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Do you say prefix K for airport codes in the US when talking with ATC?

I'm a new student, and I see the US airport codes on charts with the K prefix, e.g. KORD for Chicago O'Hare. I have always seen on commercial flight booking sites, only the last three, letters such ...
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Where can I find information about post-WW2 airports in Saudi Arabia? [closed]

Where can I find historical information about airports in Saudi Arabia since 1945? I am in the middle of a research project about airports in KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) since 1945, especially the ...
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Is there a website which highlights airport locations on a map?

Is there a good website which shows airports (both public and GA)? I can look it on Google and Bing Maps (as shown in the image below). Shown the picture, I have zoomed in a lot to see airport icons (...
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Are there any airports whose budgets are in the public domain?

Most airports - at least in India - are privately owned. AFAIK, even the ones which are owned and operated by the government (i.e. managed by the Airports Authority of India) do not make any financial ...
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Is baggage always offloaded when a passenger does not travel?

For terrorism concerns I think many airlines offload checked in baggage if a passenger somehow does not end up travelling on a flight. How strictly are these rules followed? e.g. If a connecting ...
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Am I likely to get permission at a Private Airport?

I'm planning a Labor Day flight to a relative's house, and the nearest airport is a Private Airport that looks to be part of a flying community (multiple houses all with hangars directly off the small ...
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Isn't it dangerous to sell alcohol inside of airports? [closed]

Why do they sell alcoholic beverages inside of airports? Since it is flammable, it could be possible that someone buys some bottles (I believe up to 5L per person), and could decide to start a fire ...
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Under what conditions are passengers required to take precautionary measures during refueling?

I was on a recent flight with a fuel emergency, during which the passengers were required to take precautionary measures. Under what circumstances are the precautionary measures mentioned below ...
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Where do airports use 3-bar VASI for the visual glideslope?

What are some airports that have a 3-bar VASI system? I am trying to find some locations to compare what the chart supplements say to the supplements for those with 2-bar VASI systems.
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What distance can you see aircraft lights from?

My parents bought a house and it's approximately 50-60 km from the nearest airport and one day when it was dark I've noticed lights on the sky and because I live in a big city close to the airport I ...
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Is there a way to find what types of aircraft have landed at an airport?

When I was a child, I recall an aircraft landing at my local airport, CSG, I would like to know if airports keep records of what aircraft land there? If so how long do they keep these records, and are ...
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Why are videos call and voice calls prohibited on airplanes? [closed]

I'm taking a flight to Japan this summer and noticed that on United, they may have wifi but it says everywhere that no voice calls or video calls are permitted and strictly prohibited during flight. ...
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What is the criteria for determining whether an airport will be towered or uncontrolled? [duplicate]

I thought about this in reference to the question about Schamburg Airport in Chicago. Is there a particular criteria for an airport, for instance the amount of instrument traffic going into and out ...
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What is ILS 114 / 162 / 294?

I am searching for airports that have ILS (not sure if there is a "law" that any airport servicing civil flights must have one). So I googled around and found this nice site http://www....
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Are remarks in the Chart Supplement (A/FD) “regulatory” or “advisory”?

StallSpin's answer on the recent question about VFR traffic patterns has got me thinking about the "Remarks" section of the Chart Supplement (formerly the Airport/Facility Directory). We are all ...
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What does ® mean in the Chart Supplement (A/FD)?

What does the circled r: ® mean in the Chart Supplement (A/FD)? You can see it here to the left of SOCAL APP/DEP CON:
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Can planned runway closures prevent a plane from leaving an airport?

I was on a flight recently where, due to the long runway at my airport being repaired, we had to fly to another nearby airport to get enough fuel for the rest of our trip. We couldn't take off with ...
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What are those trucks towing around, and why?

I was in Prague airport and saw those things going around: As for title, what are they towing and why? I can imagine it could be to alter airport layout, but I don't see a use for it. Sub question ...
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Why five touchdown zone markings for only one aiming point?

RWY 24 at Paris-Orly is a runway sustaining precision approaches. There is an aiming point and five touchdown zone markings. Orly RWY 24, source: Google Maps Aiming the visual aiming point, or ...
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Why do cabin crew also man check-in desks?

When flying, I sometimes notice that the person behind the check-in desk also turns out to be the flight attendant on my flight. Is this always the case, or did I just notice the exceptions? Why do ...
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How is taxi speed measured?

What is the maximum taxi speed and who defines it? has a lot of interesting thoughts and facts about what maximum taxi speed is admissible or practical. It brings me to this new question: how does a ...
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What is the power generating capacity for an airport GPU?

What is the normal current for GPU power supply for commercial aircraft and how much power do they need while on ground (in kWh)? I have read that aircraft need need 28V DC and 115V AC - what would ...
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How can compartment bay loading informating be derived from the IATA load message (LDM)?

In the IATA Airport Handling Manual procedures, messages are send to communicate with the transit station to describe the cargo load. The Load message LDM (AHM 583) is sent primarily to enable the ...
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What are the regulations for lighting fixtures around an airport?

I work for a company that is right next to an Air Force base and we were wondering what and if there are regulations for the lighting fixtures that we can install on our lot since we have a couple of ...
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What are the correct names of the parking spaces for turn-around?

