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Exceeded myopia limit on UK CAA Class 1 Medical, am I still eligible?

I am 17 and this may sound stupid but my vision in my left eye is -4.50, and my right eye is -7. My right eye exceeds the limit of -6 by just 1, I am following off the UK CAA guidelines as I hope to ...
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What button did a pilot press that led to them being caught for falsifying experience?

I just saw this Newsweek article, Man Pilots Planes for 2 Years After Lying to Airlines About Experience: A man has been sentenced to one year in prison for lying about his job experience before ...
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Do rotorcraft flight hours count for airlines requirements?

I have a question about flight hours. Many civil airlines require first-officers to have over 1500 hours. I have 300 hours for fixed-wing, and also have 2000 hours for rotorcraft(helicopter). In this ...
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Do airline pilots really put on an oxygen mask when alone in the cockpit above 25,000 ft?

The FAA requires a pilot to put on the oxygen mask if the other pilot leaves cockpit when cruising above FL250. It also requires that one pilot always wears an oxygen mask when flying above FL410. Do ...
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How Do Airline Pilots Park Right on the Line? [duplicate]

I’m sitting here at the airport waiting on my flight and I’ve always wondered: how do airline pilots park those big birds (737s and above in size. I can understand smaller regional jets where you’re ...
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What should be approx altitude of jet aircraft 10 nautical miles to landing [duplicate]

Please assume the elevation of airport to 2000ft ASL. Under what conditions ATC might mandate aircrafts to fly at lower altitudes? What might be approximate speed at this distance?
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Is it possible to graduate from ADFA and then apply for an airline job? [closed]

I am a current year 10 student wanting to become a pilot. I am choosing between going to ADFA (Australian Defence Force Academy) to take a course in aviation and the airforce fast jet pilot and going ...
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How is flight planning performed with short turnaround times?

For low cost carrier short-haul flight such as Dortmund-London I have experienced multiple times that turnaround times are around 20-25 minutes. In such a short time what is included in the flight ...
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What exactly does "Commander" mean? Synonym of First Officer?

I know that in the navies of the Commonwealth and US, three full stripes (like those worn by FOs) denote Commander, 4 Captain. "Because Pan Am operated flying boats, the company decided to step ...
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How does an airline pilot log P1U/S time under EASA regulations?

I am looking for the exact way to log P1 Under Supervision (P1U/S) time for Commercial Airline Pilots (FOs). I know as a fact that, as a Pilot Flying first officer, you can log up to 500 hours in ...
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What's the record for total commercial flight-hours?

Which airline pilot has the record for the highest number of total airline flight hours globally? I found an article on Ed Long who had over 65,000 hours, but I'm only interested in airline pilots (...
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Can a non-citizen get a pilot job in Canada if they have an FAA CPL? [closed]

I am an Indian national and considering taking CPL classes in the US. Upon graduation I should have around 250 hours under my belt and FAA licenses. Based on my citizenship status and FAA licenses, ...
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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 many stripes does a student pilot have?

When a student is finishing a Bachelor in Sc. Aviation, how many stripes does a student have? Can a student have stripes during his bachelor graduation or do they have to go through other PPL courses?
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Is it possible to be a pilot for both the RAF and a Commercial company?

I have always wanted to be a pilot for both the RAF and Commercial airlines. Would it be possible for me to serve, for say 6 months in the RAF, and then when not deployed work as a commercial pilot. ...
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Is having a history of seeing a therapist not allowed for pilots?

In a recent question someone said: I thought about seeing a therapist, but as I want to work at a major company, I don't know if you're allowed to have a history of seeing one. Is it true that ...
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Do pilot uniforms always include a shirt with stripes?

On airliners, pilot's uniform usually include a shirt with stripes on shoulder. I cannot find examples of pilot without this kind of uniform while in service (either in the airport before departure/...
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Can I get a restricted ATP based on part 61 training?

I graduated from a college with 60 credits that are related to aviation but I got my IR and CPL from out of school which is part 61. Am I still qualified as a candidate who can apply for a 1000hr R-...
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Are there any legal requirements concerning airline pilots and their watches?

Are there any legal requirements concerning airline pilots and their watches? Do they have to be of any particular kind and are pilots required to wear one at all?
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Is there anything a copilot can do to stop a pilot from doing anything while flying? [duplicate]

Is there anything a copilot in a commercial aircraft can do to stop a pilot from doing anything while flying? As I see it, there are two scenarios: The pilot is going to do something malicious, in ...
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What are the consequences of an airline pilot deviating from a flight plan to perform a random maneuver?

What are the consequences of a pilot flying a scheduled airline flight with passengers deviating from a flight plan to perform a random maneuver? Say during a normal landing procedure, he spots ...
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Why does the US not have AIREPs?

After looking into aircraft report data at Aviation Weather Center, I realized that PIREP is usually reported inside of US; on the other hand, AIREP is typically reported outside of US. I was ...
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What currency requirements exist specifically for Commercial and ATP pilots that a Private pilot wouldn't know about?

Besides a different medical certificate, what other currency requirements do commercial and ATP pilots have to contend with that a private/instrument pilot would not?
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Are there generic routes all pilots can fly?

The recent question Is the destination of a commercial flight important for the pilot? stoked my curiosity but the answers were rather explaining that a pilot does not necessarily need to know where ...
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Are there any known instances of airline pilots passing off aerobatics as “turbulence”?

Inspired by this Far Side cartoon, which shows the pilots of (presumably) a passenger airliner rolling the plane steeply from side to side, and claiming (to the passengers) that they’re just passing ...
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Airplane generations - how does it work?

