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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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Is a biplane without dihedral more stable than a low wing monoplane without dihedral?

I was wondering if a biplane's top mounted wing created the same stability effect as that of a high wing airplane? Also, would the unstable effects of the low wing cancel the stability provided by the ...
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Is there a light civilian helicopter capable of a 250 NM trip without refueling?

Is there any light civilian (GA) helicopter that's capable of making a 250 NM trip with required fuel reserves? I'm thinking of something smaller and lighter that a private individual might buy. (I'm ...
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Are STOL kits that use leading edge slats available for 'typical' GA aircraft?

Has anyone tried fitting leading edge slats to any of the 'typical' general aviation aircraft? If so, are the benefits worthwhile? I know they're available for the Piper Super Cub, but I haven't been ...
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Is an ultralight aircraft allowed to fly near Class B airspace?

May an ultralight vehicle operating under FAR part 103 operate within Class G and E airspace while within the mode C veil surrounding a Class B airport? Quoting directly from Title 14 CFR 91.1 ...
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Nemesis Champion Racer [closed]

The Nemesis Formula 1 racer is a small plane 1991 to 2000 champion setting a lot of speed records. It went over 260mph, it was fast for its size and engine. Its fast wing helped it fly fast. How ...
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Could robots take over pilots' jobs and fly planes - if they can, then how? [duplicate]

As technology is advancing, could robots take over pilots' jobs? If so, how might they accomplish this?
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How is risk managed in single engined piston aircraft flights?

I have already read this post: How dangerous is flying in a single-engine plane? Recently as reported in the NTSB accident database, a pilot of a light aircraft encountered engine failure after take ...
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Is there research being done on light aircraft safety that involves a comprehensive flight protection system that adresses all risks? [closed]

Question edited for clarity, see below. In 1998 NASA published the following: "NASA's Aviation Safety Program: Making the Skies Safer The goal of the NASA Aviation Safety Program is to reduce the ...
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Are emergency actions an appropriate part of a captain's briefing in a light aircraft?

It is generally considered that giving a captain's briefing when flying passengers in a light aircraft for recreational purposes is a good thing to do. I'm asking about flying people who may not be ...
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DME replacement [closed]

I need help with this question: I have an ancient DME in my airplane, a "KN 60C" and it turns on and the dial bounces and sits at 25 miles, so my guess it's time to swap it with a digital one. ...
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Does “cleared into the Bravo at 3500” mean I must wait until I hit 3500 before entering it?

Let's say I'm two miles away from entering the class B, heading straight for it at 1500 feet and climbing. Approach control gives me my clearance as "...cleared into the class Bravo at 3500 feet...". ...
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Can a pilot over the age of 65 exercise the privileges of a commercial pilot license under FAA Part 91 in the Bahamas?

I am hearing there may be a problem with flying in the Bahamas over the age of 65 as a commercial pilot, even under 14 CFR 91. Because the pilots are being compensated they may consider this a ...
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What is the optimal way to climb fastest between two points on a Cessna 172N?

Cessna 172N’s POH has Vx = 59 Knots. Let’s assume you need to climb from 1000 msl on traffic pattern just after you finished turning cross-wind and are clocking 85 Knots, to 2000 as fast as ...
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Where can I find documentation that state sales tax was paid in the 1980s when an aircraft was purchased? [closed]

I am going from a sole owner to a partnership with two others in a Cherokee 140. The state wants proof that state sales tax was paid in the 1980s when a family member originally purchased the ...
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Why do fabric skin constructions not show up much in larger single piston aircraft?

I noticed that many ultra-lights use fabric skin but are not seen much in GA aircraft, especially compared to carbon fiber? Many skin makers advertise that it can handle that sort of weight. Is this ...
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What's the best way to get started flying?

I'm considering flying. I'd like to find out what is the best way to start.
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Which en-route services are available to UK GA pilots?

I have recently taken up flying again in the UK, and although very little has changed in the 10 years I have been inactive, the one area which seems to have changed is in the en-route services ...
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May an uncertificated pilot log non-PIC flight time for future certification?

Let’s suppose I as a PIC take a friend up flying with me and this friend does not have a pilots license. Now let’s suppose I teach him how to control the airplane and let him fly for a while. I even ...
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What do solo pilots do between reporting points on longer flights?

On some IFR flights, it can be a long time between waypoints. Obviously you must continue monitoring ATC for instructions, but during the rest of the "idle" time, what tasks do pilots have that keep ...
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How is taxi speed measured?

What is the maximum taxi speed and who defines it? has a lot of interesting thoughts and facts about what maximum taxi speed is admissible or practical. It brings me to this new question: how does a ...
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Is it difficult for a GA aircraft to escape a thunderstorm?

I live in the midwest, and I'm getting ready to start working on my PPL. For some reason I find myself really nervous about getting into the air and suddenly seeing a line of thunderstorms rolling in ...
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Does an RMI show true or magnetic north?

Does the compass card of a Radio Magnetic Indicator (RMI) point to true north or magnetic north ?
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How much force can the landing gear of a Piper Arrow withstand?

I'm currently working on my CFI-A in a Piper Arrow and i was wondering if anyone knows how much force the landing gear can withstand? The reason I ask is because I have never been asked this question ...
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How can I avoid downdrafts and icing when crossing the Alps in a small airplane?

let's say I need to fly from LSZL to LSZP crossing the Alps with a small airplane (C150, Piper Tomahawk,...). How many times a year I could expect to find the suitable weather conditions to do that (...
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How can I legally organise a high school football game flyover in Delta airspace?

