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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Minimum turning radius (or maximum banking angle) of a commercial airplane [duplicate]

The context of the work: in an ATC model, we currently have a graph model to set the routes for different aircraft. We want to improve its precision by generating more nodes for each route and in ...
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Do I need to get a new AFSP approval if I change my instructor or aircraft?

I plan to remain with the same provider though.
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Why are almost half of the world's helicopters in North America?

I was reading this report and came across the following quote: North American purchase plans [for civilian-use helicopters] are a significant component of the overall 2017 survey demand, as the ...
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Can general aviation use UHF to contact ATC?

In the US, if a civil aircraft has a UHF radio are there any regulations against it performing ATC communication on the UHF bands? Pointers to the appropriate CFR's would be appreciated. This ...
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Would diesel (Jet A) cause less pollution than other fuels?

Has any research been done on pollution from a aircraft using diesel (Jet A) vs other standard aircraft fuels? Is there a push to use diesel fuels in GA as a viable alternative and if so why or why ...
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Do some modern VORs not spin? [duplicate]

Today in Ground School we learned about radio navigation. I read here that the rotating part of the VOR rotates at 1,800 RPM (wow! Is it an electric motor that spins it?) We know that modern Active ...
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Why does my Cherokee PA28-180 Lycoming motor run hot?

Regarding my Cherokee PA28-180. Could you please explain me why my new Lycoming engine with 800 hrs runs hot? My mechanic says that the EGT #2 should be around 1350 degrees. The minute you lean the ...
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Is anti-icing a small area of the windscreen (hot-plates) adequate for the full flight or only an interim solution?

I asked this question about what "the thing on the windscreen of some Piper aircraft is". It came out that it is used as small anti-icing. The user Jules asked following in a comment of an answer: ...
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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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Where is Ronda's airstrip, or why does Ronda have an airport code (RRA) if it has none?

I'm puzzled by Ronda, Spain having an airport code. Ronda has no airport. I've never seen an airstrip anywhere near either, Wikipedia notes that some railway stations have IATA codes, but notes ...
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Navigation theory for Private pilot [duplicate]

Can someone help me explain what is the magnetic bearing, heading and track, please?
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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 ...
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When buying an aircraft which has had multiple owners it is acceptable to get the logbooks from the previous owner only?

I know of a case where a small GA aircraft has had three owners since it was manufactured. However the only airframe, power plant and propeller logbooks available for the airplane are from the most ...
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Do Air Traffic Controllers have to remember stall speeds for different aircraft?

While dealing with Takeoffs and Landings controllers provide speeds to pilots for different phases of the flight, specially during a landing approach. How do they know which speeds are safe for all ...
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Do you say prefix K for airport codes in the US when talking with ATC?

I'm a new student, and I see the US airport codes on charts with the K prefix, e.g. KORD for Chicago O'Hare. I have always seen on commercial flight booking sites, only the last three, letters such ...
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Why do I hear airplanes' engine sounds in the sky? [closed]

I've been wondering all my life about an issue related to aviation. I see airplanes, large airplanes they look commercial in nature but I'm not sure, flying in the northern side of where I live and ...
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Why does avgas 100LL smell different than automobile gasoline?

Why does avgas 100LL smell differently than automobile gasoline? And why don't avgas 100LL fumes from a fuel tester located in the cabin make pilots ill?
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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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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 engine 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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