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Landing is the final phase of flight, when an aircraft touches down on the runway or other surface.

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Could a VTOL aircraft use a helipad for landing/taking off?

In more recent years, VTOL (Vertical Take-Off & Landing) aircraft have become fairly popular and are used in some notable air forces (such as the USA and the UK). I was wondering if these aircraft ...
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Is there a clear or particular pattern in the mistake-making that leads to a landing at the wrong airport?

I'm interested in how decisions and mistakes are made in the cockpit. According to a brief news report about a recent landing at the wrong airport (see also the Aviation Herald report): Landings at ...
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Helicopter attitude during take-off and landing (wheels, not skids)

Helicopters with wheels can take-off and land in a level or nose-up attitude (nose wheel off with main wheels on the ground). For example, the pilot of a VIP helicopter might want to take-off in a ...
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What is the landing requirement for Klein Vision AirCar?

The Klein Vision AirCar is said to require a runway of only 1,000 ft and a speed of only 75 mph for take off. But I cannot find any information on its landing requirement such as: Minimum runway ...
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Is it okay to hear the stall horn on a small aircraft while flaring?

Original Question: Is it okay to purposely stall a small single-engine aircraft just before touch down to get a good flare? At the time of asking this question, I didn't know a myriad of things about ...
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Could a WW2-era Grumman Hellcat land on a Saipan-class light carrier using only reverse-thrust generated by a reverse-pitch propeller?

Just that - take away an F6F's arrestor hook and fit it with a reverse-pitch-capable propeller (and, of course, all the other odds-and-ends to make such a system work). Would it be possible for a ...
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How can a non-pilot land a single-engine plane in an emergency?

Can a non-pilot land a single-engine plane in an emergency? Not a big plane with hundreds of passengers and lots of computer stuff, I mean a little plane (light aircraft, propeller up front, just a ...
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Being sent away from an airfield - could I have asked more questions?

On the weekend I visited an airfield (it IS inside an ATZ) that has a PPR section on their site. I've previously called ahead on the radio for PPR. Anyway I called them on frequency 10 miles out and ...
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Where are some of the most challenging airfields in the UK?

I fly Microlights and am used to short strips, I can land at airfields such as Brown Shutters and Clench Common without much strain. What are some of the most challenging airfields in the UK for light ...
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Landing with Gusts

When landing in gusty conditions, many people use half flaps to come in at a higher speed. If you were to use full flaps and a normal approach speed, could a strong gust cause the plane to pitch up ...
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What airplane needs the longest runway to land?

What airplane (excluding spaceplanes) requires the longest runway for a safe landing?
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Flying using less fuel in one tank

Can flying using fuel from one and not the other tank save fuel from constant cross winds over long flights or make it easier to land? Is there anytime where having the ability to shift the weight of ...
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Could commercial jets take a steeper initial glide path on landing?

The context here is London. The aural environment of 9 million people (or so) is impaired significantly by the fact that we have planes landing at LHR all day long. LHR was established on the wrong ...
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B737 during approach the G/s did not capture?

During a recent sim session this happened: ILS radar vectors I armed the approach late initially the aircraft went left and right but it captured the LOC but the G/S was not captured. Could someone ...
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What does "in function of traffic" mean?

I’ve been familiarising myself with circuit procedures hoping to increase my knowledge (I’m not a pilot, but have a great interest in aviation). I have come across the following instructions: When ...
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Is there a place to land a private plane in or near Virginia City NV?

Is there a place to land a private plane in or near Virginia City NV?
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On average, how many landings does a student pilot need before their first solo?

On average, how many landings does a student pilot need before their first solo? I know it depends on individual students, but roughly what is the number? Or you can just tell me your experience.
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Could someone help me make this checklist-execution dialogue sound correct?

I am translating from Chinese a dialogue that involves two pilots going through an approach checklist. However, all the information I could find on the internet seemed to be for flight simulators (I ...
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Pitot Measurement

Very many years ago i used to suddenly align then flare to stall at almost exactly where I wanted to touchdown. Later, I tried to analyze why I had bounces. Does a pitot tube measure the axial ...
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With radio not working, why it is more important to stay away from exactly class D airspace?

The instructions how to land when the radio is no longer working state as the first item "stay away from the class D airspace". Why is the class D specifically mentioned in these instructions? How it ...
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what is the difference between RVR 200m and R 200m (LVO jeppesen landing minima)

sometimes JEPPESEN approach chart shows low visibility landing minima as RVR in meter or sometimes just R in meter. What is difference….
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Why do you land a fighter jet with AOA Units?

I currently begann learning Falcon BMS and watched some fighter cockpit landings on YT and learned the technique to land a fighter is to use your AOA and not Airspeed like you would do it on a GA ...
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Steepest climb a wingsuit pilot can achieve?

There was a question yesterday about landing in a wingsuit; the main issue is, of course, the high speed, both vertically and horizontally. One way to reduce speed is flaring; another would be to gain ...
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For large commercial jets is it possible to land and slow sufficiently to leave the runway without using reverse thrust or brakes

I have long wondered whether its possible (in theory at least) for jetliners under typical loading scenarios (pax and cargo), landing at a normal airport such as LHR to come to a slow enough speed to ...
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Why do Belugas keep executing a go-around?

