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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 we use leaf shutter mechanism as a drone dropping mechansim for payload weight of 3lbs?

I'm considering implementing a drone payload drop mechanism capable of handling payloads weighing up to 3lbs. I'm intrigued by the idea of using a leaf shutter mechanism for this purpose, but I haven'...
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By using the speed brake do we reduce the speed or do we increase the descent rate or does both happen simultaneously?

By using the speed brake do we reduce the speed or do we increase the descent rate or does both happen simultaneously? Could someone please explain the concept
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What happens if an airline reports a high number of involuntary denied boardings to the Department of Transportation?

I read (mirror): it’s in Delta’s interests to offer more in compensation for a voluntary bump rather than reporting higher involuntary denied boarding numbers to the Department of Transportation. ...
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On the Boeing 737 ND display what does terrain value indicate?

On the Boeing 737 ND display what does terrain value indicate? (e.g. Terr 0016 0032)
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How do ferry flight operators like Nomadic Aviation maintain type rating for their pilots?

The recent VT-EVA ferry flight from BOM-Paine Field - US desert really piqued my interest about how the crew are arranged for such flights? B747-400 is a pretty rare aircraft now a days, and I don't ...
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Is it legal to hold out if you DO NOT have operational control?

Let's say Bob just got his commercial certificate. He decides to have leaflets printed up advertising his willingness to fly other peoples' planes for hire. Bob then goes around to local airports ...
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Which of the major airliners are bleedless?

Bleed air is compressed air taken from a jet engine, and is mainly used to provide pressure for the aircraft cabin. Fume and smoke events, due to contaminated bleed air, are regularly reported on ...
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What does the C* (Cstar) parameter demand ?(A320)

I have been reading a LOT of research papers and many articles, but none of them tell how the C* parameter in Airbus is used for the vertical augmentation of the aircraft. I am aware that with a ...
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Aircraft continuously circling before landing (not holding)

On Flightradar24 I saw an Airbus 320 circling a lot before landing. My best guess is for some reason the aircraft had to stay in air for longer time due to unknown reasons. If this is the case, why ...
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Can passenger airplanes change model?

Can an old airplane be upgraded, for instance changing from A320 to A320neo? Would this change its tail number? It doesn't seem common at all, but does it ever happen?
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Are cabin temperatures related to destination weather?

I've been in a long-distance flight between northern and southern hemisphere, with temperatures nearing 5°C on the origin, and 25°C on the destination. During the first flight, the cabin was ...
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Passenger GNSS lock during ascent and descent

When flying on commercial flights for the past several years I've used GNSS on my smartphone to track my location for fun. The signal strength in the cabin isn't ideal, but it's generally good enough ...
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Is a flight for compensation legal for a Non-stop sightseeing trip?

I have been thinking about a scenario where I have a friend who has gotten sick and wants me to fly their aircraft with their family members for compensation since I am a commercial pilot. The flight ...
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IAF is part of the hold at an uncontrolled aerodrome. Is the racetrack procedure necessary?

I am studying instrument approaches and I am not quite sure about this particular NDB-based approach procedure. Particularly, in regards to two things that, in my head, are conflicting: "Direct ...
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I currently have L2 visa , am I eligible to complete my CPL program in USA

I am from India, I currently hold dependent L2 visa , can I complete CPL program (commerical pilot licence) in USA
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Is 40+ too old to start a Commercial Pilot career?

I'm 44 and I just started my private pilot journey, however I would like to see if is worth it to get the commercial and maybe fly for profit, I wonder how is the market for commercial airlines or ...
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Radiotelephony Practices of American Pilots in Comparison to ICAO Standards

As a commercial pilot with experience in various airspaces, including frequent interactions with American pilots, I've noticed a distinct difference in their radiotelephony etiquette compared to the ...
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Could a trained individual passenger escape a commercial plane crash by bringing the necessary equipment to parachute?

We've been through why airlines don't provide parachutes for the passengers. But who says they have to be provided? I want to take my fate into my own hands the next time I fly, by bringing my own ...
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Are there any commercial flights that require passengers to use supplemental oxygen?

In the United States, Part 121 operations can apparently can be conducted with cabin altitudes above 15,000 ft as long as all passengers are provided with supplemental oxygen when the cabin altitude ...
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I have a commercial rotorcraft student and he wants to get rated in an airplane

My new student has his commercial rotorcraft. He is working on his ASEL and he already has most of the experience requirements for PPL. Since he is already commercial rated wouldnt he be taking his ...
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Why do newer engines have such wide fan blades?

Every treatise I read about propellers/fan blades/wings states that long, thin wings are more efficient than wide stubby ones. So why is it that the blades in high-bypass turbofan engines fitted to ...
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What are the key differentiating factors between the flight control systems employed in unmanned drones and those utilized in piloted aerial vehicles?

"I've come across open-source projects like ArduPilot that are commonly used with microcontrollers like Pixhawk for unmanned aircraft. However, I'm unsure whether these systems can be adapted for ...
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What plane was most likely used for this TWA transatlantic flight in 1954?

This is the manifest for my grandaunt (she is #9). She most likely took a train from Paris to Croatia to visit her mother. The family was not wealthy, so this was an extravagant expense for them. Can ...
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Is it feasible for an individual with limited current knowledge to undertake the development of an aircraft from scratch? [closed]

The world of aircraft engineering is truly remarkable, and even the smallest components involve a wealth of knowledge. I'm eager to explore this field and embark on the journey of building an aircraft....
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What sort of clearances would be required to land a sub-orbital glider at a major US airport

Now that the Virgin Galactic Space Ship 2 is finally flying, it seems possible to "take it on a tour" to promote the feasibility of point to point sub-orbital flight to large airports near ...
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What are the restrictions on a private pilot who is not logging time?

