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Where can I ask questions (career advice) about jobs in Aviation Management? [closed]

I am thinking of changing my career. I have a physics degree and I want to do a masters in aviation management.Is there any sites where can I get an idea about my chances at getting a job in the ...
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How does Chicago O'Hare's tower sequence aircraft at peak capacity?

This older question asks at what interval planes take off and land from ORD. The accepted answer (one takeoff or landing every 30-40 seconds) jives with my math: 2416 operations a day on average, with ...
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How do you find information about overnight parking at any airport that is not your home airport?

As a private pilot, how do you find information and plan an overnight stay at an airport other than your home airport? For example, where to park, how to get out of the airport?
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Do I Set the Parking Brake On the Ramp?

Next week I am flying to an airport and going to have dinner. But I've never stepped out of my aircraft except at my home airport! When I park on their ramp, do I keep the parking brake on?
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Do small airfields provide ATIS? If not, what weather reporting service is available?

Would a very small airfield or airstrip be considered to be a 'terminal' and have Automatic Terminal Information Service (ATIS)? Or would it just have minor weather reporting? As in, would it make ...
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Why fewer operations on weekends?

Why are there fewer air carrier operations on weekends? Looking at PHX data, we have the following annual trend that clearly shows a weekly drop of about 8% on weekends: and when I average the data a ...
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Where did the “K” identifier prefix for US airports come from?

Airports in the United States are (mostly) three letters, prefixed with a K. Where did this standard originate? Why K? This is similar to "where did the U.S. N ...
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Does the size of code F aircraft parking apron enough for 2 code C plane?

When I look at Inner Thames Estuary Airport (Isle of Grain) masterplan, they shows a funny figure about the terminals layout. The report describes that It shows the ability for most stands to handle ...
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What airport proposal(s) has London seen after WWII?

Instead of Thames Estuary Airport from Maplin in 70s to the latest inner Thames Estuary Airport, is there any proposal airport(s) raised after WWII but cancel/rejected eventually? I know there is a ...
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Where can I find numeric maps of aerodromes?

I desperately need a map of an airport aerodrome like the ones used for tracking the movements of aircraft similar to the picture below and I don't know where I can find these ones :
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Are there specific regulations for airports near water bodies?

Are there any regulations that requires that international airports maintain a navigation channel deep enough to have access in case of an emergency when the airport runway ends near a body of water?
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What airport has this walkway over a taxiway?

I saw this image posted in another question. What airport is this?
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How is an aircraft aligned at a jet bridge?

I see these jet bridges (or aerobridges) at nearly every new airport I go to. How are aircraft aligned with these bridges, particularly the A380 which has doors on both decks?
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What is needed to certify an aerodrome as an airport in Canada?

So here. All airports are aerodromes. All aerodromes are not airports. Difference between Airport and Aerodrome: An aerodrome or airdrome is any place from where flight operations can take place....
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What is the resolution of airport ground radars?

In largest airport a ground radar is used to handle safely aircrafts on taxiways and on runways, which should be the characteristics of this kind of radar ? What about its range and bearing resolution ...
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Why do some airports not have ICAO codes?

This is a follow up to my previous question What do numbers signify in airport codes? In that case, I was asking why my local airport (Markham Airport) had a number in its code (CNU8). I later ...
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What do numbers signify in airport codes?

As an Air Cadet, we go gliding very frequently. However, I've noticed something about the airport that we go to. The airport that we go to, Markham Airport, has a different airport code. CNU8. ...
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What airports close to the east coast of the US have attractions that are easy to get to? [closed]

I'm currently living in Boston and fly out of KBED regularly. I'm looking into making a long cross country in a Cessna 182T to the Bahamas and am planning my route. I'm IFR rated. I'm looking for ...
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How do airports generate “indirect” income?

How do airports generate "indirect" income i.e. income from things other than aviation operations (landing, FBO services, repairs)?
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Where can I find airport taxi instruction “code names”?

At larger airports, common taxi instructions are sometimes "named" for brevity as they are repeated often. For (an entirely contrived) example, Taxi to terminal via alpha, tango, foxtrot, mike ...
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When is a control tower required?

I know there are busy airports without control towers, and the converse is also true. There is a process for an airport to acquire a control tower. Sometimes, airports want to have their own control ...
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What are the largest airports in terms of size, gates, and stands?

What is the largest airport in terms of: Size of developed area? Size of all terminal area? Total number of gates? Total number of gates + remote stands?
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Which airports have ILS Cat IIIC?

Are there any airports with ILS working CATIIIC? What do the charts for this procedure look like? Is there a missed approach procedure?
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What is the history of the “Superbay” at San Fransisco International?

The Superbay is a maintenance hangar on the north end of the field at San Francisco International Airport, north of runway 28R and west of runway 19R. On the airport diagram it is not labeled, but ...
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Could New York build a new mega airport? [closed]

Both New York and London have insufficient air traffic capacity. One option for London is to build a new mega airport to replace LHR. However, this option is not discussed much in NY. Would it be ...
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What does the airport fuel market look like?

