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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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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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Why are airports like Roswell and Fresno so popular for flight tests?

I recently visited Roswell, NM, and was surprised at how many flight tests have been performed there. Even the fatal Gulfstream flight test crash happened there. My research shows that a lot of ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Are aircraft still guided by ground marshals?

Are ground marshalling operations still conducted by personnel on the ground? Are there any airports that still do this procedure? From Wikipedia.
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What is the purpose of Runway Grooving?

What is the purpose of runway grooving? How does the airport drainage system work? Why do airports remove rubber from the runway?
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Are ICAO and FAA airport signs and markings the same?

Are ICAO and FAA airport signs and markings the same or are there differences? If so what are the differences?
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How do passengers board the planes on this airport?

I found a quite "rare" layout on Munich airport. It has jetbridges but I don't see any terminal. Look: How do passengers make it to this point of the airport? By underground?
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Who sells aviation fuel to airports?

I want to ask about the jet fuel purchasing cycle. Is it the airport that buys the jet fuel from refineries and then sells it to the airlines? Or do airlines buy fuel directly from refineries?
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Why do some airports have to put 2 jetbridges on one aircraft?

At a gate in Denver Int'l there is a United plane with 2 jetbridges. Why do some airports have to put 2 jetbridges on a plane? Is it necessary?
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Why do some airports have a non standard traffic pattern altitude?

Some airports have a non-standard traffic pattern altitude. For example KGXY is 800 feet. Why is this?
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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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Can a passenger plane stand still in the air, or hover at a fixed location above a ground? [duplicate]

This Gizmodo link shows that a commercial passenger aircraft can stay at single location without any movement with respect to ground. (Is it real, an illusion, or faked?) I have heard a friend saying ...