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When it comes to private airports those marked on sectionals with (Pvt) what frequency's do they use if any at all

As the title says for private airports and planes that fly in and out of them is there a frequency that they use and if so where can it be found?
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US NOTAM Office disclaims foreign NOTAM accuracy or completeness?

United States NOTAM Office disclaims foreign NOTAM accuracy or completeness. Aircrews are highly encouraged to check host nation sources for supplementary NOTAM information. Source What does mean ...
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While descending some pilots put local pressure long before reaching transition level?

Isn't this risky? I thought once they pass transition level they should change to local pressure... But is this not risky to put local pressure qnh before... risky in terms of separation wheter ...
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If while landing ,a surface inversion occured close to the ground would atc or atis know?

A change in temperature, pressure and many factors might happen in a surface inversion.Thus affecting landing performance and calculation.The local peessure might change suddenly as well...
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Is there a benefit or advantage of decreasing the transtion altitude or transition level? [duplicate]

Some counrties have high transition altitudes and transition levels while other countriea have low ones.
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Service to maintain database of airports, runways, helipads, navaid and fixes

I had asked previously for a list of all the data I mention but now would like to be able to maintain this list. I know this is not a site for software developers but does anyone know of a site that ...
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Is it appropriate to determine approximate flight altitudes based on ADS-B landed altitude compared to runway elevation?

For small aircraft flying below 2,500 ft. AGL, is it appropriate to compare the landed ADS-B altitude (pressure calibrated AMSL) to the elevation of the runway in order to compute a reference offset ...
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By what measure was Gander International Airport the "largest" in the 1940s?

According to the Wikipedia article and the original source Gander International Airport had four runways and was the largest airport in the world by 1945. Now, "large" can mean a lot of ...
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What are flight check operations?

KDCA/DCA is currently experiencing delays in both arriving and departing aircraft, and several sites list variations of "Flight check operations" as the reason. The FAA itself provides the ...
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What are these pointy things along the taxiway?

I've noticed these blue cylinder based objects in and around the vicinity of the taxiways. I know this isn't probable but If an aircraft knocks into one of these, will it have resilience or will it ...
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Private airstrip regulations

Once a private airstrip has been certified, do you have to get faa approval to make changes to the runway such as adding crossings, access etc…?
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Does Mexico City's new airport follow international regulations?

The new Felipe Ángeles International Airport (NLU/MMSM) in Mexico started operations today, I think that's a good thing. But I was wondering, since the last time I saw info about it, the progress was ...
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Who has jurisdiction over NMA (non movement areas) at an airport?

Since non movement areas are not controlled by ATC, does that mean the FAA doesn’t have jurisdiction in them? Are NMAs privately owned property inside of a government owned property (I.e FBOs)? Are ...
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What is SVC CTC on a chart supplement?

The chart supplement for KSNA mentions the following AIRSPACE: CLASS C svc ctc APP CON svc 1415–0700Z‡ other times CLASS G. I know that SVC means service. I've gathered that KSNA is class C from ...
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How is a new airport certified or approved to operate by international organizations?

I just read the news of a new airport in construction in Mexico (Mexico City). They seem to be starting operations in a few months. In this case, researching a bit, it seems domestic and a Venezuelan ...
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What is the difference between CTAF and the Tower frequency? Why does the Chart Supplement list the same frequency twice?

At many part-time towered airports the Chart Supplement will have a listing along these lines: COMMUNICATIONS: CTAF 119.2, TOWER 119.2 (1400–0500Z‡) The CTAF is the same frequency as the Tower. What ...
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Which frequency to contact when arriving at a Class C airport when the tower is open, and which frequency when it is closed?

I came across this question on my PPL exam and I'm not able to properly interpret some pieces. The question is: When approaching Lincoln Municipal from the west at noon for the purpose of landing, ...
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What does it mean when a hold short sign is out of service?

I prepared for "SELCAL" exam and in one of the routes I heard such information as RW 32 hold short sign at TWY L is out of service. I just don't understand this phrase. I appreciate it if ...
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Examples of unmanned airports?

I just found this sentence on Wikipedia: In aviation, some possibly unmanned airports have equipment that let pilots key their VHF radio a number of times in order to request an Automatic Terminal ...
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What measures are there at Vancouver International Airport to prevent wild animals from entering the airport?

This video shows a wild coyote on a taxiway at Vancouver International Airport (CYVR): I ask from the standpoint of safety, and menace to aircraft. Does CYVR lack ...
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Are there specific surface requirements prior to an ILS Category 2 runway approach threshold to ensure the accuracy of the Radio Altimeter derived DH?

ILS Category 2 approaches use a Radio Altimeter (RA) derived DH (Decision Height). An RA measures the aircraft height directly above the surface immediately below the aircraft. Any sloping terrain, ...
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Is it true that Grodno airport recently got a higher category? What is it, what does it mean?

Grodno Airport (IATA: GNA, ICAO: UMMG) is an airport that serves Grodno, Belarus. It is close to the European Union border and Polish politicians says Belarus plans to use it to make the EU ...
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What is that airport equipment that looks like an SMR but rotates like a windmill?

— YouTube The one rotating horizontally looks like a standard Surface Movement Radar (SMR). But the one next it, rotating vertically (like a windmill or wind turbine), what is that? Wouldn't that be ...
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Who Assigns Gates to Airliners?

When airliners arrive to major or medium airports, who is actually responsible for assigning gates and deciding who goes where? Is that up to Ground? The Airline? The Airport Authorities/Management?
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Can a private pilot land at any category of airport?

