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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'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 ...
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What to do with excess fuel before flight?

I've read that it's recommended to store a plane with full fuel tanks to prevent water contamination. Some small general aviation planes, however, would exceed their maximum gross take off weight ...
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Why is the take off speed and distance reduced by head winds?

A headwind of 20 knots and a true airspeed for the take-off safety speed being 120 knots, the ground speed is only 100 knots. Getting to a true ground speed of only 100 knots will require less ...
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How much does it cost to fly a plane? INCLUDING lessons, and everything else [closed]

It seems very difficult to find this information on any legitimate sites, so I'm going to ask here. I know nothing about flying, and this wouldn't happen for years to come, but I am curious. Let's ...
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Is any single-axis autopilot for a light piston single certified for unusual-attitude recovery?

Recovery from unusual attitudes is required during primary training and must be demonstrated during the checkride. In the case of an incapacitated or disoriented pilot, will activating a single-axis ...
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What free online educational resources should pilots in training be aware of?

Obviously this website is great as is boldmethod and several of the aviation youtube channels. Also the FAA wings website is great as is all the FAA handbooks and advisory circulars. I also like to ...
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Can PPL, CPL, and ATPL be completed within a year?

It took me about 8 months to complete my PPL, because I struggled to go solo and I haven't started my CPL training yet due to financial set back. I've heard about students who completed their PPL ...
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How is the air traffic managed at a field with many privately owned aircraft?

As example "Spruce Creek". Many residents own private aircraft and can fly anytime they want. Do they have an separate air traffic controller? How is this high amount of air traffic managed?
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How are aircraft identified as unregistered?

When someone operates an unregistered vehicle on public roads we know how they are caught: Police routinely pull people over, and they always check registration of vehicles. In fact, police will ...
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What are the consequences of flying GA without a license (certificate)?

As far as I can tell, in the U.S., 49 USC 46317(a) makes flying without a proper certificate a crime punishable by fine and/or imprisonment. However, the FAA is a regulatory agency, which means it ...
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What do you do when your engine quits right when the airplane starts off the ground?

This has been one of my fears in flying (a plane the size of Cessna 152). I sort of know what to do when the engine quits on you when you are a few hundred feet off the ground, although it is ...
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Do GA gasoline engines have a tendency to cough, and splutter?

I'm wondering if GA piston engines have a tendency to stall like some old carburetor car engines if the throttle is increased too quickly. What would happen or what could be done if this scenario ...
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How many hours of test flight does a general aviation aircraft go through before delivery?

I'm curious if anybody could give any indications as to how many hours of test flight a factory new small general aviation aircraft* goes through before customer acceptance and delivery. (Not initial ...
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What are the rules for “see and be seen” when you suspect a potential conflict in class G airspace?

The airfield I learned to fly helicopters at is in uncontrolled airspace and has an air/ground radio service only. It has a main runway, 07/25 and a secondary runway only used in high x-winds, 13/31. ...
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Should I open a door or window when there is smoke in the cockpit?

Let's say when flying, I encounter smoke and the smell of something burnt in the cockpit. Should I open the door or a window to clear the smoke? My thoughts: the smoke may be toxic; opening the door ...
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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 are the qualifications for a small airport manager?

I live in a small city in the Southeastern United States and the county's airport has an opening for the manager. The airport is paved but no control tower, serves general aviation as well as company ...
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Can a non-A&P fabricate and install his own hydraulic lines?

As a non-A&P, am I allowed to fabricate and install hydraulic fluid lines as part of preventive maintenance on an aircraft?
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When is a fuel pump needed on GA aircraft?

When is a fuel pump needed on GA aircraft? I am a flight simmer and have noticed that you can leave the fuel pump off and start/fly the aircraft. When would you use the fuel pump?
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What factors should be included when calculating hourly aircraft operating cost? [duplicate]

I'm working on a budget for operating an aircraft and trying to better understand the hourly operating costs. What factors should be included that are often forgotten? Although this is partially ...
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What is meant by the term “Code on request”?

