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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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Why does London have so many airports?

London has six international airports: Heathrow, City, Luton, Southend, Stansted, and Gatwick. It might even have eight international airports if you count Birmingham Airport and Southampton Airport. ...
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Why is ARP (Airfield Reference Point) needed?

An airport reference point is the centre point of an airport, located at the geometric centre of all the usable runways. The ARP is computed as a weighted average of the end of runway coordinates.
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How to find out how many aircraft depart/land from a country per day?

I am trying to get the following information. I would like to know for each day how many aircraft have taken off and departed from a specific country. This information should be up to date and ...
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How can I find examples of airports with specific approach types?

Can you guys help me find airports with these approaches: An airport with only an LNAV mins (so no LNAV/VNAV or anything other than just LNAV) One with an LPV lower than 200 feet One with an ASR ...
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Why do airports have directional runways instead of a large area to operate in any direction?

Instead of a few runways in a few directions, why not have a large square block of asphalt so that planes can take off and land in any direction? Where and on what direction planes land and take off ...
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How to best navigate around and land at KPAO (Palo Alto, CA)?

Flying VFR into KPAO from the South for the first time in a Cherokee. Any advice on the best way to navigate KSJC and the SFO Bravo? Thanks.
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Where to find the parking coordinates of the aircraft in the Apron?

Is it possible to find out the coordinates of where the aircraft park in an the Apron? I mean some sort of list for each terminal or aeronautical chart. I was thinking about the AIP (Aeronautical ...
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Why don’t airports use jetways as an airlock to avoid having to repressurize the plane for every flight?

Seems like it could save money perhaps. Has this been considered in the past?
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What do these symbols mean?

What do these symbols mean in an airport?
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How to find runway Centerline spacing on airport diagrams?

I know that airport diagrams show the exact position of airport runways in DMS (degrees, minutes, seconds) and therefore could use trigonometry to find how far apart runway centerlines are from ...
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What was this mystery flash on an airport runway?

Recently I was onboard a commercial airliner and we had just landed and were headed for the gate. I cannot remember exactly which airport but it was either Schiphol(Amsterdam Airport) or Bristol. As ...
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Difference between ETA and On-Block time?

I see that the definition of the ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) according to Eurocontrol is: (SESAR) the time computed by the FMS for the flight arriving at a point related to the destination ...
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How is ATC handed for private rural airstrips? [duplicate]

In rural Australia there are farms that have private airstrips. My question is when an aircraft wishes to land at such a strip (for example a flying doctor) who handles the landing aspects of ATC. ...
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Is the waves and signal dangerous for human at the airports? [closed]

Waved like VHF , UHF and other themes like radio or something ....
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What is required by and for flights that cross borders in terms of border control?

This can apply to countries that have water in between, like the UK-France or US-Canada. If an aircraft crosses into neighbouring country, does it need to go to a border-controlled airport (with ...
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Could sprinkling cool water on the runway in hot summer decrease air density?

Why is there no such technique used where cool water gets sprinkled on a runway? Cooling down the air above the airport would decrease air density and therefore lead to a shorter starttime for ...
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Where can I find current downloadable tower, ground and approach frequencies for USA airports?

I have searched the FAA site and cannot find a spreadsheet with current freqs for airports, only incomplete lists. Online flight planning tools must get query-able current freqs on a monthly basis, ...
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What makes an airport “international”?

What are the requirements for an airport to be designated as an international airport in the US? Is there a minimum runway size or required customs office?
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External Batteries [closed]

As a part of a project for a class we were tasked with trying to cut emissions/energy waste of airplanes. Now we've realized that running the apu on the ground at the gate and taxiing is a serious ...
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Is a Compass Swing Platform part of a runway or taxiway?

I am trying to work out if the compass swing platform is part of the runway or taxiway.
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What is this second smaller runway next to London City Airport?

I was looking at London City Airport (EGLC) on Google Maps today when I noticed the remains of a very small runway marked 10/28 just across the water from City Airport's main runway. It can be seen ...
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Which (if any) is the “most major” airport / field / strip on Antarctica?

Which airport (/field, /strip, /skiway) is the "biggest", "most supported" on Antarctica? So, has the most permanent staff (do any?) has the most runway facilities such as say runway lights, ...
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How does density altitude affect Taxi-Out Time?

To keep things brief, for a data exploration project, I calculated density altitude for a couple airports and used flight statistics from https://www.transtats.bts.gov/ONTIME/Departures.aspx. I was ...
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Chicago O’Hare - Two Towers? [duplicate]

Why does ORD have two towers? I flew in there for a connecting flight this last weekend and saw two towers standing, one obviously larger than the other.
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Why Do Airlines Still Use Tractor-feed Printers? [closed]

Why do airlines still use those old dot-matrix tractor-feed printers at their gate counters? I’ve always thought that was hilarious.
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Are there any privately owned large commercial airports?

Do any large, commercial airports exist that aren’t owned and run by the city government they exist in/near? To provide context, I’m talking major airports that handle commercial airline volume. Do ...
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Are Ground Crew Airline or Airport Personnel?

Are ground crews (baggage, tug operators, fuel, aircraft parking guides, etc.) hired by the airline or by the airport authority? I’ve always been curious. What are the norms worldwide vs US? Small ...

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