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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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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What is the difference between an air carrier and a commercial operator?

I am currently studying for my commercial and I've been seeing both of these terms used interchangeably. Is there a difference?
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Why are passenger required to put their phones in Airplane Mode during taxi to gate?

Why do airlines require that phones remain in airplane mode during the final taxi to the gate after landing? As far as I can tell, it does not affect the airplane or anything else negatively or at all....
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How to reduce altitude in a passenger jet without gaining forward speed in an emergency?

Assume the pilot is flying too fast and high for an emergency landing. What movement of the control surfaces must they apply to land the aircraft safely on the runway? I heard this type of manuever is ...
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Why do airlines over-estimate/over-calculate flight times?

A specific example I'm referring to is Cathay Pacific's CX138 flight between Sydney and Hong Kong. This flight is scheduled to be 9 hours & 40 minutes long (departing SYD at 22:20 local time and ...
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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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Who decides the regular procedure followed by the pilots before takeoff?

Pilots need to go through a checklist before they take off. Are these procedures decided by the airlines and (or) the manufacturer, or by the Civil Aviation Regulatory Authority of the respective ...
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May a commercial pilot transport an owner in the latter’s experimental aircraft for compensation?

Say Olive Oyl owns an RV and wants to hire Popeye, a commercial pilot, to fly her to the beach in her aircraft, which has an experimental certificate. May Popeye legally accept compensation for this ...
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Do airlines prefer younger pilots after a cpl? [duplicate]

I am currently 26, female and making financial arrangements to pursue a cpl after 2 years. The location probably will be Canada or USA. I am wondering if 29 is too late for commercial airlines. Do the ...
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What design feature prevents the fuselage skin from completely tearing off?

For an example, I am talking about the Southwest Airlines Flight 812 where there was a small tear in the fuselage section caused as a result of metal fatigue. Why didn't the tear affect other ...
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Airframe parachute on commercial airlines [duplicate]

My question, would a multi-deployment airframe parachute system be viable on a commercial airline? For example, Grumman & Cirrus already use this system. As with the automobile industries, they ...
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Why was the Bristol Brabazon scrapped?

According to Wikipedia, 6 million pounds were spent developing the Bristol Brabazon, and the only prototype was scrapped for 10,000 pounds, that is a 0.17% loss recoup. There was a lot more value in ...
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What is supposed to prevent a commercial crew from flying to the wrong airport?

Context Obviously: Crews are skilled and well trained. In a crew of two, one can fix others confusion. There is a flight plan, ATC can inform of a deviation. GNSS / ILS / VOR / DME frequencies and ...
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Regular procedure followed by the pilots before takeoff? [closed]

What are the list of procedures (checks) followed by A320 and A380? Are these procedures decided by the airlines and (or) the manufacturer, or by the Civil Aviation Regulatory Authority of the ...
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Where can I find the aerofoil geometry of a commercial aircraft so as to design it in CAD software?

As a part of my final year thesis, I need to design a commercial aerofoil for an existing aircraft (such as Boeing/Airbus) to conduct some FEA & CFD analysis. I've been trying to source aerofoil ...
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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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What is the shortest regularly scheduled commercial flight?

Interesting to know is this flight profitable or not. Why this route exist? Maybe train or car will be cheaper?
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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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