I'm aware that commercial pilots require special training for landing at Category C airports (e.g. Innsbruck), but I was wondering if, as a private pilot I could land at an airport such as this, ...
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Airport location identification from 1960s photo?

Can anyone identify the airport location in this photo? It would have been taken in late 1962 or early 1963 just before this DC-8 N9609Z took on its Canadian registration CF-TJL in April 1963. There ...
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Does the angled parking scheme of London City (LCY) increase the number of aircraft that can be parked in the small apron?

While going through some articles and videos, I chanced upon a video on LCY and was surprised to see that, unlike in Dortmund, LCY has aircraft parked diagonally. Does this increase the number of bays ...
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Why is there no airport beacon light symbol on the sectional for KSAC, although it does have one?

The star symbol on the top of the airport means airport beacon light but Sacramento Executive (KSAC) has no star symbol but they do have a beacon light and controlled airport as well. Is that ...
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How are "Local Flights" defined in European regulations?

Looking at some Greek aerodrome information charts, I discovered that there are airports with the designation "Local flights not permitted". I speculate this is because the areas are near ...
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How can a touchdown zone RVR report for one runway be different than the rollout report for the runway going the opposite direction?

I saw an RVR report in KSEA where 16C was 800 1200 1800 (touchdown zone, midpoint, rollout), and 34C was 1800 1200 300. I always thought the same scatterometers used for the rollout side on runway as ...
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Why are the airport pressure values for "altitude" (inHg) and "sea level" (mb) slightly different on the NOAA web sites?

If one looks, for example, at the NOAA web site for Denver International Airport we see (at the time of posting this question) the Pressure/Altimeter is 29.78 inHg, the Pressure/sea level is 1006.1 mb ...
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Reason why heavy aircraft are allowed to land but not to start

I stumbled upon this article (German) It says that a few of Lufthansas 747 are grounded at Twente airport. They were parked there because of COVID-19 at an aircraft recycling company. Now the airport ...
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Is there a standard for required repainting of worn runway markings? In USA

Is there an FAA regulation or advisory circular covering the allowable wear, fading, or weathering of runway markings? I can find many FAA standards for the paint of fresh new runway markings, but I ...
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What is the best time to run runway friction tests? [closed]

When is the best time to run runway friction tests? And what is the optimum temperature to run them?
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Who is legally responsible for tiedown ropes?

When an airport has tie downs listed on their official FAA record, who is responsible for the ropes/chains. Is there any federal regulation or legal precedent for this or is it a case-by-case ...
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What geographic reference system do airport towers use?

What geographic reference system (WGS84, EGM96, EGM2008 etc.) do airport towers use when measuring things like aiport elevation and current QNH for airport? Is there even a commonly accepted one ...
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How does an airliner adjust and move exactly over the coloured lines before stopping in front of the jetways?

How does an airliner adjust and move exactly over the coloured lines before stopping in front of the jetways?
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Where can I find airport diagrams for the Philippines?

I would like to have airport map, just like the one that pilots can see when they are taxiing. Is it possible to get such a map, even if you are not a pilot? Perhaps there are applications which a ...
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How can pilots differentiate runways and taxiways during landing?

There have been many incidents where pilots landed or attempted to land the aircraft on a wrong surface (for example Continental 1883 and Air Canada 759). Are there any tips for pilots to avoid that? ...
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Which airport is the busiest general aviation airport in the world?

Which airport in the world has the highest amount of flight training and general aviation traffic? I am wondering for year-long traffic totals rather than temporary spikes in traffic due to airshows ...
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Anyone recognize this airport?

I found this image on boldmethod. Where is this? Looks like a beautiful place. Has an instrument approach (from the runway markings.) On a mesa in snow country. It is not Sedona or St George. ...
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How can I read airport maps when choosing a seat as a passenger?

When I choose seats on an airplane, I usually go for a window seat since I love the view, especially the views of a city on takeoff/landing. Sometimes I get good a view of the city and sometimes I ...
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Why do most U.S. cities with multiple airports try to concentrate airline operations at just one airport instead of spreading out the load?

Many large metropoles around the world have multiple major airports with commercial airline service: London, famously, has six (EGLL, EGLC, EGKK, EGSS, EGGW, EGMC),1 although the latter four are far ...
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Does a portable ILS ground station exist?

Does anyone know of a good example of a portable ILS ground station? I mean, it can be used for temporary airfields.
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Is the war pilot obligated to fly the same plane daily or must he change the plane according to every required mission? [closed]

Can the pilot change his plane, or can he fly in any plane, obediently, to the same plane as the one trained on it?
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Am I Required to Use the Runway Advised by a Unicom?

Let's say that an uncontrolled airport's ASOS reports wind 060 @ 6 knots. The airport's unicom advisory states that Runway 22 is in use. Am I required to use Runway 22, or can I use Runway 4?
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How do pilots travel from remote private airports after landing?

What if you fly your own personal plane to a small private airport in the countryside that has no public transportation? I imagine that most pilots don't have a car parked at each private airport they ...
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Maglev catapult aeroplane takeoff concept [duplicate]

It occurs to me that an aeroplane that is catapulted off a runway via a maglev system would eliminate many current problems we face With aircraft travel. Firstly the runway could be as long as they ...
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In what order were the runways built at Paris Charles de Gaulle?

At its commission time (in 1974), Roissy-CDG airport did not have all its runways in service. As an example, I found an article (fr) saying the fourth (and last) runway was built in 2000. But this ...
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Do I need explicit clearance to taxi on an inactive runway?

I received taxi instructions from ground at a class D airport in the USA as follows (I was at ramp): Taxi to runway 04, Right on Bravo, left on 10, right on Alpha (no explicit clearance or hold short ...
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