Questions tagged [general-aviation]

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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Aircraft fuselage [closed]

Are they anyone that knows about carbon-epoxy fibre composites as fuselage ? I have read about Boeing 787 dreamliner fuselage but couldn’t find anything useful there.
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If I have the Covid virus, should I consider using O2 at all altitudes while engaged in GA aviation? [closed]

If I have the Covid virus, should I consider using O2 at all altitudes while engaged in GA aviation as PIC? To combat decreases in physiological functioning due to the virus?
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Which airport is the busiest general aviation airport in the world?

Which airport in the world has the highest amount of flight training and general aviation traffic? I am wondering for year-long traffic totals rather than temporary spikes in traffic due to airshows ...
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How is NASA going to get high fuel economy on the X-57? [duplicate]

This X-plane is meant to fly soon. It's a modified Tecnam. The propeller direct wash over the wings, increasing lift. This allows the use of a smaller, high-aspect ratio, low drag wing. But this isn'...
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Are General Aviation tires filled with Nitrogen?

Long story short, I'm working on a concept for a book. We all know why commercial aircraft have nitrogen tires, but my question is if GA aircraft have nitrogen tires, or are they just filled with ...
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Helicopter retreating blade stall: Increasing the fwd speed decreases the tip speed on retreating side and angle of attack. So why limit on V_n.e?

On Retreating side: Speed of wind over blade tip = blade rotation speed - forward speed. So, with an increase in forward speed, the speed of the wind over tip is getting reduced. In airflow diagram, ...
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Why does Vmca decrease with increasing altitude?

A question from a mock MEP class rating test: Many thanks for your help.
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Could abrupt flight controls input cause damage in these circumstances?

I went flying yesterday with a friend in my 1972 Grumman AA-5. She's a good copilot for someone who doesn't know much about flying. I showed her how you can pitch up and down, cause 0G, and float, ...
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Are there any restrictions on long overwater flights by private aircraft?

It is talked about in many questions here that (with the exception of older 3+ engine aircraft) airlines and their planes must be ETOPS certified if they are going to fly more than 60 minutes away ...
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Can airliners be considered as GA?

In a Swiss001 video, he said that the Twin Otter was a general aviation (GA) plane. But then in another video, he said that the Twin Otter was an airliner. Obviously, he's not a credible source, but ...
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How much simulator training for general-aviation?

How much training/refreshing is necessary/desirable for instructing general aviation pilots? All I see is commercial pilots been trained in simulators. A real general aviation airplane might be not ...
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What causes lift in aerofoil: Bernouli's principle or Newton's third law? [duplicate]

Reading materials online, I observe some explanation based on Bernoulli's principle, quoting the difference of air pressure above/below and difference of speed of airflow. While some say's Bernoulli's ...
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Helicopter flight: Does the rotor disc plane and hub plane rotate along axis perpendicular to rotational axis?

In many pieces of literature, diagrams as below are shown to explain the directional flight of Helicopter. I have the understanding that the cyclic input will only change the pitch angle of the blades ...
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What should be done in case of the avionics failure?

Yesterday I was flying in my simulator with the Cessna 172 when I thought about simulating a fault in the plane's electrical system (alternator and master). But then I was in doubt, if I can't contact ...
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Could a landing gear jettison mechanism be practical when ditching?

Reading this answer about GA aircraft ditching, I wondered if, considering conventional fixed landing gear aircraft (taildraggers) which often operate overwater, having the ability to jettison the ...
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What are aerodynamical reasons behind slight dihedral or no dihedral at all? [duplicate]

Regarding general aviation single engine high wing aircrafts in particular, what are the reasons for some of them to have no dihedral at all on their wing, or slight positive dihedral angle for other? ...
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Statistically, how safe are para-motor craft compared to other GA planes?

I know there are very well kept records for death and accident rates in GA aircraft, but I was wondering if there were numbers for para-motor aircaft that are easy to compare?
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How do acrobatic pilots avoid pulling too many G’s and passing out?

