Questions tagged [flight-planning]

Flight planning is the process of preparing for a flight: planning a route to fly, identifying alternate destinations in case of diversion, calculating required fuel, ensuring the aircraft will not be not overloaded and so on.

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What regulations apply to a VFR flight from South Africa to Namibia?

I just would like to know what kind of flight plan, permissions, en route airway paths and other factors that need to be considered? Other than the passport, PPL license and aircraft documentation ...
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What do I do with fuel, distance, and time to descend and climb, on nav log?

So I've got my navigation log mostly filled out. All that's left to do is determine fuel to climb and descend. I go to my Archer POH (Pilot Operating Handbook) and use the time, fuel, and distance to ...
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How can I avoid downdrafts and icing when crossing the Alps in a small airplane?

let's say I need to fly from LSZL to LSZP crossing the Alps with a small airplane (C150, Piper Tomahawk,...). How many times a year I could expect to find the suitable weather conditions to do that (...
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Will Lockheed Martin Flight Services send me ACAS, EasyActivate™, and other text messages if I file my flight plan through ForeFlight Mobile?

ForeFlight Mobile users who file flight plans without being authenticated to CSC DUATS will effectively file through Lockheed Martin Flight Services (LMFS). Considering that the LMFS route does not ...
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What are the general post flight sequence checks and do they start automatically? If so, when?

What post flight checks are performed? Are they automatically or pilot initiated. If automatic, what are the possible conditions? For example, one of the conditions to start the postflight checks ...
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What is the reason for the detour flight route from AUH to BEY?

I recently flew from Abu Dhabi to Beirut and I was intrigued by the flight route. Instead of simply avoiding Syrian airspace (as would be expected) and flying across KSA, Jordan and Israel, we flew ...
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Why does FAA not include certain SIDs and STARs in its CIFP file, even though they are regularly used in flight planning?

I was correlating the instrument flight procedures found in flight plans from 1st April 2019 with the ones included in FAA's CIFP database. I noticed that in those flight plans there are some SIDs and ...
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Would a refueling stop be cheaper than finding lodging for all the passengers?

This is somewhat late followup question to my original question. Basic story was flight got delayed by almost 24 hours because first, technical reasons, secondly temperatures were very high. As far ...
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How are aircraft lifespans tracked?

When returning from each flight, during which it is subjected to adverse conditions, say arctic weather, desert heat or just moderate conditions, how is an aircraft evaluated to accurately keep track ...
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What is the difference between Part 135 and Part 129?

I work with small commercial aircraft. Up until now I have understood Part 91 to mean that the flight has been filed as private and Part 135 to mean that the flight has been filed as commercial, to ...
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Are intersection takeoffs less common in the USA than in other countries?

On a recent trip through Australia I did a number of intra-oz flights. In at least three of the cases we performed intersection takeoffs, a couple at MEL/YMML and one at BNE/YBBN. I have at least a ...
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In a flight plan, does it make any difference to write an increase of the flight level instead of writing a cruise climb?

According to ICAO 4444, a change of speed or level should be written in item 15 of the flight plan according to these rules: Change of speed or level (maximum 21 characters) The point at which a ...
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Is the "auto-routing" created by online flight planning resources preferred by ATC over Direct routing when NO preferred route exists?

I noticed that when I use online flight planning resources, they provide an "auto-routing" option for my flight. I also noticed that they are the same between both services so it seems like both are ...
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To use the equipment suffix "G", does the GPS have to be certified for IFR?

To use the equipment suffix "G", does the GPS have to be certified for IFR flight?
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How do you calculate trip fuel based on hourly fuel burn rates?

I am working on a small personal project that uses fuel burn data about specific aircraft to calculate the total fuel required for a trip. The data looks like this: ...
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What do Turnaround Supervisors do before departure?

Before the plane is able to take off, what calculations do Turnaround Supervisors have to do and what do they have to check before the plane departs?
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What's the difference between TWEBs and TIBS?