A plane can be parked at the terminal and the passengers can board through a jet bridge. Also it can be parked somewhere else, far away from the terminal and the passengers would need to take the bus ...
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Which UK airport uses different approaches for noise reduction?

I remember hearing about a British airport that had two approaches that were used on alternating weeks. They implemented this pilot project (no pun intended) so that different houses would be ...
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My windsock is erect, what does this mean?

I know that airport windsocks are calibrated to reach full erection at a particular wind velocity. At half that speed, the first half of the windsock should be erect and the second half should droop ...
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How to know if an airport has PAPI lights?

Is there any way to identify whether an airport has PAPI lights (2-light or 4 light system, doesn't matter)? I am working on some map generation and using aerial images to identify PAPI lights for ...
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What are the flying accommodations in Silicon Valley for private pilots?

What are the flying accommodations in Silicon Valley for private pilots? I notice there are two pretty sizable airports: Moffett Airfield and Mineta San Jose. Do both accept GA flights and have ...
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What resources can direct me to real estate with landing strips? [closed]

I am looking for a website or places to look at estate / personal residences in PA, DE, MD, VA that have landing strips already in place.
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Are there specific regulations for airports near water bodies?

Are there any regulations that requires that international airports maintain a navigation channel deep enough to have access in case of an emergency when the airport runway ends near a body of water?
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What airport proposal(s) has London seen after WWII?

Instead of Thames Estuary Airport from Maplin in 70s to the latest inner Thames Estuary Airport, is there any proposal airport(s) raised after WWII but cancel/rejected eventually? I know there is a ...
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Are airliners searched after each flight?

When a commercial airplane lands at an airport, is it always searched for suspicious objects?
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What prevents a government from selling/leasing publicly owned airports?

When an airport is open to the public, it is generally owned and operated by a government entity. If the local government leases or sells the airport, this would generate significant amounts of ...
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What are these vehicles with no callsign used for?

I keep seeing these land based vehicles whenever I am looking airports on flightradar24, like in the image below: Why do they come up on the radar? Do they have a transponder? What is the purpose of ...
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What does it mean “the airport has the code A 129” (Nida airport, Europe)?

It has been announced that Nida airport (Lithuania) officially opens again and obtains the code "A 129" (here). The source does not say that kind of code it is and what does it mean. Would it be ...
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Which airports in Ireland use Surface Movement Radar?

I know that Dublin uses SMR, but do any other airports in Ireland use it?
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Are municipal airports in the U.S. treated differently than most public places in regards to legal, holstered, loaded firearm carry?

Is a municipal airport treated like a normal public place which requires signage or registration with a no-carry list to ban firearms from being carried on the premises, or... ... is a municipal ...
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Is the separation distance between two aircraft approaching an airport the same under CDA and Non-CDA scenario?

I'm working on a project that investigates Continuous Descent Approach (CDA), the procedure by which an aircraft approaches an airport for landing by descending continuously from cruise altitude with ...
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Are there some minimum criteria for a field to be registered with the FAA as an airstrip?

I spend an unacceptable amount of time 'flying' around the country (U.S.) via Google Earth and I'm always zooming in on airplane symbols to have a look at airfields. In the western U.S. there are ...
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In the UK, which ATS unit would be responsible for CTR entry clearances?

In the UK, which ATS unit would be responsible for CTR entry clearances? Would the approach controller issue them, or would the approach controller need to co-ordinate a clearance from the aerodrome ...
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Do I need special permission to land at a Landing Rights Airport?

According to the Chart Supplement, Orlando International airport (KMCO) is an LRA (landing rights airport). What permission is needed to fly an aircraft to an airport classified as LRA? Can I just ...
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What is the safe speed to use highspeed turnoff?

I understand that high speed turnoff is for the plane to exit the runway asap. What is its design specification and how fast can a plane use highspeed turnoff? Assuming only A320,737 and larger.
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What do firefighters do on ordinary days?

Some not very busy airports can have no even a minor incident for years and accident probably won't happen in a major airport during several decades. Training of course is done sometimes. I don't know ...
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How much force is needed to tow an airliner?

Airliners are often (almost always actually) pushed back by a tug or a tractor to leave the gate. The tug can also tow an aircraft that cannot taxi by itself. How much force is required to pull or ...
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How can I find traffic patterns that pass over my house?

I live in Atlanta, GA well north of the airport and typically there is very few large, commercial aircraft that pass overhead. But there is an on-going security issue at the airport today and there ...
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What happen to schedule flight when airport close for undertermined duration?

very similar to What happens to incoming flights when the airport shuts down In the event that an airport shuts down for undetermined period, flights that already airborne would be divert to other ...
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What should I expect for an unannounced GA visit for touch-n-gos at San Jose?

I understand that KSJC is a busy airport. I have done touch'n'gos at Oakland (also a busy Class C airport), but they have three dedicated runways for GA aircraft. There is nothing about which runway ...
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What's the definition and the meaning of “soft dirt runway”?

What's the definition and the meaning of "soft dirt runway"? You can read that expression in the following text: ..The aircraft's rolling resistance, μ, is determined by the type of runway ...
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On a sectional, is there a way to determine if an airport is an Air Force/Naval base? [duplicate]

On the east coast, we have a lot of Air Force/Naval bases that are listed on sectionals. Is there a quick way to determine that an airport is one of these?

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