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Is it safe to fly on airplane with lithium batteries in cargo hold?

Lithium-ion batteries have the tendency to go on fire. I checked baggage policy of European low cost carriers (easyJet, Ryanair, WizzAir), and while spare batteries are banned from cargo hold, it ...
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For designing a runway, what are the largest cargo airplanes in use?

I am working on a project where I have to design a runway for large cargo planes and I need to know what kind of planes I should assume would land there.
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Are pets/animals in the cargo hold monitored inflight for any sudden medical condition?

My question is more from a long haul flight POV. Does the crew do a mid-flight check etc. What if any animal/pet have a sudden cardiac arrest or some emergency medical situation, will the crew or ...
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What safety differences exist between carrying laptops in checked versus carry-on baggage?

Recent rumors say that the laptop ban might be extended to flights originating in Europe heading for the USA. This made me think, if laptops are not safe for carriage in the cabin how can they be safe ...
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Is it permitted to load a full cargo container onto an aircraft without a roller track loading/locking system?

Aircraft with roller track cargo loading systems transport containers/pallets in the cargo compartments. When an aircraft doesn't consist of a certain system but just a flat floor (so for example a ...
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What alternative designs competed for the C-130 in the 1950s?

Which manufacturers and aircraft entered the U.S. government design competition back in the 1950s in which the Lockheed C-130 was selected? Were they all clean sheet designs, modified versions of ...
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Do airlines have freezers?

In the latest twist to the case of the dead rabbit, an anonymous "airport worker" has told a reporter that it was killed by leaving it in a freezer locker, contradicting the accounts of United ...
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Is lashing equipment considered part of a ULD?

How should a load controller state additional lashing equipment on a load sheet in the context of ULDs? Should the additional weight equipment be added to the ULD's contents, or added to the ULD tare ...
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Are Cargo Holds Pressurized, Non-pressurized, or vacuumed? [duplicate]

I watched an episode of Air Crash Investigation, which depicts a plane catching fire due to it shipping many expired oxygen generators for planes. The narrator says that a fire in the cargo hold is ...
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Do ETOPS requirements vary between passenger, cargo, and non-revenue flights?

Are there different ETOPS requirements for aircraft depending on usage? For example, does a FedEx cargo flight need the same ETOPS ratings for over ocean flights as a passenger flight? Also, how ...
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Why do aircraft models end their life as freighters?

There seems to be a tendency that aircraft models are more long-lived for cargo than for passenger service. For example, both the A300 and MD-11 are all but extinct in scheduled passenger service, ...
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Are there any airports which use a metro to transport cargo? [closed]

Many airports around the world are increasingly being joined by Metro conveniencing people. Majorly, it is people who probably will use the metro. I do have a sneaking suspicion that the metro would ...
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What would be a suitable aircraft for a short haul freight forwarding business?

I just graduated with an Aeronautical Science degree and I am planning on starting a freight forwarding company. It would need to be high payload capable and relatively fuel efficient, the route that ...
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Is there any order of loading containers into aircraft instead of weight balance?

Assuming there is some container which have to load into the airliners. All of them are stored into same size ULD and same weight. The difference is that some are exclusively passenger luggage, ...
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Can air travel cause packaging air pads to burst or deflate? [closed]

This question is a new cross-post from the physics stack exchange: https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/265884/can-a-decompressed-airplane-cargo-hold-cause-packaging-air-pads-to-burst-defla I ...
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Why do we see many more 5th and 8th freedom cargo flights than passenger flights?

Usually, we can see many cargo flights operating between 2 foreign countries (and even as domestic flights within a foreign country in some cases). There are passenger flights that operate in the same ...
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Is the A330F main deck cargo compartment pressurized? If not, what is the purpose of the structural cargo access door?

I know there is a related question already asking if cargo holds in general are pressurized. My question is specifically about the A330-243F in the below photograph. That looks like a pressure ...
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What percentage of airliner flights globally are freight flights?

So we have N airliner flights in the world each day. What percentage of them are "purely" cargo flights versus passenger flights (that may carry cargo as well)? We can exclude Combi aircraft and other ...
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What if all passengers pay to check in extra baggage?

Suppose a given flight is fully booked and everybody shows up. Not only have they all brought the allowed fully loaded carry-on & checked-in luggage weight but exceed the free-limits. They are all ...
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What is the loading diagram for a C-130J?

I'm a student participating in a design project wherein we have to develop a paper design for a payload to be airdropped from a C-130J. Naturally, I'd like to look at the weight and balance of the C-...
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Why do some cargo aircraft have windows? [duplicate]

There are some cargo aircraft that have windows which are not covered. Look: On the second deck above where it says "Hong Kong Asia's World City" the aircraft has 3 uncovered windows. Source: ...
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How to balance the cargo on a plane with the wings further aft?

