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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 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 ...
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As a commercial pilot, can I fly my spouse for her work?

So I hold a commercial license and have a 2nd class medical. My wife is an engineer and a product she works on needs to be altitude tested (unrelated to aviation). She was suggesting that we could ...
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How to determine angle of bank caused by shift in centre of gravity in an aircraft?

I’m trying to figure out the angle of a bank caused by a shift in the centre of gravity of an aircraft. How should I do this? What avenues should I go down to calculate this? I know that the plane ...
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Can I preheat my C150 by placing a space heater in the cabin?

I have a C150 in a hangar, but no jet heater. I was planning on just putting a directional space heater (an FH-06B) in the footwell and opening the cabin heat to let the heat through to the engine. ...
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Can a private pilot placard an inoperative instrument?

For certificated small aircraft that are not required to have a minimum equipment list. If you have an instrument break while on a cross country flight and it is not a legally required instrument for ...
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What is this aviation quote?

I remember hearing a quote about aviation that was something along the lines of “asking a pilot why he loves flight is like asking an artist (or a painter?).....”. For the life of me, I cannot ...
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How does pulling back provide better steering during rollout for light GA planes?

I had requested clarification on an answer to the question, How do I keep a C172 straight on the centerline during landing/rollout? I did not comprehend how pulling back after touch down provides ...
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If the previous 100 hour was overflown but not for hire, is the time still subtracted from the next 100 hour?

A rental plane at a local FBO had an annual inspection at 2345 hours on the Hobbs. The next 100 hour inspection wasn't completed until 2450. If the current hobbs time shows 2547, would it be legal to ...
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What warning lights can one safely fly with? [closed]

Like many people, I often either ignore or reset warning lights in my car and continue to drive without issue for months or years (usually due to dodgy sensors giving a false-positive). What warning ...
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What are some Anti-icing solutions for small planes without an on-board system?

When flying during the winter, is there anything I can do to increase my margin of safety, such as anti-icing fluid? I've heard of people spraying their aircraft with propylene glycol, but am curious ...
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pre-departure sequence, how to increase number of flights in the sequence

If I have number of flights ready to depart (valid TOBT) if I want to increase the number of flights in the queue by adding flights in the gaps between any 2 flights whats the minimum seperation that ...
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How many private jets land at Heathrow airport per day?

Heathrow airport is one of the busiest airports in the world, one would assume most traffic there is reserved for commercial airliners because they carry a much larger number of passengers. How many ...
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Why is the weather radar mounted on the left wing of the TBM?

Weather radar is mounted starboard on the Pilatus PC12 or in the Piper Meridian/M600/M500. It adds drag to the right wing, thus a right yawing moment, and helps to counteract the slipstream effect ...
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Where is the inclinometer “ball” in a knife edged turn?

Discussion of steep turns has lead to a question about where the inclinometer ball would be if the plane rolled to 90 degrees. Also, would there be any difference if the plane simply rolled to 90 ...
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Why do pilots typically start out in piston-engined aircraft, rather than jets or turboprops? [duplicate]

Essentially all pilots begin flying with propeller aircraft powered by piston engines, rather than in turboprops or light jets, even though: Operating a piston engine requires adjusting the mixture ...
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Why aren’t multiengine general-aviation aircraft required to be capable of sustained single-engine flight?

While perusing the See How it Flies website, I came across this alarming statement regarding multiengine general-aviation aircraft: You must not allow yourself to think that just because airliners ...
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Wing pitching moment decomposition into two terms

Summary: Assuming constant angle of attack $\alpha$, speed $V$, and lift $L$ applied at the center of pressure CP (whose position is $x_{CP}$), the distance $(x_{CP} - x_O)$ between the moment ...
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Can I land on an abandoned runway in California?

Can a private pilot land on an abandoned runway in southern California's remote areas? There are a few unpaved runways near scenic hillsides, ideal for camping or swimming.
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What does “ACFT MAX 65/7 ” means on lido charts?

What does "ACFT MAX 65/7" on the minima box means? I found out that its related to wingspan and some vertical distance, but I still didn't get the vertical distance thing !!
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What are the areas of an aircraft that suffers most from G forces?

i want to ask this time as to "what are the areas of an aircraft that feels or suffers the most from G forces?". i am asking this in terms of structural design and physical limits of the pilot(the ...
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Can the CG move out of bounds as fuel is used?

I've never bothered to check the weight and balance when the tanks are empty. I always assume that if the Center of Gravity is within range when the tanks are full, then it will remain within range as ...
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How does an aircraft maintain level flight while accelerating?

Let's assume a plane is initially moving at constant speed, level flight with a certain angle of attack. If the plane's thrust is increased, the plane's horizontal speed increases (at one point the ...
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Is part 141 ground school really supposed to be 35hours?

I'm in a part 141 program and in ground school. My instructor dismisses class very early almost every day, but in the logbook he keeps for us he writes a lot more time than we actually meet on any ...
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What to do if carbon monoxide is present?

Most small, single engine aircraft are fitted with non audible carbon monoxide detectors that turn black if it is present. Carbon monoxide can incapacitate in mere seconds (and kill in minutes) ...
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Cessna 172 steering system and torque link purpose

How does the Cessna 172 steer while taxiing? Is it by using differential braking (braking one wheel at a time)? Are there any connections between rudder or toe brake and nose landing gear related to ...
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Can a private pilot refuel his small private airplane internationally without passing through immigration or customs?

I've been a private pilot for many years, but I have never flown internationally in small private aircraft. I'm about to buy a tiny, high-tech, super-efficient 2-seat airplane that has extended range ...
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Mechanical vs Pneumatic Stall Warning Systems

Light Cessna aircraft - at least the high wing single engine line - have commonly made use of a solid state pneumatic stall warning system. The system is fairly unique to Cessna airplanes and makes ...
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Best way of learning the aviation alphabet?

I want to learn the aviation alphabet, and when searching the Internet on how to, I see a plethora of approaches, so I thought of asking here! If it's primarily opinion based, let me know.
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General Aviation Ice Protection

Does anyone know if regulation exists making it a requirement for general aviation aircraft to have ice protection systems? And any insights on why general aviation aircraft tend to use rubber boots ...
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What are the Ikarus C42 wing loading limits?

I have been reading about the Ikarus C42 aircraft as a potential personal recreation aircraft. It compares very favorably with the Cessna 152, most notably in weight, stall speed, and fuel economy. ...
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Should I keep specific distance from Class B?

I was wondering if I fly my c172 in class E airspace, and Class B base was 5000 MSL. should I keep specific distance from Class B? or is it okay to go up to 4900 MSL but not reaching 5000 MSL?
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Hypothetical - Basic Med & Insurance

I have a friend that needs some info... He has a Basic Med certification in hand. He takes a drug that is on the DNI list however it is admissible with a SI (SSRI). His GP doctor signed his Basic ...
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What produces Thrust along the line of flight in a glider?

After reviewing discussions and vector diagrams of gliders in flight, the vertical lift component and the vertical drag components seem to produce a steady state, 0 acceleration balance with gravity. ...
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When an aircraft is descending, does any lift act on it? If yes, how?

When descending , an aircraft never goes in free fall, even if negative angle of attack is large. Does that mean the net downward force is not gravity, but less than gravity, due to certain lift ...