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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 ...
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What do firefighters do on ordinary days?

Some not very busy airports can have no even a minor incident for years and accident probably won't happen in a major airport during several decades. Training of course is done sometimes. I don't know ...
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How many minutes between jetway (air bridge) detachment and take-off?

Is there a standard policy / guideline that dictates how many minutes a jetway or air bridge must be detached from a commercial aircraft before take-off?
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After a crash, for how long is the airport closed?

International airports are busy places. For example, London Heathrow saw an average of 1,290 "air transport movements" per day in 2014. It seems that a crash at the airport, such as BA Flight 38, ...
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Do professional pilots have to show their passports every single time when flying back & forth between the same airports?

What process do pro pilots have to go through with their passports when on the clock? Are they afforded any shortcuts or do they have to go through security EVERY SINGLE TIME?
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For what reasons might a taxiway be mistaken for a runway?

In this article, an airliner landed on a taxiway instead of a runway. What might be the reasons that a pilot can mistake a taxiway for a runway? (I mostly know the answer for this question, but I ...
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How else can snowy/icy conditions disrupt airport operations?

In casey's fabulous answer here, he identifies several ways snow/ice can disrupt airport operations: Continuous heavy snowfall can eventually close an airport if it becomes impossible to keep the ...
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How does an airport catch up when it is behind on traffic?

When airports fall behind traffic for some reason and delays piling up, how do they catch up? If flights need to be cancelled, who decides (and when) - ATC, airport management, or airlines themselves? ...
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Who decides whether an airline docks at a jetbridge or parks at a remote stand?

A trip I took led me to wonder how airports/airlines decide when to allocate a gate and when to board out on the apron. Yesterday, I flew TLV-IST-BOS on Turkish Airlines. At the start of the trip, I ...
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What does ® mean in the Chart Supplement (A/FD)?

What does the circled r: ® mean in the Chart Supplement (A/FD)? You can see it here to the left of SOCAL APP/DEP CON:
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What is a public airport?

I know that ALL airports that have received federal funds are considered to be open to the public, however does that mean that every "public" airport was federally funded?
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What prevents a government from selling/leasing publicly owned airports?

When an airport is open to the public, it is generally owned and operated by a government entity. If the local government leases or sells the airport, this would generate significant amounts of ...
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Which airport is featured in this Delta commercial?

I just saw a Delta commercial with a plane taking off from a runway with a 16R designation (thus, the plane in the commercial was departing from 34L). Does anyone know where this airport is? Climbing ...
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How is passenger baggage transferred, and how does it happen so quickly?

I've always wondered how airlines transfer bags between connecting flights. At a hub, bags must be moved to any number of connecting flights throughout the airport - some with very short connecting ...
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Is baggage always offloaded when a passenger does not travel?

For terrorism concerns I think many airlines offload checked in baggage if a passenger somehow does not end up travelling on a flight. How strictly are these rules followed? e.g. If a connecting ...
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Which airports have the highest fuel upload?

Which airports consume the most fuel for aircraft refueling, and how much fuel do they use? I was able to find that "Heathrow uses about 20m litres of fuel a day", but it isn't easy to find figures ...
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Which US airport historically has the most days in which VMC prevail?

I live in a part of the country where VMC are starting to become increasingly uncommon, which has led me to wonder - which US airport historically has the most days in which VMC prevail per year? ...
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Why do cabin crew also man check-in desks?

When flying, I sometimes notice that the person behind the check-in desk also turns out to be the flight attendant on my flight. Is this always the case, or did I just notice the exceptions? Why do ...
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Can an aeroplane ever be so far away from an airport that it cannot land? [duplicate]

Hypothetically, if an aeroplane with two engines is flying over the ocean and is far away from land, is it not quite likely (but still not very likely at all), that one engine fails and it cannot get ...
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What are the qualifications for a small airport manager?

I live in a small city in the Southeastern United States and the county's airport has an opening for the manager. The airport is paved but no control tower, serves general aviation as well as company ...
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How are Landing Fees Collected?

Some airports (mostly busy Class B airports from what I gather) have a landing fee. For example, in the Airport Facility Directory for San Francisco, there is a section under "AIRPORT REMARKS" that ...
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How is the length of a leg calculated?

Here are few facts: A flight is basically climbing, staying high, then descending toward a runway Changes in altitude increase the distance an aircraft flies. Given the climb/descent angle, this ...
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Why have different departure hall and arrival hall locations? [closed]

For most of the newly built airport terminals I've seen, the arrival halls are located on the lower level and the departure halls are on the upper level. What is the benefit and disadvantage when: ...
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Which UK airport uses different approaches for noise reduction?

I remember hearing about a British airport that had two approaches that were used on alternating weeks. They implemented this pilot project (no pun intended) so that different houses would be ...
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What is the requirement of a higher glidepath/approach angle and is this a flight safety issue?

