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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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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Can an aircraft on loan in the US be based outside the US?

I'm interested if there is any possible way to get an aircraft (Piper Navajo Chieftain) on loan for a US citizen and then base the aircraft outside the USA?
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How can I determine whether or not an airport has an ATIS?

Where can I find the ATIS code and frequency for an airport through a VFR chart? For example, in the case of Frankfort airport (in the attached image), I can see the AWOS frequency but I am unable to ...
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Single-engine plane with long range flyable in Europe

Not 100% sure if choice of airplane is on-topic here, please let me know if not. Just got my PPL, and looking for a choice of single-engine meeting a few conditions: Long-range, definitely >800nm, ...
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What can cause the engine temperature to be high in piston engines?

What can cause the engine temperature to be high in piston engine aircraft?
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Starting on the left magneto only - why?

I had been flying a PA-28 Archer III for quite a few months before I sat down to properly read through the POH. Something stood out to me about the starting procedure (emphasis mine) Open the ...
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What medications for depression are approved by the FAA? [duplicate]

I understand that there may be additional medications on the approval list.
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How is a stolen aircraft returned to its owner?

Once the authorities figure out where a stolen GA aircraft is, do they get the owner to come take it back? do they fly it back to its home airport? How exactly does the owner get his hands back on it?
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How many active Cessna 172 aircraft (or any other make/model) are there in the United States?

I define "active" in accordance with the FAA's definition: "An active aircraft is one that flies at least one hour during the year." The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) ...
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What procedures do I have to follow to fly a seaplane from the US to Canada?

I work in the States and I'm thinking to go visit my friend in Canada. I have access to an Icon A5 and was thinking to fly from my closest lake in Vermont to his house which is also on a lake. What ...
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What are some of your favorite flying and piloting related lessons or concepts to share with your non-pilot friends? [closed]

My team at work is doing this thing where each person teaches something new every week. I want to teach them about flying (I'm a private pilot). I'm curious what you think are topics that people find ...
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Are Lycoming O-360-A4M engines generally known to have right magneto issues at low power settings?

TLDR - I am renting a PA-28 181 (engine Lycoming O-360-A4M), and have noticed that the right mag is rough at low power settings. During before takeoff power checks, both magnetos operate as expected, ...
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Does the FAA consider flights that generate content for profitable YouTube channels displaying airborne video to be commercial operations?

Is there any guidance from the FAA such as an Advisory Circular, Letter of Interpretation, or other document that directly clarifies the scenario below? If a pilot creates aerial video content while ...
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Would it be realistic to live in an airplane?

I've been playing with the idea of someday modifying a small airplane to create a sort of flying RV/Camper. The passenger seats would be removed and replaced with a flat, raised surface that would run ...
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If the VVI, FPM, airspeed indicator somehow failed you can use fuel flow to help you with your attitude (climbing or descending)?

If the VVI/attitude indicators , FPM, airspeed indicator somehow failed same time and now you could not get cross control check, can use fuel flow counter(because of the decrease consumption rate) to ...
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Artificial horizon - “horizon bar” or “symbolic airplane adjust”

(Student pilot, ~ 22hrs training) On a box-standard AI in a C172 there is a knob that allows you to move the symbolic airplane up and down. I've never managed to ask what it is for, but have now been ...
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Why hasn’t the Wankel rotary engine seen more use in aircraft?

The Wankel rotary engine seems to have several advantages over traditional reciprocating cylinder-and-piston designs. In general, they have a much higher power-to-weight ratio, less vibration, and ...
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What is the best procedure for landing at my destination if I have a full electrical failure at night?

What is the best procedure for landing VFR at the intended destination airport and I have an electrical failure, in the following scenario? Let's assume this is a VFR flight and I'm 50 miles from the ...
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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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