due to bad weather. About 30 percent of all flights were cancelled today. ...
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What is the speed of a standard airliner during the different phases of the flight?

I would like to know how does the speed of an airliner vary as a function of time.
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Why do the emergency oxygen masks for some 787 premium class seats have an extra 'streamer' to pull them down?

Specifically, on Norwegian 787s, you are briefed: "In economy seats, reach for your mask. In premium seats, pull the streamer for the mask to drop the full distance." (source) Now the ...
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How do airline pilots relieve the physical stress and discomfort of sitting for long periods of time?

Airline pilots are required to sit in the cockpit for quite a considerable amount of time during their day. For example, during the preflight, climb and descend portions of the flight, there are many ...
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Do airline pilots use FD when performing visual landing?

Permitting weather, most airline pilots get visual landing clearance in the US, unless they specifically have requested an instrument or RNAV approach due to their company rules or special ...
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What is the difference between placing wheel chocks on the outer wheels as opposed to the inner wheels of the main landing gear?

Recently I am aware of a change made to the IATA Ground Operations Manual (IGOM) in regards to the position of the wheel chock on the main landing gear. Is there a justification for why one method is ...
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Is (or was) it acceptable to throttle up for takeoff before being aligned with the runway center line? [closed]

30 years ago I was on a flight from Spain to Brussels and when we were heading to the runway for takeoff, the commander opened full throttle to the engines while we were still some 60º away from being ...
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How do commercial pilots keep situational awareness of their current call sign?

Air transport pilots operate flights with a variety of flight numbers, often with multiple flights in the same day. This means, as a result, the callsign that they are using changes as well. Also, ...
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What is the flight time limitation for commercial air transport operation in Europe?

What is the maximum hours of flight time that a pilot can work legally in Europe? (daily, monthly and yearly)
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Is the Airbus A380 a viable shorthaul airliner?

What is the technical, mechanical and economic feasibility of using the Airbus A380 for short haul flights of under 4 hours in its 800 plus seat configuration? I'm talking about cost and economies of ...
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How do airlines without assigned seating verify cargo balance? [duplicate]

How to approximate the mass of passengers is well explained, but balance of the aircraft is concerned more with where they sit. Other answers have hinted that assigned seating locations are one method ...
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What do Turnaround Supervisors do before departure?

Before the plane is able to take off, what calculations do Turnaround Supervisors have to do and what do they have to check before the plane departs?
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What are SIDS and STARs?

I’ve been exploring the FMC(flight management computer) on the PMDG 777 and noticed that under the route section you can insert VIA and TO points. From what I’ve learnt this is where you would insert ...
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Why do airlines not use direct routes?

Why do airlines use SIDs and STARs when flying IFR. Wouldn’t it be easier and make more sense for them to use direct routes (for example KDFW.KLAX instead of KDFW.L4D.ZIBIT.J5N.BUBIN.P3K.KLAX (not a ...
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What simulation software do airlines use?

What simulation software do airlines use for training purposes? Do they use software like P3D, FSX, X-Plane, or FlightGear? Or is it a custom? What about aircraft? Do they source them from groups like ...
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Do flight attendants do pinch-hitter training?

I was watching a Captain Joe video (Can a PASSENGER land a PLANE?) and he mentioned that he left out the 20 minutes it took the person to even figure out how to communicate with ATC. It seems to me ...
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What are the differences between type B message format and EDIFACT message format?

IATA say's the standard format for transmitting passenger messages is UN/Edifact. Somewhere else it says the standard is type B format. what are the differences between these two? Or are they a same ...
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What infrastructures are required for airlines to send PNL messages?

There are lots of information about Type-B messages sent by airlines on IATA website but they have not stated under what communication systems (cable, teletype, intranet, internet, etc.) these ...
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What are the differences between PNL and PNR messages?

What are the differences between Passenger Name List (PNL) and Passenger Name Record (PNR) message in CRS systems?
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How do the airlines allot the passengers seats to make sure the balance is maintained?

How do the airlines allot the seats for the passengers? Is there any procedure, like first front seats has to be filled next middle and at last the end seats? Any algorithm works during the ticket ...
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Do overland long-haul flights have something similar to SELCAL?

This question will be regarding airlines, flying high altitudes. As with short flights, you are in contact with local controllers, then get passed off to enroute and local again. I am familiar with ...
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Why is the GP7200-powered A380 fleet not grounded?

After the Qantas A380 engine failure, all Trent-powered A380s were grounded.1 After the Air France A380 engine failure, the GP7200-powered A380 fleet was not grounded. Why were these two incidents ...
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Can a foreign pilot with a Canadian ATPL get a job with AC or West Jet?

I have an Indian ATPL, I am type rated on the A-320 as PIC with a total of 5000 plus hours including military experience as a flying instructor. If I get a Canadian ATPL, what are the chances of ...
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Why have different flights with the same flight number?

It's not uncommon for two distinct flights to have the same number. For example, DL10 consists of a narrow-bodied jet flying from Denver to Minneapolis–St Paul and then, two to three hours ...
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When is the use of reverse thrust recommended in airline operations? [duplicate]

I know the answer largely depends on each airline's FOM but I still wonder what the FOMs generally recommend with regard to the use of reverse thrust after landing. For example, I guess its use would ...
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Can a pilot change out of uniform during breaks on a long flight?

How long is a pilot-in-command's break on ultra-, or long haul flights? Would they be required to keep the uniform on, or would they have the freedom to change out of uniform? Related: How do pilots ...
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What's the pilot's typical reaction time to co-pilot's callouts?

How long does it take on average before a pilot initiates an action in reaction to a co-pilot's callout? Are there any research data on this subject? I'm asking this question in relation to the V1 ...

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