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What does the airport fuel market look like?

The single biggest cost for many airlines is fuel. Given this, I'm sure they work hard to reduce the cost they pay per gallon of fuel as much as possible. How does that translate to the way fuel is ...
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Who has authority to close a runway/airport?

In the recent runway excursion at LGA, visibility was bad, and an airport ops vehicle called the tower to inform them of the excursion and that runway 13 was closed, and then that the airport was ...
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Why circle an airport after takeoff? (SLC particularly)

I left SLC (Salt Lake City) this morning heading to MCO (Orlando). On previous flights, I remember takeoff similar to other airports. We got in the air, gained altitude, and moved to our heading and ...
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There's an airfield somewhere in the United States with a metal runway. Where is it?

Somewhere in the United States, there's an airfield (probably military) with a runway made entirely out of metal. I've seen the approach plate for it, but I can't remember the identifier. What ...
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What are these numbers visible from the runway at Narita airport?

At Narita Airport on the terminals there are big digital numbers visible from the runway. They aren't in some reliable order- I saw 98,91,93,95,97,99. Maybe they are Aerobridge numbers. I didn't get a ...
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Why are gate numbers also marked on the outside of a terminal?

As per this question. What are these numbers visible from the runway at Narita airport? A UK document is linked in the accepted answer but it doesn't list big number marking on the outside of the ...
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How can the same runway have two different gradients?

In an unrelated answer rbp linked to this Atlanta airport info page, and runway 8R/26L caught my eye. If I understand correctly, these two runways are the same piece of pavement, but refer to the use ...
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Can multiple airfields be in the same airspace?

After reading this answer that a restricted airport caused a strange cutout in Class B, I am wondering if it possible that there are multiple airfields in the same airspace? If yes, then: Which ATC ...
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Do runways need to be repaired after gear up landings?

There have been may cases of civilian, commercial, and military flights that have either been forced to or accidentally landed gear up. When this happens I imagine that it can do serious damage to ...
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Protocol for emergency evacuation of atc tower [duplicate]

What is the protocol if the ATC tower needs to be evacuated for some emergency, for example a fire? How can operations continue if there aren't any controllers?
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How does Boeing park several airplanes on a single runway at Paine Field?

On DigitalGlobe, I saw the following picture in an article, which talks about some of the best aerial shots of 2014. Paine Field, Washington Questions 1) Did the plane, highlighted with a yellow ...
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What is the approximate accuracy of ASDE-X?

Can anyone suggest some ballpark figures for estimating the tracking accuracy of ASDE-X systems at airports? Specifically, I'm trying to get a sense of the error (± x meters) that can be expected from ...
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Where is it documented an airport is military?

On sectional charts (at least in the US) military airports appear with the same symbols as public airports, eg. KBKF. Some military bases are within restricted airspace. I would assume all military ...
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How often do runways need to have typical maintenance?

At a large airport (think Heathrow, JFK, O'Hare), I would imagine that the runways take a lot of abuse from all the huge planes landing on them. So, a quick multipart question: How do large ...
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Are there any airports that do not have an IATA code but have a huge number of traffic?

I am collecting a list of all airports in the world for my project, at present I have 46000 airports in my database but only 7000 airports have IATA code. So my question is, if I only take 7000 ...
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Do airports charge airlines for extra time spent on ground due to weather conditions?

I heard somewhere that airlines pay the airport depending on the time spent at the gate. Suppose there are weather conditions that cause the aircraft to be delayed at the gate, such as heavy rain ...
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In an international airport, is there specific set of laws for the international area? [closed]

When travelling in an international flight, you pass a border with passport check at both the departure and the arrival airports. It means you spend time in an international area. What are the ...
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What is the easiest way for a new private pilot to visit Manhattan?

As a goal, I would like to: Limit the difficulty of the class B airspace by staying at uncrowded areas Minimize the time it takes to get into the city
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What is airport tax used for?

Since a very large sum of your ticket goes to airport tax, I was wondering how do they justify it and what is it used for? Take your tax paid on your ticket and multiply it with the number of seats ...
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How do airplanes get stacked in a holding pattern?

This question prompted me to wonder how it works at a major airport. Let's say four airliners all are scheduled to arrive within a few minutes of each other to a major airport, perhaps from the four ...
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How is a prevailing wind/average temperature study conducted to determine the runway direction and length for an airport?

A popular airport near me (KMYF) has two parallel runways, 28/10 R/L and a crosswind runway, 5/23. Almost always, 28R/L is in use. I'm sure they knew that there was generally a sea breeze in the area, ...
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Why have converging runways?

This is Ramstein air base in Germany, Why would you want to have runways converging (or diverging) like that, doesn't seem to do you much good in terms of parallel usage (either the approach, or the ...
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What aviation-related TV shows are there? [closed]

This question aims to serve as a Community Wiki resource. Feel free to edit the list of aviation-related TV shows below! Related: What aviation-related movies are there?
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Can an airport without an FAA controlled tower have their own tower and controllers?

Can an airport not eligible for an FAA tower and controllers choose to fund their own air traffic control tower? Can that airport require pilots to taxi, approach, land, and take off according to ...
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Can two airports have a different ICAO code but share the same IATA code?

I am searching some airports databases and I find some airports with the same IATA code with different ICAO codes. Is it mistake in the database? Is it OK? For example: Beaufort MCAS - Merritt ...
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How are airlines able to work out gate allocations so far in advance?

When flying on a long-haul flight, you can often see gate allocations for when you land a hour or two before actually arriving at the airport, including transfer information and connecting flights. ...
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How can I get more details about information in a NOTAM?

In doing some planning for an upcoming flight, I noticed my destination (a towered airport) has a NOTAM about the runway: "FICON PATCHY ICE". That seems rather vague, I'd like more information before ...

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