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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Strange facility out west near California; what is this place? [closed]

While on a flight to San Francisco from New York, somewhere over California or Nevada, I saw this from my window; what the heck is it?
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Is being a pilot stressful or hard? [closed]

As a Canadian teenager hoping to become a commercial pilot, I'd like to know how hard it actually is to live the life of a pilot. I've heard from some people that the hours can be pretty gruesome, ...
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Why does the static pressure inside the cockpit vary from outside static pressure?

When the static ports are blocked, pilots use the alternative static soure and it measures the static pressure inside the cockpit. And it is said that the static pressure inside is lower than the ...
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How well can an airplane which is tied down be protected from a blizzard?

I've been in the very early stages of shopping for my first single engine plane. That has made me more thoughtful about the environment in which a given plane is stored. So the recent blizzard in the ...
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What are good strategies for the “impossible turn”? [duplicate]

For reference, I fly a Cessna 172. I've read about a couple of different strategies for the impossible turn (attempting to turn back to the airport after engine failure at low altitude). The first ...
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Where can I find a canonical list of sources for worldwide digital GA VFR maps?

Related question: Where can I find GA VFR maps for Australia? For various areas of the world, where are authoritative General Aviation VFR maps, charts, and so on available on the web?
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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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What's the right way to take a dog in a small plane?

I would like to take my friend and his dog for a flight. What's the safest way to take the dog? and what's a good way to protect the dog's hearing?
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Who should handle an emergency when there's both a certificated pilot and a CFI on board?

While practicing for my commercial certificate in a T-tail Piper Arrow IV, I put the gear down on downwind, and one green light didn't come on. In the right seat was a CFII/Multi, who had over 1,000 ...
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How to lose an aircraft?

I've just read this article about the disappearance of QZ8501 and was surprised by the following statement: Even with automated beacons (we can assume these ...
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How can a foreign pilot get renter's insurance in the USA?

I'm about to go to the United States and do some flying. I sorted out my FAA license conversion but I was wondering how to get aircraft renter's insurance. It seems that some schools / clubs require ...
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What is the correct traffic pattern at a towered airport?

When flying into a towered airport in VFR, is the pilot expected to enter a standard traffic pattern, or should the plane be flown in the most direct route to final as practical? For example, if ...
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Is aviation software translated into the users' native language desirable over English?

I want to build some software containing information about aircraft, like a logbook. Nothing related with avionics. I know that default language in the aviation industry is English, but in the case ...
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What would cause an RPM drop and engine cutoff after starting a Cessna 152? [closed]

My flight school's Cessna 152 is 30 years old. After refueling, the engine RPM went down and down. I tried putting full throttle in but it just stopped. Was it air in the fuel line or something more ...
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Airbags in aircraft - is that just a military thing?

The Bell OH-58D (a military helicopter used by the USA) has an airbag to make life better in the event of a crash. I had never heard of such a thing in an aircraft before and I wondered if this ...
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Which light aircraft are known to have a quiet cockpit?

Are some light aircraft known as being significantly quieter in the cockpit than others ? How quiet might the quietest light aircraft be from the inside ? At least ten years ago I was reading an ...
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How do you meet pilots looking for passengers?

I enjoy being up in the air. Planes, gliders, helicopters... you name it, I like it. What is an effective way to meet pilots looking for passengers? I'm guessing that some pilots would like ...
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What level of liability should a GA renter's insurance policy have? [closed]

As a GA pilot who rents planes occasionally, I am looking at buying a renter's insurance policy so that I'm covered against the injury of any passengers as well as damage to the aircraft. For bodily ...
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What equipment qualifies as FAA-acceptable for providing “Supplemental Oxygen”?

FAR 91.211 tells us when supplemental oxygen is required, but it's not very specific as to how that oxygen is to be provided. FAR 23.1447 gives some information about installed systems, but I can't ...
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Has anyone compiled all the NTSB accident reports and broke down the percentages for cause of accident and fatalities?

I am not talking the typical breakdown such as Pilot/Mechanical/Other, but rather, more specific things such as, engine failure, Stall/Spin on approach, controlled flight into terrain... etc
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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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What should a pilot do when flying in the vicinity of parachute jumpers?

There are several airfields nearby where parachuting activities routinely take place. How far away is considered to be a safe distance from the airfield when flying past it en-route to another ...
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Sell 1/4 share or buy 3/4 share and leaseback? [closed]

I currently own a 1/4 share of an Archer, but due to relocating I have put it up for sale and was planning to find another partnership once its sold. It's been on the market for about 3 months and ...
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What maneuvers can a non-pilot perform when flying with a private pilot? [duplicate]

I recently got my private pilot license and will soon be taking people for rides. My son wants to get his license (he passed his written test), so I was thinking I could introduce him so basic ...
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Can one purchase a Cessna 182JT-A although it has not yet been certified?

To the best of my knowledge, Cessna's 182JT-A has not yet been certified. At least I couldn't find on Google any indication that it has. Lots of items that certification is "imminent" but no real ...
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What does ATC do when a VFR flight in the mode C veil has a malfunctioning altitude encoder or transponder?

Recently I replaced the altitude encoder in my airplane because ATC could not receive my altitude during VFR flight following. Up to that point I had been flying VFR under the class B shelf for some ...
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Why do GA pilots in Europe operate N-reg (US) aircraft?

