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Questions about how airports handle the transport of aircraft and passengers through and around them, and how this might be impacted by things external or internal to the airport itself.

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Why isn't airport relocation done gradually?

Recently Istanbul airport (IST) was relocated from Atatürk over 2 days. Munich Franz Josef Strauss (MUC) was also moved overnight from Munich Riem. Doesn't it cause chaos, since most employees are new ...
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What precautions prevent 'insiders' from stealing a large aircraft, as in the Horizon Air Q400 incident?

For those who haven't heard it yet, a ground worker stole a Q400 at SeaTac this week, performing an unauthorized takeoff and going for a joyride before eventually crashing into an island. The plane ...
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What is the purpose of a walled area in the vicinity of Heathrow Airport?

Looking at a satellite map to the East of Heathrow Airport, there is a small passenger jet parked in a walled off area. Looking at the aerodrome chart the entire area is listed as Bealine Base, which ...
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How do airports detect drones?

Recently, there's been a lot of coverage in the news of drones disturbing operations at airports. Do airports have a method to detect drones? If yes, how does it work? If it's still an emerging ...
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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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Why do some AFBs have planes parked at 45 degrees to others?

I'm assuming this is just a matter of available space but it seems you could get 4 across all aligned but maybe there is another reason. The image is from McGuire AFB but I've seen this on other AFBs.
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What do these numbers above the terminal jetway mean for pilots?

The sign above the terminal has numbers, I assume, to help the pilot park. What do they all mean?
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Aborted take off. What happens next?

A rare -- as I was told -- situation of aborted take off for a large passenger jet. What is next? Everything goes as smudge as possible after getting jetliner to full stop. Plane clears the runway ...
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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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Is it permissible to walk along a taxiway at an uncontrolled airport to reach airport facilities?

I just got my PPL and am planning to take a short $300 hamburger trip tomorrow to a nearby uncontrolled field. Here's its taxiway diagram: I called the airport this morning to ask where transient ...
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What are those structures at Taif Regional Airport in Saudi Arabia?

I was looking at airports in Saudi Arabia and noticed a strange one. At Taif Regional Airport near Mecca there are a bunch of taxiways all seemingly randomly intersecting at different angles, each ...
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Why so much ground time at Frankfurt Airport?

Disclaimer: Total layman here. I frequently fly into and out of Frankfurt Airport (FRA) with regional jets (flight time advertised as 45 minutes) and one thing that everyone is always annoyed about ...
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How long after the last departure shall the airport stay open for an emergency return?

For how long after the last take off for that day, will an airport stay open for emergency return of that last departed aircraft? Where can I find that recommendation? To clarify: an airport needs to ...
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What happens to a large plane after a successful gear-up landing?

There are plenty of videos of non-fatal gear-up landings - even of airliners. I can find none that show the recovery of the aircraft after safe evacuation of crew and passengers and completion of ...
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Is there a minimal approach speed for airliners during rush hour?

For busy airport, sequencing can be complexe. If the ATC put all aircraft in front of each other with the correct separation (which can be really small for busy airports) in final, if the airliners' ...
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Did Kai Tak have a straight-in approach to runway 13 for higher-performance aircraft?

Runway 13 at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport (closed in 1998 and replaced by the current airport at Chek Lap Kok) had a hideously difficult approach in which pilots would fly in from the west, following ...
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What is this guy doing while walking along with the moving plane at the FRA airport?

While the aircraft was moving backwards (targeting takeoff), a guy was attached to it by a thread, probably "listening" to something, and was following the plane by walking at the same pace. ...
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Why must a pilot enter "Upwind" when entering the traffic pattern for RWY 9 at Linden (LDJ) airport in New Jersey?

The chart supplement procedures require aircraft to enter the traffic pattern "Upwind" for Runway 9 at Linden (LDJ) airport in New Jersey. Question: Why is this required? Chart Supplement: New York ...
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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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How do FBOs Work?

As a student pilot, there are many things taught in training, but I've found that one of the things missing from training is "real world" flying. For example, I don't really know what you ...
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How are procedures for curved-runway operations different from those for straight runways?

Runways having a significant curve between the two ends aren't exactly common, but they do exist, one good example being Elk City Airport's runway 14/35. When operating to or from an airport with a ...
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What is the minimum altitude over Egmond aan Zee when landing at Schiphol?

I live in Egmond aan Zee which is about 36 km flight distance from Schiphol. It seems that aircraft fly over Egmond when there is a southerly wind so they can make a landing approach to Polderbaan ...
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Why did this aircraft take off in the opposite direction compared to the one used by other flights right before/after it?

I recently took a weekend trip to Naples and went to admire the city from above at the Certosa di San Martino panoramic viewpoint which, it turned out, was also offering a distant view at NAP ...
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How can luggage be lost if it has a bag tag? [closed]

I lost a bag on a flight from BKK -> ARN -> CPH two weeks ago. I immediately filed a report at CPH when the bag hadn't arrived after more than an hour of waiting. Since then there has been no updates ...
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Why did KJFK keep using runways 22R/L here instead of switching to 13R/L?

