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General aviation (GA) includes all civil aviation activities except scheduled, commercial passenger flights. GA covers private recreational flying, corporate jet flights, flight training, crop dusting, aerial photography, and other activities.

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Responding to another aircraft without knowing their radio call sign

PPL student here. I recently had someone ask over the radio if there was any traffic in the pattern (uncontrolled class G airport). I could make out everything that pilot said except for his radio ...
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How to fix JeppView VFR charts font display [closed]

Some of the VFR charts printed by JeppView for Windows incorrectly display various letters on the map. This is especially visible in the NDB/DME designations ("INN", "PAT", "...
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How to "address" a flight plan to additional stations

Airspace around the Swiss village of Davos is restricted as part of the World Economic Forum every year. The amendment to the Austrian AIP instructs pilots who would still like to cross the affected ...
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Where should I look for ferry jobs? [closed]

I'm a 650 hour commercial pilot with ASEL, AMEL, and IR currently working as a CFI. I have experience operating in mountainous terrain, remote areas of the southwest USA, from islands in the Caribbean,...
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Difference between Maintenance planning document(MPD) and Maintenance Manual (AMM)

Could someone explain to a layman, relatively new to Aviation maintenance, the difference between the Maintenance planning document(s) (MPD) and the Maintenance manual (AMM). Is one a subset of the ...
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How do GA aircraft flaps stay in place?

On most small GA aircraft such as the well-known Cessna 172P "Skyhawk", the flaps are electrically actuated. Now - how do they stay at the setting selected by the pilot after extension ? Is ...
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Why does the hydraulic pump of retractable-gear GA aircraft run continuously throughout the gear cycle?

The POH of a Cessna T210N (which is a retractable-gear aircraft) states that the hydraulic pump will run 1 - 2 times per hour to restore system pressure bleed down, and whenever the gear up / down ...
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What can be obtained from minimum vector altitude (MVA)?

From the minimum vector altitude (MVA) can be obtained: Only the obstacle clearance, only the navigation reception, or both?
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How long is the TDZ of a runway? [closed]

How long is the TDZ of a runway? 3000 ft, 3500 ft or 2000 ft?
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Are there any published travel guides for GA Pilots? [closed]

Are there any published travel guides for GA Pilots specific to the US? Kind of like Michelin Guides, except for airplanes instead of cars and highlight scenic, historic or notable routes?
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Is there a way to calculate the braking distance for a light aircraft?

PPL student, I train in a C152. Reviewing its POH I cannot find a method to estimate brake performance roll (as I would do with T/O roll). Is there any method or rule to calculate brake roll in ...
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Do you have to fly to an airport with an instructor before you can solo there?

I am currently doing my flight training and my CFI said that before I can fly solo to another airport he needs to fly with me there first. Is this true?
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Why don't small aircraft produce tyre smoke when landing, but big aircraft do?

On almost any recording of big aircraft landing, a huge cloud of smoke can be seen. This even applies to the relatively small Cessna Citation. But I never saw such smoke, at least not visible one, on ...
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How can I re-certify my PPL?

I have: a US PPL issued circa 1980 (for about $1600.00 total cost) 120 hours ASEL pilot in command last flight in 1987 type rated for Cessna 150/152/172/172RGII 30 hours of IFR instruction and flight/...
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Why oil pressure decreases when coarsen the pitch during run-up?

During run-up checks, we set the Throttle such a manner that RPM IS 2000 then we do run-up checks Magneto check 2.prop check Notice RPM drop MAP increases Oil pressure decreases Why does MAP ...
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What is vapor lock?

Vapor lock occurs in piston engines especially during summers.. before starting engine we prime it and the engine starts but as soon as we reduce it to near idle or just above idle, engine tends to ...
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Why does RPM increase when you lean the mixture in constant speed propeller engine? [duplicate]

In constant speed propeller aircraft like Diamond star DA-40, during run-up checks the AFM mentioned to increase throttle to increase RPM to 2000 and then do magneto check then rpm check then mixture ...
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During an engine failure in Diamond DA-40, should the prop lever be at fine pitch or coarse pitch?

Chapter 3 of AFM doesn't mention anything about prop lever setting during engine restarting for both windmilling as well as stationary propeller
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What does "cabin class" mean when describing GA aircraft?

Does it mean that there's a door with stairs? Or pressurized? Or that the seats are arranged a certain way?
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What do a "sheared pump drive" and a "possible sticky vacuum regulator" mean?

The POH for a PA28 (engine driven vacuum pump) says a decrease in pressure on the gyro suction gauge may indicate a possible sticky vacuum regulator. A zero pressure indication means a sheared pump ...
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Do minors need parental permission to fly with a private pilot?

I’m a 17 year old private pilot, and my friend and his girlfriend who are also 17 want to fly with me. It’s not clear whether they are asking their parents permission. If their parents didn’t want ...
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why do Lycoming piston engine aircraft operate at 75% best power? [closed]

What happens to the remaining 25%, is the remaining 25% lost due to friction?
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Why do we calculate 25% more of TODR?

In general aviation aircraft, we are being told to calculate TODR (takeoff distance required) using AFM and TODR x 1.25. Why do we need the value with 25% added?
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Any general aviation terminals have jet bridges?

Has anyone seen a FBO or general aviation terminal with a loading bridge for passengers? I remember flying into PHL on a commercial flight landing at Terminal F and they had ground level loading ...
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Is it safe to carry bear spray on a GA plane?

