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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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Is it Legal to listen to Air Traffic Control Frequencies in the USA on a computer for entertainment?

like listening to scanners an radio frequencies for entertainment and i make it a game because i use a online flight tracker and try to find that aircraft. Is it legal?
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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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Can I carry a waveform generator with me inside an airplane? [closed]

I have recently learned that I have an urgent domestic flight tonight. I am curious about whether I can carry the device with me. The device I want to carry is 33120A Arbitrary Waveform Generator. I ...
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When was Kai Tak permanently closed to cargo service?

Kai Tak Airport in Hong Kong was closed to both passenger and cargo service early in the morning of 6 July 1998, with all flights moving to the brand-new airport at Chek Lap Kok. However, shortly ...
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Why do drones near airports necessitate cancelling flights?

From Wikipedia's page on the Gatwick drone incident: Between 19 and 21 December 2018, hundreds of flights were cancelled at Gatwick Airport near London, England, following reports of drone ...
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In Canada what categories is air traffic control broken down into? [duplicate]

What are the sub-sections of air traffic control in Canada, and what does each sub section perform? I know a couple of basics like approach control, ground control, and terminal control, but I don't ...
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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 factors made my flight land at runway 02 in El Prat?

Aircraft normally land at Barcelona's El Prat airport using either of the 25 runways, along a flight path hugging the coast, with a flip to the 07 orientation generally associated with bad weather. ...
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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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When and why was runway 07/25 at Kai Tak removed?

Wikipedia states that Kai Tak Airport in Hong Kong originally had two runways, both built under Japanese occupation during World War II: ... In 1942, the Japanese army expanded Kai Tak, using many ...
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At what position or distance from an airport are you considered to be in the “traffic pattern”

image source In the United States, as an aircraft is approaching or departing a non-towered airport, at what position or distance from the airport are you considered to be in or out of the "traffic ...
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How do stealth aircraft operate from rough or contaminated fields without ruining their paint jobs?

While thinking about the MiG-29’s dedicated rough-field intakes, I started wondering about rough-field operations for other types of combat aircraft, and, naturally, since most new combat aircraft ...
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Is it economically profitable for airports use jetties that use all the airbus A380's 16 exits at the same time [duplicate]

Does it make economic sense or is it economically profitable for airports to build jetties or jetty facilities that use all the airbus A380's 16 exits at the same time. This would be very convinient ...
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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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How to secure an aircraft at a transient parking space?

I've noticed that at many airports, the transient GA parking spaces often don't have tie-down anchors (e.g. bolts drilled into the pavement; heavy steel cables, etc.) or tie-down ropes. They simply ...
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Why is the TORA of 27R not the same as the TORA of 09L?

09L and 27R are the same runway but just in opposite directions. I've drawn out a diagram and for some reason the TORA for 27R is 18m less? Where has that 18m disappeared? I've been trying to work out ...
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Non-Towered Airport Operation Logs

Do general aviation non-towered airports have to submit any types of logs to the FAA regarding total number of take-offs and landings in a given year? I'm trying to figure out how busy a small ...
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What are the FAA/CS requirements for rubber chocks?

What are the FAA/CS requirements for rubber chocks? Do they include material, manufacturing processes, etc.?
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Marshall signals history

When airport marhall signals have been used for the first time? Wich is the history about these signals? Thank you
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How fast can pushback tugs actually go? (maximum possible speed)

For school, I'm doing a project where we choose a topic about anything, ask questions, and learn about it. I chose my topic as fuel efficiency of airplanes, and one of the things I want to research as ...
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If Floyd Bennett Field failed due to its remoteness and isolation, how has JFK been so successful?

Floyd Bennett Field was built at the end of the 1920s in order to give New York City its own airport and avoid having to rely on Newark; however, despite its superb airport facilities, Floyd Bennett ...