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Are private jets allowed to land at London Heathrow?

Heathrow is among the worlds busiest airports, with traffic mostly (entirely?) from airliners. Are private/business jets (e.g. Gulfstream G650 or Cessna Citation X) allowed to land at Heathrow? If so,...
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Where can I find runway usage statistics of USA airports? [closed]

Ok I’m looking for stats and data of planes arriving at various airports and what runways they use most. I need to know the most used runways for arrivals in airports here in the States. Can anyone ...
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At which airports has the A380 landed?

I can't find a list anywhere (other than regular flights), but I am really interested, which airports have ever handled an A380 flight, including all one-time visits or emergency landings.
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What is this airport video?

I was in a car dealership waiting room and saw this video of an airport that was slowly scrolling down the screen (like River Raid). The video is in motion - the cars on the street are moving and ...
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How did this plane get into this position and orientation? [closed]

taken from https://www.google.com/maps/@-33.9418465,151.174248,945m/data=!3m1!1e3 A) Landing from the east, some crosswind and touchdown off center? B) Taking off from the east, some crosswind " C) ...
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Does anyone know what this approach chart symbol is?

Does anyone know what the little “shell” like symbol on the taxi diagram is, under the 2239? Also, what do the little “P”s stand for? One is bolded and the other is not. The 'shell' and the two 'P's ...
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Is there any regulation that force(or recommend) to change flight number in case of flight delay? [duplicate]

I have a question about a flight number of delayed flight. I think that if the daily flight(e.g. OZ9609) is delayed until the following day, there are two flights with a same flight number. In this ...
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Safety regulations for take off spectators around airports?

In a Greek island, an A320 blasted a child ten meters away, during take off. It was with his family outside the airport (Greek src). I wonder what are the regulations, if any, for how much people are ...
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Why do airliners have to park so accurately?

I was watching some airport documentary and I noticed that the planes always had to park precisely. I honestly didn't think so much of it before, but in the documentary, an aircraft parked badly ...
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Why are some taxiways named with two characters?

The picture above is a diagram of the Taoyuan Airport, Taipei, and as you can see in the diagram, some taxiways are named with two characters like “NC, NP, WC.” My question is: Is there any good ...
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What Are These Runway Lights For?

I know that the strobe lights that flash in rapid succession of each other indicate the open end of the runway, to help guide pilots in at night. It's obvious the white lights indicating the edges of ...
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Why would aircraft take-off in the opposite direction as landing despite wind direction?

I have visited and flown out of Harare International Airport, Zimbabwe a number of times and the thing that always baffles me is: Why do aircraft use runway 23 to depart, but runway 05 to land? At ...
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Why do budget airlines not use the jetbridge that's right there?

Related to Who decides whether an airline docks at a jetbridge or parks at a remote stand?, but I'm not asking about remote stands. I recently took an easyJet flight (A319/320) from London Gatwick (...
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What does RTF mean?

There is a sign in Tempelhof airport in Berlin. What does the abbreviation RTF mean? I tried to google but found nothing.
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What are these red lights next to an airport runway?

What are these red installations at the end of the runway? They shine bright like a laser but I don't think they would install those near an airport.
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Why are some non-towered airports charted with an empty circle?

Guntly Memorial Airport (62C) is shown as an empty circle with four hash marks around the edges. Why is it empty versus some of the other airports around (such as 96C, C89, BUU, etc.) that have a ...
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Is the airspace at KUGN class G from the surface to 1200' AGL where class E starts when the tower is closed?

The chart supplement for KUGN here says "AIRSPACE: CLASS D SVC 1200-0200Z other times CLASS E." Does that mean that when the tower is closed, the class D airspace switches to class E surface area ...
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What are the rules for racing on airport runways? [closed]

What are the adverse affects of burnout rubber left on the runways for airplanes?
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Where can I find details of the holding models for JFK, Schiphol, Heathrow and Dubai?

Does anyone know the stack (holding) models for the JFK, Schiphol, Heathrow and Dubai airports? I mean, not where the aircraft hold but rather how is it planned and what concepts are used? Or how I ...
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How is an aircraft aligned at a jet bridge?

I see these jet bridges (or aerobridges) at nearly every new airport I go to. How are aircraft aligned with these bridges, particularly the A380 which has doors on both decks?
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Could a 'wind wall' help to reduce the wind shear problem at St Helena airport?

I've seen a fair number of articles online about "The World's Most Useless Airport" (St. Helena, HLE/FHSH), which was unable to open to full commercial flights (as was the intention) due to the wind ...
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What procedures are in place at London City Airport for emergencies after V1?

Given the challenging operating environment at EGLC, what procedures are in place for emergencies after V1. Is it possible to return to the airport?
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Why runway 13L/31R of JFK Airport does not mention any Threshold Crossing Glide Path Height for its reciprocal end?

I am studying FAA's airports legacy file and its corresponding layout data. I noticed that runway 13L/31R of JFK Airport lacks a Threshold Crossing Glide Path Height, as one can also confirm from this ...
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What is the difference between the red and black box identifiers on UK airport charts?

On UK airport charts like the one below for Manchester (EGCC), what is the difference between an identifier with white lettering on a red square and one with yellow lettering on a black square with a ...
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What is the Runway Design Code (RDC) for San Francisco airport (KSFO)?

