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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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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 ...
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How often do people fly SVFR?

I was going over Special Visual Flight Rules (SVFR) with my instructor recently and he told me that he has only requested it a few times, and that it is mainly used if you are flying from ...
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Is it required to memorize checklists for better efficiency?

Military pilots are instructed throughout training that they must learn all checklists off-by-heart (in the RAF anyway). This way things get done much quicker, primarily in the event of an emergency ...
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Is it possible to get permission for a GA flight to land at Reagan National Airport?

If it is possible for a General Aviation flight to land at Reagan National Airport, what would you have to do? If it's not, what kind of security clearance do commercial carriers and their pilots ...
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Can a pilot fly through a restricted area while flying on a Victor Airway?

For example if you look at V 23-165-597, from Seal Beach CA to Ocean Side CA, you will notice that it goes through restricted area for Camp Pendleton (R-2503A & D): I was trying to understand ...
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Are there security checks on private flights in your own plane? [duplicate]

On commercial flights there are some "typical" security checks - metal detectors, luggage X-rays, etc. - are there similar security checks if you're flying in your own private plane? Are there ...
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In calm winds, which runway should I select at an untowered airport?

In calm wind situations, approaching an uncontrolled airport with no other aircraft reporting on CTAF, which runway should I select that would cause the least safety hazard? Especially at an airport ...
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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 ...