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How to know if an airport has PAPI lights?

Is there any way to identify whether an airport has PAPI lights (2-light or 4 light system, doesn't matter)? I am working on some map generation and using aerial images to identify PAPI lights for ...
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How does a large airport switch flow?

Airplanes prefer to land into the wind, and airports adjust for changing wind direction by changing the active runway. I've been flying a small plane in the pattern when the tower asked me to do a ...
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Do airports charge airlines for extra time spent on ground due to weather conditions?

I heard somewhere that airlines pay the airport depending on the time spent at the gate. Suppose there are weather conditions that cause the aircraft to be delayed at the gate, such as heavy rain ...
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How do I determine the VFR pattern altitude at an airport?

How do I determine the VFR pattern altitude at an airport? Can I find it on a sectional?
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In an international airport, is there specific set of laws for the international area? [closed]

When travelling in an international flight, you pass a border with passport check at both the departure and the arrival airports. It means you spend time in an international area. What are the ...
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Is it possible to go-around at Lukla Airport?

On this airport, it seems the runway end with a wall followed by a mountains. Thus the pilots physically can't overrun the runway and if they decide to interrupt the landing, the go-around maneuver ...
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What is the easiest way for a new private pilot to visit Manhattan?

As a goal, I would like to: Limit the difficulty of the class B airspace by staying at uncrowded areas Minimize the time it takes to get into the city
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What is the methodology for assigning airport codes?

Pearson airport in Toronto has the airport code YYZ, which does not reflect the name Pearson or the city of Toronto. This seems contradictory to other IATA codes like LGA (Laguardia), JFK (John F ...
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Are there any airports that do not have an IATA code but have a huge number of traffic?

I am collecting a list of all airports in the world for my project, at present I have 46000 airports in my database but only 7000 airports have IATA code. So my question is, if I only take 7000 ...
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Where can I get a reliable and a updated Airport API or Airport Database, and I also want to know the charges for the API? [closed]

Kindly guide me where can I get a reliable and updated airport Master API. The airport API should have all the information about all the airports in the world and I also want to know how much do they ...
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Where is the airport in Disneyland Paris? (DLP)

I just found out that there is an airport in Disneyland Paris with the IATA code DLP. Since I've never heard of it, I wanted to see it on Google Maps, but haven't found it. Is there actually an ...
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What is a “Russian IATA code”?

On Wikipedia, a few obscure ex-Soviet airports like Tamchy Airport in Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan list "Russian IATA codes": IATA: none (ИКУ), ICAO: UCFL "ИКУ" being Cyrillic for "IKU", which is not a ...
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Am I likely to get permission at a Private Airport?

I'm planning a Labor Day flight to a relative's house, and the nearest airport is a Private Airport that looks to be part of a flying community (multiple houses all with hangars directly off the small ...
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Why do multiple planes arrive from the same airport at the same time?

I'm looking at the Arriving flights page of the Vancouver Airport and in many cases there are several planes coming from the same airport, arriving at the same time, all at the same gate. Does it ...
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My windsock is erect, what does this mean?

I know that airport windsocks are calibrated to reach full erection at a particular wind velocity. At half that speed, the first half of the windsock should be erect and the second half should droop ...
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Where can I find a catalogue or lists of realtime, streaming (major) airport cameras?

I ask in the spirit of aircraft spotting and would also prefer those with live ATC feeds, like Osaka. As of now, the visual quality is blurry and hazy, but perhaps this is due to low visibility and ...
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Where is it documented an airport is military?

On sectional charts (at least in the US) military airports appear with the same symbols as public airports, eg. KBKF. Some military bases are within restricted airspace. I would assume all military ...
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Under what conditions are passengers required to take precautionary measures during refueling?

I was on a recent flight with a fuel emergency, during which the passengers were required to take precautionary measures. Under what circumstances are the precautionary measures mentioned below ...
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What happens to incoming flights when the airport shuts down?

In Die Hard 2 terrorists take over an airport's ILS and landing lights on a snowy night (visual landing is impossible) and start making threats essentially holding the planes hostage. The tower ...
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Who is responsible for avoiding collisions on the ground; the pilot or the air traffic controller?

I may have some false assumptions here, so correct if needed. It is said that while ATC sounds like they are "in charge" of the airspace surrounding a major airport, control and responsibility for any ...
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Why are gate numbers also marked on the outside of a terminal?

As per this question. What are these numbers visible from the runway at Narita airport? A UK document is linked in the accepted answer but it doesn't list big number marking on the outside of the ...
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What are these numbers visible from the runway at Narita airport?

At Narita Airport on the terminals there are big digital numbers visible from the runway. They aren't in some reliable order- I saw 98,91,93,95,97,99. Maybe they are Aerobridge numbers. I didn't get a ...
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What are the steep ramps often erected at large airports?

For example, the following white and orange striped ramp: I've seen these at a couple large airports but I've never seen them actually used for anything.
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How do airplanes get stacked in a holding pattern?

This question prompted me to wonder how it works at a major airport. Let's say four airliners all are scheduled to arrive within a few minutes of each other to a major airport, perhaps from the four ...
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What damage can occur and what penalties will you face for flying a quad rotor into a restricted airspace?

I live near the Cleveland International Airport. I have a Quadrocopter and the fence doesn't seem to be very high. I could probably fly my quadcopter into the airport. Is this legal? Can I crash a ...
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In parallel runway ops, is it better to dedicate a single runway to landings, or is it best to have a mix?

