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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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What is the average angle of attack of GA airplanes during takeoff?

What is the average angle of attack of GA airplanes during takeoff?
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How do banner tow planes coordinate with air traffic control?

I tried searching with terms I think were correct around the net, but no satisfying results. I have seem many times small planes circling around when there is some special event going on. They have ...
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Under what conditions can a pilot log simulated instrument time?

Can a pilot log simulated instrument time with these conditions and what regs would justify this: VMC Safety pilot on board View limited device VFR-only aircraft Unapproved instrument navigation ...
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Can I fly over Schengen zone without visa?

I don't have a Schengen visa. Am I eligible to fly over any Schengen country without landing there? Of course I mean that I take off from a non-Schengen country, and land in a non-Schengen zone as ...
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What is the difference between axial compressor blades and centrifugal compressor blades?

Is there a particular difference? The way they're overhauled is the same ? (I mean do we use the same overhauling methods ?)
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What is the gross weight limit for a Light Sport Aircraft?

In the US, I see a lot of LSAs stating their take-off or gross weight limit as 1320lbs. Can some of these planes have a higher physical limit and that 1320lbs is just more a category limit?
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Do pilots have separate volume knobs on the radio panel?

I have about two hours in a Cessna 172 so my instructor always managed the radio for me. I found it too loud at some times and too quiet at others. Can I tweak mine without bothering him? I forgot to ...
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Is there a list of aircraft types to be used with a callsign?

In the U.S., general aviation aircraft use the airplane type with the callsign when talking to ATC, such as "Skyhawk 123CS" or "Citation 321CT". ATC likes to know what type of airplane you're flying ...
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Do any newer production aircraft use venturis as a backup vacuum source?

I began my flight training in a Cessna 120 with 2 venturis as the source of vacuum for my DG and TC. They worked well in flight. Are there any aircraft with deployed/deployable venturis out there? ...
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Does the FAA restrict the color of pilot seat belts?

In the US, is there a legal restriction to prevent the use of bright red pilot seat belts in GA aircraft?
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Does a previous AFSP approval get invalidated when making a new training request?

If I've already been approved, and started training in one school and then create a training request to switch to another school, does the previous approval expire? In other words, can I be ...
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I am an author doing research. [closed]

I need information on the following aspects of flying a small plane. 1). What is involved in a small craft pre-flight inspection? 2). When do you need to, and what is involved in filing a flight plan ...
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Stick in center console, how to easily write down clearances and other similar information?

I write with my right hand. I can make sort of intelligible scrawls with my left hand, but that is much slower for me. The airplane I'm training in is a single-engine prop plane with the control ...
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Can the airport name be omitted when contacting ATC if the frequency is not used by any other nearby airports?

I was thinking of contacting Clearance/Ground/Tower/approach and omitting the airport name to shorten the transmission. If the freqs are not used by any other nearby airports, I figure there would be ...
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What is the flight trajectory of a commercial airplane in regards to altitude v/s distance?

So, my friend and I got into an argument regarding the flight trajectory of a plane. He said that for half the journey the plane is ascending and for the rest, it is descending and hence making a ...
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What would a pilot do if a medical emergency occurs slightly further from the destination than the nearest diversion?

Imagine a long-haul flight and that a passenger on board starts suffering from a heart attack. At that very moment, they notice that they are 3 hours away from where they came and 3.$m$ hours, such ...
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How do you program circular flight plans in GPS?

In a recent Buzzfeed article about aerial surveillance, I have seen a map showing perfectly circular flight patterns. Given how precise the patterns are, I highly doubt that the aircraft were being ...
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Why would the engine quit when turning on the R magneto after an overhaul?

I just finished overhauling a Lycoming O-360; it's currently on a stand, i.e. it's not in the aircraft. I replaced the capacitors and point gaps on both the L and R mags. I adjusted the E-gap and ...
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How can business jets use slot coordinated airports?

Many capacity-limited airports in Europe are so-called coordinated airports, meaning an airline must have a slot allocated to land at this airport. In Germany for example, these are FRA, DUS, HAM, MUC,...
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Why don't we treat all takeoffs as short field in GA?

Depending on the airframe, there are a number of techniques to reduce the Take Off Distance required. For example, deploying flaps. What advantage is there to NOT using short field take offs, even ...
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What flaps position should be used for taking off from a wet runway?

If I have to take off in a C152 or C172 from a runway that's 800-900 meters (2600-3000ft) long and wet but not contaminated, what flap setting should I use to get the shortest ground roll?
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What is the maximum legal flight time for single pilots under Part 91/135 operations?

I'm referring to FAA Part 91 and 135 operations (or similar, EASA) and the maximum duration of one single flight (not the maximum duty time per day / week / month). If any, what are the legal flight ...
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Is Flight Following in the USA directly equivalent to Basic Service in the UK?

This is partially a question on terminology, I have flown in the USA and used a service which is commonly referred to as "Flight Following". I have read this question: Is there a European equivalent ...
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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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When to climb and when to descend when faced with icing?

