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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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 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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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 don't commercial passenger safety videos ever explain policy instead of merely dictating it?

British Airways announced and published their new in-flight passenger safety video: I'd like to draw your attention to two pieces of instruction given in the video, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Can old passenger airplanes be refitted with latest engines to extend their life and efficiency?

I was wondering if this might make sense as commercial aircraft design has not changed significantly (from the outside) in the last 50 years?
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Why don't turboprop planes have push engines that use thrust more effectively? [duplicate]

The Piaggo P-180 is one of the fastest private planes out there and uses the push system.
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Can audible warnings be heard from the cabin?

When I fly in the front row on an all-economy A320, I can very clearly hear the autopilot disconnect sound shortly before landing. Can passengers in the cabin also hear other warnings like EGPWS (...
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Are there any civil programs that uses S1000D?

For civil programs, aircraft documentation (especially maintenance) used to follow ATA 100 or ATA iSpec 2200. S1000D, on the other hand, is mostly used in military programs, but civil program may use ...
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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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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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Do multiple go-arounds on the same flight happen in commercial aviation?

I know that go-arounds are pretty rare: somewhere around 2 per 1000 approaches. In large commercial aircraft the rate is probably even lower due to crew quality, instrumentation, conservative ...
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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 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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Can autothrottle be used without autopilot (and vice versa)?

In commercial passenger aircraft: Can autothrust be used with A/P disabled ? And can A/P be used without using autothrust? Citable references very welcome! If the question depends on a specific ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 are the differences between type B message format and EDIFACT message format?

IATA say's the standard format for transmitting passenger messages is UN/Edifact. Somewhere else it says the standard is type B format. what are the differences between these two? Or are they a same ...
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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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Could winds of up to 150 km/h impact the structural loads on a Boeing 777?

From 15 October 2016, AI 173 from Delhi to San Francisco started flying over Pacific. Jet streams over Pacific helped Air India in reducing the flight time by 2 hours, despite increasing the travel ...
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How long have commercial aircraft been continuously in the sky?

In 2018, it's obvious that at any moment of the day, there is at least one (and in fact many) commercial aircraft in the sky. In 1908, this was not true. Which was the last year there might have ...
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How much do aileron on a commercial airliner move for manoeuvring and trim?

I recently flew on an MD88 and had a good view of the aircraft's wing from my seat (read: I sat right next to the toilet). During the flight I noticed a couple odd things about the ailerons on the ...
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Which Aircraft Models need a Tripod Jack for tail support at airport?

Which are the aircraft models that need their tail to be supported by a jack when empty? Wikipedia says this: Aircraft Tripod Jack They are used to support a parked aircraft to prevent ...
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Can foreign pilots get an FAA ATPL and work for a US-based commercial airline?

Could a non-US citizen come to the US, receive flight training, earn an FAA CPL and be hired by a US-flagged airline? Are there any specific rules regarding the employment of foreigners as pilots for ...
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How do pilots hold the runway centerline during takeoff?

Holding the taxiway centerline during taxi is usually done with the nose gear tiller in commercial aircraft. During take-off, until which speed is the tiller used before using pedals to control runway ...
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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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Do commercial aeroplanes use ABS to brake?

I have read that the wheel brakes on an aeroplane are by for the most efficient means of stopping it. I was wondering whether in low grip situations, such as in rain or snow, an ABS (Anti-lock Braking ...
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How does air conditioning work on a commercial airliner? [duplicate]

I know a lot about airplanes, but I've always wondered the vents deal with air pressure in the sky
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Why are airlines so concerned with checked baggage weight?

Why is it that commercial airlines are so concerned with checked baggage weight, such that they charge extra just for the privilege of checking in a suitcase with a limited weight (e.g. 15kg), and ...
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I am 14 and want to be a pilot but don’t know how [duplicate]

Currently I am 14, turning 15 and live in Victoria. I have this aspiration to become a commercial pilot, but I don’t know how. Should I start flying now? Should I get a private pilot license by 16? ...
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How many hydraulic systems does the Boeing 757 series have?

How many hydraulic systems does the B757 series have, does it have a Power Transfer Unit (PTU)? What is the operating pressure of the hydraulics in the Boeing 757? How big is the hydraulic reservoir?...

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