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Questions tagged [equipment]

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Why is there a cutout in the pilot seat (looking as if it had separate “legs”)? [duplicate]

Why is there a gap in the seat (between the legs)? What function does it have?
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What types of gear/supplies are “must-haves” for private pilots? [closed]

Is there certain gear that people consider "must-haves" for a private pilot? Specifically, a new pilot or student pilot.
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Does the 2020 ADS-B -Out requirement apply to aircraft with only a wind-driven generator (electrical system)?

Since my J3 Cub was was not originally certificated with an engine-driven electrical system it's clear the 2020 ADS-B-Out mandate (U.S.) does not apply (except where specifically noted in FAR part 91)....
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What is a 5 Tube System?

I've been going over the new Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL) for Textron Aviation Model 500 Series Citations and on page 70 an Electronic Flight Information System (EFIS) 5 or 3 Tube System is ...
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What is a Ground Power Dispatch Switch?

I've been going over the new Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL) for Textron Aviation Model 500 Series Citations and on page 36 a Ground Power Dispatch Switch is mentioned but I can't find any ...
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What is the difference between an Instrument and Equipment?

In an aircraft, what things is an instrument and what things is an equipment? For example the ILS, is the Antennas located in the runway considered to be an instrument or an equipment? Or is there ...
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What should I look for when choosing a kneeboard? [closed]

There's a lot of variety in kneeboards. Some pilots fly with an improvised one: just a small clipboard with some scrap paper on, with a strap glued to the back. At the other extreme, fancy ones come ...
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Regulations regarding cleaning of water cooking equipment on planes?

Inspired by this question over at MiYodeya, does anyone know of specific practices or regulations regarding the use and cleaning of water urns on commercial planes? Specific questions would be are ...
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What iPad for the cockpit? [closed]

I am planning to pass my PPL and I am trying to buy everything I can before starting the flight lessons to spread the expenses. Most of the private pilots I have met told me that an iPad is almost ...
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How do aisle lights show the direction to exits?

Lights in the aisle will guide you towards an exit. I've sat through a lot of safety briefings (for commercial scheduled passenger flights) and always found this sentence especially uninformative. ...
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Can I use radar service instead of DME or GPS for this ILS approach?

At the top of this approach chart for KDNN in the briefing section, it is stated that "Simultaneous operation of I-DNN and GQO DME required." If my aircraft is not RNAV/GPS or DME equipped can I fly ...
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Do pilots have separate volume knobs on the radio panel?

I have about two hours in a Cessna 172 so my instructor always managed the radio for me. I found it too loud at some times and too quiet at others. Can I tweak mine without bothering him? I forgot to ...
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What are the defining characteristics of aviator glasses?

The title pretty much says it all. It's easy to find pages for resellers of aviator glasses or aviator sunglasses, but what are the defining characteristics of these as compared to ordinary glasses ...
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What is that device on an Su-27 pilot's helmet?

While watching a YouTube video (2.5hrs), I noticed this device on the top of most Russian Su-27 combat pilot's helmet. A google search only shows it for a Su-27 and MiG-29, but apparently no other ...
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Does a stopper (chock) really prevent the plane from moving?

In Crime-Thriller movie American Made (2017), Barry put this stopper in front and in the back of the plane's front wheel. Do wheel chocks really prevent an airplane from moving?
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Was John F. Kennedy Jr.’s accident airplane equipped with an autopilot?

JFK Jr.’s crash was attributed to failure to maintain control due to spatial disorientation. Could this be explained by his Piper Saratoga N9253N having no autopilot?
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Are there any safety mechanisms to prevent emergency slides deploying inside an aircraft?

Does this kind of situation happen, or is this a test situation? Are there mechanisms to prevent inward deployment of emergency slides?
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How many landings per year are performed using the integrated standby instrument system?

Could you tell me how many landings are exclusively driven by Integrated Standby Instrument System or equivalent in the world per year ? Same question with "partially" using instead of "exclusively".
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Why are W, S, N, E highlighted on a flight management computer?

Why are W, S, N, E highlighted on a flight management computer (FMC)? My assumption that they represent West, South, North, and East. Here is a Boeing FMC: And here is one from Airbus:
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Is there any kind of removable ELT on board an airliner? [duplicate]

Is there any equipment similar to an ELT on board on airline airplanes as for GA aircraft? Something that can be removed from the wreck in the event of abandoning the site of the crash.
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What's the name of the runway equipment referred to in this video?

In this Air Crash investigation video clip (31:06), a beacon system that tells the pilots whether the aircraft is laterally aligned with the designated runway is mentioned. What's its official name?
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How can a crew be warned of “Clear Air Turbulence” during the flight?

Is there any piece of equipment, on board, to assist the crew to identify and avoid clear air turbulence (CAT)?
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What are the WAAS requirements for RNAV (GPS) approaches?

Is a WAAS GPS required to fly in RNP airspace (e.g., RNAV (GPS) approaches)? Or, can you be approved to fly RNAV (GPS) approaches with, say a military EGI (embedded GPS/INS)?
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How are the navaids that are on the airport ground powered?

How are navaids (such as the ILS localizer) that are on the airport ground powered? Are they connected to the airport's power? Do they have their own backup power?
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Do flying boats carry anchors?

