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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 ...
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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 are these devices on or adjacent to an airport taxi-way?

Can someone identify and provide some description of the objects marked in this photograph? Especially those marked with yellow and red seem to be placed in the middle of a road and that seems to ...
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Is King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh actually very big?

Apologies in advance if this is in the wrong place, there isn't a geography StackExchange so this was the next best option I could find. I've read multiple things about the huge size of King Khalid ...
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When do airline pilots arrive at airport?

How much time it takes to prepare a flight, to control the aircraft, before departures? How much spare time takes the pilots, to reach a foreign airport? I never experienced a delay because of ...
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How do Rapid Exit Taxiways improve aircraft movements?

I have been reading about Mumbai Airport (CSIA) (IATA: BOM ICAO: VABB). On it they mention: The airport has two intersecting runways. Both runways have been upgraded to Code F, which means they ...
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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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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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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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What is significant about the number 8069 ft?

On a sectional chart legend, the airport icon with a solid magenta or blue disk is labeled as "Hard surfaced runways 1500 ft to 8069 ft in length". This seems like an extraordinarily arbitrary number ...
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What is a GDS (in the context of the airline industry)?

I have been looking at this article and throughout the article they mention GDS's but do not explain the terminology. Does somebody know what they are talking about - For e.g. - Three GDSs emerge ...
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Does runway centerline lighting provide information about distance left before end?

I asked Does runway center lighting increase runway lifetime? and this video was was mentioned. I don't really understand the significance and I first assumed centreline lighting in night conditions ...
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Which civilian airport has the most runways (current and planned)?

I just read Is the airport capacity related to number of runways? . While there are a host of factors, the idea of more runways is obviously so that more flights come in and out. Which is the biggest ...
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Where can I find information about post-WW2 airports in Saudi Arabia?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 did the north / south runways close at Daugherty Field (KLGB)?

The north / south runway at KLGB were recently closed. Does anyone know the reason for the runway closures?
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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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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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Is there a database of radio-frequencies for airfields/airports in Europe?

Is there something like a register of frequencies for airfields/airports in Europe? I am building a VFR flight planner and would be interested to autofill a form with the frequencies dependent on the ...
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How do airports manage gate assignments for aircraft?

Today, some companies like Delair, SITA and INDRA provide airport Resource Management Systems (RMS) for gate allocations, which show information as a Gantt Chart. I know that air traffic controllers ...
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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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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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Is it fact or fiction that Ashgabat control tower is misplaced?

It's often written that the construction of Ashgabat International Airport was sabotaged by the aesthetic whims of the country's late leader, Saparmurat Niyazov. The story goes that Niyazov, ...
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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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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 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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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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