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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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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Where were Boeing's AoA sensors made? [closed]

Does anyone know WHERE the AoA sensors Boeing was using on its 737-MAX planes were made? Yes, I know they were provided by a US company (a subsidiary of United Technologies), but they could have been ...
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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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Medication history vs pilot dream? [duplicate]

I'm from Canada, and two years ago I had problems with my wife and decided to divorce. After that, I felt discomfort, and I was diagnosed with depression. I took an antidepressant Effexor for one ...
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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, ...
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How was this airline (statistically) never had a fatal incident? [closed]

Ryanair make around 725,044 flights per year. This They have been operating for 35 years, so have accrued around 25,376,540 flights. They have also never had any fatal incidents or even major ...
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How to become pilot in India with lack of money

Hello I am from India currently I am in class 12 pursuing PCM and want to become a commercial pilot but belong to a middle class family how can I pursue my dream. I can't afford course of 60 - 80lacs.
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Is there a correlation between airport capacity and accident rates?

This question about the new Heathrow runway increasing flights per day by 700 mentions that this airport (and many others around the world) runs at over 98% capacity. This got me thinking, is there a ...
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What ISA temperature to use in the density altitude calculation?

In the density altitude formula: DA = PA + [120 x (OAT - ISA Temp.)], should one use the ISA temperature at the field elevation or the ISA temperature at the pressure altitude?
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What can I do if my aircraft type changes last minute? [closed]

I have a flight scheduled for June with a popular, European commercial budget-operator on a 737. I'm sure everyone knows about the groundings of the MAX. However, I'm concerned that the MAX may be ...
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What is the type of this plane?

I tried looking with aircraft tag on engine but no answers. I just need to find the type of this jet.
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Why didn't Boeing make the Sky Interior for the Boeing 777?

Generally, Boeing has attempted to make the interiors of their aircraft as similar as possible, with one "unified" interior across different aircraft (i.e. based on a single "look and feel" for you UX ...
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Are these questions really on the FAA Glider Commercial written test?

I'm currently working on my Commercial Glider rating and for the written, I am using a popular test prep package. The package allows the specific selection of Commercial Glider (vs Airplane, ...
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Why do airlines change their flight numbers after a crash? [duplicate]

I was watching the flight channel on youtube and I saw that after the flydubai flight 981 was changed after they had a crash but the new flight followed the same flight path and destination only with ...
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Why is Boeing being blamed for the recent 737 Max crashes? [closed]

Boeing has received more than 5,000 orders for the aircraft, it has delivered 350 so far and only 2 of them have crashed. That's not a very high crash rate. The FAA, until just a day ago, was very ...
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Are pilot YouTubers breaking any rules?

Recently, I've been watching a few YouTubers (mostly FOs) who make great videos like this: Then I realized... They must spend a lot of time setting up cameras, ...
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Are any airlines actually flying the Comac ARJ21?

The Comac ARJ21, China's answer to Embraer's regional jets, was launched with great fanfare in 2016. However, if FlightRadar24 is to be believed, launch customer Chengdu Airlines does not appear to ...
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Why are airline seat belts lap-only? [duplicate]

On the flight that I was on today, one of the passengers near me asked this question. Why don’t airplanes use lap- and shoulder belts like cars do?
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Do commercial flights continue with an engine out?

Do commercial flights continue with an engine failure? If you look closely at the attached picture it seems that one of the engines has a much smaller contrail than the other three. This seems to ...
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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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Is there an audible warning on commercial aircraft if you try to land gear up?

In one of the comments on this question (under the accepted answer), someone remarks that Aircraft can legally fly without a system to alert the crew when they are landing with gear up, etc. Are ...
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Can we use the mobile phone GPS at 36,000 ft? [duplicate]

Is it possible to use the built-in GPS function via the smartphone at high altitude during flying as a flight crew ?
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Turbofan engine 2 spool - Turbine drives the compressor or Starter drives the compressor [duplicate]

I have read somewhere regarding turbofan engine 2 spool that says "LP or HP turbine will drive the LP or HP compressor" "During engine starting, the starter will drive the HP compressor via the ...
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Flying coworkers with a commercial pilot's license (USA/FAA)

I will soon have my commercial pilot's license, and work full-time in a company and role unrelated to aviation. As a private pilot under FAA part 61.113b, I know that I can fly myself to conferences ...
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Can I log the flight as the authorized instructor on board? Commercial long cross country

I was an authorized instructor on board for my students long commercial cross country. Do I log any of that flight time?
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Would a flight consisting of solely first-class passengers be cancelled due to center-of-gravity issues?

Consider any modern jetliner (narrow-body and widebody separately) in a standard 2 or 3 class configuration. If somehow only first-class or business-class passengers bought seats, would that plane be ...
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Effect of Low Vitamine B12 on Class 1 Medical

Does anyone know what the effect of LOW Vitamin B12 is on an aviation medical class 1? My doctor did a blood test recently and put me on Vitamin B12 pills. Is this an issue for Aviation Medical ...
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What is the acceptable position of the brake wear indication for A320?

What is the acceptable position of the brake wear indication (PIN) for an A320 to be safely dispatchable?
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Which are the advantages of low pressure levels during flight? (i.e during cruise flight in a commercial aircraft)

I understand that due to health and security reasons, there must be a minimum in the pressure inside the cabin (75 kPa). But in class I have been told that maintaining low pressure levels has ...
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What does “ACFT MAX 65/7 ” means on lido charts?

What does "ACFT MAX 65/7" on the minima box means? I found out that its related to wingspan and some vertical distance, but I still didn't get the vertical distance thing !!
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How many pilots does an airline hire for each new plane they purchase?

I guess this would depend if the airplane is narrow body or wide body because wide body airplanes make longer trips. Another way to ask this question is what is the ratio of airplanes and pilots in an ...