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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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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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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 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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After passing the check-ride of Commercial Pilot License, can I receive the plastic certificate card visiting the nearest FSDO?

As you know, it takes more than 30 days for the plastic certificate card to be delivered. I know that right after passing check-ride, the temporary certificate is given but I need a plastic card to ...
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Can a civilian aircraft pilot see a missile coming?

Can a civilian aircraft pilot see a missile coming? By "civilian aircraft," I mean planes that were not equipped with flares that fire when rockets approach or any similar anti-missile systems. If ...
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Which part of aircraft is contributing the most weight of airplane?

Which part of the aircraft contributes the highest portion of weight? Note: we had argument that, wires connecting the avionics systems are the major contributors of aircraft weight. Due to some ...
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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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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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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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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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Are there any future regulations planned for electric multi-motor LSAs?

It seems with electric control of the multi engine configuration, such as with NASA's new leap tech technology, that there should be a way to use multiple motors in the LSA category. Is there anything ...
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What certificates/medical are required to fly in Japan?

I am FAA certified, but my medical certificate has lapsed. Would my pilot certificates and a fresh medical enable me to fly in Japan?
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How does a constant-speed propeller work?

My explanation of how a constant speed propeller works has always been a little shaky. I know about the "speeder spring," "counter-weights," and how it utilizes the engine oil pressure, but I'd love ...
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Since there are no toilets on smaller aircraft, how do you deal with the inevitable?

How do you handle business on a small plane on long flights? For example a cross country in a C-172.
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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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Is there a website similar to FlightRadar24, but showing general aviation?

As far as I am concerned, FlightRadar24 reads out transponder responses. As most engine driven aircrafts have at least a mode C transponder, is there a site that displays such traffic as well?
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In xflr5,how is the value of Fz calculated?

I am building an conventional plane with AR=6 and I find the wing area,A.So I have selected an airfoil for building my plane that is sd7062. Using xflr5 I got a cl vs alpha graph and I took the cl ...
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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 it possible to use normal headphones for passengers in a light aircraft?

I'm just finishing up my private license and am looking forward to taking some friends up in a Cessna 172. I've invested in a nice aviation headset for myself, but, as none of my friends are pilots, ...
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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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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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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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What is the moderate dihedral angle for a low wing airplane?

An increase in dihedral results in a decrease of the total lift produced by the wings. I would like to know the moderate dihedral angle (in degrees) for a low wing airplane, especially the amature ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it recommended to have an ADS-B transponder in ALT mode on the ground? [duplicate]

Early on in training I was told that unless the airport specifically noted it on the chart, that the transponder was turned to ALT (altitude) mode just prior to taking the runway for take-off (lights, ...
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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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Is a weak battery a valid reason to reject a rented aircraft?

Today I had rented a Piper Archer III for a local flight. After taxing to the fuel and filling up, I went to start the plane again and it did not want to turn over. This particular plane is somewhat ...
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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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Can normal PC headsets replace 'aviation' headsets?

Aviation headsets have Noise Reduction and a larger jack (1/4") than most PC headset counterparts (1/8"). But there are many excellent quality PC headsets with sound-proofing materials which eliminate ...
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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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Where can I find a worldwide General Aviation incident/accident ocurrence reports database?

I enjoy reading reports about aviation incidents and accidents. There are often interesting technical details and I believe that this practice increases the safety of my flights. To keep up to date I ...
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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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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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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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Are there any footwear regulations for private pilots?

Just wondering, as I'm working on my PPL during a hot summer, if it's legal (but probably more importantly, a good idea) to wear flip flops to fly a plane? I'm training in a 172, if that's an ...
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Is it legal to fly under the Golden Gate Bridge? [duplicate]

I recently had the opportunity to rent a plane and fly in the San Francisco Bay Area. While flying in the HWD/OAK/SFO area is challenging enough, when I spoke of my adventures of flying above ...
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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?