I recently flew from a small airport under a Bravo shelf into the nearby Bravo airspace above. When I advised the ground controller that I was doing as such, he cleared me to taxi, then added the ...
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why are there no production canard GA aircraft?

You see a lot of experimental canard GA aircraft, and their performance characteristics seem great. Why don't we see any production canard designs? EDIT For clarification. I'm asking about small ...
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How is engine fuel kept from freezing? [duplicate]

The following table shows the operating temperature of Jet fuels (Source http://www.skybrary.aero/) I know a lot of flights will be cancelled during bad weather conditions including the cold. How is ...
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Will flying cars fall under aviation regulations?

As science and engineering keep inventing new technologies like flying cars http://www.iflscience.com/technology/are-flying-cars-finally-becoming-reality, air space may become heavily overcrowded. ...
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Is the “Bay Tour” flight path documented, or is it a more informal route? Are there similar flight paths for other cities?

During my Private Pilot's Licence days out in San Francisco, we often flew a "Bay Tour": a sightseeing flight northbound from San Jose through SFO's Class B , over the city and Golden Gate Bridge, ...
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How does one train for making landings and takeoffs in bad weather?

I thought of this while coming in on a bumpy flight into Memphis, TN. The pilot of the airliner brought in the aircraft nicely, despite having to fight it quite a bit during the slowest portion of the ...
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Does the Piper PA-28 Cherokee wing have laminar flow behavior?

I've heard (and read) that the PA-28 series has a laminar flow wing: The Piper had a very thick airfoil that used laminar flow to assure that lift would be lost very slowly up to the stall. ...
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What are the Autopilot Minimums for a C-172 G1000?

(GA Pilot) On a C-172 (G1000 Avionics), what would be the AutoPilot minimums OR at what altitude would one need to disengage the auto-pilot and take controls for: 1) Precision Approaches 2) Non-...
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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 considerations should be taken into account for landing on gravel airstrips?

For the pilot of a Cessna or Piper 4 seater, what techniques and other considerations should be given before operating on a gravel/dirt airstrip?
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Pilot passed out in a small GA plane. What can a passenger do?

There is another question about airliners and if someone not qualified could land them. My question is about the steps I should take to stay alive in a small GA plane. Let say a friend of mine ...
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How should wake turbulence from aircraft on the ground be avoided during landing?

If a large jet aircraft is holding short of runway 28L while I am landing a single-engine aircraft on runway 28R, how should I proceed with such a landing?
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Can Air planes fly through rainbows? [closed]

I am wondering whether or not it is possible for an air plane to fly through a rainbow, and, if so, does anyone have any pictures or experiences of what you can see? I've always been intrigued by ...
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AIP, AIC, NOTAM, ANO (UK): How do they relate to Annex 15 of Chicago Convention?

I've recently started studying for my Air Law and Meteorology exam and am trying to get my head around some of the basic literature / legal documentation structure. As I understand it the Chicago ...
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Are HUD systems available for light GA aircraft?

Some other questions about HUDs and how they work got me thinking. Military aircraft have had reflector sights since before WWII, and full HUDs since the mid-70s. The very same display layout, sans ...
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Has a general aviation twin-engine turboprop with counter rotating propellors ever been built?

In my experience with general aviation twin-engine turboprops I've never heard of one with counter rotating propellors. I've never seen any data about an engine manufacturer building left-rotating ...
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What is meant by empennage height?

I know that the empennage is the tail section of the aircraft and includes the horizontal and vertical stabilisers. But what is the empennage height? Is it the height of the horizontal stabiliser from ...
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How do you find information about overnight parking at any airport that is not your home airport?

As a private pilot, how do you find information and plan an overnight stay at an airport other than your home airport? For example, where to park, how to get out of the airport?