The single biggest cost for many airlines is fuel. Given this, I'm sure they work hard to reduce the cost they pay per gallon of fuel as much as possible. How does that translate to the way fuel is ...
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How do airports charge airlines for using their gates?

I'm wondering how the airports charge an airline for using a gate or a parking spot (if they use buses). Does the airline have to pay per time or per "event" or do the larger airlines have fixed gates ...
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Why circle an airport after takeoff? (SLC particularly)

I left SLC (Salt Lake City) this morning heading to MCO (Orlando). On previous flights, I remember takeoff similar to other airports. We got in the air, gained altitude, and moved to our heading and ...
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Who has authority to close a runway/airport?

In the recent runway excursion at LGA, visibility was bad, and an airport ops vehicle called the tower to inform them of the excursion and that runway 13 was closed, and then that the airport was ...
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What are RVP signs?

I never saw these in the US, but certainly at UK airports and airfields you will often see "RVP" on a green background with a yellow border: Source: http://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/gallery/displayimage....
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Why do airports have to close in bad weather?

Shouldn't aircraft be able to withstand winds of up to 100 mph? When flying the wind is at a much higher speed than that. Shouldn't they be able to take-off through fog using instruments alone? ...
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What are the most efficient layouts of multiple runways?

Many airports have more than one runway. How should runways be built in order to achieve maximum usage and minimum delays? Many major airports have most, if not all, parallel runways. Examples ...
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What is METAR and how is it read?

I was reading an article about TAM Airlines Flight 3054 crash and I saw the following: METAR SBSP 172200z 35008kt 7000 -ra Bkn008 Ovc070 15/14 Q1018 SBSP 172200z 35008kt 7000 -ra Bkn008 ...
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How can the same runway have two different gradients?

In an unrelated answer rbp linked to this Atlanta airport info page, and runway 8R/26L caught my eye. If I understand correctly, these two runways are the same piece of pavement, but refer to the use ...
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How can I find traffic patterns that pass over my house?

I live in Atlanta, GA well north of the airport and typically there is very few large, commercial aircraft that pass overhead. But there is an on-going security issue at the airport today and there ...
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What are the ways to keep the birds away from airfields?

I know bird strikes are a major issue for many airports, and that measures are taken to keep birds away. There are some obvious things airports can do like not to have any stray garbage, food, etc. in ...
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Can multiple airfields be in the same airspace?

After reading this answer that a restricted airport caused a strange cutout in Class B, I am wondering if it possible that there are multiple airfields in the same airspace? If yes, then: Which ATC ...
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Do runways need to be repaired after gear up landings?

There have been may cases of civilian, commercial, and military flights that have either been forced to or accidentally landed gear up. When this happens I imagine that it can do serious damage to ...
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Why does Chicago O'Hare have a penalty box?

I was reading What information does a pilot have about aircraft operating on an intersecting runway? and noticed this on the map: (airnav.com) Why is a "penalty box" marked on the map? What is it? ...
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What is the safe speed to use highspeed turnoff?

I understand that high speed turnoff is for the plane to exit the runway asap. What is its design specification and how fast can a plane use highspeed turnoff? Assuming only A320,737 and larger.
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Protocol for emergency evacuation of atc tower [duplicate]

What is the protocol if the ATC tower needs to be evacuated for some emergency, for example a fire? How can operations continue if there aren't any controllers?
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How does Boeing park several airplanes on a single runway at Paine Field?

On DigitalGlobe, I saw the following picture in an article, which talks about some of the best aerial shots of 2014. Paine Field, Washington Questions 1) Did the plane, highlighted with a yellow ...
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What is the approximate accuracy of ASDE-X?

Can anyone suggest some ballpark figures for estimating the tracking accuracy of ASDE-X systems at airports? Specifically, I'm trying to get a sense of the error (± x meters) that can be expected from ...
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Why is a special certification needed to land at Paro Airport?

Why is Paro Airport (currently the only international airport of Bhutan) considered one of the most dangerous airports to land in the world? Is it because of the mountains? In my opinion, Princess ...
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How does security and baggage checking work in regards to a private jet?

I was told recently that if you are flying on your own private jet, you can drive your car directly on to the runway, park next to your plane and board without any security checks. This can't be true ...
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What is the cable connected to a plane for?

I've seen that airplanes are connected to some wire like in the picture. What is it's name and what is it for?
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What is a running rabbit?

My father used to work as an air traffic controller, and often I heard mention of a 'running rabbit'. Obviously, vermin on the runways of airports can be a bad thing, but I don't think he was ...
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What do they use to de-ice aircraft and runways on snowy days?

One of the answers to this question mentions how runways are usually in need of de-icing on cold days (which makes sense), and as anyone who has ridden an airplane on a cold day knows, planes need de-...
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How often do runways need to have typical maintenance?

At a large airport (think Heathrow, JFK, O'Hare), I would imagine that the runways take a lot of abuse from all the huge planes landing on them. So, a quick multipart question: How do large ...
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How common are aprons made of bricks?

I found this topic on an external site, it's about a Boeing 737-4 damaged during engine run up at Sialkot international Airport (Pakistan): NL B734 Damaged During Engine Run Up (photos) In the ...