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 the CG move out of bounds as fuel is used?

I've never bothered to check the weight and balance when the tanks are empty. I always assume that if the Center of Gravity is within range when the tanks are full, then it will remain within range as ...
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How does an aircraft maintain level flight while accelerating?

Let's assume a plane is initially moving at constant speed, level flight with a certain angle of attack. If the plane's thrust is increased, the plane's horizontal speed increases (at one point the ...
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Is part 141 ground school really supposed to be 35hours?

I'm in a part 141 program and in ground school. My instructor dismisses class very early almost every day, but in the logbook he keeps for us he writes a lot more time than we actually meet on any ...
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What to do if carbon monoxide is present?

Most small, single engine aircraft are fitted with non audible carbon monoxide detectors that turn black if it is present. Carbon monoxide can incapacitate in mere seconds (and kill in minutes) ...
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Cessna 172 steering system and torque link purpose

How does the Cessna 172 steer while taxiing? Is it by using differential braking (braking one wheel at a time)? Are there any connections between rudder or toe brake and nose landing gear related to ...
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Can a private pilot refuel his small private airplane internationally without passing through immigration or customs?

I've been a private pilot for many years, but I have never flown internationally in small private aircraft. I'm about to buy a tiny, high-tech, super-efficient 2-seat airplane that has extended range ...
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Mechanical vs Pneumatic Stall Warning Systems

Light Cessna aircraft - at least the high wing single engine line - have commonly made use of a solid state pneumatic stall warning system. The system is fairly unique to Cessna airplanes and makes ...
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Best way of learning the aviation alphabet?

I want to learn the aviation alphabet, and when searching the Internet on how to, I see a plethora of approaches, so I thought of asking here! If it's primarily opinion based, let me know.
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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 are the Ikarus C42 wing loading limits?

I have been reading about the Ikarus C42 aircraft as a potential personal recreation aircraft. It compares very favorably with the Cessna 152, most notably in weight, stall speed, and fuel economy. ...
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Should I keep specific distance from Class B?

I was wondering if I fly my c172 in class E airspace, and Class B base was 5000 MSL. should I keep specific distance from Class B? or is it okay to go up to 4900 MSL but not reaching 5000 MSL?
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Hypothetical - Basic Med & Insurance

I have a friend that needs some info... He has a Basic Med certification in hand. He takes a drug that is on the DNI list however it is admissible with a SI (SSRI). His GP doctor signed his Basic ...
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When an aircraft is descending, does any lift act on it? If yes, how?

When descending , an aircraft never goes in free fall, even if negative angle of attack is large. Does that mean the net downward force is not gravity, but less than gravity, due to certain lift ...
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Are there different symbols or graphics to identify different types of GA fuels?

Are there different symbols to identify the different types of fuels used for general aviation aircraft?
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Does a safety pilot log PIC, or SIC? [duplicate]

I just got my private pilot license and I want to build-up time with another private pilot lets say I am acting as a safety pilot and we make a flight of 3.7, and his time under the hood was 3.4 in ...
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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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Do two stroke engines for small aircraft suffer from degradation between overhauls?

Do two stroke engines for small aircraft suffer from degradation between overhauls? For an automotive engines you can usually expect it to retain most of it's power between services for a long time ...
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On an engine failure, can I contact the tower instead of 121.5?

Let's say I am cruising at a very high altitude with my Cessna, like at 5000ft+ AGL, and I got an engine failure. After going through the checklist, my engine is still not working, but I realized ...
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Is it okay to take off with weight more than the POH max gross weight?

I wonder if I could take off with weight more than the gross weight stated in the POH of my aircraft as long as I take off with a higher speed? I think I have done it once by mistake.
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Who can sign off the aircraft after completion of 100-Hour Inspection?

