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What is the methodology for assigning airport codes?

Pearson airport in Toronto has the airport code YYZ, which does not reflect the name Pearson or the city of Toronto. This seems contradictory to other IATA codes like LGA (Laguardia), JFK (John F ...
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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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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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How do airports manage gate assignments for aircraft?

Today, some companies like Delair, SITA and INDRA provide airport Resource Management Systems (RMS) for gate allocations, which show information as a Gantt Chart. I know that air traffic controllers ...
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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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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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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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What difference does the choice of paved runway surface make to aircraft?

What difference to the pilot does it make it say a runway is Concrete or Asphalt? Does it require different information in the flight management system or other calculations?
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How common are aprons made of bricks?

I found this topic on an external site, it's about a Boeing 737-4 damaged during engine run up at Sialkot international Airport (Pakistan): NL B734 Damaged During Engine Run Up (photos) In the ...
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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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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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In a piston aircraft, how much noise is generated by the engine, and how much by the propeller?

I've been reading quite a few articles lately about how noise complaints from GA airports across the country. One of the common suggestions to fix the issue is to simply use an electric engine ...
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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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What is the busiest airport?

What is the busiest airport in the world, and how is this measured?
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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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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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Why is Denver International Airport runway 16R/34L rarely used?

From watching planes land at DIA on Flightradar24, none seem to ever land on 16R (longest runway in the US at a length of 16,000 ft), but instead land on a runway 4,000 ft shorter such as runway 16L (...
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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 ...
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Is it allowed to exit the runway by opposites High Speed Taxiway?

Is it allowed to exit the runway on a High Speed Taxiway to the opposite side? (see red line in image below). Assume the situation allows it, like airplane limits, airport congestion, weather, etc.
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What do these ramp markings mean at KIFP?

As a pilot, what do I need to know about these ramp markings at KIFP? Are they operationally significant?
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Is there a way for passengers to know which runways their flight will use?

When I fly, I like to see the airport when I take off and land. Is there a way I can know, in advance, which runway the plane is likely to depart/arrive from so I know which side of the plane to sit ...
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Why is there no numbering system for more than three parallel runways?

If an airport has three parallel runways - a good example being Schiphol (EHAM/AMS) - the parallels are usually labeled "left", "center", and "right", and in case of Schiphol they are 18/36 L/C/R. ...
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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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How can I calculate which runway to use for landing, based on the wind? [duplicate]

I have a project where the user enters the name of the airport. We fetch the wind direction (degrees) for that airport. Then we use the wind direction and the data about the runways at that airport to ...
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Are airlines responsible for Airport security or Airports concerned or third-parties on terminal-side? [closed]

In Indian Airports, all sort of terminal-side security is done by CISF . They do all the frisking and baggage screening etc. I am concerned more for the terminal-side security rather than airside ...
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How does a large airport switch flow?

Airplanes prefer to land into the wind, and airports adjust for changing wind direction by changing the active runway. I've been flying a small plane in the pattern when the tower asked me to do a ...
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What are RVP signs?

I never saw these in the US, but certainly at UK airports and airfields you will often see "RVP" on a green background with a yellow border: Source: http://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/gallery/displayimage....
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Why doesn't a radar-equipped Tower say “radar contact”?

Most/all of the control towers in my area have radar displays, and I know from visits that it shows all the same things as in TRACON miles away--even aircraft on the ground. I hear them occasionally ...
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Can a private pilot refuel his small private airplane internationally without passing through immigration or customs?

I've been a private pilot for many years, but I have never flown internationally in small private aircraft. I'm about to buy a tiny, high-tech, super-efficient 2-seat airplane that has extended range ...
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How is the effect of wind on arrival time handled?

If a commercial plane encounters strong tailwinds, would the pilots set the autopilot for a fixed arrival time (if that is possible), or would it be ok to arrive way ahead of schedule? I imagine ...
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How do terms apron, ramp, tarmac, taxiway, parking area, gate, hardstand relate to each other?

