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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 do terms apron, ramp, tarmac, taxiway, parking area, gate, hardstand relate to each other?

The terms apron, ramp, tarmac, taxiway, parking area, gate, hardstand are used in a way that I cannot understand. Boeing Everett Factory. Photo by Andrew Hunt at Airliners.net (url unknown). Cropped ...
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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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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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What methodology did ICAO use to create the overall code nomenclature for airports?

If an airport is from North America, then it starts with K and so on. How did ICAO get the letters from? Why does the Philippines region starts with A? Why do airports in Izmir have LTBx prefix? Did ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Why would flares be fired into the air after a flight lands?

On Monday 23rd September at about 14:30 BST my plane landed at London Stansted. Soon after landing, while the plane was at the end of its deceleration, I noticed what appeared to be two flares or ...
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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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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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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 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 is there no numbering system for more than three parallel runways?

If an airport has three parallel runways - a good example being Schiphol (EHAM/AMS) - the parallels are usually labeled "left", "center", and "right", and in case of Schiphol they are 18/36 L/C/R. ...
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What is the busiest airport?

What is the busiest airport in the world, and how is this measured?
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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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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 does an airliner adjust and move exactly over the coloured lines before stopping in front of the jetways?

How does an airliner adjust and move exactly over the coloured lines before stopping in front of the jetways?
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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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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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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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Which airport is the busiest general aviation airport in the world?

Which airport in the world has the highest amount of flight training and general aviation traffic? I am wondering for year-long traffic totals rather than temporary spikes in traffic due to airshows ...
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In the US, what can be done at an airport when volunteering hours?

I am a 15 years old and need volunteering hours for my course work. I am a aviation enthusiast with knowledge of the industry and love for anything that flies. I decided to fulfill my hours at a local ...
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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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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 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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Do airlines have an ATC schedule they have to adhere to?

Do airlines have to include a departure window when they file their flight plan, or communicate it otherwise? As many people know, airlines operate on schedules, but I think we all have seen delayed ...
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Where is Ronda's airstrip, or why does Ronda have an airport code (RRA) if it has none?

I'm puzzled by Ronda, Spain having an airport code. Ronda has no airport. I've never seen an airstrip anywhere near either, Wikipedia notes that some railway stations have IATA codes, but notes ...
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Which civil airport has the longest runways in total?

It's quite easy to google information about which civil airport has the longest runways, but what I'm really looking for (and having a hard time to find) is which airport has the longest runways in ...
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If Floyd Bennett Field failed due to its remoteness and isolation, how has JFK been so successful?

Floyd Bennett Field was built at the end of the 1920s in order to give New York City its own airport and avoid having to rely on Newark; however, despite its superb airport facilities, Floyd Bennett ...
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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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Why doesn't a radar-equipped Tower say “radar contact”?

Most/all of the control towers in my area have radar displays, and I know from visits that it shows all the same things as in TRACON miles away--even aircraft on the ground. I hear them occasionally ...
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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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What do these ramp markings mean at KIFP?

As a pilot, what do I need to know about these ramp markings at KIFP? Are they operationally significant?
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Has there ever been a US airport with identifier PM2?

I have an old entry in my logbook having landed and departed from an airport with identifier PM2. I think I either can't read my handwriting or I made a mistake because I can find no record of such an ...
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Do the ICAO and IATA codes for an airport ever change?

Do ICAO and IATA codes ever change for airports in time? If they do, how often does it occur? I am developing an app for airports and I am thinking of setting the uniqueness of an airport through ICAO ...
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How can business jets use slot coordinated airports?

Many capacity-limited airports in Europe are so-called coordinated airports, meaning an airline must have a slot allocated to land at this airport. In Germany for example, these are FRA, DUS, HAM, MUC,...
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Where does the water salute come from?

Water salutes by the fire crew are regulary done for certain events like plane retiring, or an new airplane delivered and much more. But where does it come from? And why should the fire service do a ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Airport Security Pre-1970-s?

I just accidentally discovered a few pictures on the web, that seem to imply, that there were some sort of airport security checks on passengers all the way back in the 1960-s. It was always my ...
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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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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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Are there cases of aircraft moved off runway by pushing them with vehicles?

And now something completely different for Summer holidays. Arthur Hailey was a RAF pilot who wrote Airport, a novel which later was adapted as a movie by George Seaton. The action is said taking ...

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