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Is it true that Ryanair flies without fuel reserves? [closed]

Is it true that Ryanair flies without any fuel reserves so they get priority to land? I was told that they declare an emergency for landing because of low fuel levels, that is why they always arrive ...
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Do carriers such as Janet Airlines carry ADS-B transponders?

I was doing some casual browsing and came across some videos related to Janet Airlines. This is something I remember hearing of many years ago but this happened to jog my memory. What jurisdiction ...
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How do airline pilots maintain night currency?

Does flying as an airline pilot under 14 CFR 121 provide different ways to maintain night currency? Suppose a pilot were to bid only day trips and end up flying only during the day for over 90 days. ...
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What are the practical impacts of airports in the US being mostly IATA Level 2?

IATA classifies airports using levels, which determine how slots are allocated. Source Definitions of levels by IATA, from Slot Coordination Switzerland: Level 1: airports where the capacity of ...
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Why are autonomous vehicles not used at airports for on-ground services?

Autonomous vehicles have been around for over an decade, other industries such as the maritime industry have already been using unmanned vehicles at ports. Curious to know why airports are reluctant ...
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When did pilots start making announcements to passengers?

It's common practice now, and maybe required for most airlines. But I don't think that earlier pilots made the same announcements that they do today. When did pilots start making in-flight ...
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Do airlines have freezers?

In the latest twist to the case of the dead rabbit, an anonymous "airport worker" has told a reporter that it was killed by leaving it in a freezer locker, contradicting the accounts of United ...
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What is the flap extension schedule on approach for an airliner?

I understand that there are probably no set altitudes and speeds for flaps extensions, but can someone with insight provide a general guide for speeds, altitude and flaps for an ILS approach in good ...
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How much does a new hangar at a major airport save an airline?

I'm doing research on a case involving United Airlines trying to build a new hangar at Newark International Airport, and being extorted by the chairman of the Port Authority. He demanded an ...
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Why do all commercial aircraft have carpets?

When flying I noticed that all the commercial aircraft I have been on use carpets as a floor covering. But why? If you fly in an older aircraft it looks worn out and it is susceptible to stains etc. ...
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What is the purpose of logo lights on airliners? [duplicate]

Why do modern airliners use lights to illuminate the sides of their tails and illuminate the airline's logo? Is this just done to give ground and tower controllers an easy way to differentiate ...
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Can a US airline add an employee passenger as crew?

Suppose an airliner flight is full with passengers and the airline staff realize afterwards that there are employees who the airline wants to send to their shifts using that flight. The airline staff ...
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Who logs the flight hours for airline pilots?

Airline pilots' flight hours vary a lot depending on the airline, type of operation etc. Who actually does the job of logging their flight hours? Do the pilots do that themselves after each flight or ...
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What is “Takeoff Minimum: NA” for US Airports as depicted in Terminal Procedures?

This question refers to US Air Carrier procedures for determining takeoff minimums, as published in FAR 91.175, 121.651, Carrier OpSpecs, and the US Terminal Procedures Publication booklet. As nicely ...
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What is the business purpose of scheduling two separate flights on the very same route with 5-10 minutes separation?

As in question. I have noticed, for example, that Berlin-Tegel has TXL-CDG route served by both AirBerlin and AirFrance with exactly five minutes separation. First plane takes off at 09:50 and second ...
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If an airline cancels an aircraft order, can a different airline acquire those options?

Let's say Airline A placed an order for an aircraft a while back. After a bit of time, Airline A decides it no longer has a need for the aircraft and decides to cancel the order. Meanwhile, Airline B ...
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Do modern flights and pilots have reservations about flying over the Bermuda Triangle?

I know that the Triangle was pretty much legend back in the days but now, given that there is so much technology involved with respect to tracking and communications, do pilots, flights and airlines ...
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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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What is the exact definition of a “crew duty day”?

How do you define a crew duty day? When does it start and when does it end? Also what are the legal limits (in other words how long can a crew duty day last in terms of hours)?. Edit: Here is a link ...
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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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Why would the cabin crew spray the cabin before landing?

Once when I was on a plane that was about to land, the cabin crew came around and they were spraying these small canisters. I've been on many flights but it was that particular flight where they did ...
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Who closes an airline's IFR flight plan and when?

ATA (Air Transport Association of America) defines the various flight phases (ATA Spec 2300, flight phases). The last phase is called Flight Close and is described as "The Flight Close phase begins ...
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When may passengers board the aircraft and who makes the decision?

Who decides when the passengers may board the aircraft? Is this a pilot or cabin crew decision, and what are the prerequisites / conditions (cabin checks completed, flight plan filed, ...?) for this ...
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What is the decision- and workflow during a strategical rerouting?

Consider a commercial longhaul flight receives a warning about severe weather on its intendend route, a few hours of flight time out. What would be a typical work- and decisionflow between pilots, ...
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Do special procedures exist to limit pilot workload during pilot incapacitation?

Although pilot incapacitation is rare, the website avherald.com lists several occurrances of flight crew incapacitation, alone two events reported yesterday. FAA AC 25.1523-1 requires all aircraft ...
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Is the weather radar on and active during the whole flight?

The title says it all: Do airline pilots leave the aircraft's weather radar on at all times during the flight and display the data on one or both of the Navigation Displays, or only if clouds/ weather ...
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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 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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Why do airlines retire the flight number after a crash?

Perhaps it seems obvious, but I couldn't find a plausible reason why they do so other than that it evokes negative emotions among passengers and crew. Could there be other reasons to do so? For ...
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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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Why can't Norwegian's Boeing 787 operate from Vegas during hot weather?

In a German news article it was stated that the additional weight (Norwegian puts 291 passengers on their 787-8) leads to operations restrictions in Las Vegas when temperature conditions exceed 40°C. ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Who inspects commercial aircraft seats for defects (and when)?

Do inspections of aircraft seats occur only after passenger complaints, or do the major carriers conduct their own inspections at regular intervals?
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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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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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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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Could airliners use a steam or electric powered catapult for take-off?

This would have the obvious benefits: Less runway needed to take-off Fuel savings Faster turn around times for airlines Could this be implemented in busy airports?

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