I need the Runway Design Code (RDC) for the SFO airport. Can anyone provide a link for this and possibly other airports? I have checked the SFO Master Plan/Development Plan and found nothing.
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Are taxiways always one-way towards a specific, fixed direction?

I was studying the airport diagram of JFK and I began to wonder if aircrafts use taxiways as a one-way road. In case they do, is the direction of a taxiway fixed or does it change according to the ...
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What is the best VFR route to CYKZ (ButtonVille) when approaching from the southeast?

I'm planning my first real life cross country trip from KFRG to CYKZ. But I'm very confused by the Toronto airspace. My main question is around how to approach ButtonVille airport from the south (say ...
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Why didn't planes land from the sea in the old Kai Tak Hong Kong airport?

Reading up on the old Hong Kong airport Kai Tak, I'm left with the question as to why the planes didn't land from the sea? I know that takeoff was done towards the sea, but is there any reason that ...
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Do the ICAO and IATA codes for an airport ever change?

Do ICAO and IATA codes ever change for airports in time? If they do, how often does it occur? I am developing an app for airports and I am thinking of setting the uniqueness of an airport through ICAO ...
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Where can I find a free list of ICAO and IATA airport identifiers?

Is there an open source or free comprehensive (or close to it) list of ICAO to IATA airport identifiers? The official list from ICAO costs hundreds of dollars. I suppose such a list could be scraped ...
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Why do my flights always use runway 24L at LAX airport?

I have taken several flights (in and out) from LAX (Los Angeles International Airport), both domestic and international and have flown in variety of commercial planes (727, 737, 747, 757, 777, 787, ...
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What is the permissible deviation for a pilot to stop the aircraft when guided by AVDGS?

As per ICAO Annex 14, table 5-4, the permissible deviation for AVDGS is 500mm at stop position, which is the design requirement for AVDGS unit. I would like to know what is the permissible deviation ...
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What are the most efficient layouts of multiple runways?

Many airports have more than one runway. How should runways be built in order to achieve maximum usage and minimum delays? Many major airports have most, if not all, parallel runways. Examples ...
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In parallel runway ops, is it better to dedicate a single runway to landings, or is it best to have a mix?

Assuming taxiing is not a consideration, in an airport with two parallel runways does the airport gain capacity by: having a single runway dedicated for landings and the other for take-offs, or is it ...
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How are runways numbered?

I'm not a professional pilot, just an enthusiast, so this might seem obvious to others; but I noticed that airports don't use sequential numbering for runways, starting from 1. Liverpool (for example)...
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What does AOE on the sectional chart mean?

What does the AOE notation on the sectional stand for? This appears at the bottom of the information for an airport as the final line.
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Airport Security Pre-1970-s?

I just accidentally discovered a few pictures on the web, that seem to imply, that there were some sort of airport security checks on passengers all the way back in the 1960-s. It was always my ...
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Why would flares be fired into the air after a flight lands?

On Monday 23rd September at about 14:30 BST my plane landed at London Stansted. Soon after landing, while the plane was at the end of its deceleration, I noticed what appeared to be two flares or ...
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What happens to flight operations if no ARFF vehicle is available at a CAT 3 airfield?

There is a domestic VFR airfield that has the DHC6 Twin Otter as its critical aircraft operating there, making the field an ICAO CAT 1B aerodrome. With regards to ARFF it is a CAT 3 aerodrome and ...
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What are the particular challenges faced when landing at Bristol airport (UK)?

Earlier this year I returned to Bristol on flight TOM-6633, and like most landings at Bristol the passengers found the experience physically immersive, attention grabbing, and at least a little ...
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Must Part 91 pilots comply with runway departures marked as NA?

I answered a recent question about the meaning of Takeoff Minimum NA and indicated that they do not apply to Part 91 pilots, but after thinking about it, I’m not so sure. I can’t find anything ...
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Are there Instrument-only airports?

Are there airports that in general don’t allow VFR traffic and e.g. don’t even have a VFR chart published and just allow IFR traffic?
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Why did the north / south runways close at Daugherty Field (KLGB)?

The north / south runway at KLGB were recently closed. Does anyone know the reason for the runway closures?
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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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Has there ever been a US airport with identifier PM2?

I have an old entry in my logbook having landed and departed from an airport with identifier PM2. I think I either can't read my handwriting or I made a mistake because I can find no record of such an ...
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How can I find out what time an airport was closed due to weather?

Where do I find at what time an airport was closed, due to inclement weather, on a specific date? I completed the first leg of my flight, which was one hour from take-off to landing. When I arrived in ...
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Why fewer operations on weekends?

Why are there fewer air carrier operations on weekends? Looking at PHX data, we have the following annual trend that clearly shows a weekly drop of about 8% on weekends: and when I average the data a ...
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Are aircraft still guided by ground marshals?

Are ground marshalling operations still conducted by personnel on the ground? Are there any airports that still do this procedure? From Wikipedia.
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Why would an airport use crossing runways for takeoff and landings?

I was listening to some RealATC this evening and came to this one about an accident at LaGuardia airport. This question is not about the accident in any way, but I am using this video because it has ...
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How can a tug be referred to as company?

I was listening to some [REAL ATC] MD-80 DELTA CRASH at LaGuardia Airport and noticed something just after 8:41. My question isn't about the accident, but actually about a request to the LaGuardia ...

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