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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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Should I pursue aviation? [closed]

I am a senior in high school who has been interested/fascinated in aviation. I do not know whether to go to a 4 year school to fly commercial for UPS or Fedex or do charter planes or fly for companies ...
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Is it true pilots in a smaller aircraft have the option of using the right or left door as rudder, to offset the actual rudder if failed? [duplicate]

So if the rudder fails or gets stuck in the “left” position a pilot could open the right door and it would essentially counter the effect?
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Can you turn off the instrument panel lights?

Do general aviation aircraft generally allow the turning off of the instrument panel lights? By lights I am referring to any screens, bulbs or other devices which shine a light within the cockpit.
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Throttle friction lock - what is it?

Referring to a general aviation airplane, what is the throttle friction lock and what do I need it for?
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Why does the stick force per-g test require it to be harder for pilots to pull back on the yoke instead of easier?

What happens when it’s easier to pull back banked at such steep angles, wouldn’t it be a good thing that a pilot can maintain his altitude easier than harde?
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How would a pilot stabilize the aircraft after a dual engine failure?

Since there would be no more thrust, they would have to exchange energy by losing altitude to keep forward speed. But what happens towards the end, when you have to reduce your V/S to something like -...
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How to calculate camber for a balsa glider?

I am making a rubber powered balsa glider for a competition. I want to make the glider fly as long as possible. I've heard that a high camber means slower speed means more airtime. I want to make sure ...
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Why can’t aircraft use GPS to generate the IAS, instead of using pitot tubes? [duplicate]

I’m mostly asking after reading about Aeroperu Flight 603, which was caused by a piece of tape blocking the sensor. Is there any other way to gather IAS or is this the best way to do it?
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Why don't we use hydrophobic (icephobic) coatings over traditional anti-ice methods?

I am a design engineer on GA aircraft and I had a thought whilst flying in icing conditions the other day. I know there are lots of ways we deal with ice buildup (as per the chart below from this post,...
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Maximum Flaps extended speed Vfe for full or partial flaps?

I fly Piper Archer/Warriors and the POH states "Maximum Flaps Extended Speed (VFE) – Do not exceed this speed with the flaps extended." I try not to but I occasionally may exceed Vfe with one notch ...
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How does Garmin Autoland for General Aviation aircraft work?

Garmin recently unveiled a new technology for their G3000 General Aviation avionics system, the Garmin Autoland. They claim it can safely and fully autonomously land the aircraft in case of pilot ...
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Possibility commuting using GA aircraft between rural towns?

Last week I went to visit my friend out in California City and noticed they do have an airport over there, so here is my idea. Would it be practical to fly GA aircraft between California City and Los ...
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How do flaps help an aircraft take off at a lower speed, yet cause drag at the same time?

Wouldn’t the drag caused by the flaps just decrease the acceleration, so, although they can lift off at a lower speed, wouldn’t it be faster to just use no flaps and rotate at the higher speed that is ...
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What makes airplanes pitch up during landing?

So what exactly pitches the plane upward with the rear end down? Do flaps help lower the nose when deployed 80%-100% down with such low speeds?
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Keeping the engine under the wings, doesn't hurt the lift as the airflow speed is higher under the wings?

To create a lift, the airflow speed on top of the wings should be higher than the airflow speed on the bottom of the wings. But when you keep the engine on the bottom of the wings, wouldn't it hurt ...
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Application of Bernoulli Energy Conservation [closed]

In what cases does the static pressure decrease when the velocity increases in a flow. And in what cases does the static pressure remain constant whilst the velocity and stagnation pressure increases?...
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Turbines in jet engines

I was reading this thread and in the answer, the person wrote "For example, the turbine blades are replaced after a set number of turbine cycles and/or after a set number of hours, which are lesser ...
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Can a commercial pilot with MPL , obtain PPL for general aviation in the UAE?

Is it possible for an airline pilot in case he would like to fly GA aircraft like c152/172 obtain the PPL license without going through the whole process?
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What is the maximum permissible error of Vertical Speed Indicator for General Aviation flight operations according to FAA?

I know that if VSI shows +100 during preflight cockpit check that can be considered as 0 and flight can be conducted based on that but what is the max error permissible for VSI usage.
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Why is ISA Standard pressure 1013.2 not used for contour charts instead of QFF?

I am confused because QFF being actual mean sea level pressure is subject to change why would we use it for mapping terrain? Does this mean the height of a given terrain changes with the change in QFF?...
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Wake turbulence: crossing under a final approach path VFR

Flying VFR around the Bay Area I’ve had two experiences recently that made me a bit nervous, but I haven’t been able to find recommendations that fit the situation. The first was flying (C172) north ...
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Is it okay to purposely stall a small single-engine aircraft just before touch down to get a good flare?

I'm still learning ground theory and have only flown in simulators (P3D v3 Academic). For a long time, I've been trying to properly flare single engine aircraft but have mostly failed. I even watched ...
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Where can I find electrical pinout of C152 microphone jack and DC bias?

Would anyone have the pinout and/or specs of the C152 passenger/pilot microphone jack? I'd also like to know what DC bias voltage, if any, the plane provides to the microphone. Here's what I have so ...
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Is there an actual rated thrust for a Cessna 172 engine at takeoff power?

I could approximate the thrust by knowing the weight of my aircraft and timing the acceleration to takeoff speed, but I think that would be a little dangerous of me as well as only an approximation ...
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Why are general aviation planes so expensive? [duplicate]

My question simply is why are GA planes so expensive? I can understand that an airliner is an incredible money sink simple because of the size, complexity, development cost and especially the ...
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How much lift is lost by wing dihedral, and can it be fixed?