If a high school had given permission for a low pass over a football game, would the controllers also give permission? The school is about 3-4 miles away from the class D airport. Also, would you have ...
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Is the low air pressure on top of the wing the major contributor to lift?

I am kind of old time flyer. Started to fly with those primitive hang-glides with titanium frame and the yoke control, around 1966 and then after a few close calls and getting older I switched to ...
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Do GA pilots routinely request “flight following” from ATC, and why?

My understanding is that private pilots are able to contact air traffic control and request "flight following", as it may help them with their situational awareness. Beyond that, however, I'm curious: ...
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Could atmospheric effects cause a PA-30 to break up?

About a week ago, a Piper PA-30 crashed into a residential area just a few miles from where I live. An engine was found to have landed a 0.24 nm from the impact site. Sadly, the pilot of the aircraft ...
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What qualifies as a major overhaul?

I have an engine that took a prop strike (previous owner). The engine was completely disassembled to check the crank, case, etc for damage. It was reassembled with new parts, bearings, rings, etc., ...
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What make and model are these two small propeller planes?

What are the makes and models of the two planes in the picture? The registration numbers are ZS-JNJ and ZS-LCY, the year was 1981 and the place was Botswana.
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Have crash investigators ever used pilot cameras to help find the cause of a GA crash?

With video cameras being completely ubiquitous and GoPro cameras able to be mounted pretty much anywhere, lots of GA pilots now like to make videos of their own flights. A passenger's cell phone video ...
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Are GA airports typically accessible 24/7?

Is access to GA airports 24/7? I always thought it was. Every airport I've visited had gate-codes to open gates after hours. But I recently started planning a flight to Salina, KS (KSLN), and the ...
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How much weight does removing a vacuum system really save?

For a small GA aircraft (e.g. Piper, Cessna, Mooney), does anyone have a before and after weight savings example from removing a vacuum system? E.g. calculated weight of component removal during W&...
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GA Headsets - is there a standard for the replaceable microphone?

I've noticed that on many (but not all) different types of GA headset, the microphone seems to be somewhat modular, with two holes at the end for the microphone boom to insert into, and two screws at ...
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Where can I find a free/cheap small airplane wing?

I am looking for a small airplane wing (e.g. Cessna 172, but not necessarily) to run some experiments prior to seeking an STC for a modification I am working on. Do you know where I can find a free ...
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Are there any guidelines on airframe age and metal fatigue in light aircraft?

Are there any guidelines or rules of thumb about when airframes become affected by metal fatigue? More specifically, is something like a 1950s vintage Cessna still safe, or should I be worried about ...
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Why isn't there a procedure for dual-engine failure in twin-engine airplanes?

I'm licensed to fly multi-engine aircraft. I currently fly the DA-42NG. However, nowhere in my training and in the official POH was I introduced to procedures for handing a dual-engine failure in-...
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What's the rule of thumb for power and rpm in a constant speed prop?

I think I understand the relationship between the power lever and the RPM lever in an aircraft with a constant speed prop thanks to this question. However, what'd be a general rule of thumb for flying ...
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Do I need to get a new AFSP approval if I change to a new part 61 instructor?

I have an AFSP (TSA) approval to train with a part 61 provider. I want to transfer from them to an individual part 61 CFI. Do I need to go through the AFSP approval process again?
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What is the significance of a clover-shaped flight track?

These are portions of two flights by a Cessna T206H on separate days: The cloverleaf portion of the track was flown at around 8200 feet altitude. This plane is typically seen over the Los Angeles ...
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Is TBO an airworthiness item or just a recommendation?

In browsing Trade-a-Plane for my dream (light GA) ride, I often note the TBO (Time Before Overhaul) for an aircraft in relation to its asking price. Obviously, the more time left before an overhaul ...
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What are the US flight planning regulations for an alternate airport?

As I read 14 CFR 91.169 literally, I understand an alternate airport listing waiver can be granted if the destination airport Has at least one instrument approach procedure from an authorized source. ...
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What should I expect for an unannounced GA visit for touch-n-gos at San Jose?

I understand that KSJC is a busy airport. I have done touch'n'gos at Oakland (also a busy Class C airport), but they have three dedicated runways for GA aircraft. There is nothing about which runway ...
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What is the purpose of the hole in the Cirrus SR22's parachute?

Watching this video I notice there is a big hole in the middle of the parachute, at its top when deployed. This feature seems to exist in other smaller parachutes. For me, it seems that air can ...
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How can I get General Aviation flight data on smartphone and/or tablet?

Is it possible to in-flight receive navigation data on an electronic device (like smartphone and/or tablet) present in the cockpit? I refer to General Aviation aircraft and navigation data like ...
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Why can't a plane flying due west just hover in the air and wait for the destination country to arrive? [duplicate]

Since the earth is rotating, why can't a plane that is flying from say, Perth to Johannesburg, just hover in the air and wait for Jo'burg to arrive underneath?
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In the traffic pattern, what is the appropriate distance from the runway for the downwind leg?

Specifically for a piston general aviation aircraft, is there a recommended distance from the runway to fly the downwind leg? Does this change based on the speed of the aircraft?
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Relationship Between Aircraft Thrust and Jet Exhaust Velocity? [closed]

What is the relationship between aircraft thrust and jet exhaust velocity & thrust and mass flow. Actually, my question is how to reduce or decrease jet noise without decreasing the thrust ?
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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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If a shoulder harness becomes INOP in an aircraft certified before 1978, is it still required equipment?

So we fly a 1973 Piper Archer, with shoulder harnesses installed from the factory. The question is: Would the shoulder harness becoming INOP (jamming & not coming loose) ground this airplane or ...