To reduce noise in the London urban area, Heathrow airport has announced plans to trial a steeper approach for aircraft landing - changing from 3 to 3.2 degrees. If this is successful, they will ...
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Can construction of an airport lead to more foggy weather?

The following paragraph is from Wikipedia "Airport" page with no citation. The construction of airports has been known to change local weather patterns. For example, because they often flatten out ...
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Why do my flights always use runway 24L at LAX airport?

I have taken several flights (in and out) from LAX (Los Angeles International Airport), both domestic and international and have flown in variety of commercial planes (727, 737, 747, 757, 777, 787, ...
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Why would aircraft take-off in the opposite direction as landing despite wind direction?

I have visited and flown out of Harare International Airport, Zimbabwe a number of times and the thing that always baffles me is: Why do aircraft use runway 23 to depart, but runway 05 to land? At ...
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Why would an airport use crossing runways for takeoff and landings?

I was listening to some RealATC this evening and came to this one about an accident at LaGuardia airport. This question is not about the accident in any way, but I am using this video because it has ...
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How can a tug be referred to as company?

I was listening to some [REAL ATC] MD-80 DELTA CRASH at LaGuardia Airport and noticed something just after 8:41. My question isn't about the accident, but actually about a request to the LaGuardia ...
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What did Paris' de Gaulle airport look like before the t2 expansion?

Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG/LFPG) in Paris had great expansion in the new century, including new runways and terminal 2 buildings. What was the airport layout before the great expansion?
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What are the lettered and numbered signs next to airport runways and taxiways?

What do these numbers signify? Can pilots see them while landing? Do they matter while taking off? Do Control Tower mention these while guiding planes on runway?
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What is “airside inspection”?

Today, I flew on a commercial airline European flight. Upon arrival, as I was walking from the airplane to the arrivals gate (across tarmac, no jetways), a yellow car labelled "Airside inspection" ...
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How are taxi to and hold instructions given on an airport without taxiways to the runway end?

In a smaller airport which still handles large commercial aircraft (i.e. Princess Juliana Int. Airport (TNCM), Robert L. Bradshaw Int. Airport (TKPK), etc.), what are the taxi instructions given? I ...
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What criteria make an airport suitable for a technical stop for a large airliner?

Assume you have a large airliner such as a 747, and you're taking off from a place, such as Ovda, where you can't load enough fuel to make it to your destination without stopping somewhere along the ...
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Why is Denver International Airport runway 16R/34L rarely used?

From watching planes land at DIA on Flightradar24, none seem to ever land on 16R (longest runway in the US at a length of 16,000 ft), but instead land on a runway 4,000 ft shorter such as runway 16L (...
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Where is the taxiway between the Boeing factory and Paine Field airport?

How do the Boeing aircraft taxi to Paine Field (KPAE) from the Everett Factory? It looks like a 'road' connecting the airport and the factory. Do they use this?
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Can airlines schedule more flight arrivals than the destination airport capacity?

Takeoff and landing efficiency at an airport seems to depend on a number of factors, like number of runways and gates, infrastructure maintenance, weather, or even notorious traffic congestion in some ...
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Why don't airport have heated runways to deal with winter conditions?

It is for years that I ask myself as a frequent flyer why there is no Airport using a system, like built-in electrical resistances on Runways to avoid Delays/Cancellations and even closing Airfields ...
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Why aren't airports built identically (like aircraft)?

Considering the delays and mishaps in super-projects (e.g. the new airport in Berlin), wouldn't it be rational to standardize airports in the same ways aircraft are: Building them all according to the ...
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Is there any System to warn of Runway Incusion?

From what I learn, in large towered airports, the control of who enters and leaves the runways belong to the Control Tower Operators. And that got me thinking: Is there any Equipment or System in ...
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How should operations be conducted at a towered airport that is in uncontrolled airspace?

How should operations be conducted at an airport with an operating control tower that is in Class E (controlled) or Class G (uncontrolled) airspace? Is this topic covered in an FAA publication such as ...
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Is there an efficiency measure for airports?

For large, busy airports (such as JFK), how do they measure how well they are being utilized? I assume airport management wants to serve as many flights as possible, for maximum revenue. Any time ...
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Why are airport firetrucks painted yellow green?

In my city, most of, if not all of the fire-trucks that serve city emergencies are red, just like this one: But every time that I see an airport emergency that requires the fire-fighters, I see this ...
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What are the essential elements of a control tower?

Assuming control towers are essential for large airport operation, what is the minimum needed equipment inside the standard control tower to support airport operation?
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Where to do the Run-up and Safety on the Return Flight?

At my home airport, we do the run-up on the ramp, but I guess each airport has its own preference. What is the "standard" run-up location? If I recall from my training early on, you can do it at the ...