For example on an MD-88, is the center of gravity on the back of the plane because the empennage, wings and engines are located there? So they would have to put most of the cargo on the back of the ...
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Cargo aircraft temperature [duplicate]

What is the temperature in the storage compartment on board of a cargo aircraft? I'm ordering a temperature-sensitive package by airmail and wouldn't want it to freeze. There are many questions ...
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Do Cargo fly very short routes? [duplicate]

Let's say that a package has to travel from point A to point B. These places are not located in the same Country, nor are such Countries adjacent to each other. Example: point A is in Italy, point B ...
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How is heavy cargo secured in military cargo carriers?

Some big military cargo carriers carry tanks and other heavy equipment and I am not sure if they have some kind of special locks or tie-downs in the cargo space to manage those heavy loads. How are ...
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Does cargo heat failure require a diversion? What about if there are live animals in cargo?

There was a story in the news recently that an Air Canada 787-8, enroute from Tel Aviv (TLV) to Toronto (YYZ), diverted to Frankfurt (FRA) when the pilots discovered a problem with the cargo heat. ...
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What's a Class F cargo compartment?

Apparently, the Aviation Traders folks worked with EASA to define a special type of cargo compartment, known as a class F, during their work on Iron Maiden's touring airplane. Just what is a Class F ...
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Why are magnetized materials dangerous goods?

I was reading about Dangerous Goods, and came across the fact that magnetized materials are classified as Dangerous Goods (item 12 in the linked page). We all see magnets every day, and they seem ...
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Is there a special ULD to be loaded at the main cargo door?

Watching this video, it appears that the hydraulic ram intrudes into the cargo space and would run into the Unit Load Device (ULD) that was stowed there. Is there a special ULD that is loaded on each ...
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Do Cargo flights carry anyone other than the crew?

This question talks a bit about the crews that are involved in a commercial cargo flight, but I'm wondering if Cargo flights every carry other sorts of people on their flights? Say, a photographer to ...
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Despite the lessons from DC-10 planes in 70s, why didn't Boeing ensure their cargo doors didn't fail even until the end of the 80s? [closed]

In the early 70s, DC-10 planes had disastrous failures with cargo doors. It proved how massive a havoc faulty cargo doors can have on the planes. Despite those two incidents with Boeing 747 planes in ...
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Is the life of pets considered when dealing with a cargo fire indication?

In this event, the crew of a 777 responded to a spurious cargo fire indication by activating the fire suppression system, which suffocates the cargo area. Presumably any pets held there would have ...
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Are cargo and passenger flights flown differently?

Are aircraft flown differently because boxes don't complain about more abrupt changes in direction, speed, altitude, etc where passengers might. i.e. if the cargo is incapable of loading itself, is it ...
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Are carbonated drinks considered dangerous goods for air freight?

I understand carbonated drinks in allowed in cabin, but, is it allowed in air cargo transportation, when you ship in bulk?
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Are there items bigger than an aircraft section transported by air today?

This question about engine transportation made me wonder what is the size of the biggest item ever transported. Then I remembered that it should have been a space shuttle (either Buran or the American ...
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Can commercial aircraft dump luggage or cargo mid-air?

In a situation where the pilot realizes that weight of the aircraft is too high, can they dump luggage / cargo mid air, similar to dumping fuel?
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What is the typical aircrew for a cargo flight?

What is the typical aircrew for a civilian (not military) cargo flight? From my limited web searches, it seems that there would be three crew members: Pilot Co-pilot (I assume there must always be ...
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How does dropping ordnance affect the weight and balance of the aircraft?

During a mission, military aircraft often shed a lot of weight from takeoff to landing. An F-15C (empty weight: 28,000 lbs) carries an internal fuel load of 13,455 lbs (almost a third of take-off ...
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Can fuel sloshing in the tanks cause a stall?

Cargo planes secure their load meticulously and if it breaks loose, the result is sometimes catastrophic. However, how do you prevent fuel sloshing inside the tanks and causing the same problems as ...
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How many active large commercial airplanes are there?

For example, the 747 Wikipedia page says that 1500 747s were produced (that number seems quite low!). Any indication of how many large, commercial aircraft there are, and what the breakdown between ...
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Why does An-225 have anhedral wings though it is a cargo aircraft?

What are the rationale behind this anhedral high mounted wing configuration? Is that usual for very large carge aircraft?
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Do "air ferries" for civilian vehicles still exist?

In the 1950's and 1960's, there were vehicle (and passenger) air ferries operated by planes such as the Bristol Freighter. Mostly across the English Channel (England to France), by companies like ...
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Why have cargo hybrid airships not succeeded in the market?

Using a Lighter Than Air (LTA) Hybrid Airship to efficiently transport cargo to remote areas seems like an idea that should flourish. It allows access to remote places in the world that have no ...
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What happens when all passengers jump at once?

As a thought experiment, imagine a plane with minimal fuel/appliances on board with hundreds of heavy passengers that make up say 10% of the weight of the plane. Now imagine that they have a way to ...
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What is the usage ratio of the An-225 Mriya?

Does anyone have data on how much time the An-225 (only one was produced; it is currently the largest aircraft in the world) spends flying/on missions and how much it waits for customers? This is a ...

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