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What is the Eights on Pylons maneuver intended to demonstrate about a pilot's skillset?

This maneuver has the common requirements such as clearing the area, and it has the unique requirement among maneuvers to determine the pivotal altitude and select appropriately spaced pylons as ...
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If a pilot takes a MEL checkride and later a SES checkride, is the pilot now also qualified for MES/SEL?

*Assuming all checkrides are passed. If a pilot gets a multi-engine land rating on a primary checkride, and later takes a checkride as single-engine sea, is the pilot now qualified for multi-engine ...
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Is it required to be an ATP and work for an airline to be a Captain?

I'm just curious if the ATP certificate and working for an airline are prerequisites to being a Captain, or could you have such a title as a PPL or a CPL?
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Does a failure to respond to FAA questions on ME disqualify for sport pilot?

I had submitted a medical evaluation to pursue a private pilot certification. The FAA had requested further evaluation by specialists. I didn't respond to their questions. Does this disqualify me for ...
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What is the difference between an RPL and a PPL licence?

I am looking forward to starting my training to get my RPL license and I was wondering what the difference was because on the website it looked like you have to do 2 different pieces of training for ...
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Is there any certification for Aircraft Security that Software Engineers can accomplish?

I would like to ask you if there is any certification that Software Engineers can take for learning the fundamentals or more exeutive concerning the section of Air Safety and Security. I am talking ...
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Why does a sport certificate have no distance restriction while recreational does?

A recreational pilot certificate only allows flights within 50 miles of home airport. A sport certificate has no distance limits even though it's easier to get - no medical certificate, less flying ...
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What percentage of professional pilots end their career early for medical reasons?

As an amateur pilot I'm aware that I can lose my medical at some point and have to give up flying. For a professional, losing a medical can end their career. I know several people who wouldn't even ...
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How can I convert a Peruvian pilot's license to one that will let me work in the USA? [duplicate]

My fiancé just became a U.S. resident. He's originally from Peru and is a helicopter pilot with some airplane experience as well. He has more than 8000 hours flying helicopters and around 150 airplane ...
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What do I need to get my pilot license? [closed]

I am thinking of getting my pilot license, I would love to fly a helicopter or a small plane, but I don't know where to start. What do I need to get a pilot's license? Things like: How much does it ...
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What are the differences between EASA (UK) and CASA flight training?

I'm a British citizen living in Australia who is tossing up on whether to train back home or in Australia. Given the sheer amount of complex information out there, I was wondering what the differences ...
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What effect does driving convictions have on a PPL?

Recently, I was driving some friends around when they started complaining that I was driving "too slow" (basically not over the speed limit). I stated that my reason for being cautious was I did not ...
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How can I convert a frozen ATPL from South Africa to an Iranian one?

I have got a frozen ATPL license from South Africa and I'm from Iran. I came back home last year and I have converted my CPL/IR license to the Iranian piloting license by doing Air Law and Human ...
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What certifications must one have to repair/alter propellers and instruments?

According to 14 CFR 65 Subpart D A certificated mechanic may perform or supervise the maintenance, preventive maintenance or alteration of an aircraft or appliance, or a part thereof, for which he ...
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What is the difference between a Mechanic and a Repairman?

In reviewing some of the data published by the FAA, I noticed that they make a distinction between a mechanic certificate and a repairman certificate. What is the difference?
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What kind of flight counts toward the commercial 100 nautical mile cross-country flight requirement?

A question regarding the dual 100nm day/night 2 hours. Does a 130nm flight with 1 stop halfway (over 2 hrs) count? 1 leg of 80nm, 2 leg 50nm. Total time 2.5hrs.
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Can the FAA CPL 2-hour cross country flight requirement include stops?

One of the requirements for an FAA commercial certificate is: §61.129: (3) 20 hours of training on the areas of operation listed in §61.127(b)(1) of this part that includes at least— ... (iii) One 2-...
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In Malaysia, can someone become a LAME through self study rather than training school?

Is it possible for someone to self study (without attending a training school) and individually sit for the exams required in order to become a B1 or B2 LAME in Malaysia?
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Why are some ATP CTP providers not on the FAA's approved list?

The FAA has published a list of ATP CTP provider schools. But I can still find other schools not listed in this list, like "ATP flight school". I'm sure that only approved facilities can provide an ...
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What is the difference between a rating and a certificate?

I did some research on what it would take to become a private pilot. I am totally green to the aviation world, so bear with me on my question. I see the licenses also referred to as certificates but ...
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Are these logged time assumptions correct for commercial checkride applicants?

If an applicant is an ASEL private pilot without an instrument rating, are these assumptions correct? Multi-engine dual time can be used to satisfy the 10 hours complex time requirement Cross-country ...
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How do ratings work with pilot certificates?

Just wondering how ratings work with pilot certificates. Let's say I get both a private pilot certificate and a commercial pilot certificate for airplane / single-engine land. If I want to add a ...
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Is there a time limit after the ATPL theory exam to get the license?

If I did the ATPL theory exam now, would I have a time limit to finish the ATPL? If so, what is it? And what about other EASA licenses, CPL, (E-/CB-)IR, etc.?
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Eye requirements for private pilots license in the US? [duplicate]

In the next couple of years, I would like to work on obtaining a private pilot license with the goal of eventually getting my own plane. But my eyesight isn't that great in my left eye. As a kid, I ...
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What names are used for certified "mechanics"?

While watching a documentary on the the UK Red Arrow aerobatic team, mechanics were sometimes called "tradesmen", "technician", or "engineer". In the US they are commonly called "aircraft mechanics" ...
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Can I get an FAA restricted ATP certificate with 1000 hours total time?