The loss of lift, though negligible, was mentioned in another thread regarding the angle of dihedral wings. Not knowing the coreect name but will external "ribs" on the wing surface reduce that loss? ...
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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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Is it allowed and safe to carry a passenger / non-pilot in the front seat of a small general aviation airplane?

Is there anything wrong with taking a friend in the copilot's seat of a small general aviation aircraft with me flying, or does he have to sit in the back (if there is one)?
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Where can you join a STAR & STAR Altitudes?

Do you have to join a STAR at a transition or can you join it at any point? For example, coming from the south, can I join the DODJE5 arrival at FZT rather than AEX? DODJE5: https://aeronav.faa.gov/...
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What would be the safest way to drop thousands of small, hard objects from a typical, high wing, GA airplane?

The subject pretty much states my question, now I will provide a bit of background. A family member, who lived on the west coast of Florida Manasota Key, collected tens of thousands of fossilized ...
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Does a RC aircraft require suspension in landing gears?

we engineering students are preparing for a particular competition with dimensions of 170 in. (length + breadth + width) for that competition we require landing gear but for that are we supposed to ...
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Would the benign spiral maneuver be one alternative to dealing with being “stuck above” or inside a cloud?

Recently I provided an alternate answer to a question involving "hands off" recovery techniques. In this I briefly illustrated the benign spiral maneuver. For completeness I will reiterate what I ...
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TACtical Air Navigation - Bearing Information

In the TACAN system , how does a change in bearing , would translate to a change in the time (or frequency) domain. I'll try to elaborate: I'm aware , of the TACAN operation in general. let's say ...
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What happens to Cessna electric flaps that are moving when power is lost?

On final in a C182T you move the flap control arm from 20 to FULL, and when halfway there, the breaker pops (or BUS1 fails, a wire falls off, etc.) Does the flap stay where it is, slide back to 20°, ...
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What is the effect of aileron deflection on the centre of pressure?

Deflecting an aileron will increase or decrease the camber of the outer wing where the aileron is attached. I learnt on this platform that centre of pressure (c.p.) moves fore and aft with aileron ...
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Best Glide with Flaps T/O in DA20-A1

The Diamond Katana DA20-A1 Manual says that the best glide angle can be achieved with flaps in the t/o position at 72kn at maximum weight. My naive understanding would be that a flaps up position ...
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Are the pitching moment and pitching moment coefficient of an airfoil given w.r.t. the aerodynamic center?

When the magnitude and sign of the pitching moment and the value of the pitching moment coefficient are communicated, are these values given with respect to the aerodynamic center of the airfoil since ...
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Is this safety ranking of different aviation methods accurate? [closed]

I'm compiling a list of essentially "Different ways a human can fly" and then ranking them in order of safest to most dangerous. This is my final list, is it statistically (and practically) accurate? ...
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Does GA flying in your own plane count toward a Airline Transport Pilot license? [duplicate]

The video Why the World is Running Out of Pilots discusses a pilot shortage, and notes the tortuous path to an airline transport pilot license (specifically). It claims there are 1500 flight hours ...
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Why is it appropriate to announce ‘stable’ on final approach?

I have recently discovered that a budget airlines flight deck in the UK (Airbus 320) announce ‘Stable’ on the final approach. Both the Captain and F.O, just after 500 ft is called out by the computer. ...
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Which airlines allow you to gain hours with them by paying them [closed]

As a fresh grduated pilot is there any airline that you can pay them to fly with them without a salary just to build hours?
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What modifications are required for automotive fuel STC?

What actual engine modifications are required to allow certificated piston engined general aviation aircraft to run automotive fuel under an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC)?
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Is there any plan to create GPS approaches to water areas for seaplanes?

Is anyone working on differential GPS approaches for seaplanes? They are a largely ignored resource with great capabilities for certain remote places
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How to sign hours on Logbook if doing aerial work in right seat on single pilot aeroplane?

Recently I got an offer to work during the incoming summer as survey pilot, but since I do not have the required hours for insurance I can not be the PIC on left seat. So they proposed to be on the ...
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Criteria for Aviation Weather Hazard (Avoid vs. Go through?) [duplicate]

I have heard that a pilot may have to re-route his/her trajectories if weather hazards (e.g. icing, convective, volcanic ash, and turbulent) are showing up to the original planned trajectory. In the ...
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Why does the U.S. have so many general-aviation aircraft?

In a comment on my previous question about the paucity of South Korean general-aviation aircraft in the 1990s, @Pondlife pointed out (in response to my comparison between the numbers of GA aircraft ...
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Why were there so few general-aviation aircraft in South Korea in the late 1990s?

While reading the AAIB report on the crash of KAL 8509, I came across (in section 1.17.11, “Korean aviation statistics”) this surprising information regarding the South Korean aircraft population in ...
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Is aviation slowly dying as of 2019 [closed]

This debate first started a decade ago but I want to modernize it. The reasons people wanted to be pilots. (I cant find a single reason why someone would want to become an ATC) They watched Top Gun ...
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Can high G aircraft handle extreme turbulent weather?

Can aircraft that can handle high G forces, such as military or aerobatic aircraft, enter extreme weather like thunderstorms or lenticular clouds without structural damage?
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How to secure an aircraft at a transient parking space?

I've noticed that at many airports, the transient GA parking spaces often don't have tie-down anchors (e.g. bolts drilled into the pavement; heavy steel cables, etc.) or tie-down ropes. They simply ...