Questions tagged [airport]

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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 is the airport in Disneyland Paris? (DLP)

I just found out that there is an airport in Disneyland Paris with the IATA code DLP. Since I've never heard of it, I wanted to see it on Google Maps, but haven't found it. Is there actually an ...
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Can airlines schedule more flight arrivals than the destination airport capacity?

Takeoff and landing efficiency at an airport seems to depend on a number of factors, like number of runways and gates, infrastructure maintenance, weather, or even notorious traffic congestion in some ...
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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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Where can I get a reliable and a updated Airport API or Airport Database, and I also want to know the charges for the API? [closed]

Kindly guide me where can I get a reliable and updated airport Master API. The airport API should have all the information about all the airports in the world and I also want to know how much do they ...
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Why do some airports park the aircraft backwards at the gate?

(YouTube) Push-in at Dortmund Airport. While at most airports, aircraft park at the gate facing the building, there are some airports that park aircraft backwards, e.g., Dortmund Airport (shown above)...
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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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How do passengers board the planes on this airport?

I found a quite "rare" layout on Munich airport. It has jetbridges but I don't see any terminal. Look: How do passengers make it to this point of the airport? By underground?
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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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Which civil airport has the longest runways in total?

It's quite easy to google information about which civil airport has the longest runways, but what I'm really looking for (and having a hard time to find) is which airport has the longest runways in ...
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Are the number of unique passengers per airport counted?

In airport passenger number statistics, all enplanes and deplanes are added to all direct transfers during a year. So if I travelled 21 times via Heathrow I was counted as 42 passenger movements at ...
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How do Density Altitude affect Taxi-Out Time?

To keep things brief, for a data exploration project, I calculated density altitude using (https://www.weather.gov/epz/wxcalc_densityaltitude) for a couple airports and used flight statistics from ...
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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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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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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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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 airport emergency vehicles' sirens louder than normal?

So there I was this afternoon, sitting in my car waiting on my wife's flight to get in to Dulles Airport (IAD), in the cell phone parking lot. I was listening to some music on the radio when the ...
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How are Landing Fees Collected?

Some airports (mostly busy Class B airports from what I gather) have a landing fee. For example, in the Airport Facility Directory for San Francisco, there is a section under "AIRPORT REMARKS" that ...
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Which busy commercial airports have a very large GA operation attached?

I was thinking about OAKland International, and how the General Aviation side of the field is much larger than the commercial side, but the commercial side is still very significant. How many others ...
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What is this gigantic dish at Ben Gurion airport?

As the title asks, what is this thing for? Have never seen anything like it at other airports I've been to.
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Why do buses at some airports differs from conventional ones?

Why do buses at airports differ from conventional ones? Why do they have such wheels or cover wheels at all? Source.
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What is the area between the taxiway and runway shown in the picture below?

Is this the Arresting area? I'm not too sure what you call this area
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What methodology did ICAO use to create the overall code nomenclature for airports?

If an airport is from North America, then it starts with K and so on. How did ICAO get the letters from? Why does the Philippines region starts with A? Why do airports in Izmir have LTBx prefix? Did ...
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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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May a Cessna 182 land on a major, high-traffic airport, say EDDF (Frankfurt)?

Some 30 years ago a family's friend owned a TR-182 Skylane (Turbo, retractable gear) and we sometimes flew around here in the Rhine-Main area around Frankfurt. Of course he used EDFE (Egelsbach) for ...
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Under which condition is a forward CG most critical?

This question is from CFI written exam. (6824) “Under which condition is a forward CG most critical?” The answer is “Forward CG is most critical during landing. If it is too far forward, the ...
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Is this a type of navigation aid?

I saw this contraption on the southeast corner of Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport, Martinsburg, WV (MRB). My first thought was this was some kind of NDB antenna but not sure.
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Do visual docking systems improve safety?

Are there any studies that shows A-VDGS (Advanced Visual Docking Guidance System) is improving the safety of aircraft movements on airports?
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How are parallel runways named if there are more than 2 or 3? [duplicate]

I know that it's very common for runways to have a parallel neighbor, and they're normally called left and right. I have also seen some runways called "center" if there are three parallel runways. ...
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How is passenger baggage transferred, and how does it happen so quickly?

I've always wondered how airlines transfer bags between connecting flights. At a hub, bags must be moved to any number of connecting flights throughout the airport - some with very short connecting ...
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What kinds of jobs could a senior in high school get at a small local airport?

Is there anything a senior in high school could do for a small regional airport in Utah?
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What are the implications of building a private airfield in the United States?

I've always wondered what it would take to build my own airfield. I live close enough to an area where this would likely be possible (50 NM radius around Front Royal, Virginia, obviously outside the ...
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who owns the abbreviated name of an airport [closed]

is the name of an airport such as LAX the act of the FAA or the ICAO? from reading, it looks as though the process starts at the ICAO as a recommendation, then is adopted by the FAA?
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What does “Controlling Object” mean in FAA documentation?

I was examining FAA's legacy files, which contain information for various airspace elements, and I noticed that there is a field in the airport layout file called "Controlling Object", for both base ...
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Are there any models for planning aircraft placement in hangars?

I work alone at night doing line operations (fueling, tugging/towing, etc.) and emergency services (police, fire and EMS) at my airport. When a pilot/customer comes in and wants to know if we have ...
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What are the ways to keep the birds away from airfields?

I know bird strikes are a major issue for many airports, and that measures are taken to keep birds away. There are some obvious things airports can do like not to have any stray garbage, food, etc. in ...
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Why is this plane circling around the Lucknow airport every day?

Saw this plane circling around Lucknow airport (LKO). This is happening every day. Any idea what is happening?
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What is this aircraft on the grass in Budapest International Airport?

While taxiing after landing in BUD recently, I noticed a widebody aircraft half-hidden in the trees on the grass of the airport. You can see it on Google Maps over here. What is this aircraft, and ...
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What are the guidelines and regulations for building a helipad for multiple aircraft?

Are there any guidelines and regulations governing the ownership and construction of a multiple aircraft type helipad in a) the USA b) Europe?
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Why are airports in Greece blurred and low res in Google Maps?

Why are airports in Greece blurred and low res in Google Maps?
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Denver International Airport pneumatic tube systems

Wikipedia says: Denver International Airport uses many pneumatic tube systems, including a 25 cm diameter system for moving aircraft parts to remote concourses, a 10 cm system for United Airlines ...
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What are the requirements for aircraft marker cones?

What are the requirements on aircraft marker cones (a.k.a. safety cones) according to IATA IGOM-96, i.e. size & weight?
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What are the white circles just before the runway holding point? [closed]

What are the white circles before runway holding point? I tried looking on manual but couldn’t find anything
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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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Who decides whether an airline docks at a jetbridge or parks at a remote stand?

A trip I took led me to wonder how airports/airlines decide when to allocate a gate and when to board out on the apron. Yesterday, I flew TLV-IST-BOS on Turkish Airlines. At the start of the trip, I ...
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How should private airports or locations not regularly intended for landing be identified if you land at or take off from them?

How are runways on sectional charts that are listed as private identified? Lets say I fly from a public airport to a private strip; I would log the departure airport as BNA, but what would I list the ...
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What are the differences between type B message format and EDIFACT message format?

IATA say's the standard format for transmitting passenger messages is UN/Edifact. Somewhere else it says the standard is type B format. what are the differences between these two? Or are they a same ...