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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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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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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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