I live under the approach path for the Airbus facility in Hamburg and very often a Beluga executes a go-around. It is quite loud since when it pitches up the engines are pointing at my house. I wonder ...
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MOC for CAT III missed approach segment

Hello what is the MOC (minimum obstacle clearance) for missed approach segment for CAT III ILS minimum ?
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How can a pilot fly a descent angle of 4° in an A320?

Would any A320 pilot be able to share any tips regarding maintaining a descent rate for final approach of 4°? Of course this is in case of manual flying. I know we can use a descent rate of speed*5 ...
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How do you capture the localizer in an A320?

I understand that pushing 'Approach' should do it (when in range), but it doesn't. There must be another step that I'm missing (the computer has been set up so it's not that). What is the step-by-step ...
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Why is there such a long displaced threshold on 22R at JFK/KJFK?

This video seems to raise a whole bunch of questions, but here's one I have: Why such a long displaced landing threshold on 22R at JFK/KJFK? (Scroll down to the 4L/22R section for details.) ...
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What is a land and hold short clearance (LAHSO)?

I was reading this question and I want to know what this term means. land and hold short clearance
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LFLL LSE VOR 35L Visual Approach

Was wondering whether someone could help me understand how to perform a visual approach (not using the VOR) specifically if I look at RWY 35L at LFLL. Airport elevation is 821 ft. It's a 3° GS ...
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When riding in the flight deck of a large airplane, why does it appear that the airplane moves slowly?

I recently rode in the jumpseat of an A330, and on approach, the visual impression of speed is very different from that of a small airplane or flight simulator. Specifically, it appears that the ...
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What did Chuck do wrong in this Chicken Wings comic?

What did Chuck do wrong, other than being in an airplane?
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Why does the A350-900 call out to retard at 20 feet above the runway?

I watched this video of a delivery of an A350. at 14:50 there is the sequence I'm interested in: the ground radar normally counts down the distance to the ground, ...
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With the loss of a carrier, would American Navy aircraft consider landing on allied carriers in a major conflict? [closed]

Imagine a third world war or a major war involving significant use of carriers, something akin to a modern day variant of the battle of Midway involving carrier battles. It isn't unthinkable that ...
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What was the Vmca of the 2-engine 747 config the El Al 1862 crew faced, and could they have landed the plane at a corresponding Vref?

In the El Al 1862 crash, the flight crew lost control of their 747 in what basically amounts to an aggravated Vmca roll during approach after two engines detached from the aircraft, causing the loss ...
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Identifying the behavior of these two planes

I have no aviation knowledge/experience but I observed something on a flight tracking app I was curious about: Early morning (7 AM) I watched two small planes (one of them was a piper archer) ...
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Why would a pilot request that ATC dim the runway lights?

In this clip, the pilot requests dimmed runway lights. Tower, you able to reduce the runway lights, please? [Tower dims runway lights] Thank you much This seems like ...
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landing glider with chronic right drift or float

I just completed 30 glider flights with my instructor. Over the 2 weeks of training everything improved except for this tendency for the glider to move, drift or float to the right and always ...
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Why do the spoilers on the 737 only deploy to the flight detent after a flaps up landing?

Following an all flaps up (no flap) landing, the SPEED BRAKE lever will not move beyond the FLIGHT DETENT and the spoilers will not fully deploy (for reference this is stated in the Fcom 9.20.14 rev ...
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How can I land without any propulsion? Was the Microsoft simulator right?

Many years ago I played with Microsoft Flight Simulator, turning off my engines and trying to land the plane. Coming down too steeply would crash, as would coming down too slowly. So I figured out ...
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Why would attempting to land using only instruments 'almost certainly' lead to a crash, and why can computers do it safely?

I have no real experience in aviation but I was on the site just out of curiosity. On This question, the top answer states that attempting to land with only the instruments would almost certainly lead ...
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What's the difference between a balked landing and a go-around?

Is there a difference between a balked landing and a go-around? If there is, what exactly is a balked landing?
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What exactly is a 'hard landing'?

In my shareholder agreement, there is a very reasonable line that states: Any hard landings to be reported immediately to [head instructor] or [club name] The thing is, I'm not exactly sure where ...
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Exactly when do the ARMED Speed Brakes extend after landing a B737-800?

When do the armed speed brakes of a B737-800 extend after landing? Is it when the main gear makes contact with the ground, or must the nose gear also be on the ground?
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When to disconnect the A/P on approach in an airliner?

I've looked at the other question asking about when to disconnect the AP on an airliner and I get that it's very situational depending on the pilot and conditions. I've found I'm too reliant on the ...
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Why the windshield wipers move at deferent speed on captain and first officer? [closed]

There is that feature linked to the pilot in command at the moment ?
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500, 400, 300, 200, 100 numbers said by planes computer

When landing what do the numbers said by the plane's computer mean? They are sometimes followed by retard, retard. Is this the altitude or is this the feet away from the landing point on the runway? ...
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Is it legal to own a F-18 Tailhook?

Sooo. Say I know someone who came into ownership of a decommissioned F18 Tailhook from an ex navy pilot that was left on a property during a land sale. I’ve seen similar ones in better condition for ...
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Can an individual land a personal helicopter used for personal use in their son's yard within a subdivision for pleasure? [duplicate]

Can a pilot legally land a private helicopter in a private subdivision?

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