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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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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 ...
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What makes an airport “international”?

What are the requirements for an airport to be designated as an international airport in the US? Is there a minimum runway size or required customs office?
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Does a portable ILS ground station exist?

Does anyone know of a good example of a portable ILS ground station? I mean, it can be used for temporary airfields.
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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How to secure an aircraft at a transient parking space?

I've noticed that at many airports, the transient GA parking spaces often don't have tie-down anchors (e.g. bolts drilled into the pavement; heavy steel cables, etc.) or tie-down ropes. They simply ...
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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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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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How can I read airport maps when choosing a seat as a passenger?

When I choose seats on an airplane, I usually go for a window seat since I love the view, especially the views of a city on takeoff/landing. Sometimes I get good a view of the city and sometimes I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Are there any models for planning aircraft placement in hangars?

I work alone at night doing line operations (fueling, tugging/towing, etc.) and emergency services (police, fire and EMS) at my airport. When a pilot/customer comes in and wants to know if we have ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Could I issue clearances at a private airstrip without being a controller?

Hypothetically, if I owned a private airstrip on my property, with all the necessary permissions to do so, and I only want certain aircraft landing there, would I be allowed to issue takeoff and ...
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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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What is this airport video?

I was in a car dealership waiting room and saw this video of an airport that was slowly scrolling down the screen (like River Raid). The video is in motion - the cars on the street are moving and ...
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How can pilots differentiate runways and taxiways during landing?

There have been many incidents where pilots landed or attempted to land the aircraft on a wrong surface (for example Continental 1883 and Air Canada 759). Are there any tips for pilots to avoid that? ...
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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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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 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 are the practical impacts of airports in the US being mostly IATA Level 2?

IATA classifies airports using levels, which determine how slots are allocated. Source Definitions of levels by IATA, from Slot Coordination Switzerland: Level 1: airports where the capacity of ...
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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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How does a runway inspection radar work?

In AC 150/5220-24 FAA mentions radar equipment to detect foreign object debris (FOD) on runways, based on stationary and mobile radars with an astronomical precision, e.g. able to detect an object as ...
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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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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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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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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 is this abandoned airport between Montague and Rothbury, Michigan?

It appears to have had two intersecting paved runways, each very roughly 2000 feet long (give or take); the one that runs closer to north-south is still legibly numbered as runway 17/35, but the other ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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