When I read articles or blogs online about GA flying in Europe I get the impression that it's not unusual for European GA pilots to have FAA licenses and fly N (US) registered aircraft. I've never ...
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How to execute a gear up landing on aircraft with low propeller?

On some GA aircraft such as the Piper Malibu, the propeller would touch the ground if the gear was up. How would you land the plane when gear actuators fail? I would pull out the mixture knob and ...
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For a Part 61 IFR rating, how much can be done alone on a simulator?

Per Wikipedia: Requirements for Instrument Rating in the United States are listed in section 61.65 of the Federal Aviation Regulation[2] are: 50 hours of Pilot in Command cross country 40 hours of ...
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What is the difference between Best Rate of Climb and Maximum Rate of Climb?

Is there a difference between Best Rate of Climb and Maximum Rate of Climb? From my research, best rate of climb trades ground distance for altitude (i.e. steeper climb, more altitude per unit time)...
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What are the major non-pilot causes of GA accidents?

I'm considering getting a private pilot license. From what I've read, pilot error is the leading cause of major airline crashes -- such as on this page, but that's for major commercial carriers. As ...
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What system is there in the UK to prevent collisions between small aircraft?

I met someone the other day who owns a small plane and he was going to fly from Cambridge to the Isle of Wight. I asked him whether he had to file a flight plan and he said no. Just wondering ...
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What physical and mental attributes do I need to become a pilot?

I want to be a pilot (civil aviation), but I'm afraid that my body composition and field of study might not fit with aviation. What are the physical requirements and academic/mental prerequisites to ...
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Why do helicopters and airplanes use different headset plugs?

If the headsets and microphones for general aviation have the same impedance for helicopters and airplanes, then why do they have different connectors on them? Is it simply to make more money from ...
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Where to find Tach hour and clock hour equivalence rpm?

There is a revolution counter built into the face of the Tachometer in most piston powered GA planes. This counter is calibrated in hours. Most planes also have a Hobbs meter, which is a clock. ...
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What effect would an air-to-air GPS jamming system have?

I just noticed an interesting AIC: NOTIFICATION OF GPS JAMMING EXERCISE – HEBRIDES RANGES DURING PERIOD 21 JULY - 1 AUGUST 2014. PDF available on Eurocontrol (official) or Scribd (mirror). The ...
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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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How are weight ranges mentioned for GA airplanes in TCDS?

I'm writing software to integrate a weight and balance chart into my website. Most of the Type Certificate Data Sheets TCDS I've read follow the form: x to y at z lbs. or less a to b at c lbs. ...
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Single engine failure in a light twin after lift-off: what to do?

In a previous question the case about if a turnback would be feasible, specifically for a single engine aircraft, has been analysed. But given a twin-engine general aviation aircraft and a single ...
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Are all flights planned?

Do (GA) pilots necessarily have to plan every flight, or can someone just go up and fly? Please note I don't mean actually 'filing a flight plan', but does every flight need to be carefully plotted ...
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How do aircraft rental companies charge while the plane is not flying?

I am looking for some general advice - this is specific to the UK but may be similar else where. I know it is possible to hire a private aircraft, I see comments like this on club/rental sites all ...
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Can a small plane be floated off of an aircraft carrier?

Would it be possible to float a small plane (say a Cessna 150) off of the deck of an aircraft carrier without the Cessna achieving any forward motion with respect to the aircraft carrier? If not a ...
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What is a general rule for crosswind correction, especially when landing?

I am wondering what is the rule of thumb with correction of the bat? Is it 2° for every 5kts? Now i know you can use a E6B. But im talking about landing ILS or visuals without bracketing the ...
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Can any aircraft take off using auto-pilot? [duplicate]

So there are some types of aircraft that can land under auto-pilot (or is that a trope?). Can those same planes go from stop (at the gate) to in-the-air flight without a pilot actually touching a ...
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Why have cargo hybrid airships not succeeded in the market?

Using a Lighter Than Air (LTA) Hybrid Airship to efficiently transport cargo to remote areas seems like an idea that should flourish. It allows access to remote places in the world that have no ...
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What is a good plane for aerial photography?

I'm a bit of a photographer and I keep thinking it would be fun to try and do some shots aloft. Only trick is, I'm not sure what kind of plane I would want to use to get those pictures done. I'd ...
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How does ICAO differentiate between Commercial and Private flights?

How is the difference between Commercial and Private/General Aviation flights defined by ICAO? Here in the US, we use 91 flights -vs- 135 flights, but from what I've heard they use a different ...
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Have there been any cases of collision/airprox of small drones with manned aircraft?

Small civilian mini-drones such as the DJI Phantom or professional surveying drones are becoming increasingly widespread, raising concerns about the potential collision/airprox with manned aircraft (...
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What are the properties of a good general aviation training aircraft?

I've been told that the best kinds of planes to train in are very small ones, like Cessna 150s and 152s. But I've never been clear as to why. I know they are cheaper to operate, so is operation cost ...
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For supplemental oxygen, what is preferred between masks and cannulas?

There are two main types of supplemental oxygen devices in light aircraft: Cannula: Oxygen mask: What are the major differences between these two devices? Is one more suitable for specific ...