Assuming taxiing is not a consideration, in an airport with two parallel runways does the airport gain capacity by: having a single runway dedicated for landings and the other for take-offs, or is it ...
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Why have converging runways?

This is Ramstein air base in Germany, Why would you want to have runways converging (or diverging) like that, doesn't seem to do you much good in terms of parallel usage (either the approach, or the ...
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Can an airport without an FAA controlled tower have their own tower and controllers?

Can an airport not eligible for an FAA tower and controllers choose to fund their own air traffic control tower? Can that airport require pilots to taxi, approach, land, and take off according to ...
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Is there a database containing detailed information about airfields and runways?

Does an electronic database containing the various civil runways in a given region of the world exists? Maybe even categorized by type (e.g., grass vs asphalt), length, if controlled or not, etc. If ...
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Can two airports have a different ICAO code but share the same IATA code?

I am searching some airports databases and I find some airports with the same IATA code with different ICAO codes. Is it mistake in the database? Is it OK? For example: Beaufort MCAS - Merritt ...
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Why are landing fees at large airports based on weight?

KORD airport for instance charges domestic vs international arrivals differently. I could see that this may have something to do with imports/taxes/tariffs etc, but why are the landing fees measured ...
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What is airport tax used for?

Since a very large sum of your ticket goes to airport tax, I was wondering how do they justify it and what is it used for? Take your tax paid on your ticket and multiply it with the number of seats ...
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Is AMS (Schiphol) Polderbaan the runway furthest away?

I'm very interested to learn if there are (m)any (major) (commercial) airports that have runways further away from the terminal(s) than Schiphol's Polderbaan. Which airport is "in the lead" in this ...
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Where can I find a list of past flights at LHR?

I am doing a project based on some data recorded from London Heathrow during October 2012, to quality control the data I need to know when aircraft flew past the detectors. Are there any online ...
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Are airport employees security checked?

Is your average ramp or store employee at an international airport security checked before they are allowed to enter the gate side area or apron?
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What difference does the choice of paved runway surface make to aircraft?

What difference to the pilot does it make it say a runway is Concrete or Asphalt? Does it require different information in the flight management system or other calculations?
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How are airlines able to work out gate allocations so far in advance?

When flying on a long-haul flight, you can often see gate allocations for when you land a hour or two before actually arriving at the airport, including transfer information and connecting flights. ...
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Are the airport “taxi” plans available online?

Whenever I sit in an aircraft and we taxi around the airport, I wonder how exactly is the airport organized, for example, the arrangement of the taxiways and runways. Is it possible to locate airport ...
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What's the functional difference between PAPI and VASI?

PAPI and VASI seem to be very similar in the the information they provide - i.e. are you on the glide slope or off it. Is there a functional difference between the two? If there is a difference, and ...
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How do landing fees work at larger airports?

Many larger airports (class Bravos) have a landing fee. What's the process for assessing and collecting the fees? How do these landing fees work with general aviation aircraft? Where can I find out ...
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If I own land, can I create a private runway on my property for my own use?

In the United States, if I own land that has an area suitable for landing a small general aviation airplane, can I just create a private runway, or do I have to officially be registered with the FAA ...
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How is a prevailing wind/average temperature study conducted to determine the runway direction and length for an airport?

A popular airport near me (KMYF) has two parallel runways, 28/10 R/L and a crosswind runway, 5/23. Almost always, 28R/L is in use. I'm sure they knew that there was generally a sea breeze in the area, ...
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What aviation-related TV shows are there? [closed]

This question aims to serve as a Community Wiki resource. Feel free to edit the list of aviation-related TV shows below! Related: What aviation-related movies are there?
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How does an aircraft taxi?

Does an aircraft use its engines to taxi or is it always pulled by some other vehicle? I have seen a small lorry pulling it sometimes; is it really pulling the huge thing, or does the aircraft use ...
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There's an airfield somewhere in the United States with a metal runway. Where is it?

Somewhere in the United States, there's an airfield (probably military) with a runway made entirely out of metal. I've seen the approach plate for it, but I can't remember the identifier. What ...
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Can you fly a light GA airplane into a major hub? What operational considerations are there if you do?

I did my training around the Seattle area, and was told that landing at SeaTac Airport (the region's major International/Commercial airport), while not strictly forbidden, was definitely frowned upon ...
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How can I get more details about information in a NOTAM?

In doing some planning for an upcoming flight, I noticed my destination (a towered airport) has a NOTAM about the runway: "FICON PATCHY ICE". That seems rather vague, I'd like more information before ...
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Are remarks in the Chart Supplement (A/FD) “regulatory” or “advisory”?

StallSpin's answer on the recent question about VFR traffic patterns has got me thinking about the "Remarks" section of the Chart Supplement (formerly the Airport/Facility Directory). We are all ...
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Is there a website which highlights airport locations on a map?

Is there a good website which shows airports (both public and GA)? I can look it on Google and Bing Maps (as shown in the image below). Shown the picture, I have zoomed in a lot to see airport icons (...
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What exactly is an FBO and what services are provided?

To most non-U.S. pilots who have little or no experience flying in the U.S., the concept of a FBO is not very well understood. What exactly is a FBO and what are the services that it can provide? I'...