(YouTube) The flight faced icing at FL 90 inbound to Germany from the UK on a world tour. Earlier they were flying above an overcast layer. After they saw the icing they requested FL 70, and asked ...
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Where to find the LSA exporting requirements from the USA?

I'm planning to visit the US to buy an LSA (light sport aircraft) then export it to Saudi Arabia, I'm not a US citizen, where to find the requirements?
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How would a new “clean sheet” General Aviation piston engine with all the latest technology differ from existing Continental/Lycoming types?

My understanding is that current GA piston engines from Continental and Lycoming are based on a design from the 1960's. There have been many evolutionary improvements, but only within the limitations ...
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Which airplane types never crashed? [closed]

Is there an airplane that never crashed? Or more specifically, without any crash history on any database. By crash, let's say any accident / incident which resulted in damage to the airplane and/or ...
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List of desired Games for a moving platform [closed]

Our company, which develops new ideas in gaming, have developed a moving platform with 2 degrees of freedom called Cheeta. This platform can thoroughly rotate along pitch and roll axis; thus, it gives ...
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How do single GA pilots prevent boredom during long flights? [duplicate]

My question somehow relates to this question asking about how pilots cope with boredom, but now the scenario is not the typical airliner configuaration with two pilots, but with only one. I'm thinking ...
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Do airplanes have a maximum headwind gust component when landing?

An aircraft POH generally gives a maximum demonstrated crosswind component but I have not seen any indication with regards to maximum gust component. I understand that one is supposed to increase the ...
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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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What to do to maintain my Spanish ULM (GA) gyroplane licence valid in the USA when moving there?

I have an ultralight gyroplane (GA) Spanish license. What sort of conversion or validation process do I need to follow to be able to continue flying after moving to the USA?
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Can a small GA plane maintain level flight with a significant nose-down attitude?

Consider a small, one- or two-seater motor GA aircraft, something like a Cessna 152 or similar, designed for level flight at roughly neutral pitch. It's certainly possible to fly such an aircraft in ...
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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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Are CVR and FDR reset after every flight?

Recording the thousands of parameters and voice conversations must take a huge amount of storage, and so I am wondering, how frequently is this data "deleted", so it can be used again? For example, ...
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What are the best traffic pattern airspeeds in a Cessna 172N?

I have problems with my landings, and I would like to know what is the best speed in the traffic pattern, especially on base and final? I am landing with 20 degrees flaps (in different weather ...
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How do electric anti-icing systems work?

How do they work for GA propeller planes? More specifically, how is it implemented on the leading edge of the wing and propeller blades? I'm more interested in the mechanics of electric heating, not ...
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Is it common for a cold reciprocating engine to stop at idle?

The other day I started the engine of a PA28 and put it at 1200 RPM as per the checklist but the sound didn't seem right - so I tried each magneto and the power dropped a lot on one of them. I then ...
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Is there a class E corridor in the class B north of San Diego International?

I am a relatively new pilot in the Los Angeles area and I have a question related to the Class B Airspace north of San Diego International, adjacent to Torrey Pines Glider Port. The LA Terminal Map ...
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Estimating the fuel required in terms of flying distance and total weight [duplicate]

I am looking for a mathematical model to estimate trip fuel required. I have searched the internet but not found any specific mathematical model as such. The question is formulated as follows: Let $...
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First actual flight lesson, what to keep in mind?

With any luck, I'll soon be going into the air for my first actual flight lesson. Short of the obvious (get a good night's sleep before; eat appropriately; try to not stress out; etc.), what should ...
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What energy density is required for the batteries in order to make an all-electric analogue of the Cessna 150 or similar plane?

I think I have some general understanding that at the present moment even with the best possible batteries, a 2 seater training aircraft (like the C-150) would be very impractical. I'm not even ...
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What about hours flown solo without a student pilot certificate?

My instructor has ruined my training. 2.5 months ago when I started private pilot training (FAR61) I had zero knowledge about aviation. After 1.5 months he signed me off for solo and I finished all ...
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What implications does automobile electrification have for the supply and cost of Avgas?

The electrification of automobiles has been picking up pace recently, with various countries and manufacturers setting targets for an electric- or electric/hybrid- only future. If these plans come to ...
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In the US, is it customary to tip the line personnel?

The etiquette of interacting with the line personnel wasn't really taught to me during flight training, and I feel that every time I ask for line service, I'm doing something wrong by not tipping. I ...
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Callsign includes the term 'with Kilo' ; What does that signify?

In FS-X I sometimes see with Kilo at the end of a Call-sign. For example the one from last night had Mike Sierra Alpha Bravo with Kilo What does With Kilo mean?
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How to find the measurement of how far Tail plane to Center of gravity of the aircraft?

How do you find the measurement of Piper Archer Tail Plane distance to the center of the gravity. Google really doesn't help me... maybe you guys know some website that has databases of small ...
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How does the range of a single- and twin-engine for small aircraft compare?

I know that one difference between these two types of small aircraft are that in a twin engine, one engine can continue working if the other suddenly fails. Wouldn’t a single engine plane weigh less ...