Everyone I know knows about DUATS and Flight Service weather briefers, but you almost never hear about TWEB and TIBS. They have something to do with telephones and recorded weather information...are ...
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where are filed flight plans / routing stored? or: where does flightaware get route data?

One of my favorite new distractions is to look at the routing information that flightaware.com makes available. If we pull this one, for example: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL98/history/...
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Does a flight dispatcher need to update the flight plan during GTB and ATB?

Does a flight dispatcher need to recalculate and resubmit the flight plan to the pilot during ground turn back (GTB) and air turn back (ATB) scenarios?
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What airports close to the east coast of the US have attractions that are easy to get to? [closed]

I'm currently living in Boston and fly out of KBED regularly. I'm looking into making a long cross country in a Cessna 182T to the Bahamas and am planning my route. I'm IFR rated. I'm looking for ...
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Can anyone find Putins Il-96-300PU july 17 flight map? [closed]

Can anyone find Putin's Il-96-300PU July 17 flight track? Putin's flight path has not been publicized on the internet. The Russian media is claiming that his aircraft would be in danger of being shot ...
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Is this ferry flight route possible for a B737-800 WL?

Recently a new aircraft, B737-86X (tail AP-BNA) was delivered to a new airline in Pakistan. The ferry flight as reported by planespotters is BFI - BGO - KHI but this seems like a large stretch given ...
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Can planned runway closures prevent a plane from leaving an airport?

I was on a flight recently where, due to the long runway at my airport being repaired, we had to fly to another nearby airport to get enough fuel for the rest of our trip. We couldn't take off with ...
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Can you jump out of a crashing plane just before impact to improve your chance of surviving? [duplicate]

Let's say a plane is going to crash and all people on board know this. Why can't they jump from the aircraft when the plane is near the ground? They would have higher chances of surviving, right?
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How can I plan a VFR flight through controlled airspace, without knowing what instructions ATC will give me?

I'm currently planning a VFR flight from KFRG to KDOV. Due to airspace restrictions in this area, I plan to contact NY Approach and request flight following. If all goes well, then I believe I will ...
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What is the purpose of including sea level pressure and temperature in a METAR?

In a METAR such as this one: KGOK 161553Z AUTO 18011KT 4SM BR OVC007 07/05 A3011 RMK AO2 SLP201 T00670050 Translated to: Jan 16, 1553Z, Automated. Mist, Wind from 180° at 11 knots, 4 statute ...
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What is the speed of a standard airliner during the different phases of the flight?

I would like to know how does the speed of an airliner vary as a function of time.
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How much does a refueling stop for an Avro RJ85 cost in Bolivia/Colombia?

One possible motive for the LaMia disaster is that they were attempting to save money by not refueling. That may or may not be true and this is not the place to debate that. Reports say they were ...
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What are these symbols in Garmin Pilot?

When I start editing a flight plan in Garmin Pilot, if I have a distance that is farther (like 1,000 nm or farther) I get these two symbols in the map on the Flight Plan pane: One is a tower and the ...
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Aerobatics in "firm" IMC -- how would one do it?

Assuming you are aerobatically trained, IFR rated, have an aircraft that is rated for the aerobatic maneuvers you are planning to perform (let us assume that it is acrobatic category, even), and the ...
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No alternate destination when flying from Oakland to Honolulu: is that correct?

When you file a flight plan from Oakland to Honolulu you put "Glory" as your alternate destination.[1] Is that the correct way to file the flightplan? Scanning back a few paragraphs, the airplane ...
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How to select a SID during the planning stage?

During the planning stage of an IFR flight how to choose the correct SID for your route in an airport with multiple runways and multiple SIDs? and how to predict the runway you will be going to use?
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What is the accuracy of distance and position calculation?

I would like to learn about the flight distance calculation and positional accuracy requirement in aviation. In practice, great circle distance is calculated between two airports but earth is more ...
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How is the transfer of an aircraft managed when it landed at a different airport than the scheduled one?