The terms apron, ramp, tarmac, taxiway, parking area, gate, hardstand are used in a way that I cannot understand. Boeing Everett Factory. Photo by Andrew Hunt at Airliners.net (url unknown). Cropped ...
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Why is aircraft marshalling still necessary?

I've seen in a documentary that many airports have people guiding the airplanes to the parking spots (marshals). I've also noticed that the key point is to reach a precise spot on which the nose ...
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What FAA regulations govern a US International Airport name change, such as McCarran International to Harry Reed International?

What FAA regulations govern a US International Airport name change, such as McCarran International to Harry Reed International or Las Vegas International Airport? Can the citizenry petition the FAA ...
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Why in certain airports the windows are blocked while others not? [closed]

In certain airports, like the T1 of MMMX the windows are blocked or semi-blocked while in others are not (MMGL) I understand this could be done to avoid debris hit the windows, but then why?
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In what cases does an airplane return to airport? [closed]

I’m just wondering in what kind of emergency cases an airplane would return to the airport? I am a programmer and security enthusiast — what kind of security issue should I have to find that would ...
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How can we avoid running out of airport abbreviations? [duplicate]

As far as I know, airport name abbreviations are a 3 letter name. For example: MEL for Melbourne/Australia airport LAX for Los Angeles/USA airport YYZ for Toronto/Canada airport And that means all ...
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What is DPI? How is it Useful? And How does it work?

I have heard of DPI (departure planning information) status for a flight. I wanted to know what is this Status for? How is it computed or determined? What are the different status for it if any and ...
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Why does Schiphol airport have such a long taxi way? [duplicate]

I heard that from runway 18R-36L the taxi time is around 20 minutes, I heard that this runway was built and is used mainly to reduce noise pollution, but what reasons are there for the length of the ...
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Reasons for significantly lower than normal approach

Not sure if this is going to be answerable to be honest, as I'm sort of asking for a bit of retroactive mind-reading! But here goes anyway! I was driving along Clifton Drive North, Lytham Saint Annes,...
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Is there a significant difference between the jet blast from Airbus and Boeing?

I am looking up for jet blast data and there are not much information in the net. One of the main references I can found are the Airport Planning of each aircraft. From these can be obtained that the ...
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Is there any combination of two airports that are connected via taxiways?

Are there any 2 (or more) airports that are ground-connected so that e.g. aircraft can taxi between them? Would that be even possible from a definition point of view, having a common area with two ...
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Is there any System to warn of Runway Incusion?

From what I learn, in large towered airports, the control of who enters and leaves the runways belong to the Control Tower Operators. And that got me thinking: Is there any Equipment or System in ...
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What is a running rabbit?

My father used to work as an air traffic controller, and often I heard mention of a 'running rabbit'. Obviously, vermin on the runways of airports can be a bad thing, but I don't think he was ...
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Why does airport security use numbered baskets for my carry-on stuff to be x-rayed? [closed]

I recently flew from TPE and noticed that there, the baskets for the carry-on stuff that gets scanned are numbered: I can't think of any reason why this would be useful. Can anyone explain?
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If I own land, can I create a private runway on my property for my own use?

In the United States, if I own land that has an area suitable for landing a small general aviation airplane, can I just create a private runway, or do I have to officially be registered with the FAA ...
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What is the tallest tower (AGL) identified on a sectional chart within the Class-E-to-surface airspace surrounding an airport in the US?

What is the tallest tower (in terms of AGL) identified on a sectional chart within the Class-E-to-surface airspace surrounding an airport in the US? For the purpose of the question, "within the Class-...
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Are there any airports that require arriving/departing flights to fly under an obstruction?

Are there any airports with approaches and/or departures that require pilots to fly under an obstruction at some point (thus meaning that, for at least a short segment of the approach or departure, ...

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