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Do flights of a specific callsign always depart and arrive at the same airports?

I've been doing some research using flight data, but I'm not particularly versed with aviation. From a quick look, it appears that, say, a flight with callsign SAA203 will always be departing from ...
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What is the purpose of Runway Grooving?

What is the purpose of runway grooving? How does the airport drainage system work? Why do airports remove rubber from the runway?
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Is there a generic term for origin and destination seen from an airport point of view?

I am trying to create a program that gives you the departures or the arrivals from a given airport. Thus, in the software code, I would like to refer to both origin...
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Why is the Departure leg of the traffic pattern being mistaught as Upwind?

I hear a LOT of newer pilots and CFI's erroneously referring to the Departure leg of the traffic pattern as the Upwind. Ref. A.I.M. Sec 4-3-2. Actually had a Tower controller tell me "I'll call your ...
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Why are airports like Roswell and Fresno so popular for flight tests?

I recently visited Roswell, NM, and was surprised at how many flight tests have been performed there. Even the fatal Gulfstream flight test crash happened there. My research shows that a lot of ...
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What kind of aviation careers could I pursue? [closed]

I really want to be involved with airplanes and airports, but I'm not sure what the best career to go into is. I have thought a lot about air traffic control, piloting, and flight dispatching, but is ...
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What is the minimum and maximum number of jet bridges used on an Airbus A380?

What is the minimum and maximum number of jet bridges used for embarking and disembarking on a typical Airbus A380 trip and why?
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What is the name of the system that replaced stairs for disembarking aircraft?

Back in the day, or in old airports, or airports that have not upgraded their systems, passengers disembarked in aircraft using stairs, through rain and or snow and extreme weather, sometimes having ...
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What is the difference between a Stand and Gate in Airports? How do they differ ?

I have seen Aircrafts having been assigned a Stand and Gate, So wanted to know whether the stand and gate are same physical location of airport or they are different but have link between them.
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Are there FAA rules about changing an airport name from Municipal to Regional?

Are there any FAA requirements to be met or stipulations for an airport to change its name from Municipal to Regional?
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Which airports have the highest fuel upload?

Which airports consume the most fuel for aircraft refueling, and how much fuel do they use? I was able to find that "Heathrow uses about 20m litres of fuel a day", but it isn't easy to find figures ...
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How does Chicago O'Hare's tower sequence aircraft at peak capacity?

This older question asks at what interval planes take off and land from ORD. The accepted answer (one takeoff or landing every 30-40 seconds) jives with my math: 2416 operations a day on average, with ...
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How do large airport refuelling systems work?

As I am sitting on board my plane and have been informed that there may be a three-hour delay due to a pressure problem in the fuelling system at the destination, it seems like an appropriate moment ...
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Are there cases of aircraft moved off runway by pushing them with vehicles?

And now something completely different for Summer holidays. Arthur Hailey was a RAF pilot who wrote Airport, a novel which later was adapted as a movie by George Seaton. The action is said taking ...
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How can business jets use slot coordinated airports?

Many capacity-limited airports in Europe are so-called coordinated airports, meaning an airline must have a slot allocated to land at this airport. In Germany for example, these are FRA, DUS, HAM, MUC,...
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Who pays for Rescue response?

When a plane has equipment failure, or any number of other issues, they may declare an emergency. Quite often, one result of that is that the fire and/or rescue vehicles at the airport will be ...
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What exactly is the airspace above CYYZ (Toronto)?

I'm planning my first real life cross country trip from KFRG to CYKZ. I'm trying to understand the Toronto Airspace: Is a Canadian Class C airspace the same as a US Class B airspace? Toronto Pearson ...
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Is there an official FAA source for time zone of an airport?

Looking at this answer, from TypeIA, to the question How to get timezone from airport code (IATA/FAA) . This person is recommending the NASR database, which is good because it's official FAA stuff, ...
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How does the FAA determine which format of location identifier to assign to an airport?

In the U.S., FAA location identifiers are assigned to registered aerodromes. However, these can have different formats: 3 Letters (e.g. ORD) 1 Number and 2 Letters (e.g. 1AD) 2 Numbers and 1 Letter (...
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Why are autonomous vehicles not used at airports for on-ground services?

Autonomous vehicles have been around for over an decade, other industries such as the maritime industry have already been using unmanned vehicles at ports. Curious to know why airports are reluctant ...
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How does a runway inspection radar work?

In AC 150/5220-24 FAA mentions radar equipment to detect foreign object debris (FOD) on runways, based on stationary and mobile radars with an astronomical precision, e.g. able to detect an object as ...
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What regulations support European vs USA traffic pattern entry?

While reading another Stack Exchange question I became aware that Europe approves several more "standard" (for training purposes only, but encapsulates European maneuvers) traffic pattern entries ...
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Where is the taxiway between the Boeing factory and Paine Field airport?

How do the Boeing aircraft taxi to Paine Field (KPAE) from the Everett Factory? It looks like a 'road' connecting the airport and the factory. Do they use this?
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Why is the ICAO prefix for Alaskan airports “P”? [duplicate]

Mainland US airports all (to the best of my knowledge) have ICAO codes beginning with "K", however Alaskan airports all (from a couple of minutes rummaging about on FlightRadar24 and Flight Aware) ...
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Why does Chicago O'Hare have a penalty box?

