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PC-24 has a cargo capacity of only 400 pounds?

I went to book a PC-24 with 3 passengers weighing a total of 450 pounds and 700 pounds of luggage for a total of 1,150 pounds. I thought this was doable because the payload capacity of a PC-24 is ...
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What's the maximum size of cargo that fits into the Chinese Y-20 cargo plane?

Somewhat related to this Skeptics question, what's the maximum size object that fits through the door into a Y-20 cargo plane? Would an 18 x 4 meter cylindrical item fit in? I can find the maximum ...
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Why large freighter planes still do not use intermodal (ship) containers given that size and shape are not problems?

Recently I found this article this article about the concept of directly sit on a pile of intermodal containers and lock them in place. Whether it is plausible to open such a huge opening ventral of ...
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Why was the C-5 considered the largest plane possible?

We started to build the C-5 and wanted to build the biggest thing we could https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_C-5_Galaxy The An-225 is 50% larger and has a shorter life. Did they mean the C-5 was ...
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When did FedEx acquire it's current callsign and airline ID's?

FedEx currently uses the callsign "FedEx" and has the IATA and ICAO ID's of FX and FDX respectively. Back in the 1990's they used the callsign "Express" and the IATA code was FM. (...
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Tracking freighter and charter planes between two specified airports [duplicate]

Is there a way to find the historical data of the freighter and charter planes between two airports
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Would it be practical that nuclear-powered seaplane (only flying low over the sea) or hovercraft can be an alternative to cargo plane or ship? [duplicate]

Would it be feasible that nuclear-powered seaplane (only flying very low over the sea) or nuclear-powered hovercraft can be an alternative to cargo planes or ships? The aircraft speed can reach 200 mi/...
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Why are aircraft not equipped with nose cargo doors when being converted from passenger to cargo variant?

I'm trying to find any substantiation / design justification why none of the OEM/STC holders are able to provision nose cargo doors on A321 / B757 / B767 / B777 fleet as part of P2F (passenger to ...
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Does FedEx use other airlines?

I have an International Priority parcel being shipped by FedEx from Zurich, Switzerland to Perth, Australia. Currently the parcel is located in Singapore, I presume with FedEx at Changi Airport. It ...
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How much does the design, implementation, test and certification of a Passenger-to-Freighter Conversion cost?

This question answers how much it costs to convert a given aircraft from passenger to freighter once the STC is approved by the FAA. How much does it cost to obtain the STC in the first place? If this ...
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Is there other option than a Chinook to transport 2 cars simultaneously?

If a civilian wants to fly between homes several hundred miles apart AND carry 2 cars with him what are the options other than a chinook?
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Other than the 747, are there any other current, recent or planned airliners with a nose door option?

Boeing has recently announced that the 747 program is coming to an end. One of the key features of the freight 747s was the nose door, which facilitated faster loading of freight and allowed the ...
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What is the upper deck on converted freighter long-hump 747s used for?

All 747s1 have an upper deck directly behind the elevated cockpit, a legacy of the 747’s genesis as a design for a strategic-airlifter competition (the upper deck and elevated cockpit were partly to ...
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How much freight can a Boeing 737-800 NG carry if the majority of seats are removed?

In the context of the COVID-19 crisis, I read reports of underused Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft being converted (by technicians in airports, not by factories) to cargo planes for medical equipment. How ...
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Are there regulations about carrying cargo on passenger seats?

We see that passenger aircraft have recently made cargo flights so that the supply chain does not decrease due to the Covid-19 crisis. It is seen that the cargo boxes are loaded on the passenger ...
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How many sections does a PASSENGER AIRCRAFT belly has? What cargo is allowed in those sections?

How many sections does a belly of a PASSENGER aircraft has? Like if we take 3 cases : I am travelling with a check in bag A person who is not travelling himself but sending some items using cargo ...
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Why do cargo flight companies reposition their crew via passenger airlines?

