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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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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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What is the smallest aircraft to have a CVR / FDR?

I was wondering what is the smallest aircraft to have a CVR (Cockpit Voice Recorder) and/or FDR (Flight Data Recorder)? Small single engine prop can sometimes have the avionics, like the G1000, that ...
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Can helicopter or aircraft intro flight hours count towards a private pilot license?

I'm trying to figure out whether I'd prefer to fly helicopters or fixed-wing aircraft and am taking a few intro flights where the other person lets me fly for a little bit. Can these hours count ...
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Does weight affect the fuel burn calculations in a light GA airplane?

When calculating fuel burn in say a Piper Archer, I usually just use the conservative estimate of 10GPH, but, does the weight of the aircraft affect my fuel burn? Assuming I have full fuel and am ...
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Is possible to do a private pilot license training and check-ride on a Light Sport Aircraft?

I am planning to do my Private Pilot License. Is it acceptable to do all my training and Check-ride on a LSA?
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What can I learn before I actually go to flight school (Austria)?

I am currently occupied with a large project which basically eats up all my money but will be done in a year or so. After that, I would like to get my PPL. So I am currently out of money but do have ...
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How are multiple frequencies monitored at once?

In a tiny single-engine aircraft like a Cessna, all the way up to a modern jetliner like a 747, it seems the cockpits of modern aircraft have at least 4 separate airband radios, for monitoring up to 4 ...
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How are aviation sectionals and enroute charts created?

Who exactly handles this? Is this done by the US Government via one of its printing offices? Or is this private? I know Jeppesen does some charts, especially approach plates, but I am not totally ...
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What are the implications to consider when starting a university Flight Club?

I'm currently a University student in the United States, and finishing my PPL within the next two weeks (assuming I pass my checkride!) Unfortunately, when I return to University for the Fall ...
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What happens if I cross the ADIZ line without a flight plan and no clearance or contact with ATC?

I'm on a flight to/from the Caribbean on a single engine Cessna and I crossed the ADIZ (Air Defense Identification Zone) line. I haven't filed a flight plan, I don't have clearance from ATC, and I'm ...
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Why does a plane shake while passing through clouds? [duplicate]

Why does a plane shake while passing through the clouds? During my last journey all the other passengers started shouting when the plane was passing through clouds. It was the third time I was ...
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Female aviators [closed]

I have a friend who is convinced that there are some jets that can't be flown by woman. The argument was that the pressure created by the speed and altitude could burst the uterus... This sounds a ...
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Other aircraft doesn't apply right of way rules [duplicate]

I was flying VFR a couple of days ago and was warned by ATC that another aircraft was coming from my left to my right. At some point I saw it and we were clearly converging and getting pretty close. ...
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How to programmatically access AIP data, METAR, TAF, NOTAMs?

I'm looking at developing an app where one of the functions I would like to implement needs to use data which is normally available in AIP, like: Aerodrome names, ICAO codes, GPS location, elevation ...
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Is the number of private pilots increasing or decreasing?

My interest into aviation grows by every day and I seriously start thinking about working in the industry later, as I am very interested into avionics and pilot supporting devices in the general ...
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How do they quickly replace the pylons after a hit during the Red Bull Air Races?

My 3 years old was watching the movie Planes (Dusty Crop hopper one) and when he saw one airplane hit a pylon and puncture it he asked: How will they fix it? I told him it was air filled and they ...
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Do small civilian aircraft have autopilots?

If not, why? Doesn't it make flying safer? It seems to me that automating a small plane should be easier than automating a car (excluding dealing with Air Traffic Control). Is it too expensive?
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How much does a Hundred Dollar Hamburger actually cost? [closed]

Recently, the Technical Difficulties discussed the \$100 hamburger on their show Citation Needed. A "\$100 hamburger" refers to the practice of flying to another airport, eating a hamburger there, ...
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How do I remind myself to run in-flight checklists?

When flying a basic light aircraft with no "modern" instrument the pilot needs to remember to do various checks on a regular basis (FREDA every x minutes, change fuel tank every Y minutes etc.). Just ...
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Is it legal for an SEP airplane to fly above its service ceiling?

Let's take a Cessna 172R for example. According to the POH this airplane has a service ceiling of 13,500 ft. I know that the service ceiling is the maximum altitude where a 100 foot per minute climb ...
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What can trigger the ELT on GA aircraft?

Does the Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) on smaller aircraft activate automatically in case of an accident? If so, what triggers it? Is it a certain amount of G's that triggers it or are there ...
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Why are general aviation avionics so expensive?

I am quite sure that someone already asked this question, but I couldn't find it on this site. Why are avionics for general aviation aircraft so expensive? For example: The Garmin® G5 $ 2,149.00 ...
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I want to become a commercial pilot, can you do that through the RAF?

I want to become a commercial pilot, can you do that through the RAF?
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Is the Cirrus SR22T a turbo-prop? Or does in just have a turbocharger?

Is the Cirrus SR22T a turbo-prop? Or does in just have a turbocharger like in a car?
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Which small, light aircraft are suitable for operating at very high elevations?

