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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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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 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 is this abandoned airport between Montague and Rothbury, Michigan?

It appears to have had two intersecting paved runways, each very roughly 2000 feet long (give or take); the one that runs closer to north-south is still legibly numbered as runway 17/35, but the other ...
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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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Where is the best place to perform a run-up at a busy airport? [duplicate]

If you wait to perform a run-up at the end of a taxiway at a busy airport you will probably not make many friends. Some airports may have designated run-up areas or have runways designated for ...
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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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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 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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What are the guidelines and regulations for building a helipad for multiple aircraft?

Are there any guidelines and regulations governing the ownership and construction of a multiple aircraft type helipad in a) the USA b) Europe?
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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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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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What kinds of jobs could a senior in high school get at a small local airport?

Is there anything a senior in high school could do for a small regional airport in Utah?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are there any models for planning aircraft placement in hangars?

I work alone at night doing line operations (fueling, tugging/towing, etc.) and emergency services (police, fire and EMS) at my airport. When a pilot/customer comes in and wants to know if we have ...
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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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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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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 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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What are the differences between type B message format and EDIFACT message format?

IATA say's the standard format for transmitting passenger messages is UN/Edifact. Somewhere else it says the standard is type B format. what are the differences between these two? Or are they a same ...
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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 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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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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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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Do concurrent operations on a single runway occur anywhere else besides AirVenture?

At the EAA's AirVenture fly-in in Oshkosh (KOSH), landing and sometimes takeoff operations are very often done by dots which are painted on the runway, making it so that multiple operations (a landing ...
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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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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 ...