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Do all airports have the authority to impound aircraft for overdue fees?

In the 'Collapse' section of the Thomas Cook Wiki, it states that At around midnight on 23 September, airports in the UK began to impound Thomas Cook aircraft upon arrival, citing "default in ...
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Is there anything a copilot can do to stop a pilot from doing anything while flying? [duplicate]

Is there anything a copilot in a commercial aircraft can do to stop a pilot from doing anything while flying? As I see it, there are two scenarios: The pilot is going to do something malicious, in ...
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What are the consequences of an airline pilot deviating from a flight plan to perform a random maneuver?

What are the consequences of a pilot flying a scheduled airline flight with passengers deviating from a flight plan to perform a random maneuver? Say during a normal landing procedure, he spots ...
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Are ham radio contacts allowed from inside an airplane?

This question probably lies in the middle ground between Amateur Radio.SE and Aviation.SE. I have seen a couple of videos where ham radio contacts are made with people on board a commercial aircraft ...
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Why did this pilot have his single-engine license revoked?

5 minutes into this video, a commercial Indonesian pilot is shown performing a very tame version of a parabolic flight path as performed by zero-gravity flights, in a Cessna 172. This video has over ...
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How low can a helicopter fly above a residence if the helicopter is an air ambulance landing?

Two medical helicopters just located directly across the street from my home. Their landing pad is less than 500 feet from my property. When they land, the helicopter is only 100 to 200 feet above ...
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Is failure to comply with evacuation procedures illegal?

In every flight, we are instructed that we must leave our personal belongings in case of evacuation. I remember also notified that it is illegal not to follow the rules (I don't remember if this goes ...
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Who decided that the Boeing 737 MAX planes that were airborne when the grounding was issued cannot enter and land in EU air space?

On March 12th, 2019, EASA grounded the Boeing 737 MAX series by publishing their Emergency Airworthiness Directive 2019-0051-E (AD): Effective Date: 12 March 2019, 19:00 UTC  [...] ...
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Are 100 hour inspections required to rent out a plane?

According to 14 CFR § 91.409 - Inspections: (b) Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this section, no person may operate an aircraft carrying any person (other than a crewmember) for hire, and no ...
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Is it allowed to scatter human cremains (ashes) from an aircraft?

A serious question, here: There's gotta be a pilot out there somewhere who has done a memorial request to spray someone's ashes over a city street. I'm gonna do it out of spite for a lousy little mill ...
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Is it legal to shoot down hijacked passenger aircraft in some countries? [closed]

Are there countries which post-9/11 have adopted legislation allowing the shoot-down of passenger aircraft under any circumstances ?
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Is it the tower's purview to recall an aircraft from the runway for loading the wrong cargo?

On August 17, Ryanair flight FR 11 entered the runway after already being delayed for 1.5 hours, only to exit at the first available opportunity. After being jokingly welcomed to Stansted from where ...
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How criminal is it to take off without authorization? [closed]

In the US, how would someone like the Seattle guy be punished (that is, plane heist without passengers, unauthorized take-off and midair stunts ) if he hypothetically had not died, but landed the ...
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Does the responsibility for the plane shift from the PIC, if they leave the plane?

Is the PIC still responsible for everything when they leave the plane and a co-pilot is staying on board? Are there differences between operational reasons for leaving the plane (doing the walk-around)...
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What are the consequences of falsely and/or unnecessarily declaring an emergency?

I'm curious as to what would happen to a pilot should they falsely declare an emergency to expedite their landing. By 'falsely' or 'unnecessarily' I mean that the hypothetical pilot is not ...
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Could an amateur build a full-scale UAV?

FAA section 333 provides permission to fly in the NAS with an airworthiness certificate. Obviously, the design would need to be perfect with extremely redundant control schemes. Going through the red ...
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Is there any “copyright” for aircraft's design between different manufacturer?

Are there any regulations for the copyright of aircraft's model design between competitors in the aircraft industries? Basically is there a regulation for avoid that one company just steals the ...
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Why can't I hang glide in NYC?

I was stopped by NYPD for attempting to hang glide in an uncongested area by Midland Beach, Staten Island. They called their Legal Bureau and came back with "Illegal Navigation" and if I was to ...
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Is it legal to fly under the Golden Gate Bridge? [duplicate]

I recently had the opportunity to rent a plane and fly in the San Francisco Bay Area. While flying in the HWD/OAK/SFO area is challenging enough, when I spoke of my adventures of flying above ...
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Is it allowed to use an ex-military aircraft overseas?

We are considering using an ex US military helicopter in our counter poaching operations in the Central African Republic, while keeping it registered as a US aircraft with the US "N" number. We are ...
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Is it legal to board a plane dressed like a flight crew member if you are not a crew member?

Just out of curiosity: Are flight crew suits reserved to certain persons or can just be worn freely, provided one doesn't use company logos or other protected brand markings. If the country does ...
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What responsibility does a pilot have for people on the ground when making an emergency landing?

Recently, a Cessna made an emergency landing on a crowded beach in Portugal. The two occupants of the aircraft did not sustain any serious injuries, but two people on the ground died. A couple of ...
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Are there limitations in US legislation on a US citizen to own a MiG-15 in Europe?

If US citizen buys cold war era MiG-15 jet fighter aircraft, which: - had been acquired from the museum (facility of the Ministry of Defense one of the European Union countries, member of NATO) by ...
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Can state or local laws regulate where aircraft can take off and land?

Say you have as private strip, but your neighbors get tired of hearing your plane. Can the local authorities pass, and enforce a law saying you can't take off and land there? Or do FAA rules override ...
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What is the legal situation if a passenger dies in mid-flight?

Reading this question, a new one came to my mind. That question is explaining how an airline behaves in that unfortunate situation. However, what are the legal consequences? Concretely I would like ...
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Under what conditions would a helicopter be allowed to fly at low altitude over populated areas?

Yesterday, the Department of Energy was flying a military helicopter at low altitudes over Boston and the surrounding area as part of an experiment of some type to measure radiation. I saw one of ...
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Is it legal to make a non-military stealth plane?

Just as military camouflage can be legally worn by civilians on most jurisdictions (e.g., in the U.S.), can I create a stealth aircraft for non-military use? More precisely, can I register and fly the ...
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Is it legal to fly without a radio in Germany?

Most people in the aviation world know that it's legal to fly a Super Cub without a radio in the US. Is it legal in other parts of the world, specifically Germany? I stumbled across this section in a ...