I live in Jammu and Kashmir, in an area with an average elevation of 4,500m / 14,700ft MSL . I would like to know what would be a good and cheap light aircraft to carry 3-4 people for a 3-4 hour ...
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What are the consequences of hail damage to a small GA plane?

I recently found a Cessna 172 that had been totaled by the insurance company because of hail damage. The PDF from that page has detailed pictures which show hail-divots all over the the wings, body ...
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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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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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Why Do General Aviation Aircraft Cost So Much? [duplicate]

Purchase price. Not total cost of ownership. This Aviation Question inspired mine. A quote From this article in Flying Magazine (Dated 2012): Cessna is holding the line on pricing, but the new ...
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Is it OK practice to use one altimeter on QFE and one on QNH (local flight, dual altimeters)?

PPL student, wondering on how this practice is viewed. The aircraft I'm learning to fly in has a small Dynon EFIS which displays horizon, airspeed, heading & altitude. It also has a regular ...
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What procedures are followed for a planned landing in a field?

If an aircraft was making a planned landing in a field/sports ground/other large flat area what landing procedures would be followed? My thoughts are that it would be very similar to a non-towered ...
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How should a loss of communications in VFR be dealt with?

Let's say I'm flying a cross country flight and I wanted to land in a Class D or enter Class C towered airport, but I lost my two-way communications radio but have my transponder squawking 7600. ...
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Minimum turning radius (or maximum banking angle) of a commercial airplane [duplicate]

The context of the work: in an ATC model, we currently have a graph model to set the routes for different aircraft. We want to improve its precision by generating more nodes for each route and in ...
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Do I need to get a new AFSP approval if I change my instructor or aircraft?

I plan to remain with the same provider though.
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Why are almost half of the world's helicopters in North America?

I was reading this report and came across the following quote: North American purchase plans [for civilian-use helicopters] are a significant component of the overall 2017 survey demand, as the ...
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Can general aviation use UHF to contact ATC?

In the US, if a civil aircraft has a UHF radio are there any regulations against it performing ATC communication on the UHF bands? Pointers to the appropriate CFR's would be appreciated. This ...
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Would diesel (Jet A) cause less pollution than other fuels?

Has any research been done on pollution from a aircraft using diesel (Jet A) vs other standard aircraft fuels? Is there a push to use diesel fuels in GA as a viable alternative and if so why or why ...
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Do some modern VORs not spin? [duplicate]

Today in Ground School we learned about radio navigation. I read here that the rotating part of the VOR rotates at 1,800 RPM (wow! Is it an electric motor that spins it?) We know that modern Active ...
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Why does my Cherokee PA28-180 Lycoming motor run hot?

Regarding my Cherokee PA28-180. Could you please explain me why my new Lycoming engine with 800 hrs runs hot? My mechanic says that the EGT #2 should be around 1350 degrees. The minute you lean the ...
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Is anti-icing a small area of the windscreen (hot-plates) adequate for the full flight or only an interim solution?

I asked this question about what "the thing on the windscreen of some Piper aircraft is". It came out that it is used as small anti-icing. The user Jules asked following in a comment of an answer: ...
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What are the legal issues for an Uber or Lyft type model for ride share on General Aviation aircraft in the United States?

Is it possible for an Uber or Lyft type service to operate that allows pilots with small aircraft to share a ride under current FAA regulations? I personally don't see how this could operate under 14 ...
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Where is Ronda's airstrip, or why does Ronda have an airport code (RRA) if it has none?

I'm puzzled by Ronda, Spain having an airport code. Ronda has no airport. I've never seen an airstrip anywhere near either, Wikipedia notes that some railway stations have IATA codes, but notes ...
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Navigation theory for Private pilot [duplicate]

Can someone help me explain what is the magnetic bearing, heading and track, please?
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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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When buying an aircraft which has had multiple owners it is acceptable to get the logbooks from the previous owner only?

I know of a case where a small GA aircraft has had three owners since it was manufactured. However the only airframe, power plant and propeller logbooks available for the airplane are from the most ...
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Do Air Traffic Controllers have to remember stall speeds for different aircraft?

While dealing with Takeoffs and Landings controllers provide speeds to pilots for different phases of the flight, specially during a landing approach. How do they know which speeds are safe for all ...
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Do you say prefix K for airport codes in the US when talking with ATC?

I'm a new student, and I see the US airport codes on charts with the K prefix, e.g. KORD for Chicago O'Hare. I have always seen on commercial flight booking sites, only the last three, letters such ...
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Why do I hear airplanes' engine sounds in the sky? [closed]

I've been wondering all my life about an issue related to aviation. I see airplanes, large airplanes they look commercial in nature but I'm not sure, flying in the northern side of where I live and ...
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Why does avgas 100LL smell different than automobile gasoline?

Why does avgas 100LL smell differently than automobile gasoline? And why don't avgas 100LL fumes from a fuel tester located in the cabin make pilots ill?
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Why do many GA aircraft not have a “Both” fuel selector?

I've been trying to rack my brain around this and asked a few CFI's who couldn't give me more than "because that is how it was done", but a good number of GA aircraft save for Cessna and maybe a few ...