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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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Which civil airport has the longest runways in total?

It's quite easy to google information about which civil airport has the longest runways, but what I'm really looking for (and having a hard time to find) is which airport has the longest runways in ...
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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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Are the Airport Operational Databases at major airports in the US available to the public?

Are the Airport Operational Databases at major airports in the US available to the public? I am pretty sure it is not live but maybe released a month or so after. AODB An AODB system is usually the ...
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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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How far from a taxiway, can a walking or biking trail be built?

How far from a small single runway airport's taxiway, can something like a walking or biking trail be built?
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How to decide which aerodromes should have Electronic Terrain and Obstacle Data?

What is the meaning of "aerodrome that is regularly used in international civil aviation"? Is there any explanation or reference material in support of Aeronautical Information System (AIS)? I found ...
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In the US, what can be done at an airport when volunteering hours?

I am a 15 years old and need volunteering hours for my course work. I am a aviation enthusiast with knowledge of the industry and love for anything that flies. I decided to fulfill my hours at a local ...
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Where can I find reports of accidents/incindents happened on ground? [closed]

What international organization or website has the information on this topic? I’m looking for reports, statistics and analyses of incidents and accidents (other than those involving aircraft) that ...
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What are the biggest challenges for GA airports? [closed]

I'm doing a little research into General Aviation airports and wasn't able to find any airport management forums or the like to pose this question, so I'm hopeful someone here will have some helpful ...
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why do all planes hold position when Air Force 1 is taxiing?

Why does everyone hold in position when Air Force One is just taxiing? This can cause a delay that could cascade to other airports.
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What are the implications of building a private airfield in the United States?

I've always wondered what it would take to build my own airfield. I live close enough to an area where this would likely be possible (50 NM radius around Front Royal, Virginia, obviously outside the ...
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What do “LC/P” and “PTD” stand for in reference to airport communications?

When I pull up the Colorado Springs (KCOS) Airport Comm frequencies in Skyvector or in FAA database there are some frequency listed as "LC/P" and "PTD". Would someone explain what those acronyms stand ...
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What is this radar-like thing?

A friend of mine sent me this picture, which Is somewhere in Miami. But I don't seem to recognize it
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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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Where to find US airport weather Service Levels?

Where can I find an airport's level of service for weather services? In other words, how do I know if a given airport's Service Standard is a categorized as Service Level A, B, C and D? For ...
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Could I issue clearances at a private airstrip without being a controller?

Hypothetically, if I owned a private airstrip on my property, with all the necessary permissions to do so, and I only want certain aircraft landing there, would I be allowed to issue takeoff and ...
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Is there any requirement that airports have distinct names?

Is there any requirement that airports have reasonably distinct names from each other? I've known about SYD versus YQY for a while, but I've just read that there's two airports mentioning Genghis ...
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What are the practical impacts of airports in the US being mostly IATA Level 2?

IATA classifies airports using levels, which determine how slots are allocated. Source Definitions of levels by IATA, from Slot Coordination Switzerland: Level 1: airports where the capacity of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why photographing airports is banned if everything is perfectly pictured in Google Maps? [closed]

While staying at Premier Inn, next to Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH/OMAA), I was more than surprised to find out warning signs that I'm strictly prohibited from taking photos of the nearby ...
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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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Is there a minimum distance that a pilot is required to fly?

Say there are two airports in a city, a large one with a control tower, and a small uncontrolled airport. Say they're only a couple miles apart, such that the small airport is well within the larger ...
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Where can I find detailed information about ground lighting systems exist in aviation?

While I'm learning jeppesen charts, I find a list of symbols related to lighting ground facilities, there are a lot of weird abbreviation such as: Standard ALSF - 1/2, MALSR, SSALR, MALS, SALS, RLLS ...
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How are aircraft size classes defined?

How come I see some large planes, such as the 747, classified as either Category 5 or 6 Gate Sizes, depending on the publication. Why do some sites count the plane as one size, while others state ...
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Why do buses at some airports differs from conventional ones?

Why do buses at airports differ from conventional ones? Why do they have such wheels or cover wheels at all? Source.
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Is threshold crossing height and glide path angle the same for ALL airports and applied to ALL aircraft?

It seems to be agreed (at an international level) that these values are standard and should be respectively 50 ft and 3 degrees. Are all airports following these rules, and are they applied to all ...
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What is the minimum separation between two A380's while taxing in-line?

If you are tailing another A380 on the taxiway, how much separation do you need from your nose to the A380 that you are tailing?
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I'm so confused how airport numbering works [duplicate]

I'm so confused how airport numbering works. If an airport has a single runway oriented 063 degrees and 243 degrees M. What would be the runway designator?
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Is flying bad for your health?

I've always wondered if flying is bad for your health mainly because when you fly the air pressure changes a lot and i've always thought that, that can lead to negative side affects. So can someone ...
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Are there any airports which use a metro to transport cargo? [closed]

Many airports around the world are increasingly being joined by Metro conveniencing people. Majorly, it is people who probably will use the metro. I do have a sneaking suspicion that the metro would ...
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Why are some airfields not on any sectional chart nor listed in the directory?

I would have thought this was a safety issue. Case in point - Hearst Castle Airfield. This is located beneath William Randolph Hearst's Castle in California, located at 35°39'35.54"N 121°11'35.64"...
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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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Which US airport has the lowest circling MDH?

As I recently contemplated 14 CFR 135.223 and its implications, I began wondering about airports with exceptionally low circling minima. For a little context and background, the part of §135.223 that ...
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Why do some airports park the aircraft backwards at the gate?

(YouTube) Push-in at Dortmund Airport. While at most airports, aircraft park at the gate facing the building, there are some airports that park aircraft backwards, e.g., Dortmund Airport (shown above)...
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What is the busiest airport?

What is the busiest airport in the world, and how is this measured?
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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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Where is Ronda's airstrip, or why does Ronda have an airport code (RRA) if it has none?

I'm puzzled by Ronda, Spain having an airport code. Ronda has no airport. I've never seen an airstrip anywhere near either, Wikipedia notes that some railway stations have IATA codes, but notes ...
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How do terms apron, ramp, tarmac, taxiway, parking area, gate, hardstand relate to each other?

The terms apron, ramp, tarmac, taxiway, parking area, gate, hardstand are used in a way that I cannot understand. Boeing Everett Factory. Photo by Andrew Hunt at Airliners.net (url unknown). Cropped ...
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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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Is there anything in any airport called a “warm apron”?

I heard a pilot said they are located at big airports like LAX. But I couldn't find any information about it.
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How are “preferred routes” assigned if there is more demand than capacity on a route?

There might be multiple routes, belonging to the “Preferred Routes” class, connecting the same pair of airports. However some of them might be more appealing for non-urgent circumstances such as ...