U.S. airlines prepare plans to virtually shut down domestic service amid outbreak : Coronavirus This will cause massive issues for cargo as well. Cargo operators use commercial airlines to ...
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What advantage does Kawasaki C-2 have with a twin-engine configuration as compared to its competitors like An-70 or A-400?

While reading about various military transports, I came across the specs of Kawasaki C-2 and a few questions popped up. So please bear with me here if I list them all together as points, I hope ...
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How much does a passenger-to-freighter conversion cost?

Transforming a passenger airliner to a freighter seems to be common. If I understand correctly (do not hesitate to correct me), it basically consists of removing many components (seats, galley, ...) ...
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Average weight of fuel required to carry 1Kg additional cargo weight per hour [duplicate]

I'm looking for an average number here, I know there is not one correct answer as there are many parameters to take into account. Alternatively, I could also use something different, like : how many ...
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Why do cargo airplanes fly fewer cycles then airliners?

Reading Why do cargo airlines frequently choose passenger aircraft rather than aircraft designed specifically for cargo?, some answers say that cargo aircraft fly less than passengers aircraft. Why?
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Why do cargo airlines frequently choose passenger aircraft rather than aircraft designed specifically for cargo?

Cargo airlines are known to regularly use planes designed primarily for passenger travel. Why don't they almost exclusively use aircraft designed specifically for cargo?
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How is a misdeclared weight of a mail bag handled? [closed]

What is the proper process when a postal administration tenders a mail bag with under declared weight? Is the bag returned to the postal administration or is the bag weight altered to match the ...
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Apart from the C-130, are there other airlifter aircraft that are able to perform LAPES drops?

The C-130 is well known for her ability to perform a LAPES (Low Altitude Parachute Extraction) drop to deliver vehicles to an airhead. I'm wondering if other larger military airlift aircraft that are ...
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Is there an equivalent of cash transportation in air cargo?

Some cargo (cash for banks, precious art pieces, gold, jewellery,...) are transported in bullet proof trucks with armed guards while travelling by road. Sometimes it may also be escorted by police. ...
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Do any aircraft carry boats?

A small boat could be part of general cargo, but that would typically just mean it's unloaded at an airport and transported to the nearest body of water by land infrastructure. This is not what I'm ...
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Is there an upper age limit for pilots freight only?

When I asked my original question below, I should have been more specific. I will rephrase my question, however, I do wish to extend my thanks & appreciation to those who answered my question as ...
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What is a typical ratio of aircraft in air vs. total aircraft per airline?

While commercial airlines have a fleet of x aircraft, not all x aircraft will be in the air at any given time. Typically, several aircraft are in the air, some are on the ground (turnaround, loading, ...
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When was Kai Tak permanently closed to cargo service?

Kai Tak Airport in Hong Kong was closed to both passenger and cargo service early in the morning of 6 July 1998, with all flights moving to the brand-new airport at Chek Lap Kok. However, shortly ...
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Why are there no cargo aircraft with "flying wing" design?

From that I have seen so far, the "flying wing" design (like the one of B-2 Spirit and Northrop YB-49) has superior performance but also a few notable problems that make it difficult to use for ...
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Can 7 AKE containers adjacent to each other be securely locked in a 777-300ER's aft cargo bin?

Is it possible to securely lock 7 AKE (LD3) containers adjacent to each other in a Boeing 777-300ER's aft cargo bin from position 31 to 41 (41 included)? According to my experience it's impossible to ...
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Why is the Beluga chartered out for oddball missions, but not the Dreamlifter?

Both Airbus and Boeing have special outsize-cargo freighters for transporting large pieces of airliner; Airbus has five Belugas (derived from the A300), while Boeing uses four Dreamlifters (...
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Why don't American passenger airlines operate dedicated cargo flights any more?

I was reading recently that Northwest Airlines was the last American passenger carrier to operate dedicated Cargo aircraft. Why do none of the large US airlines operate dedicated cargo flights anymore?...
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For the 737 Combi, How did changing the proportions of the passenger vs cargo areas work?