I'm aware that bear sprays are normally banned from commercial flights, including in checked bags. As I'm not sure of the reason behind that, I'm in turn unsure of whether it's wise to have some with ...
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I'm trying to replace the Colomban CRI CRI engines with twin 72v 3000w dc electric motor. Will the plane fly?

This is the 72V 300W DC motor: (source)
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Ground effect and Lift coefficient

Is there a correlation between the lift coefficient and the proximity between the wing and the ground? I know that the lift coefficient is dependent on angle of attack; However, based on experiments ...
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Effect of heat and humidity on take off, descent, climb, and cruise

I am aware of this question, this resource (phak), and this resource that explains the science, but I am looking for a more straightforward answer. I am student pilot and there's a lot of literature ...
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Which source(s) provides the most authorative and correct flight dynamics theory? [closed]

Just like many curious people, the question: " How airplanes actually work?" occupied my mind for a long time. Different sources gave different answers where most claimed the Bernoulli ...
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why are modern rotor airfoils placed and set up in a compressor at a higher angle of incidence?

why is it that in modern compressors in gas turbine engines like the J79 the rotor blades are set up at a higher angle of incidence (more aligned to the axial axis) compared to older engines. I also ...
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What documents do I need to take a German airplane outside of Schengen but still within the EU? [closed]

What kind of documents are required for customs or police if one flies out of Schengen (in this case a German-registered aircraft) and lands in a non-Schengen state within the EU?
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Which class B airports support GA?

As a student pilot (soon to be private pilot), flying into any class B airport is intimidating. Many class B airports simply do not support general aviation and discourage pilots from coming in. For ...
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What options are there in Canada for treatment of severe depression and anxiety for pilots?

I'm a Canadian commercial helicopter pilot, and I've been struggling with severe depression and anxiety issues since childhood. I'm very good at faking it, well, good enough that I've been able to lie ...
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Why are clearing turns supposed to be shallow bank?

During my CFI training, my instructor relayed a story in which he had a mid-air collision while teaching (how to teach) clearing turns to two other CFI applicants. The other aircraft was underneath ...
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What are the EASA external aircraft lighting requirements for day/night/VFR/IFR operations?

I have attempted to decipher the EASA rules related to non-commercial small aircraft external lighting requirements (for a pilot) for the various types of flight, and I can only find the MEL for ...
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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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How can you fly your own military jet in terms of altitude and acrobatics?

So I know that you can legally buy and fly a military jet like the Mig-29 and the SU-27 https://www.wired.com/2010/01/own-the-coolest-jet-on-your-block/ and https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/29292/...
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Can anyone identify the Make and Model of this nosed-over plane?

I've tried to identify this plane by the writing on the plate on the cowling but have been unable to match the logo, and when I've blown the size up the writing is unreadable. It looks something like ...
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How do FBOs Work?

As a student pilot, there are many things taught in training, but I've found that one of the things missing from training is "real world" flying. For example, I don't really know what you ...
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Why aren't rudders automatic? [duplicate]

Why aren't rudder pedals automatic or connected with ailerons to keep the nose of the aircraft coordinated with the turn its entering? Wouldn't this make for an easier and smoother to operate aircraft?...
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Can anyone identify this pusher plane from apparently the 1930s?

I have performed two searches - a photo search and also an FAA NC number search and failed at both to identify this pusher airplane. My family photo says it was taken by my mother at the Chicago ...
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What practical alternatives are there to 100LL in 2021?

As a prospective student pilot in Southern California, I would like to avoid 100LL. Since the FAA 100LL phase-out is stalled, what other alternatives are there? Continental has a line of Diesel ...
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Low hour Pilot wants to move up to Piper Malibu Mirage but having trouble finding insurance [closed]

I am a 350 hour instrument rated pilot and current. I own and fly a Piper Saratoga II TC and I am rated for complex, high performance, retractable wheel airplanes. I have approximately 150 hours in ...
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Is the vertical flight close to a building possible for GA plane?

Is the vertical flight in GA plane, so close to an actual building, as depicted in 67th second of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020's official commercial, ever possible: Or is there "at least a ...
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How can I tell if a rental aircraft has been maintained in good condition?

When I rent a Cessna (typically old) from the local airport, how concerned should I be that the plane may have been abused at some points over many years (over-load forces, hard landings, over-rev'd ...
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24 hour access at general aviation airport

I was doing a night flight with my kids and one had to go to the bathroom. I was happy that when I landing at an airport (KVLA) and they had a door code so I could get to the bathroom. Is there a ...
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Can private flights between the US and Canada avoid using a port of entry?

I'm considering getting back into flying private after a 15 year absence. I'm a dual US/Canadian passport holder. I'd like to fly between homes on Nantucket, MA and rural Nova Scotia regularly. Is ...
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Does the FAA require a specific grade of supplemental oxygen for part 91 operations?

In a recent FAA knowledge exam, a question was asked whether medical grade or industrial grade oxygen can be substituted for the aviation grade supplemental oxygen for General Aviation, Part 91 flight....
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How do fighter jets stop pitching motion after a elevator deflection?

I'm working on a flight simulator , In which the jet has only ailerons , rudder , and two elvators at the back . When I nose up my aircraft via elevator deflection , it just keeps pitching up ( even ...
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Under what legal standing can after-hours ground access to an airplane be forbidden? (USA-specific only) [closed]

This came up when a friend was unable to access his airplane because the security guard refused to open the gate. It was a mountain flight in a small plane, and so a timely departure was urgent for ...
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