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 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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What is the proper procedure after a bird strike in a single engine plane during takeoff?

First, let me set this up and then ask a general question. I'm just trying to give some context as to why I'm asking. I'm working on my private pilot license and was practicing with my PC simulator (...
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Two electric motors driving a rotor on a helicopter [closed]

So if on the same axis of the main rotor using counter rotating props to drive a single large rotor (two electric motors).... If the prop drivers stay level no matter AOA the rotor uses.... Yes ...
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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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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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What is wrong with a high-speed landing for an ultralight or GA aircraft?

Is it okay to land an ultralight or a general aviation plane at a speed higher than the recommended landing speed for such plane? Will there be any damage if the descent rate is very low?
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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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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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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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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 ...
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What are the major drivers of cost/price differences between Cessna 172 and Piper Cherokee?

This may be closed as opinionated but I'm looking for answers with hard data if I can get them. The Cessna 172 and Piper Cherokee are touted as two of the most successful light aircraft designs in the ...
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Are there requirements for ice protection for general-aviation aircraft?

Does anyone know if any regulations exist making it a requirement for general aviation aircraft to have ice protection systems? And any insights on why general aviation aircraft tend to use rubber ...
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What is this aviation quote?

I remember hearing a quote about aviation that was something along the lines of “asking a pilot why he loves flight is like asking an artist (or a painter?).....”. For the life of me, I cannot ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...