I was reading What information does a pilot have about aircraft operating on an intersecting runway? and noticed this on the map: (airnav.com) Why is a "penalty box" marked on the map? What is it? ...
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How to get a home base airport in the UAE?

How can you get a permanent home base airport in the United Arab Emirates, if your company is registered in different country?
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What is the average number of daily flights for all types of aircraft in use worldwide?

I'd like to know how many flights occur on average every day worldwide. This includes all commercial passenger and cargo aircraft, all non-commercial aircraft, private aircraft and military aircraft. ...
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What are the dimensions of the parking apron?

What are the approximate dimensions of the apron aircraft zones, ramp, aircraft stands such as Airbus A380, Boeing B737, F16.
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Can an airport fine an aircraft for being too noisy?

I stumbled upon this article (sorry, in French!) stating that in order to avoid fines, Ryanair pilots start take-off procedures at the beginning of the runway (rather than at the "intersection"), with ...
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What happens if a passenger passes through the boarding gate, but doesn't get on the aircraft? [closed]

At one time, I was bored because of a delayed flight and that question arose in my mind just for curiosity. I haven't observed any mechanism that checks or counts the passengers who get on the ...
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Why are airport firetrucks painted yellow green?

In my city, most of, if not all of the fire-trucks that serve city emergencies are red, just like this one: But every time that I see an airport emergency that requires the fire-fighters, I see this ...
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How is spilled fuel cleaned up at airports?

In an accident where an airplane leaks fuel onto the ground, how is it cleaned up?
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How much does a new hangar at a major airport save an airline?

I'm doing research on a case involving United Airlines trying to build a new hangar at Newark International Airport, and being extorted by the chairman of the Port Authority. He demanded an ...
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Where does the water salute come from?

Water salutes by the fire crew are regulary done for certain events like plane retiring, or an new airplane delivered and much more. But where does it come from? And why should the fire service do a ...
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Is there an API to retrieve airport departure and arrivals?

I am looking for an API to get the arrivals and departures timetable for any airport in real time, like this table on the EuroAirport website: Are services like FlightAware or FlightStats relevant ...
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What lights are used on top of a building or structure near an airport?

What type of light (strobe, beacon, color) should be displayed on top of a building or structure near an airport ?
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Is there AOG liability?

From Wikipedia: Aircraft on Ground or AOG is a term in aviation maintenance indicating that a problem is serious enough to prevent an aircraft from flying. Generally there is a rush to acquire ...
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What is the circular pavement at the end of a runway called? [duplicate]

What is the circular pavement at the end of a runway called where aircraft turn 180 degrees to then backtrack? Is the term runway turning bay appropriate for that? The problem is that there is a ...
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Do airlines have an ATC schedule they have to adhere to?

Do airlines have to include a departure window when they file their flight plan, or communicate it otherwise? As many people know, airlines operate on schedules, but I think we all have seen delayed ...
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How are large cargo aircraft loaded at airports?

Passenger aircraft are accessed at gates, or using buses. While they are parked waiting for passengers to board, the area they use is billed by the airport. I was wondering what is the procedure for ...
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What happens to en route flights when a major earthquake etc. destroys facilities?

Suppose you're flying a big plane in to an airport like Mexico City, already in final descent, when an earthquake strikes. Large cracks appear in the paved infrastructure catching some vehicles by ...
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Where to do the Run-up and Safety on the Return Flight?

At my home airport, we do the run-up on the ramp, but I guess each airport has its own preference. What is the "standard" run-up location? If I recall from my training early on, you can do it at the ...
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How are underground fuel pipes monitored for leakage?

This question is about environmental risk associated with high pressure lines underground at airports. My understanding is that there is a matrix of high pressure fuel lines underground to each gate, ...
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What happens to incoming flights when the airport shuts down?

In Die Hard 2 terrorists take over an airport's ILS and landing lights on a snowy night (visual landing is impossible) and start making threats essentially holding the planes hostage. The tower ...
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Would it be viable to use jet blast deflectors as a power source?

From an environmental point of view would installation of windmills just before jet blast deflectors provide enough power to power up all machinery at airports? How much of a reduction in reliance on ...
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Why don't airport have heated runways to deal with winter conditions?

It is for years that I ask myself as a frequent flyer why there is no Airport using a system, like built-in electrical resistances on Runways to avoid Delays/Cancellations and even closing Airfields ...
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What is the worlds shortest runway for FAR 23 commuter type aircraft?

This article lists the airport at Saba as the worlds shortest runway at 1300 ft. The runway is built on a bit of flat land on the side of the volcano that makes up the island. Nowadays STOL aircraft ...
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Does a runway have to be closed for not having markings due to resealing work?

Is it required to close a runway if the paint has been removed for resealing the asphalt?
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From which ATC station is push-back clearance requested?

When parked at the gate that requires a push-back onto the taxiway, from which ATC station is the push-back clearance requested? Is this the ground or apron station, or is that still departure ...
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Will air traffic control ever ask a plane to not brake hard on a landing?

In another question, somebody asked why an airplane might not deploy thrust reversers on a landing. One of the answers suggested a few options, including: Depending where the gate was, they may ...

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