Questions tagged [commercial-aviation]

Commercial aviation is the part of civil aviation, whether general aviation, non-scheduled service, or scheduled airline service, that involves operating aircraft for hire to transport passengers or cargo.

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When do commercial aircraft tail numbers change?

Each (large, commercial and most other) aircraft has a registration number, painted or stickered on its hull: the tail number. I was under the false impression that tail numbers don't change, and ...
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How come PSA airlines got the same IATA code as Comair?

PSA Airlines has the same IATA 2-letter code, "OH", as the now-defunct carrier Comair. Yet - the two companies are not related. How is it, that IATA reassigned the same code to an unrelated carrier ...
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SOUND-OFF: Bose A20 ANR + BT vs. Faro Stealth 2 ANR + BT [closed]

Alright, Bose A20 & the Faro Stealth 2 (TWO). Both feature active noise reduction (ANR) and Bluetooth wireless for mobile / music / alerts. Bose A20 = $1000 Faro Stealth 2 ANR = $450 Who has ...
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Is it possible to stall a plane so badly that the nose refuses to go down due to lack of airspeed?

So basically, a stall from a high AoA to the point that the entire plane just falls with the rear end pointing straight down? Because if wind is no longer passing over the wings, then this includes ...
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How can I get a ride in the jump seat as a non-professional pilot?

A couple of years ago, I had a strong fear of flying. Now, I really enjoy it. In fact, it is a dream of mine to sit in the jumpseat of an A320 during takeoff. I've had a handful of flying lessons. ...
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Is the point of “groundspeed” in aircraft just to have a second reference of speed but two totally different measurements of speed? [duplicate]

From not understanding groundspeed will always be significantly higher than airspeed, unless the plane is pitching up and down. Is the ground speed just there for pilots to look at and say “okay we ...
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Astronaut as a Commercial Pilot [migrated]

Is it possible for a commercial pilot to become an astronaut for NASA, If they had all of the required needs apart from a type rating on any type of fighter jet, would it still be allowed, with enough ...
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When were commercial pilots first allowed to use glasses?

Currently, pilots with defective (but correctable) vision are allowed to pilot airliners if they have at least two pairs of their corrective lenses (typically glasses) with them on board. Was there a ...
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How do flaps help an aircraft take off at a lower speed, yet cause drag at the same time?

Wouldn’t the drag caused by the flaps just decrease the acceleration, so, although they can lift off at a lower speed, wouldn’t it be faster to just use no flaps and rotate at the higher speed that is ...
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What makes airplanes pitch up during landing?

So what exactly pitches the plane upward with the rear end down? Do flaps help lower the nose when deployed 80%-100% down with such low speeds?
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Keeping the engine under the wings, doesn't hurt the lift as the airflow speed is higher under the wings?

To create a lift, the airflow speed on top of the wings should be higher than the airflow speed on the bottom of the wings. But when you keep the engine on the bottom of the wings, wouldn't it hurt ...
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Why do pilots wait for a positive rate to put the gear up, When V1 means “commit to takeoff”?

To explain further, V1 means they cannot stop in time if anything happens. Therefore they must commit to taking off. So why wait for a positive rate? Shouldn’t it be retracted as soon as they see a ...
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Development Cost?

We all hear about how aircraft development costs multiple billions if not tens of billions of dollars, but what does this money go into? The material used in making a a single prototype aircraft isn'...
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Which engines do airliners start first?

I noticed many planes, especially Boeings (correct me if I'm wrong anywhere), start engine "2" first and shut down engine "2" last. However, I was watching an Airbus A350 cockpit video when I ...
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Can a commercial pilot with MPL , obtain PPL for general aviation in the UAE?

Is it possible for an airline pilot in case he would like to fly GA aircraft like c152/172 obtain the PPL license without going through the whole process?
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Can Non-citizen get a pilot job in US? [duplicate]

I finished all my training in US and got PPL, IR, CPL with multi and single both. My nationality is South Korea and wondering how can i get the jobs in US. Recently looking for the Mokulele in Hawaii ...
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Can pilots take multitools onboard unlike passengers in Canada?

Can pilots in other countries or Canada carry Swiss army knives onboard on commercial flights?
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What are the financial implications for Lufthansa (and other airlines) of keeping the back row of their A320neo free of passengers?

After the recent EASA airworthiness directive concerning the potential for weight and balance problems with the A320neo, Lufthansa announced it would no longer sell seats on the back row of those ...
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Can a commercial airline pilot, flying either A320 or B737, charge people for a flight in their own personal Cessna 172? [closed]

Or would they have to be some registered business for the industry?
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Why does the B737NG need electrical power for aircraft towing?

I have read the AMM for towing and one of the mentioned steps is to supply electrical power. Is it because you need power to turn on the hydraulics in order to pressurize your brakes? For B737NG
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Why do they tell you to tie your lifevest on the left side during safety briefings?

This might be UK specific, given I have only been flying internally recently. During the safety briefings, when describing how to inflate the lifevest the instructions are always: "Wrap the lines ...
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Why do aircraft leave the cruising altitude long before landing just to circle?

Often flights will leave the cruising altitude long before the actual landing. They will go down to a couple of thousand feet and stay at that altitude and circle for quite a while in waiting loops ...
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Could the toilet be used as an extra passenger seat?

In the US, if the toilet had a seat belt, would it be legal for an airline to board one more passenger than the number of normal passenger seats, requiring that whoever used the toilet last must ...
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What is the difference between aluminum tape and speed tape?