Inspired by the first comment here, and considering they are called "boats", do flying boats carry anchors?
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How do they quickly replace the pylons after a hit during the Red Bull Air Races?

My 3 years old was watching the movie Planes (Dusty Crop hopper one) and when he saw one airplane hit a pylon and puncture it he asked: How will they fix it? I told him it was air filled and they ...
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How are pitch angle and pitch rate measured in an airplane?

What equipment or method is used to obtain measurements of the pitch angle (θ) and pitch rate (q) during flight? Edit: I am asking about how the aircraft systems sense these quantities
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What can trigger the ELT on GA aircraft?

Does the Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) on smaller aircraft activate automatically in case of an accident? If so, what triggers it? Is it a certain amount of G's that triggers it or are there ...
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What is the purpose of the glazed round area atop the Ju 87 Stuka G?

I haven't been able to find any pictures of this feature aside from models, nor any reference to what it is. I'm going to make a complete guess and suggest it's a searchlight for night-fighting to ...
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Why is the Antonov 225 (almost) always chocked at the third wheel?

Recently I was looking over pictures where the An-225 is parked (because that's a normal thing for a normal person to spend their time doing). I noticed that the chocks are almost always placed around ...
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What is this weapon spotted at an airshow in South Africa?

I was at an airshow in South Africa, and they had this trailer sitting about. No one knew what it is. Those little red plates all say "warning, high voltage". Those buckets are open at the bottom, ...
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What is that black pod on the left wing of a TBM?

What is the black pod on the left wing of a TBM? (Source)
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Would it be a benefit to install winglets on a Hawker 400XP?

Would it be a benefit to install winglets on a Hawker 400XP? If so how much would the performance be increased?
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What is this ring-shaped device behind this DC-8's jet engine?

What is this ring-shaped device behind this Douglas DC-8's jet engine? (YouTube)
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What is the big hole at the bottom of the vertical stabilizer on the Boeing 717? [duplicate]

What is the big hole located on the forward vertical stabilizer's bottom used for? (Image source)
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What are the “spur” devices on this U2 pilot's boots?

From this video on YouTube: What are those devices and what is their purpose?
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What is the difference between a MEL, MMEL, KOEL and Equipment List?

When we are determining what equipment must be operational for an aircraft to be considered airworthy we are presented with different kinds of equipment that could be installed on the airplane. What ...
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What is a “Lifeline Extension Belt”?

I was recently flying on an United Airlines A320 and noticed a narrow section between the overhead storage bins with a placard labeled "Lifeline Extension Belt" on it. It was over the wing exit row. ...
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Which airplanes are required to have a Flight Data Recorder in Europe?

I know that not all aircraft are required to have a Flight Data Recorder (FDR) in Europe (for instance, a small single-engine airplane doesn't need one), but many are, and depending on the age of the ...
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What, exactly is “on the MEL”?

The MEL, minimum equipment list, defines whether fault of some equipment on the aircraft prevents it from being dispatched for flight or not. However, sometimes (e.g. in comments to this question) ...
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Where can I find a free/cheap small airplane wing?

I am looking for a small airplane wing (e.g. Cessna 172, but not necessarily) to run some experiments prior to seeking an STC for a modification I am working on. Do you know where I can find a free ...
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Is special equipment required to perform high-voltage line inspections?

I was watching a youtube video about high voltage cable inspections performed with helicopters. It can be seen how the helicopter has to reach the same electric potential as the wire, something that ...
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What is this hole on the tail of an MD-88?

There's a little hole on the leading edge of the vertical stabilizer of this plane: What is that? What is its purpose? Thanks Source: Airliners.net
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How do you know what equipment code to put on a flight plan?

Every time I have flown and filed flight plans the CFI or the person I have rented the plane from has told me what equipment code to put on the flight plan. I am curious how you would figure out on ...
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If a shoulder harness becomes INOP in an aircraft certified before 1978, is it still required equipment?

So we fly a 1973 Piper Archer, with shoulder harnesses installed from the factory. The question is: Would the shoulder harness becoming INOP (jamming & not coming loose) ground this airplane or ...
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What is this orange container labeled “Flight kit wheel”?

What is this orange container for? It reads Flight kit wheel. Do not remove. What's a "flight kit wheel"?
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What is this equipment under nose of aircraft?

From the news of Singapore Airline A330 nose gear collapse at Changi, I notice an equipment is under the nose part of aircraft and somewhat damage the radome when nose gear collapse. It looks like ...
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What is the belly pod on this Beech A200 Super King Air?

In this photo of N46L, a Beech A200 Super King Air owned by Dynamic Aviation, there is a large pod attached to the belly with what looks like two largish ports or windows on the underside. What is it,...
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Do pilots really wear “pilot's watches”?

High-end mechanical wristwatches from Swiss and German manufacturers (e.g. Breitling, Rolex etc.) are often marketed as "pilot's watches", and have chronometer features to supposedly help pilots ...
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What's holding equipment manufacturers from going into multicore, RTOS-based equipment?

What's holding equipment manufacturers from going into multicore, RTOS- based equipment? Recently, Rockwell Collins certified its display systems based on RTOS: Lynx Software Technologies, LynxOS-...