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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 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?
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Would this “being paid while flying” scenario be considered “flying for compensation”?

The difference between a private and commercial pilot's license hinges on this critical ability to expressly receive pay for flying; a PPL is allowed to fly "in furtherance of a business" but cannot ...
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What are the effects of communicating on VHF/UHF on a RMI's ADF needle?

Say you've properly tuned an ADF station in COMP mode so that the BRG needle on your RMI is pointing towards your station. Then you tune the same ADF frequency on your V/UHF radio. Does anything ...
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What kind of certifications are required for a plane manufactured for personal use?

If I make an airplane (lets say for research/recreational purposes), what kind of certifications would be required to fly it? Moreover, would I need special permissions to actually fly the airplane? ...
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Is it common to change the type of engine during major overhauls?

Is it common to change out the type of engine during major overhauls of old aircraft? For example, replacing a 285 hp engine with a 310 hp. Would this invalidate the performance specifications found ...
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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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Is there a good source for estimating the per unit cost breakdown for a classic GA plane like the Cessna 172?

For instance, on a Cessna 172 what percent is spent on: Raw materials Labor actually manufacturing the plane Testing the completed individual planes R&D Making the plane (at this point, very ...
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Does P-Factor increase with thrust?

I was trying flightgear simulator since I am not a pilot (but have completed ground school) and one thing I have noticed is that the P-Factor increases with thrust applied whether taking off or in ...
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Would it be possible to use 3D printed node based structures to make cheaper GA planes?

A car boasting 700HP and under the U.S LSA weight limit was just announced by Divergent Technologies. I was curious on peoples thoughts on using this technique in planes. Obviously there are some ...
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What kinds of planes can tow banners?

Planes can sometimes be seen towing banners around large cities or events. What kind of plane is good for this type of flight? With banners they appear to be flying slower than usual. Is this just ...
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What are the options for renting an aircraft in the Caribbean with an FAA certificate?

I've been looking for places to rent planes in the Caribbean, and haven't been able to find anything that wasn't charter service. Does anyone know of any pilot resources or specific rental or flight ...
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How does banner tow attach and release work?

Planes can sometimes be seen towing banners around large cities or events. How is the banner attached for takeoff? How does the plane land after towing a banner?
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What are the rules in the UK about attaching a GoPro camera to the outside of an aircraft?

Is it fully legal to have a GoPro attached to the outside of the aircraft during flight, in the UK? I've heard mixed answers, but I don't want to try it until I've got confirmation.
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Are there special safety considerations when flying to/in Atlantic Canada?

I'm considering a trip to Nova Scotia from New York in a Cessna 172 or a Piper Archer. The trip is about 3.5 - 5 hours long and could involve some small open ocean portions. Since Nova Scotia has ...
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What will the impact to GA be if DTC DUAT goes away?

Data Transformation Corporation issued the press release below. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DTC DUAT Contract Extension May 21, 2015 — Data Transformation Corporation, DTC DUAT which supplies ...
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How can opening of a door on small plane cause a drop in altitude?

Last week in Ecuador I was on a flight in a small plane (twin engine prop, full with pilot and 5 passengers). The passenger door opened in flight. I was in a position to grab the door and pull it back ...
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Do aircraft technicians need additional certifications to work in other countries?

Professional technicians, who work in aircraft maintenance, usually obtain some sort of national certification, right? Let's suppose someone got training and certification in one country, and wants ...
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How are regional planes delivered? [duplicate]

For example, E190s are produced in Brazil but operate in places like Germany, China, etc. Surely they can't fly these distances, so how are they delivered?
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Can light GA aircraft implement fly-by-wire technology?

Theoretically, I know it is possible. I know the benefits of fly-by-wire too. My question(s) most revolve around: why it hasn't been done? What challenges1 would there be? What benefits are there by ...
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Where can I find more about a cargo pickup technique that doesn't require landing the plane?

A number of years ago, I read about a technique for cargo pickup and recovery at remote sites using a low-and-slow-flying plane. The plane would enter a slow orbit around a point on the ground and ...
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How are GA aircraft ferried from factories?

It's relatively easy to transport jet aircraft like Airbus and Boeing: most of them have a long range, and a few hops at most would get them to the owner. But how would a Cessna manufactured in U.S. ...
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Is “right-of-way” based on aircraft size?

I was speaking with an ATP-rated pilot the other day, and he said something that sounded odd: basically the bigger aircraft has right of way once airborne. Can anyone shed some light on this? As far ...