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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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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 is Saturday a typical slow day for airlines? Not weekends, but Saturdays? [duplicate]

Why are Saturdays typically slower days for airlines? I have always heard that they are but never a reason why.
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Is a massive parachute coming out from an ejectable fuselage technically possible for a commercial aircraft? [duplicate]

And would it save lives? This video quotes no sources (except the usual "someone") but has gone viral: https://www.facebook.com/ScienceNaturePage/videos/761924050606522/
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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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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 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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Was this a near collision or a normal procedure? [duplicate]

I flew on a plane from UK to Spain a couple of days ago (FR7542, 15/01/19 16:30) and in the middle of the flight I could see another plane (a private jet much smaller) just flying underneath us. From ...
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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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May an airline replace an airliner's engines without the aircraft manufacturer's involvement?

Around a year ago in our country, there was an advertisement on TV regarding an airliner's program to modernize their airplanes' power plants. This airline has various types of Airbus and Boeing ...
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Why two passenger airplanes travel side by side?

Recently (2018-08-19 17:40 UTC) two planes flew above my city (Poznań, Poland). They were heading in the same direction, kept really close distance (side by side) - both flights to Riga: https://www....
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What does this A320 FCTM quote about cold weather and non-precision approaches mean? [closed]

Can someone explain this paragraph from the A320 FCTM about minimum temperatures for non-precision approaches? I can't understand it. COLD WEATHER OPERATIONS For all Non Precision Approaches, there ...
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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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How much does a 3 day cabin crew recurrent training cost?

Airlines are getting rid of instructors. How are they carrying out recurrent training and how much does it cost the crew?
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Covid-19 - Why are there still a lot of international flights? [closed]

I hope this question is relevent to Aviation. If not, please let me know. Below is a snapshot from Flightradar24. While there are far less flights than usual, there are still a lot of flights en-route....
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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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Is there a way for an aircraft to tell a ground station when the gear is down? [closed]

Is there any way that someone on the ground can be informed if the landing gear is down? It could be an ACARS message sent to the ground center, or a specific light (sequence) from the aircraft that ...
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Where can I find an accurate list of IATA meal codes? [closed]

I'm trying to "compile" single list of IATA meal codes. By using different airlines and data sources I have found many meal codes. However, I have also found problems with codes that are used to mean ...
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How many aircraft can airline put in hangar? [closed]

Another question talks about aircraft movement in and out of hangar. Most hangar I see at commercial airport I see one aircraft per hangar. This makes me wonder how many aircraft can be kept in the ...
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On an average, space of how many economy class seats is taken up by a suite? [duplicate]

The suites offered by many airlines for the super rich, are very spacious and convenient. Though, I can only Read about them! One thing I can see is, the A380 is capable of upto 853 economy only ...
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Why is the IATA Airline Accounting Code abbreviated as PAX?

I'm dealing with some configuration files used in a software system. There's a single configuration file for each airline, e.g. like for Cathay, below: ...
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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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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 are the difference between FMC, FMS and MCDU and what do they do? +2 more questions [duplicate]

What are the difference between FMC, FMS and MCDU and what do they do? Do airliners have all of them or just 1 or 2 of them? Do pilots learn how to program them/it? FMC = Flight Management Computer ...
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What is the minimum takeoff fuel requirement policy for commercial aircraft? [closed]

I am currently working on a fuel burn analysis of a particular route (ATL to DCA). I really want to predict takeoff weight of the flight; however, I realized that it's not easy to get the information. ...
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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 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 difference between a Sub-Charter Flight and a Codeshare Flight?

What are the main differences of this two types of flights?
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Why do we have a booking code and a ticket number? [closed]

As per subject why is this done? Doesn't it make operations more confuseing as we have to references for every single passenger? A ticket number seems to be unique so why is this not used for all ...
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FAA's handbook, “in the middle of instrument”means where in this page?And is there anything wrong in ths page that I can correct?

Excuse me, does anyone know how to correct this page. My English and knowledge of aircraft is not well. this is one of FAA's handbook, "Instrument Flying Handbook" and its "Instrument Flying Handbook ...
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Is there a minimum amount of time an airline has to leave between using two identical callsigns?

Does anyone know if there is a minimum time that an airline has to leave before reusing the same callsign? I have noticed that airlines reuse callsigns, they usually leave a day or two between ...
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How much does it cost (on average) to run an airliner as a low cost airline on short distance flights? [duplicate]

Considering Germany is thinking about implementing new taxes to increase costs for commercial flights due to how cheap flights have become and the pollution they produce, I was thinking how much does ...
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How much does it cost the airline if an aircraft makes a missed approach? [duplicate]

aircraft go around due to variety of reasons viz. Bad weather (inevitable), unstable approach, ATC errors etc. knowing the cost implications will help in educating the stakeholders.
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What is DPI? How is it Useful? And How does it work?

I have heard of DPI (departure planning information) status for a flight. I wanted to know what is this Status for? How is it computed or determined? What are the different status for it if any and ...
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Does the Flight Data Recorder store the data locally or send it to an offsite backup while in flight? [duplicate]

I was wondering, what a black box actually does ? Does it store the in flight data, in case an accident should occur or it's sending it to an offsite backup while in flight ? And if it stores the data,...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the T and the I in dispatcher language?

From October 2019 ASRS CALLBACK, a captain told a story when the dispatcher told me, “All the ‘T’s had been crossed, and all the ‘I’s had been dotted: everything has been done the right way, ...
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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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Are any of these airline “secrets” true? [closed]

I have recently seen a list of things that are not known by passengers of planes. It was found on a site where you have to recheck and double-check everything, but besides obviously wrong facts there ...
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What happens to thrust and drag in a straight and level flight?

Straight and level flight means when an aircraft is flying at a constant speed without changing its attitude. Its lift is equal to the weight of the aircraft. It is flying at a constant altitude. Then ...
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What happen if the glide slope beacon removed for maintenance? [closed]

it about aircraft navigation system (ILS), when the aircraft about to landing but unfortunately the glideslope beacon being removed.
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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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