In this YouTube video, one can see the arrival at KJFK, holding patterns, and eventual diversion to KPHL of LH400, an A380. When LH400 arrives in the New York area, the pilots request the use 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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Can two opposite localizers to a single runway be on simultaneously?

In case of a single runway with two separate ILS systems (one in each end, facing localizers) operating on two different frequencies, can both localizers be on and transmitting at the same time, or ...
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USA: Why don't airports raise landing fees to make up for low passenger fees?

A question from travel.stackexchange.com about luggage carts prompted a discussion on the economics of airports. The gist was: American airports have much lower passenger service fees which are ...
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Why are follow-me cars used in Gran Canaria Airport in good visibility for incoming aircraft?

I've been at GCLP (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain) a few weeks ago. I've observed that all incoming traffic was guided by a Follow Me while outgoing traffic went without one. I was curious about ...
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How is airline fuel hedging actually done?

When airlines refuel at the airport are they all billed at the same rate on the day? Similar to cars at a gas station? For example if Southwest has hedged and paying a dollar less per gallon than its ...
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Can a deployable ILS operate in CAT II or CAT III?

Can a deployable ILS operate in CAT II or CAT III? As far as I know a deployable ILS can operate only in CAT I.
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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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Are there any U.S. airports that offer GCA (PAR/ASR) approaches?

Are there any U.S. Civilian or Joint-Use (military/civilian) airports that currently offer either/both a PAR (Precision Approach Radar) or an ASR (Airport Surveillance Radar) Ground Controlled ...
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How do airports in hot climates handle extremely high temperatures?

In June 2017 dozens of flights were cancelled in Phoenix, Arizona because of temperatures exceeding 120 degrees Fahrenheit/48.9 degrees Celsius.1,2 Hot air at a given air pressure is less dense, ...
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What is the difference between en-route delays and airport delays?

ANSP performance is gathered an published online on https://ansperformance.eu. They monitor complexity, delays, efficiency and other operational data. I also noticed they have two ways of describing ...
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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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What happened to this plane during landing? Failed first time? [closed]

Hi I was checking flights at Heathrow on flightradar24.com the other day and found this plane a bit strange. It looked like the first landing wasn't successful. The plane may have touched down but ...
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What is the maximum holding time?

When arriving at a busy airport, airliners may be stacked in holding patterns, increasing flight time. I know airliners are required to carry extra fuel in case of rerouting (including a safety margin)...
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Why do simultaneous-ops parallel runways need to be so far apart?

In the answers to this question about Denver's widely-scattered pinwheel of runways and this question about Schiphol's runway out in the middle of nowhere, it's mentioned that parallel runways are ...
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How are altitudes handled with airports near or above transition altitude?

Transition altitude refers to the altitude above which all altimeters are set to a standard pressure setting (typically 29.92 inHg) instead of to the local surface pressure, and altitudes are given in ...
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Are there any airports with multi-level taxiways?

There are many airports where roads (and pedestrian walkways) are routed underneath taxiways, runways, etc. But are there any airports where airplane taxiways go under/over each other? I can't imagine ...
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Do all airports have the authority to impound aircraft for overdue fees?

In the 'Collapse' section of the Thomas Cook Wiki, it states that At around midnight on 23 September, airports in the UK began to impound Thomas Cook aircraft upon arrival, citing "default in ...
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Is there any way for the baggage carrier to add some fake luggage?

For the sake of a story that I am writing, is there any way that a conspiracy luggage carrier could add some luggage to given aircraft? Specifically: Is there still a man power used for the purpose ...
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How are bags transported from the terminal to the airplane? [closed]

I'm curious how bags are transported from the terminal sortation system to the aircraft. I'm mostly trying to understand the "average tarmac distance" a bag will travel. If anyone has direct ...
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Do airports commonly have mogas for sale on campus?

The ICON A5 POH gently implies, and other sources outright claim, that its Rotax 120iS prefers a diet of 87 octane mogas, and I've found a couple of sources claiming that while it'll take 100LL, the ...
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While waiting for a delayed outbound flight how can I guess where's the inbound plane?

This summer in Mykonos our flight back to FCO was delayed and nobody at the airport could communicate reliable estimates on when it would be. In that case I managed to find the FCO-JMK inbound flight ...
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How are the runways operated at Toronto Pearson?

I have a sort of technical question regarding the operations of runway systems at larger airports, specifically at Toronto Pearson (satellite view here). As far as I can see, the airport has 5 runways:...
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Under what circumstances are passengers boarded onto buses at gates A10 and A4 at Heathrow Terminal 5?

In Why doesn't Heathrow T5 have stand 504? it was suggested that gates A4 and A10 are so-called "bus-gates" where passengers board a bus to get to the aircraft. Under what circumstances ...
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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 were the rules about night flights from LHR in the 80s?

I was just reading a question over on movies.SE: How could Ryan land in New York in early morning?, and the accepted answer suggests that Jack Ryan's plane takes off from LHR at about 4am. One of the ...
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