The question came to me when my flight could not land at the scheduled airport because of fog. We landed in a nearby city (Turin instead of Milan). Is the aircraft transfered without passengers ...
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May a Cessna 182 land on a major, high-traffic airport, say EDDF (Frankfurt)?

Some 30 years ago a family's friend owned a TR-182 Skylane (Turbo, retractable gear) and we sometimes flew around here in the Rhine-Main area around Frankfurt. Of course he used EDFE (Egelsbach) for ...
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Why does Ryanair always fill its flight plans with the same remark?

With my current position, I have access to samples of ATC recordings, including all the flight plans received by a FIR. Parsing these recordings, I noticed that Ryanair always put the following ...
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Is it always required to calculate the fuel for an IFR alternate?

I was asked to plan a cross country flight from KTMB (Miami Executive Airport) to KTPA (Tampa International Airport). After doing all the planning, I realized I needed to calculate the fuel for an ...
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What is the significance of a clover-shaped flight track?

These are portions of two flights by a Cessna T206H on separate days: The cloverleaf portion of the track was flown at around 8200 feet altitude. This plane is typically seen over the Los Angeles ...
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What is a Certification Flight?

After taking a new plane from the manufacturer's factory to its airport base, the plane must undergo a Certification Flight before starting to operate with the airline: What is a certification flight?...
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What is the difference between "Standard Metric Level" and "Altitude" in ICAO flight plans?

What is the difference between "S" and "M" in flight plan altitudes? The FAA's ICAO flight plan documentation says: Standard Metric Level in tens of meters, expressed as S followed by 4 figures (...
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On the ICAO Flight Plan Form, does /S replace O, V, and L?

I know the S stands for standard equipment (VOR, ILS, VHF radio). Is the format like G/S (GPS with standard equipment), or does the /S not imply coverage of the other line items, i.e., VLGO/S?
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Are paper charts required for flights outside the USA?

Can international flights by a US operator be performed paperless or do you need complete paper charts?
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Does clearance delivery assign VOR or GPS-A approaches?

I've listened to clearance delivery feeds on LiveATC. Is it possible for clearance delivery to assign VOR or GPS-A approaches instead of standard terminal arrivals (STARs)? Or would they just give you ...
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How do I plan TOC/TOD in an IFR flight plan that includes SIDs and STARs?

For a checkride, I'm being asked to plan an IFR cross-country from Miami Executive (KTMB) to Tampa International (KTPA), using SIDs, STARs and approaches. I'm going to use MIA5.MIA (Miami Five ...
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Where can a realtime map showing all flights and all dangerous areas be found?

Further to my other question, how can I find a realtime map of all flights that's combined with the foregoing map of all perilous zones? My goal is to see which flights may be overflying them, and in ...
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What documents/procedures I have to follow to fly my aircraft from the UK to Norway?

I'm planning a trip to Norway for when Covid restrictions here in the UK are lifted, and was wondering what documentation is needed to enter Norway. I've already emailed AVINOR, and they simply gave ...
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What qualifies for "mass disseminated data" for an abbreviated briefing?

I'm reading about the different types of pre-flight briefings you can get and in the section for Abbreviated Briefing (AIM 7-1-4c) is mentions the phrase "mass disseminated data". Request an ...
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What are the mandatory elements of an ICAO flightplan?

I need to write a software parser for ICAO flightplans, and in particular I need to parse FPL messages. What are the mandatory elements included in a flightplan document? For example the image below ...
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Where can I find a reliable database of civilian ATS Routes?

I am looking for an updated source of ATS routes. Are there any free and reliable (ie produced by the FAA or Eurocontrol) datasets available?
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Is it ever allowed to list your destination airport as the IFR alternate too?

Is it legal (in certain conditions) to have your primary airport of intended landing, also listed as the alternate?