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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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What airport fees are charged to airlines in the case of operations following an unscheduled landing?

A plane may need make an unscheduled landing in the case of a diversion due to mechanical difficulties, unexpected weather, a medical emergency or other reasons (this could even be at an airport with ...
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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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Is it common for carriers to have separate certification for analog versus glass cockpits?

Is it common for carriers to have separate certification for Analog cockpits versus Glass (digital) cockpits?
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What does the airport fuel market look like?

The single biggest cost for many airlines is fuel. Given this, I'm sure they work hard to reduce the cost they pay per gallon of fuel as much as possible. How does that translate to the way fuel is ...
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What is the proportion of active aircraft from CASL (commercial aircraft sales and leasing)?

I recently discovered the existence of CASL and I understand they buy a lot of new aircraft (e.g. BOC aviation ordered more than 80 B737's and about 40 A320's few weeks ago). I imagine those aircraft ...
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Can someone provide details about airlines dividing crew into personality groups?

In this answer about crew bidding/scheduling, it's mentioned that crews may be divided into groups based on personality. What personality traits may be considered? How are people matched? Is this ...
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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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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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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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Are there any airlines that fly a route that has an arrival time earlier than its departure time? [closed]

Imagine the scenario where an airline flys a short 30 minute route which crosses a timezone going west. They could theoretically leave at 00:15 (local) and arrive at 23:45 local the previous day. I'm ...
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Is it economically viable for Emirates to use a 777 for some of these routes?

This question may sound rhetorical or not well posed, but I wonder what the economic viability or sustainability of certain Emirates routes is. Among its 164 destinations, Emirates is currently ...
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Why is the battery turned off for checking the voltage on the A320?

Preliminary cockpit preparation section requires BAT check for 25.5V with BAT off (The beginning step). Since BAT indicator always show respective voltage, why they must be switched off?
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Can two captains fly an airliner?

If the First Officer cannot take his role for some reason, and the company only has another Captain available, can two captains fly the airliner, assuming they routinely fly as captains for that ...
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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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Why are combi airliners no longer being built?

Why are combi airliners no longer being built? Is the reason structural, economic or regulatory?
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Why do airlines require passengers to return to their allocated seats for landing?

Airlines which allocate seats often make announcements prior to landing to request passengers return to their allocated seats. What is the motivation for this requirement, especially since I have ...
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Could improper deplaning of a flight with full fuel tanks cause the plane to tip?

Reading this article regarding an Alaska Airlines 737 Flight that had to turn around back to the gate. There was a following statement: At the gate, passengers were unloaded five rows at a time, to ...
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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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What is this equipment under nose of aircraft?

From the news of Singapore Airline A330 nose gear collapse at Changi, I notice an equipment is under the nose part of aircraft and somewhat damage the radome when nose gear collapse. It looks like ...
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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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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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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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Can a company be both an airplane manufacturer and an airline?

It may be advantageous for a company that manufactures its own aircraft to also be an airline. For example, the airline business would likely have reduced maintenance and parts costs relative to other ...
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What are the factors behind crew pairing and crew rostering?

What are the factors to be taken in to consideration for crew pairing and crew rostering?
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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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What is the procedure after a missed approach at the destination alternate since alternate fuel does not contain a missed app. at the alternate?

I am currently studying the fuel policy planning criteria for ATPL EASA(A) and i just learnt that the alternate fuel does NOT comprise the missed approach at the alternate destination aerodrome; in ...
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What happen to schedule flight when airport close for undertermined duration?

very similar to What happens to incoming flights when the airport shuts down In the event that an airport shuts down for undetermined period, flights that already airborne would be divert to other ...
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Is there any rule in commercial aviation, that two pilots in a plane cannot be a married couple?

Is there any rule followed or imposed by commercial airlines that the pilots of a particular plane may not be a married couple? My thinking comes from common workplace rules, where generally HR does ...
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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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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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May airlines cancel unprofitable flights?

If a given flight is unprofitable for an airline (occupancy ratio or – more precisely – revenue from ticket fares and cargo below the break even point) and if operating this flight incurred a bigger ...
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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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What is recurrent training?

Is it taken by both pilots and flight attendants? How frequently? What is the main purpose of it? Is it mandatory?
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How do airlines pay for aviation fuel and services at an airport they don't normally use?

On flights of a regular nature to set destination airports, I assume that there is a system is in place between airlines and airports/providers to pay invoices for fuel/services. What do airlines do ...
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What are common airline crew titles and positions?

I realize that airlines can operate with different numbers of Pilots and Flight Attendants, depending on the route, aircraft and length of flight (EET). Which are the types of crew members that an ...
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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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Is airspace more crowded on days following cancellations or a large number of delays?

I am looking at some data form the BTS and trying to understand some spikes in month to month Volume delays. From my understanding a Volume delay is due to the volume of airplanes, causing the ATC to ...
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What operational aspects of Alphabet's Wing drone delivery service will be the same as that of an airline?

The NPR News article and podcast FAA Certifies Google's Wing Drone Delivery Company To Operate As An Airline begins with: The Federal Aviation Administration has certified Alphabet's Wing Aviation to ...
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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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How are the costs managed in a codeshare?

How do the airlines manage the costs invovled in a codeshare? As all airlines are selling tickets, (might be at different prices) but only one of them is operating the flight. So, how do the ...
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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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Would an airliner be allowed to take off in snow?

Im going to fly to Tucson tommorow. The weather is telling me its going to snow in Denver. So would snow cause a delay or are airliners allowed to take off in this kind of weather?
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Why is Iceland an efficient connection point between London and Boston/NYC?

Air connections thru Iceland (Keflavik) have been increasing explosively in recent years. Keflavik is used as a transfer point on trans-Atlantic itineraries. The highest-traffic city pair involving ...

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