I have an FAA Commercial Single-Engine certificate with 260 hours total time and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering issued in Indonesia. I have an Indonesian Passport and I'm working as a ...
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Does any country issue daytime-only commercial licenses?

I got my PPL last year (EASA, UK) and I've always been interested in the commercial route. However, due to my red-green colour blindness I've failed the Ishihara, Farnsworth D15 and CAD vision tests ...
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What rating can I add to a commercial certificate with the least time/effort? [closed]

I have an FAA commercial certificate with ASEL, AMEL, ASES, Glider and Instrument ratings (alongside specific type ratings). What additional certificate or rating will require the shortest amount of ...
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Can a PPL holder fly family and friends aboard an A380? [duplicate]

Would I be able to fly an A380 with a private pilots license and carry family and friends? I know I can fly the A380 with a PPL.
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Is an FAA Pilot License valid in the U.S. if held by a foreigner? [duplicate]

My question is relatively simple. Suppose I come to the U. S. and get my whole flight training over here. I hold a green card but the academy only used my Venezuelan passport for the enrollment ...
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Who checks that pilots have their licenses?

One weird thing came to my head In the ground, Every time you drive an 91 CRX SIR/Civic Si EM1 or ride an Honda Dirtbike There is an possibility of getting busted by the cops waiting in the temporary ...
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Can a holder of a G4 Visa legally receive flight training and/or acquire a Private Pilot Licence?

I am planning to attend a flight school and acquire a PPL, but I am currently staying in the US with a G4 Visa. Am I allowed to receive flight training legally?
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What is the optimal time to get from ASEL to ASES certification?

I am currently a ASEL pilot, in process of studying for IR, and will then be proceeding to AMEL. I know that if one holds ASEL & IR, and takes AMEL with instrument maneuvers included in the ...
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What to do to maintain my Spanish ULM (GA) gyroplane licence valid in the USA when moving there?

I have an ultralight gyroplane (GA) Spanish license. What sort of conversion or validation process do I need to follow to be able to continue flying after moving to the USA?
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How to become Hybrid airship Pilot?

Are Hybrid Airship pilot different from other aircraft or helicopter pilot?
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Are there countries where commercial flying can be conducted with a Mexican DGAC private pilot license?

I have a Mexican DGAC licence. Can I work in other countries, or do I need to get another licence? (for example an FAA one if I want to work in the US)
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How does single-sided deafness affect the different pilot licenses?

About 12 and a half years ago I lost the sense of hearing in my left ear due to borreliosis. However, I have always wanted to get a pilot's license at some point in my life. I am aware that for some (...
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How do I get an FAA CPL from an EASA PPL?

Im looking into getting a PPL, but feel I need some more information since there are a lot of hours involved so I need to expand my idea of the different possibilities. I am from Sweden but work and ...
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What pilot certificates were needed to fly the Space Shuttle?

Were there specific FAA (or other relevant regulatory body) pilot licensing or certifications required to fly the Space Shuttle? Are they specific to the Space Shuttle, or would it have fallen under ...
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What is the expected time frame for FAA knowledge test results to show up in IACRA?

I just passed my Part 107 Remote Pilot's knowledge test this morning, and I noticed that IACRA indicates it may take up to 48 hours for the test records to show up. Does it always take 48 hours or is ...
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What are the differences between an EASA part-66 license and FAA A&P Aircraft Mechanic License?

what is the difference between EASA part-66 license and FAA A&P Aircraft Mechanic License? Are there any reasons for a company or individual to opt for the one or the other or both?
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Is a night VFR rating a prerequisite for an EASA CPL?

I'm wondering if I need to pay for a night VFR (NVFR) rating or can I just do my time building, ME, IR and exams to get a CPL? Is it possible without an NVFR rating?
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Can I take friends flying with a private pilot glider license?

In the US, will glider clubs let you take up friends in a two-seater if you have a private license? Or do you need a commercial license?
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What is the significance of the "date designation expires" on a temporary airman certificate?

I recently received my temporary airman certificate and it says that it expires in 120 days. However, there is a section that says "date designation expires". The date under "date designation expires" ...
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How many active pilots are there in the US? How many are women?

How many active pilots are there in the US? Also, how many active flight instructors are there? Out of all of active pilots and flight instructors how many are women?
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Is it possible to get a purely VFR job with colour blindness?

I'm 23 years old and I have red-green colour vision deficiency. I'm currently working in engineering but I have my PPL and I've been interested in commercial flying for a very long time. I've always ...
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Does making a mistake mean you lose your cert?

Disclaimer: I haven't been in, nor do I plan on having an accident. That said, this has always been a question of mine. Let's say I'm flying a little Cessna or ultralight around Ohio. Maybe the wind ...
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Can an ASEL class-rated private pilot without a T/W endorsement count T/W hours towards FAA flight time requirements?

I am an ASEL rated private pilot without a tailwheel nor a complex aircraft endorsement. I have been flying with an aerobatics pilot in his Pitts and his Bonanza for ~10 hours over the last month. ...
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Can a MEI CFI give a valid flight review in a plane for which he is not endorsed?

A friend of mine is working towards his initial CFI. I'm helping him work through regulatory, weather, and other knowledge stuff when time permits. During our most recent ground session he asked me ...
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What classifies as an ultralight vehicle?

I am looking into the possibly of getting my pilots license and I noticed that it says you don't need a license for "ultralight vehicles". What are ultralight vehicles? I am located in the USA, ...