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The prefiled planned route between departure and arrival airports

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While waiting for a delayed outbound flight how can I guess where's the inbound plane?

This summer in Mykonos our flight back to FCO was delayed and nobody at the airport could communicate reliable estimates on when it would be. In that case I managed to find the FCO-JMK inbound flight ...
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Can a GPS waypoint be used when filing a VFR flight plan?

This probably equally applies to IFR flight plans, but the general question is can arbitrary (unrelated to an airway or named fix) GPS coordinates be used in the route on a flight plan?
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Basic question regarding flight levels [closed]

Dear fellas I'm building a program to simulate flight plans, for academic purposes and, I have read a lot about flight levels and specifications but I need to be absolutely sure of what I am doing. ...
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How is the effect of wind on arrival time handled?

If a commercial plane encounters strong tailwinds, would the pilots set the autopilot for a fixed arrival time (if that is possible), or would it be ok to arrive way ahead of schedule? I imagine ...
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Is the route which takes the least time always the one with least fuel-burn?

Geographically longer paths may require less fuel than the shortest (great circle) path. But what about time ? Is the most fuel efficient route always the one that has the aircraft in the air for ...
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Where can I find flight plan records for a private flight in the 1970s?

How would I find a record of a private plane flight from Canada to the US in the early to mid 1970's? I am researching records of my father.
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Can longer paths consume less fuel than the (shorter) great circle path?

Is the most fuel-efficient route between points A and B always along a great circle ? Although somewhat counter-intuitive, this comment on an aviation blog seems to suggest that longer paths (in ...
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When must airliners follow airways? [duplicate]

Please give a basic explanation of how commercial aviation traffic is routed for readers without any foreknowledge: Can commercial aircraft only follow airways like cars on highways ? Or are ...
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Are planes allowed to fly through a planned professional fireworks display?

I was watching 4th of July fireworks tonight, and I noticed a very low plane circling the fireworks display. I'm wasn't sure of its altitude, but I would estimate around 1000 ft or no higher than ...
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Flight Plan - Rights of use and distribution to third parties

Currently we have in mind a meteorological project, specially designed for pilots and aviation professionals, for which, the only thing that we currently lack is to have the flight plans. It seems to ...
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How do I fill the PBN\ part in a Flight Plan Form?

Flight Plan Form Section 10 is the "Equipment" section, where one input whatever navigation or communication equipment on board. In addition, Section 18 is the "Other information" section, where you ...
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What is the reason for this unusual flight path?

Last week, flight AA9675 flew from MIA to TUL. It took this very unusual flight path: It's an ad hoc flight number, so it's not a regularly scheduled flight. You can see there was a line of ...
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Why do you need to provide your arrival airport when you close a VFR flight plan?

I file VFR flight plans all the time, now that 1800wxbrief.com makes it so easy to open and close them. Opening is easy, just click the activate button, but when it's time to close the flight plan, ...
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Can you file an open-ended IFR flight plan?

Say you are doing an instrument training flight with a CFII and you are practicing IFR navigation. You will be taking off and returning to the same airport, but you are not certain exactly where your ...
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Can European (or more generally, non-US) airspace users airfile IFR flight plans?

In the US, there are two ways to airfile an IFR flight plan: Call Flight Service on the radio via the nearest FSS RCO and ask them to file the plan Ask the ATC entity you're talking to for a "pop up" ...
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How can I create a map of all paths of flights incoming to an airport in a given day?

Is there any where I could find a map overlaid with the paths of all flights that came into a given airport on a given day? I've found a lot of maps that show the current location of all flights, or ...
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Is there an online source of active flight plans?

Is there a way I can look up flight plans filed in the United States? I tracked an aircraft on Flightradar24 and I would like to be able to find it's flight plan in some sort of database.
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Is altitude information included in filed flight plan?

When the dispatcher produces and files the flight plan for a scheduled flight with ATC, are the determined optimal cruise altitudes part of the flight plan, or does the flight plan only contain ...
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If you file a flightplan with “NO SID”, can you still get assigned a graphical ODP in your clearance?

Recently, the FAA has been moving to migrate Obstacle Departure Procedures from the textual form they are in in the A/FD Departure Procedures section to use the same graphical/charted format that SIDs ...
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What happens if I activate VFR flight plan later than filed ETD?

Let's say I filed a VFR flight plan with ETD (1500), en route (2 hours), ETA (1700) If I depart and activate the plan at 1600, now the new ETA will be 1800 which is an hour later the the filed ETA. ...
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Who closes an airline's IFR flight plan and when?

ATA (Air Transport Association of America) defines the various flight phases (ATA Spec 2300, flight phases). The last phase is called Flight Close and is described as "The Flight Close phase begins ...
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Does a flight briefer require a license in the US?

Flight briefers have to stay on top of a lot of different variables. In order to give a pilot the information they need for their flight they must be able to interpret weather forecasts, keep on top ...
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Where can I get flight departure change data? [closed]

On sites like flightstats.com, there is an "event timeline" view that shows changes made to the scheduled departure or equipment for a commercial flight. I assume this information is being pulled from ...
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Is there a service to review prior flight plans?

I was wondering if there is anyone that offers on-line searching of prior flight plans.
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What software generated this VFR flight plan?

I recently came across this screenshot of a VFR flight plan. Does anyone know what software was used to generate it?
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Do IFR flight plans ever get rejected for operational reasons?

I'm not talking about errors or omissions. Does a FP ever get rejected for example if there are too many flights scheduled into an airport or it conflicts with other flights or your FP as filed would ...
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May a non-instrument pilot legally file IFR as long as he amends and doesn’t accept an instrument clearance?

Say a pilot plans to make a cross country flight along Victor airways, but under VFR. Depending on workload and communication effectiveness along the way, our hero may provide the planned fairly ...
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Why isn't the point you begin descent part of the flight plan?

In This question there is discussion about how to determine when to start the descent from cruise. There are several factors at play and it is usually calculated for maximum fuel performance. Would ...
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How to read this step climb profile? FL STEPS CYUL/0330/TUDEP/0340/NETKI/0350

How to read this step climb profile? FL STEPS CYUL/0330/TUDEP/0340/NETKI/0350 I know CYUL is departing point but what do 0330 represents? The altitude in Feet?
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Is there a standard for the trip paperwork packages that are used by the airlines?

I have noticed that different airlines (like LIDO, Delta, AA, etc.) have different formats for their trip paperwork packages, containing pre-flight information that they give to their pilots. These ...
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Does the FAA verify or authorize VFR flight plans?

It's possible (and, at least by AOPA, encouraged) to submit flight plans for VFR flights, but ATC still do not perform many of the services they provide for IFR. Suppose I submit a flight plan for a ...
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Why do airliners have to file delays through their handlers?

Often when listening to ATC (commonly Dublin), when an ATP requests push and start, the controller will reply, "You have missed your pushback window", and/or ask the pilot to call their company or ...
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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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What can a passenger do if (s)he objects to the flight route?

Say that after a passenger learns of or views the flight plan, she opposes it (eg due to safety). She could just refuse to board the flight and forfeit her ticket and costs, but are there less costly ...
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Do hot air balloon pilots file flight plans?

Are hot-air balloon pilots ever required to file flight plans? (can they file?)
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How do pilots decide what their cruising altitude will be?

When filing a flight-plan for a long-haul high-altitude IFR flight, how do pilots select a specific cruising altitude? Typically in the range of 25,000 - 35,000 ft.
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When is a flight plan required?

Do all flights need to have filed flight plans or only ones that fit certain criteria? What are the criteria?