I just watched a video of a acrobatic pilot doing stunts, it involved a type of stall, not sure which one though. Long story short he overcompensated(?) which caused him to pass out, and then he ...
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For general aviation small aircraft flying VFR under 10,000 feet, can I use my phone GPS for navigation in the US?

For general aviation small aircraft flying VFR under 10,000 feet, can I use my phone GPS for navigation in the US? So no onboard GPS (which are expensive), no VOR/DME, of course there is always dead ...
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How does an aircraft maintain an orientation that was actually caused by a external disturbance?

What is the difference between centre of pressure, aerodynamic centre and neutral point? At this link, there is an image used to explain the answer, but not much has been spoken about it. I ...
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With a Pandememic grounding many to their residence… How to maintain flight hours?

No matter your Country, is grounding affecting license requirements(Passenger, Cargo or even Private) and how are the hours being rectified. CNN actually posed a great question in this article and I ...
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What are some examples of pilot error with criminal negligence?

I’m having a hard time understanding why pilot error technically can’t be criminal negligence all the time? So I’m curious to find out some examples of this exact scenario, and how investigators ...
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What is the 'Downstream Clearance?'

Downstream clearance means a clearance issued to an aircraft by an air traffic control unit that is not the current controlling authority of that aircraft; but I don't get it so well. Thanks in ...
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Do headrests considerably increase safety on aircraft?

When looking at newer GA aircraft, for example, Cessna 172s it is very obvious that the seat design has changed quite a lot over time. With the older ones having very short backrests and the newer ...
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How much does a typical private pilot pay for a non-training flight?

I realize one can expect to pay upwards of $10k to receive their Private Pilot certificate. Understood entirely. However, my question revolves around the everyday expense of your average Joe pilot ...
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Would it be frowned upon that with a uncommanded nose up, the pilots just do a full loop?

So what I’m asking is that if a uncommanded nose pitch up happened and was so bad that it reached a pitch angle of 50 degrees, the pilots were unable to stop the pitch up by applying the control ...
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What does the Emergency Avionics switch do?

In almost every light aircraft I've ever flown, I recall their being a rocker switch marked "Emergency Avionics". Here's an example: It's never really occurred to me to ask an instructor/owner what ...
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How often can I fly my own small plane?

I was wondering about how often can one fly a privately owned plane? Is it somehow like owning a car where you just light up the ignition and just drive away? Obviously, there are a lot of regulations ...
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Is it permitted to land amphibian plane in the ocean on Californian coast?

Given the length of the Californian coast, I was surprised to find so few seaplane services. I would expect air taxis between Long Beach and the coast, for example. Is it permitted to land seaplanes ...
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Is ADS-B anonymous mode deterministic?

From what I can tell, this is the method of creating a temporary ICAO address in the 978Mhz UAT protocol: From https://www.icao.int/safety/acp/Inactive%20working%20groups%20library/ACP-WG-C-UAT-2/UAT-...
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How does the 3 pin ground power connector (AN2551) work?

I understand the premise of the 3rd (smaller) pin (top of the image) is to delay switching power until the two main pins have made positive contact with the aircraft socket on plug insertion; and ...
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Easy airplane program [closed]

I'm 67 and would like a recommended easy airplane program to play. I cannot afford to really learn to fly so I would like something that is not to complicated to use. Thanks.
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How can an aircraft travel faster than speed of sound without breaking the sound barrier? [duplicate]

An excerpt from the BBC article here https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-51433720 "Despite travelling faster than the speed of sound the plane would not have broken the sonic barrier as it ...
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Do all GA autopilots use cable “clutches”?

In researching General Aviation autopilots it seems to me that most commonly the way control surfaces are affected is via a servo that attaches (via a clutch) to the control cable. References here and ...
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How often do GA pilots use the Autopilot approach feature while landing?

While flying in simulations, I found that using the Approach feature is very beneficial for riding the glide slope (clear weather or not), however, while watching videos of GA pilots, I do not see it ...
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What stops a pilot from flying VFR and going IFR?

Even if the pilot is instrument rated, what stops them from doing it anyway? I’d imagine in certain situations where danger is approaching, it may be best to switch to IFR, it can’t be that hard to ...
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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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