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Questions pertaining to the operation of aircraft for commercial purposes.

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What do the abbreviations on this Jeppesen Dataplan mean?

Attached is a screenshot from a flightplan created with Jetplan. Can someone help with decoding the format? What do the abbreviations mean in the table header? I understand the following: FLT = ...
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What are the drug testing procedures for EU airlines?

How do EU airlines test aircrew for drug use, specifically marijuana? Do they use hair tests, and how far back in time can they detect marijuana use?
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Is more cargo loaded if there is less passengers than expected?

When pre-flight weigh in is done, if the plane weighs less than expected because people don't turn up, is more cargo added? Conversely - if the plane is over the estimated weight - does cargo get ...
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What is the cargo capacity of a Boeing 737-200/-300? [duplicate]

I would like to know the maximum commercial load of a cargo aircraft B737-200 & 300.
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What’s the steepest possible descent for big commercial jets? [duplicate]

What’s the highest descent rate, an A320/737/A380/younameit can achieve in safe controlled flight and how do they achieve it? E.g. can those jets do side slips to have a steep approach angle (maybe ...
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What do professional commercial pilots do to counteract boredom? [duplicate]

With the eyes of a layman, it seems to be a wonderful thing to fly a big airplane between continents. From an initial perspective anyway. During a transatlantic fight, pilots can see the water of the ...
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How can a plane fly far longer than designed? [duplicate]

The current record for longest commercial flight is 21,602.22km by Boeing 777-200LR. However the designed maximum range for B777-200LR is 15,800 km. So how is this possible?
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Do pilots get full credit hours when they fly double or augmented?

In commercial airlines, in some very long flights as far as I know they require double cockpit crew sets (2 pilots, 2 co-pilots) to operate. Do both crew sets get the full credit hours for these ...
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Cabin pressured for flights to/from high altitude airports [duplicate]

I was flighting from La Paz (El Alto airport, LPB) which it is located at an altitude of 4061 m (13 600 ft), which is above standard pressure of passenger flights. How is the cabin pressure usually ...
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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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Does the responsibility for the plane shift from the PIC, if they leave the plane?

Is the PIC still responsible for everything when they leave the plane and a co-pilot is staying on board? Are there differences between operational reasons for leaving the plane (doing the walk-around)...
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Where can I find information about the safety record of Westwind Air Service in Arizona?

I've been trying to find out how safe Westwind Air Service is. I know that there was a crash in Canada, but I think it's a different Westwind. I know that it's a flight school but how well maintained ...
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Can an N registered aircraft operate scheduled service from USA to/from a Category 2 country?

Am looking at economics of a scheduled service between Honolulu and Tarawa but need an N registered aircraft to do it.
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Are aircraft transferable between companies with different Air Operator Certificates?

Can Company A use Company B's aircraft if the two companies are not on the same Air Operator Certificate (AOC)? Company A will provide the crew. This would be a transfer of equipment use with no ...
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How much hand-flying does a commercial pilot do? [duplicate]

What is the ratio of hand-flying to autopilot for a typical commercial pilot working for a large airline (British Airways, Virgin, EasyJet etc.) and how many hours a year might a typical captain rack ...
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Could ejector seats save lives in commercial aircraft? [duplicate]

If cost were no issue (it could be done cheaply), would installing ejection seats for passengers possibly save lives? There are certain scenarios (albeit extremely rare ones), where the crew may know ...
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Would building an airport at 30,000 ft save money?

So... this would obviously cost a ton of money initially, but long-term, I believe the savings both environmentally and financially would be returned many times over. If a building can already be ...
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Under what circumstances do planes poop? [duplicate]

I had always assumed that human waste was removed from commercial aircraft while they were on the ground, some inscrutable machine coming by to suck the material out and carry it away. Although that ...
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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 ...