I was reading about Atlas B763 that was involved in an accident on Feb 23rd, 2019. Based on what I read plane was 25 years or so old. As a person who has no relationship about aviation industry ...
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When cruising, is any moment that a pilot will reduce his/her airplane speed?

Say, a pilot is piloting his/her jet commercial airplane and suddenly see cumolonimbus or a dark cloud. Then, should the pilot reduce his/her airplane's speed to avoid turbulence?
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I want to be an airline pilot. Would becoming a NON-COMBAT Air Force pilot be a good way to become one? [duplicate]

I know that becoming a fighter pilot is highly competitive, making it a difficult route, but would becoming a pilot for an Air Force cargo aircraft or something of the like be a good way to reach my ...
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Are commercial pilots ranked or graded differently based on the size of the aircraft they fly?

I am not sure whether "rank" or "grade" are the most suitable words for this question. If someone know which the most suitable, please edit this question. I mean, is the rank of a pilot of, say a ...
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What exactly do "captain", "pilot", "co-pilot" and "first officer" mean?

I know the co-pilot sits beside the pilot. But it's not clear for me, who is the captain and who is the first officer? And where they are sitting during the flight? Who is in right seat and who is in ...
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Why can't airline pilots listen to music while flying? [duplicate]

In an interview I read, a 747 captain (Mark Vanhoenacker, an American British Airways pilot) says he doesn't understand why he cannot listen to music inflight, when for example surgeons – who ...
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How airlines select new Captains...? [closed]

How does an airline select Captains for a new but different airplanes (ie, Boeing vs Airbus) that they just added to their fleet? As an example, Delta has purchased many new Airbus A220. Since it is ...
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How many pilots does an airline hire for each new plane they purchase?

I guess this would depend if the airplane is narrow body or wide body because wide body airplanes make longer trips. Another way to ask this question is what is the ratio of airplanes and pilots in an ...
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Can a pilot choose his co-pilot?

How are pilots paired in the duty roster? Pilots choose their co-pilots from a pool (whitelist)? (Pilot has the final say) Randomly, but taking pilot wishes into consideration? (Airline has the final ...
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How can pilot remember when or where to do tasks such as changing radio frequency and change fuel tank? [duplicate]

As a student pilot, I sometime forget tasks such as changing radio frequency after reaching a location or switching fuel tank in long navigation. These tasks happen in specific time or location ...
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What are the differences between EASA (UK) and CASA flight training?

I'm a British citizen living in Australia who is tossing up on whether to train back home or in Australia. Given the sheer amount of complex information out there, I was wondering what the differences ...
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Can pilots smoke in the cockpit of an airliner?

An answer on travel.se suggests that some pilots are smoking on long-distance passenger flights. Can passenger airliner pilots smoke if both the captain and first officer agree it’s ok? If I recall, ...
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Which of the pilots flies when it gets dangerous?

Who flies when it gets dangerous ? In other words: Which pilot takes control of a passenger aircraft as Pilot Flying (PF) in an emergency (aircraft upset, loss of control, mechanical failure, etc.) ...
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What are the requirements to obtain the ATP license in Canada?

How much exams does a person need to do in Canada do become a ATP pilot and how many hours will be needed to become a pilot, for example ground school time, flight hour time etc....
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Can ATC handle a flight as emergency although the pilots have not declared an emergency?

The preliminary report for the LNI610 crash shows how much distractive conversation there was between ATC and LIN610 at a time when the pilots clearly didn't have the aircraft under control – as ...
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Detecting faults in CVR mic inputs

Years ago my father worked for Eastern Airlines out of Miami (that should give you a timeframe) and he was an electrical engineer. I recall once he told me that the pilots (one or more) used to ...
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What steps are airlines taking to retain and acquire pilots?

It's well known that there's a global commercial pilot shortage, likely due to the cost of becoming a pilot, as well as the lackluster starting salaries. I've heard that airlines are making pushes to ...
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Does a long time to solo hurt your chances of becoming an airline pilot?

I've heard that on job applications for airline pilots that they ask the question: "How many hours to Solo?". If it took someone 30 hours to solo but they had more logged flight time than someone who ...
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Why are some ATP CTP providers not on the FAA's approved list?

The FAA has published a list of ATP CTP provider schools. But I can still find other schools not listed in this list, like "ATP flight school". I'm sure that only approved facilities can provide an ...
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Can hours accumulated in a glider count towards the 1500 hours for an ATP certificate?

If you have ratings in Glider, ASEL, AMEL do all your PIC hours in all categories count towards an ATP certificate, or must the Glider hours be kept separate?
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Who has final say over an aircraft flight path? [duplicate]

This question got me thinking... if there was an emergency situation on a commercial airliner (let's say both engines have flamed out or something) and the pilot wants to do one thing (land in the sea)...
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Are landings easier during the day or at night?

When is it easier for a pilot to perform a "good" touchdown: during daytime or nighttime? Considering typical flights for 737s to holiday destinations so mostly small airports with a single runway. ...
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Was it ever possible to land big commercial jets from the missed approach point during non-precision approach?

When you shoot a non-precision approach, you are expected to maintain the MDA until the missed approach point, and if you have the runway in sight before you get there, you may proceed to land on the ...
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Do airline pilots get to go home often to see their family and have a break from flying planes. If so, how many days?

Do airline pilots get to go home to see their families often, and if so how long?
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Can you become a commercial airline pilot in Europe while being monocular [duplicate]

I’m not sure if I could get a EASA medical class 1 while being monocular. But I think that you can get a soda in the us and I want to know, if I could take a FAA medical class 1 and then fly in Europe ...
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