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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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How do airports manage gate assignments for aircraft?

Today, some companies like Delair, SITA and INDRA provide airport Resource Management Systems (RMS) for gate allocations, which show information as a Gantt Chart. I know that air traffic controllers ...
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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 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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Is there a standard format for pre-departure clearances?

I am curious to know, from current airline pilots, if the formatting - and therefore reliability and ease of use - of pre-departure clearances (PDC's) has improved since they were first introduced? ...
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Why can't pilots drink alcohol after a flight?

Why are pilots told not to drink alcoholic drinks even after landing, even when their next flight is more than 24 hours later? Is this some kind of precautionary rule?
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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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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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Why do airlines seem to go out of business suddenly? [closed]

FlyBMI are currently in the news for failing and stranding passengers abroad. This is not the first time an airline has halted operations seemingly overnight and left passengers without a way to get ...
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What do airlines do with planes at the end of a multi-stop route?

The question's kind of broad and simple, so let me be a little more specific. Take Southwest Airlines flight WN3223. This is a multi-stop, trans-continental route that starts at LGA in the morning, ...
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Has the financial situation of an airline ever negatively impacted safety?

Has a bad financial situation, or simply being greedy, impacted negatively the safety of an airline or even caused lethal accidents? Notice that this is not necessarily a question about low-budget ...
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What accidents have had crew accustomization to warnings among their causes?

A non-answer on this question claimed that: the idea that maneuvering with the stall warning activated will somehow damage us, causing us to ignore its warning when the chips are down and AOA is up,...
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What are the rules regarding airlines picking up passengers at stops in foreign countries?

Suppose Air Canada flies from Vancouver to Santiago with a stop in LAX. I am vaguely of the belief that they are not allowed to pickup Americans who wish to travel from LAX to Santiago, but I'm ...
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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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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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Are two twin-jet flights more efficient than one quad-jet flight?

Ignoring for this question the issue of flexibility for the airline, would it be more (fuel, cost) efficient to have a single flight with a 4 engine plane than to have two flights with 2 engine planes....
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Most time-consuming tasks while a plane is on the ground

How long should commercial planes stay on the ground after landing before they can take off again? What is the most time-consuming thing/task/operation that happens during this time? Is downloading ...
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In what ways is color blindness an issue in modern jet airliners?

What are the specific problems in modern jet airliner cockpits or in piloting operations that would prevent a person with any type or severity of color blindness from completing his/her job to the ...
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Do older aircraft require increased general maintenance?

Does the age of the aircraft increase the aircraft's maintenance expenses, fuel consumption, and electrical shorts? If so, by how much? And is this a reason why planes get scrapped?
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How do airlines bring spare parts to aircraft stranded outside their main facilities?

No professional relationship with aviation. Just an avid follower. I guess it depends on location/part availability, etc, but looking for what typically happens. For the purpose of the question, ...
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What would happen if an airliner had too much fuel for its next flight?

There's an old saying that there's never too much fuel left in your tanks or too much altitude below you. However, in terms of airline fuel planning, could there be a situation where an airliner ...
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What's the difference between Free-Flight and Free-Route?

I have been reading documents about the concepts of Free-Flight and Free-Route that are being implemented (or being simulated to be implemented in the future) in Europe since 2012 by the initiative ...
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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 is the Flight Plan Data transferred into an aircraft/plane?

I know that pilots have to fill the ICAO standard flight plan and send it to the relevant CAA to be checked, updated if needed and finally approved before the flight takes off. what I am looking for ...
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How do pilots of small planes know where to move people?

On a recent flight from Washington, DC to Toronto, the pilot gave very specific directions to rebalance the plane (a Dash-8 IIRC), something like "someone needs to move to seat 11E." How did he know ...
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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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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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Does the profit from selling duty-free items on board justify flying the carts?

Some airlines have duty-free carts (2) with items for sale on board. It seems that only a few items get sold each flight. Does the profit from selling a few items justify the cost of having this extra ...
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How do insurers apportion responsibility when airliners collide on runways or taxiways?

Here's an ATC recording of Virgin and Egyptair aircraft clipping wings at JFK. Generally, what happens next with regard to sorting out responsibility after a low-speed collision that results in ...
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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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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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Are Uber Elevate and other air taxis subject to domestic ownership and control rules?

When Virgin Airlines USA was being established, the company was forced to restructure due to a determination that effective ownership and control was held by Richard Branson's Virgin Group, a non-US ...
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Does closing window shades save fuel?

On a 13-hour flight all shades were ordered closed (entire flight—not cool), same airline on a 3-hour route, same thing. Both flights took off in the morning, around 8 AM. Only reason I can think of ...
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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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If Floyd Bennett Field failed due to its remoteness and isolation, how has JFK been so successful?

Floyd Bennett Field was built at the end of the 1920s in order to give New York City its own airport and avoid having to rely on Newark; however, despite its superb airport facilities, Floyd Bennett ...
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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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Are there examples (current or historical) of commercial aircraft seating arrangments beyond the standard today?

Excluding various first-class seating arrangements, are there any examples in history or today, of an airline that has implemented a non-standard seating arrangement? For instance, most military ...
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Are there left seat qualifications specific to actual handling of the aircraft?

The following three posts explain that both yokes and side-sticks require changing the hand that holds the yoke/side-stick when switching seats: Why are Airbus captain control sticks placed on the ...
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Why offload bags for missing passengers when flights are allowed to carry unaccompanied non-PAX air-cargo in holds?

Several times, my flight has been delayed when passengers don't make it to the gate in time and then (after a long wait) the baggage-handlers have to go into the holds and manually find the bags to ...
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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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Are all US airline aircraft certified into known ice?

Are all US airline aircraft certified for flying into known icing (FIKI) conditions? I assume all the large (100+ PAX) aircraft come FIKI certified from the design stage? What's the largest ...
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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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Destiny of Unused food after flight [closed]

What happens to the unused food after a flight? Does it get all destroyed (on-site or off-site) or is there some alternative use (e.g. Charity ) that it gets put to. Does the incoming food truck cart ...
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What is the name for a flight crew that includes extra members for a longer flight?

For short haul flights, airlines fly with BASIC CREW. For long haul flights, the crew must be composed for another crew or "extra" crew members, less than a crew. What's the designation of the crew, ...
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How many emergency/abnormal checklists are there for a typical airliner?

(Related to, but hopefully not a dupe of, this question) The latest NASA ASRS newsletter includes the case of an A320 crew that forgot to retract the gear and started detailed troubleshooting without ...
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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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Why do airliners have to file delays through their handlers?

Often when listening to ATC (commonly Dublin), when an ATP requests push and start, the controller will reply, "You have missed your pushback window", and/or ask the pilot to call their company or ...
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What help do you have to provide if you are seated in the emergency row and there is a situation?

Follow up from What if there are no volunteers to sit in the emergency exit row? and @mins 's comment: I'm curious... What prevents someone to say they will assist and then just rush out of the ...
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How to keep an aircraft stationary with an inoperative parking brake?

After High Speed Rejected T/O and an imminent evacuation, how would a pilot keep the airplane stationary with an INOPERATIVE parking brake?
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Are there any aircraft used in part 121 (aka scheduled airline) operations that do not require a type rating to fly?

Inspired by KeithS's question about ATPLs and category/class ratings, I figured I'd throw another type-rating/airline-operations puzzler at you: are there any aircraft currently in scheduled airline ...

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