A private pilot can avoid the "flight time is sometimes compensation" rule by not logging the flight time. If Bob, a private pilot, is not logging flight time, what are the limits on ...
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What is the line connecting the plane and the worker [duplicate]

In the attached picture the attendant is walking along beside the plane as it taxi's. She is clearly holding a line attached to the plane. What is the line for?
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Under EASA regulations can I log PIC hours on exercises for a rating already completed?

The scenario is this: a zero-to-hero modular CPL program is contracted at School A. Due to delays, the student decides to jump ship and complete the CPL exercises at School B in order to enable him to ...
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Why in aviaton they are using Electro Mechanical Actuators instead of Electric Linear Motors?

In my opinion they are much more compact, the design may be needed to change in order to still be a fail-safe component, also, may be need to account for jamming and load disconnection safety devices, ...
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Can I use SkyDemon as a passenger on a commercial flight?

Could I use SkyDemon as a passenger on a commercial flight in an A320 or similar? Would doing so break any laws or safety regulations, assuming I set the callsign correctly?
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Could what happened to Yeti Airlines Flight 691 happen on an Airbus or Boeing?

The Yeti Airlines crash involved an ATR 72 and was likely due to pilot error - a stall resulting in an incipient spin. Would this accident be more avoidable on say a Boeing 737 or an Airbus A320?
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How long does it take, in average, to train for a different plane?

During the Russia-Ukraine war, there are considerations about donating F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, but there would be problems with providing training for that specific plane. Training for another F-...
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Sources for Aircraft Glide Ratio

I would like to gather data on the best glide ratio of different commercial aircraft. Unfortunately, it has proven non-trivial to obtain data aside from a few lucky examples. Eurocontrol's BADA gives $...
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How can I transfer my US License to the UK?

I'm thinking of moving over to the UK to fly for British Airways since they only ask for 500 hours Pilot-in-Command time to become a First Officer. I currently hold a CPL and am Instrument Rated. I ...
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What is the difference between CANPA and CDFA?

What is the difference between Constant Angle Non-Precision Approach (CANPA) and continuous descent final approach (CDFA)?
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Cruising at the speed of sound

Is it possible or feasible for an aircraft to continuously cruise at the speed of sound? Is the drag at this point higher or lower than in the high Mach 0.98 or Mach 1-1.2 region?
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Can an aircraft use ram air to generate power while flying?

I am a student carrying out a project focused on efficiency on aircraft. I have arrived at an idea I believe to be feasible. I am looking for suggestions, specification of what I would need, and any ...
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USAF Formal language for Control hand-off

Within the United States Air Force, when pilot/copilot exchange control of an aircraft is there formal, required language, such as "You have control..."/"I have control..." and if ...
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Do you need a Commercial Pilot Certificate to fly an aircraft you own for aerial survey work? [closed]

Is it legal for a Private Pilot to fly his own aircraft (owned by the pilot) to perform aerial surveying/mapping for a company that he owns? He sells the data to another company that he also owns.
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Is there any authoritative source where I can find a list of companies producing Sustainable Aviation Fuel in the U.S?

Is there any authoritative source (website, directories, etc.) where I can find a list of companies producing Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in the U.S? Based on media reports it seems that there are ...
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Could a Cessna Caravan be outfitted with Wi-Fi?

From what I understand, both ATG and satellite Wi-Fi require substantially large antennas to send and receive signals in large commercial airplanes. Could a system like this be outfitted on a Cessna ...
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What is the real formula for Pressure altitude? [duplicate]

OK. The formula we commonly know is (29.92-Altimeter)x1000+Elevation. However, the E6B calculator I have does not fit this formula at all. For example, if the airport elevation is 175 ft and the ...
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How many commercial or ATP pilots have lost their medical yearly from 2015 to 2022?

I wold like to know how many pilots have lost their medical that prohibits flying on a commercial or ATP, year to year from 2015 to 2022.
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Why do paratroopers not get sucked out of their aircraft when the bay door opens?

A few instances of injury/death were reported when passengers/pilots got partially sucked out of the airplane due to cabin depressurisation in a commercial aircraft. Paratroopers, on the other hand, ...
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Is there a way to access Flight Data Recorder information for major incidents? [duplicate]

I am working on a school project where I am hoping to use by-second data from flight 1549 (miracle on the hudson). Is there a way/place to acquire flight data recorder information for these major ...
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Why do turbo props have their engine controls like condition levers next to each other when other planes have them mixed up?

Comparing cockpits of the CRJ and the ATR. I noticed that turbo props have the throttle and condition lever next to each other. When the crj has just a throttle. and then some switches for fuel ...
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Confused about flight distance and flight time [closed]

I'm having a hard time understanding how the flight times of these flight are so different. I looked up PDX (Portland, Or) to DEN (Denver, Co) is roughly 923 miles, with a flight time of 2h30m to DEN ...
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RPM of wheels on touchdown

What is the average RPM of the wheels of commercial airplanes upon touchdown? I understand there is variability that comes with different wheel sizes, approach speed, etc. Just thinking of the average ...
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Will getting a 4-year degree actually make a difference?

I'm currently working on my PPL, still in high school. I should get my PPL almost exactly on my 17th birthday. Instrument comes after, then complex, etc, etc. Should I still consider a college or go ...
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How can I become a master at the radios?

Are there any resources for student pilots who wants to get better at the radios? Currently, I am immersing myself by using liveatc.com but what I am looking for is perhaps scripts between pilot and ...
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