I am very interested in the 737 combi models and want to learn more about how they worked in practice. For the 737 Combi, How did changing the proportions of the passenger vs cargo areas work? I have ...
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Are there any known cases of swing-nose or swing-tail cargo aircraft coming undone in flight?

Large dedicated cargo aircraft frequently (though not always) have swing-nose (Super Guppy) or swing-tail (Dreamlifter, CL-44) designs, in order to allow cargo to be shoved straight in rather than ...
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Is it possible to convert a passenger A380 to carry cargo?

I heard an expert say that one of the A380's weaknesses is that it only comes in a passenger version, not a cargo one like the B747 does. The cargo version of the B747 makes its market wider. One more ...
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Are cargo aircraft ever ferried empty?

If the amount of cargo is not evenly distributed across a network a freighter will sometimes have to fly a route not loaded to capacity. Do cargo freighters ever have to be ferried empty to alleviate ...
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Are there little seat belts or other restraints for the organ-containing coolers kept in cockpits?

The NPR podcast A Surgeon Reflects On Death, Life And The 'Incredible Gift' Of Organ Transplant features Dr. Joshua Mezrich a surgeon who flies to other hospitals to retrieve organs for transplant ...
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Why do cargo aircraft still have floors?

Even with dedicated cargo aircraft built as cargo aircraft (rather than converted from a passenger-carrying configuration), the cabin is virtually always still divided into an upper and a lower lobe (...
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With positive passenger/bag matching rules, what happens to a bag that does not arrive with the passenger?

According to one answer to Why offload bags for missing passengers when flights are allowed to carry unaccompanied non-PAX air-cargo in holds?, the requirement for Positive Passenger/Bag Matching was ...
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Are there any specific weight or structural reasons to choose low vs. high wings for a cargo aircraft?

I have a large cargo aircraft concept and I am debating between a high or low wing. It seems like both are viable, but intuitively it seems structurally harder to support a high wing. Alternatively ...
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Can you identify this unusual plane by its description? [closed]

I saw this plane many years ago: Same shape and size as an commercial airliner. No windows along the fuselage Painted flat gray (like a naval ship) Had a blue circle on its "nose" (Blue painted ...
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Which items are allowed on passenger flights but not on cargo ones?

I've only ever sent items by air in suitcases accompanying me in passenger flights. But - I'm about to send some items on a cargo-only flight in a few days. I've been told: Make sure that there are ...
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Are there any regulations preventing one from converting an originally cargo aircraft to ferry passengers?

Are there any regulations preventing one from converting the cargo version of the Airbus A380 for passenger use?
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What is the average number hours flown annually by a commercial cargo aircraft?

I'm hoping someone has already performed some initial research that might support some preliminary economic models for an aircraft design project.
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How was the 'bump' removed from the Airbus P2F?

(Sources: airliners.net, YouTube) How was the 'bump' removed from [the design of] the Airbus P2F? The A330 Freighter based on the A330-200 features a bump / blister / bulge that raises the nose ...
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Why do different sites list different lengths of the lower deck bulk cargo compartment for the A330-300?

From the following two links for Airbus A330-300, the length of "lower deck bulk cargo compartment" has two different values. a) Air China lists the value as 511 cm b) Airbus (see pg. 112) lists the ...
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Does cargo balance affect fuel efficiency in commercial aviation?

Positioning cargo such that the center of gravity of the plane is within a certain range is essential, but is there any advantage to having the center of gravity closer to some ideal point within the ...
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Is training and pay different for cargo and airline pilots?

Do cargo pilots receive different training than airline pilots? Are there notable differences in salary or other benefits? My assumption is that since cargo pilots do not have to deal with passengers,...
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How are large cargo aircraft loaded at airports?

Passenger aircraft are accessed at gates, or using buses. While they are parked waiting for passengers to board, the area they use is billed by the airport. I was wondering what is the procedure for ...
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