What is the difference between aluminum tape and Speed tape? Are these same or not?
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Are there locations/altitudes with minimum speed requirements?

For example, a slower aircraft operating on the North Atlantic Track System would have an operational impact on surrounding/overtaking aircraft as well as potentially increasing ATC workload to ensure ...
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What is the future for auto-pilots? [closed]

What is going to change with auto-pilots on commercial aircraft in the next decade or so? Will airlines allow an auto-pilot to control an aircraft when it lands and takes off? Will we start using
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From RAF fighter pilot to commercial pilot

I’d like to become an RAF fighter pilot for many reasons but to become a commercial pilot once I leave the RAF is not one of them. I am, however, curious to know, if I were to become an RAF pilot and ...
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What was the motivation for revoking the licence to the pilots of Northwest flight 188?

This video describes Northwest flight 188, where two pilots overshot their destination by 150 miles, without contacting ATC for an hour. They cited 'cockpit distractions' as the reason and ...
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Can a commercial pilot decide where to make their turn after departure?

If there aren't published vectors to tell a commercial pilot which heading to take as they climb, can they decide where to make their initial turn on their own or would an ATC always involved in where ...
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Why is the aviation industry taking so long to move away from the tube with wings model? [duplicate]

The industry is spending billions on maximising fuel efficiency and reducing other costs associated with the tube-with-wings model. When will novel designs like semi-dirigible and lifting body arrive, ...
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What are the commercial benefits of VTOL? [closed]

there are a lot of companies doing R&D on VTOL aircraft. I understand their necessity for the military, but for civilian aviation, there are a very few application that requires it( medevac, ...
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Reclined seats for take off and landing

Normally on commercial flights, passengers are expected to bring their seats to an upright position for take off and landing. There are a few valid reasons for this. A little while ago, on a couple ...
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What kind of input is used by NASA's TASAR?

I've found the Aviation SE to be a really interesting read so far, I'm excited to be here! I'm fairly new, but I'm also old! What are the inputs for TASAR to crunch flight path optimization? Is it ...
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Is there any benefit to folding wings on commercial aircraft?

This video shows NASA researching folding wings, in what looks like a model of an airliner. What would be the benefit to this technology?
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Why do this airline experience more hard landings than others? [closed]

Ryan air has a reputation for hard landings, watching this video at the 2:22 mark and reading the subsequent comments (along with personal experience) suggests many people find the landing with Ryan ...
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What does the “test result indicator” indicate on a cockpit voice recorder?

I am really curious as to what the “green/red” strip of led indicate and the numbers below it. Having read around the web, i speculated that it could be an audio quality rating scale. Would help alot ...
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Why do airlines outsource regional flying?

The three major American airlines (American, United, and Delta) all have regional brands. These brands are actually operated by other airlines (ie: SkyWest). Air Canada has a similar regional brand ...
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Was this 'load-balancing' seat change refusal real? [duplicate]

On Sunday, I was on a flight in Greece, on a A320. I was sat just forward of the wings. Someone sat in the isle seat opposite me, asked if she could move to the back to sit with her friend, since the ...
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What is the difference between iSpec2200 and S1000D specifications?

I know the iSpec2200 and S1000D are the specifications which are used in the aircraft maintenance manual, I have to know how they actually work in the aviation domain and what is the difference ...
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What do professional pilots keep track of in their pilot log books?

Professional pilot logbooks (either paper or electronic) always seem to be more elaborate than those used by private pilots. I am curious as to what a professional pilot finds important to track in ...
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What is the lightest jetliner out there?

What is the lightest commercial jetliner out there? I was thinking of something like a Embraer E170.
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Why don’t airliners have temporary liveries?

For buses, it’s quite common to have plastic foil with advertisements on them, but I’ve never seen that on an aircraft. Looking at how aggressively some airlines try to save money, they probably ...
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Who operates delivery flights for commercial airlines?

Seeing an A220 flying to Atlanta for delivery to Delta made me wonder: Which crew operates a delivery flight? The manufacturer’s pilots? Or the airline’s crew?
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What is the reason for the T- shaped rudder trim tab on the DA42?

Why does the rudder trim tab on the DA42 have a T-shape?
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Is an EASA TRI the same as an FAA ATPL on type + MEI?

I see some companies seeking for a TRI Captain to hire and was wondering if a pilot with FAA ATPL on the same type plus with MEI rating can qualify for the position.
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How are insects and arachnids kept out of commercial passenger airliners?

If a commercial passenger airliner were to land in a place infested with insects or arachnids, wouldn't it be dangerous to have those animals enter the aircraft? For example, suppose if mosquitoes, ...
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Why may outward route be different from return route in transatlantic flights? [duplicate]

Some days ago I flew from Frankfurt to San Francisco. On the return flight, which was to Zurich, I noticed that the route was way lower than the outward one: from Europe I flew over Greenland, but ...
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How much does it cost to ground a B737 max aircraft for an airline?

What are the cost items for which an operator with such an aircraft in the fleet incurs per aircraft because of the grounding of the Boeing 737 max aircrafts and how much is the average cost incurred? ...
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What currency requirements exist specifically for Commercial and ATP pilots that a Private pilot wouldn't know about?

Besides a different medical certificate, what other currency requirements do commercial and ATP pilots have to contend with that a private/instrument pilot would not?
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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, ...