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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Are there rules governing the conduct of flight attendants?

What are the rules and regulations specified by FAA about the code of conduct of flight crew members? And, are there any rules which specify behavior of passengers with crew members?
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On an average, space of how many economy class seats is taken up by a suite? [duplicate]

The suites offered by many airlines for the super rich, are very spacious and convenient. Though, I can only Read about them! One thing I can see is, the A380 is capable of upto 853 economy only ...
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Why do pilots have the ability to turn off the transponder in-flight?

These days, when reading news about missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200, I keep coming across a scenario where pilot might have deliberately turned off the transponder which is used for the ...
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Did Flight Engineers progress to be pilots?

When 3 man cockpits were common place on commercial aircraft what was the career progression of a Flight Engineer like? Did FE's normally transition to be pilots? I'm not trying to insinuate here ...
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Can commercial airplanes be converted to drones?

Is it possible to convert a commercial airplane into a drone, such that if a pilot fails to respond to ATC it can be remotely piloted?
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Which commercial aircraft are capable of computer-only landings, without human assistance?

Currently what models of commercial aircraft are capable of landing and safely stopping the aircraft, without any human assistance, other than inputting instructions to the onboard computers.
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Which aircraft did I photograph at ZRH?

I took a couple of pictures of various aircraft and I would like to know which aircraft I photographed. I have no idea, expect that all of them took off from ZRH and should be commercial airliners:
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When do conditions permit doing a controlled fly-by over the runway of a commercial airport?

A lot of people reading this probably saw Top Gun and remember Maverick performing a fly-by over the deck of the USS Enterprise (in spite of being explicitly ordered not to do so), or saw air shows ...
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How do I determine the probable path of a future flight? [duplicate]

As a passenger on a regularly scheduled flight, how can I determine what areas my flight is likely to overfly? I understand that inclement weather, other aircraft, and other outside influences (both ...
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Why didn't the EASA enforce the 2 man cockpit rule BEFORE the Gemanwings accident? [closed]

International numbers state that planes downed by pilot or co-pilot due to suicide are a rare but still possible occurrence. In the United States such a safety procedure is standard (as of 9/11 - if ...
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Is aviation software translated into the users' native language desirable over English?

I want to build some software containing information about aircraft, like a logbook. Nothing related with avionics. I know that default language in the aviation industry is English, but in the case ...
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How prevalent is traditional radar tracking of commercial aircraft?

In many media reports regarding air incidents such as AirAsia Flight QZ8501: What We Know About the Missing Plane from NBC News I often see a phrase such as the following: By the time it had been ...
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Does anyone know of sources for ATA 206?

I have been seeing references to 206 ATA recently. However, it appears to be so new that very little Google indexed information is available. Has anyone dealt with this particular ATA chapter, and ...
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Where can I find good data on volume of air traffic?

I want to have a look at air traffic fatalities data, and have found good information on number of accidents, like this on AviationSafety. For comparison I want some (world-wide) data on passenger ...
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Is it plausible to forget the cockpit unlocking code?

Is it plausible for a pilot inside the cockpit to be incapacitated and that at the same time the pilot locked outside simply doesn't remember the code or the procedure for entering the cockpit?
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How quickly could a commercial airline integrate advances in technology into its fleet? [closed]

How quickly would a commercial airline be able to integrate significant advances in technology into its fleet? Specifically I am interested in large commercial airlines and advances in technology ...
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Do planes return to service after non-fiery crashes?

A Turkish Airlines flight recently ran off the runway and ended up on its belly in a field. The landing gear were damaged, but the plane didn't burn and the fuselage remained intact. Are planes ...
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Does weight and balance of an airplane matter more on takeoff?

On a few international flights with non-full cabin, the crew has asked no one to move to open seats until the plane has finished take-off. I assumed this was just to force people to sit down during ...
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How is human waste taken care of on commerical aircraft? [duplicate]

Trains, as far as I'm aware, just dump human waste on to their own tracks. There are often warnings like: ...
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Can a passenger request to visit the cockpit during a flight?

As a kid, I remember going to the cockpit of a plane with my mom (I believe the airline was AOM French Airlines). Is this still possible now? I understand the answer might differ with different ...
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How do you compare private jet and commercial jet efficiency?

I'm curious about commercial airplane efficiency vs private jet efficiency. I was trying to compare something like a modern 737 flying a full commercial flight from NYC to LA vs an Embraer Phenom 300 ...
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How do airlines make sure that pilots remain skilled enough to operate aircraft? What quality assurance is there for certified pilots?

What measures are in place to prevent pilots from being put in charge of passenger planes without an appropriate level of training and skill? Are these measures enforced equally by different countries,...
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Is there a public database for annual flights by aircraft type?

I am doing research about the number of flights and distance flown performed by aircraft types, in a given year. For example: ...
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What causes aircraft to swerve during takeoff?