Can the mechanic who performed 100-hour inspection sign off the aircraft?
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How do I decide the tail dimensions and the distance between the wings for a bi plane? [closed]

So I am designing a biplane,I know the weight.I want to know what is the lift formula , volume ratio and aspect ratio for a biplane? I know the formulas for monoplane
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Can a door be shut while in flight?

What is the best way to shut a door that has popped open in flight? I had a door on a Cessna 172 pop open shortly after takeoff and was unable to get it closed, but I was fortunate enough to be able ...
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Is there a good reason to have a handheld Aviation Microphone in GA?

I have a Cessna 172P in which the handheld microphone has stopped working. Before I replace, I was wondering if there is any good reason to even have one? I have PTTs on both the pilot and copilot, ...
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In light aircraft, non-instrument flight, apply (nearly) full aft elevator before beginning the takeoff roll or at some predetermined speed?

Consider a small, light, nose wheel tricycle aircraft, something along the lines of a C152 or similar, sitting at the end of the runway ready for takeoff, with no issues and with all pre-takeoff ...
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Why does operating the rudders in the engine slipstream offer improved rudder authority at low speed?

The above question is usually presented as an advantage for H-tail configurations. How does it help?
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What plane is this?

This aircraft was parked at the very back of the McCarran airport, and I was absolutely fascinated by it. It has a propeller on the back of the fuselage as well, though not very well shown in the ...
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Do mono spar wings need compression strut(or ribs)?

Loyolksip Regarding airplane wings, are compression struts needed in a mono spar wing? Secondly, are anti drag and drag wires needed in a mono spar wings?
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How to calculate the Gust Envelope?

I am trying to draw the V-n Diagram for a small aircraft I built, but I am stuck in the gust envelope part. I know how it is supposed to look. However, I am having a hard time calculating it. I would ...
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If airports with pilot controlled lighting share a CTAF frequency, could the lights be triggered at multiple airports?

In the US, CTAF frequencies can be shared between several uncontrolled airports. That is, a pilot around airport A can hear the transmit of another pilot utilizing airport B. The question is can a ...
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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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What notification am I required to give when starting an engine?

This question is related to a single-engined piston-powered airplane. I was at a small airport. I noticed another plane parked behind mine. The pilot/owner was in the process of covering up his plane....
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Are there any footwear regulations for private pilots?

Just wondering, as I'm working on my PPL during a hot summer, if it's legal (but probably more importantly, a good idea) to wear flip flops to fly a plane? I'm training in a 172, if that's an ...
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Can a private pilot get an RVSM LOA?

Can a private pilot get a Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums Letter of Authorization from the FAA? I am looking at this checklist on the FAA site and it asks for a business address. Can private ...
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Are landing fees due for an aborted landing in USA?

Suppose I receive landing clearance for an airport that charges a landing fee, and begin my decent. Then, for some reason I have to abort the landing and instead of going around and landing there I ...
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What should I look for when choosing a kneeboard? [closed]

There's a lot of variety in kneeboards. Some pilots fly with an improvised one: just a small clipboard with some scrap paper on, with a strap glued to the back. At the other extreme, fancy ones come ...
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Pilots diploma made in USA-nostrification in Europe. How it works -what are the procedures?

I am a Polish citizen and am presently enrolled in flight training in USA. Upon graduation, I will have approximately 250 hours of flight time and the following certificates and ratings: PRIVATE ...
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Is it allowed to mount fake missiles on a civilian aircraft?

In this answer to a question asking to identify an aircraft, we can see a picture of a Aero L-39 Albatros with some missiles hanging from the wings: (flickr.com) N915WE. Supposedly, this is a ...
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What is this aircraft seen at Peachtree City, GA?

Sorry for the poor quality, but this jet was taking off from Peachtree City Regional on Sunday 13 May. Anyone know the aircraft?
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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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Where is the best place to perform a run-up at a busy airport? [duplicate]

If you wait to perform a run-up at the end of a taxiway at a busy airport you will probably not make many friends. Some airports may have designated run-up areas or have runways designated for ...
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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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