I notice on some commercial flights that the aircraft can begin to swerve left-to-right during takeoff before we leave the ground. Sometimes this can become very exaggerated, very hard left-to-right ...
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Backup airspeed indicators (lack thereof) [closed]

This recent aviation.SE question asks why isn't GPS used as a backup speed indicator. The answers given mention that GPS cannot indicate airspeed. However, there are other methods to indicate airspeed....
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Is being a pilot stressful or hard? [closed]

As a Canadian teenager hoping to become a commercial pilot, I'd like to know how hard it actually is to live the life of a pilot. I've heard from some people that the hours can be pretty gruesome, ...
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Determining full route of domestic leg [closed]

I've come across a JetStar flight (JQ 28 on 3 February 2015) that's flying from Sydney to Melbourne which departs and arrives in international terminals. My assumption is that it's part of an ...
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Is there any disadvantage to having the de-icing system on?

I was watching Mayday S11E02 about West Caribbean airways flight 708 and the pilots turned off the de-icing system partway through the flight. It's not why it crashed, but I was curious as to if there ...
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Airline flight scheduling method differences [closed]

What are the differences between American major mainline passenger airline scheduling policies? Presumably, each airline runs a model or optimization problem for determining where (markets/airports),...
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Can a large passenger aircraft recover from a stall?

In fighter aircraft, we know that they have good enough of maneuverability. But in case of a passenger airplane, if a stall happens is the aircraft maneuverable enough to recover from it?
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Has Airbus planned to build a larger version of the A380?

The current Airbus A380-800 could carry over 800 people. Has Airbus planned to build a new, larger version that could carry 1000 or more passengers?
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What is the scratching sound produced by aircraft on the ground (taxi-in/taxi-out)? [duplicate]

Since I have flown in aicraft as a kid, there was a sound audible when the aircraft is on ground (before taking off or after landing) which is similar to the sound a DJ does when he scratches the ...
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Why are the wings of most passenger jets on the bottom? [duplicate]

I have always wondered why most manufacturers put the wings on the bottom of commercial jets. Help would be appreciated.
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Are there any airports that do not have an IATA code but have a huge number of traffic?

I am collecting a list of all airports in the world for my project, at present I have 46000 airports in my database but only 7000 airports have IATA code. So my question is, if I only take 7000 ...
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Why do pilots' masks have more oxygen?

When a commercial passenger airliner suffers a rapid decompression, it is critical that everybody on board gets oxygen quickly. In the passenger rows, oxygen masks connected to chemical oxygen masks ...
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Can a commerical jet fly into a tropical cyclone?

There is little doubt on whether planes can fly over a tropical cyclone as clearly demonstrated by this video of a Gulfstream jet flying over hurricane Katrina in 2005 to drop weather instruments. I ...
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What can pilots do to spot the onset of hypoxia?

If there is a loss of/lack of air pressure at high altitude, without an explosive decompression (for instance as on Helios 522 or N47BA) are there any signs that pilots can look out for that they ...
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Can the TSA require supplemental screening AFTER a flight has landed? [closed]

A few days ago, Kahler Nygard reportedly received a boarding pass indicating secondary screening was required, but that pat-down was reportedly never done. So when the plane landed, they took the ...
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Pointers to Aviation Scholarships [closed]

I want to become a pilot, but as you know, I should take some training course on aviation. Currently I am searching for Aviation Scholarships because I can not sponsor myself. Can you give me some ...
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What effect would an air-to-air GPS jamming system have?

I just noticed an interesting AIC: NOTIFICATION OF GPS JAMMING EXERCISE – HEBRIDES RANGES DURING PERIOD 21 JULY - 1 AUGUST 2014. PDF available on Eurocontrol (official) or Scribd (mirror). The ...
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Flight engineers - commercial aviation [closed]

Apologies for being so broad in the title but this will consist of a couple of questions in one. As I'm sure most of use are aware modern commercial aircraft being manufactured no longer incorporate ...
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Depth and range for FDR/CVR black box detection [duplicate]

What is the maximum depth range of a FDR underwater, at which it is able to be detected by receivers? I want to know the maximum range of ULB pinger locator if it's submerged.
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Are there any aircraft that come with interchangeable flightdecks?

With the new Boeing 787 where Boeing has provided the capability to swap engine types if the aircraft goes to a new operator quite quickly, I'm wondering if there are any interchangeable flightdecks? ...
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How do airplanes get stacked in a holding pattern?

This question prompted me to wonder how it works at a major airport. Let's say four airliners all are scheduled to arrive within a few minutes of each other to a major airport, perhaps from the four ...
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What rules would allow a pilot to refuse a passenger's boarding?

I would like to know about any rules that would authorize a pilot to refuse to allow a specific passenger from boarding his plane (i.e. mental instability, obvious sickness, drunkeness, etc.). ...
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What means do airline ground staff have to converse with pilots in flight?

It seems that airline operational staff on the ground have the ability to initiate verbal communication with airline pilots on at least some airliners, in flight. Obviously pilots can communicate ...
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When did inflight smoking become (widely) prohibited?

Currently in my mid-'30s, I can still clearly remember the time when half of the plane's passengers were smoking throughout a long-haul flight. I know commercial flights became non-smoking sometime in ...
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Why do you have to put the blinds up during take off and landing? [duplicate]

I understand the rationale for putting seat backs straight, folding tables, fastening seatbelts etc., but I've never really understood why the window blinds matter.
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Is there a good iPhone app for tracking commercial aircraft? [duplicate]

I can see many airplanes circling around to land at KORD. I am wondering if there is a good real-time website or application to track these planes with 30-second accuracy or better. Any ideas?

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