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By what parameters can a pilot be evaluated after a flight

As soon as the plane has landed, the "flight information department" receives flight parameters, including "overload" (as an example), what other parameters may indicate the ...
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What is the difference between a commander and a pilot?

Is the pilot in command the commander of the plane?
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What is a good flying job with a family friendly schedule? [closed]

I am a super aviation enthusiastic and going into my senior year of highschool. Trying to see what my options are, I am very stuck on what I should do. I've looked at airlines but there schedule is ...
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How is the transition altitude calculated? [duplicate]

Transition altitude should be clear of terrain and obstacles.
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Question on Pilot Age Limits Worldwide

ICAO have set pilot age limits for “international commercial air transport operations” as follows: 65 years old in multi-pilot operations 60 years old in single pilot operations The US FAA and EASA ...
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Can three pilots accumulate total flight time while training?

Situation: On an aircraft with a flight deck large enough to fit multiple people, three pilots are onboard. 1 PIC in the left seat, and two certified copilots taking turns flying in the right seat for ...
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What button did a pilot press that led to them being caught for falsifying experience?

I just saw this Newsweek article, Man Pilots Planes for 2 Years After Lying to Airlines About Experience: A man has been sentenced to one year in prison for lying about his job experience before ...
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How long does it take to train a commercial pilot to fly a fighter jet?

The question is motivated by the recent events in Ukraine and the Ukrainian parliament on Monday tweeted that Europe was sending 70 fighter planes to Ukraine. If this were to happen, how much time ...
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In a two-pilot aircraft (Capt/FO), are both pilots held responsible for a pilot deviation?

In the U.S. if, for example, an aircraft is instucted by ATC to climb and maintain FL280 but instead climbs to FL290, are both pilots, in an aircraft requiring two pilots (e.g. A320 or similar), held ...
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Do any modern aircraft require 3 crew on the flight deck?

These days, most (all?) airliners require 2 pilots at any given time. However, until the 1980s, many airliners required more crew on the flight deck than this (5 for the Lockheed Constellation and 3 ...
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What should be approx altitude of jet aircraft 10 nautical miles to landing [duplicate]

Please assume the elevation of airport to 2000ft ASL. Under what conditions ATC might mandate aircrafts to fly at lower altitudes? What might be approximate speed at this distance?
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Hear-back/Read-back errors: ATC or Pilot responsibility [duplicate]

Assume ATC issues a clearance or instruction such as: "N123 turn right heading two two zero, vectors for the visual approach to runway 4, descend and maintain eight thousand" and the pilot ...
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What is an executive pilot?

I've been reading the transcripts from the July 17 and 18 1962 "Qualifications for Astronauts" hearings before the special subcommittee on the selection of astronauts that was organized to ...
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Who was the first mother-daughter duo to pilot a commercial flight?

There is https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8921433/Mother-daughter-pilots-make-history-flying-commercial-plane-together.html which has this claim: A mom and her daughter have made history as ...
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Pilots with one eye (monocular vision), versus monovision contact lenses

If it is allowed for a pilot to have one eye (monocular vision), why shouldn't it be allowed for a pilot to have monovision contact lenses? With monovision contacts one has more peripheral vision than ...
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What kind of injury would force a Navy EA-6B pilot to stop flying and take a desk job?

Currently, I'm writing up a character bio for a game, where the character is a former naval aviator who becomes a JAG Corps lawyer who can be quite active during investigations and combat. I've been ...
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Can I become a reserve fighter plane pilot in the Indian air force?

I am a B.Tech Computer Science student in India. Soon after my studies I will get a job somewhere in computer science field. I am interested in technology, and things like Artificial Intelligence that ...
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Do I have to take science in high school to become a pilot?

Some articles say we don’t need to take science in high school to become a pilot but some say we do... It’s very confusing and I don’t know which subject to take; Science, commerce or arts. Hope ...
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Can I Return Back to the Destination Airport after I Diverted to the Destination Alternate? [closed]

Can I Return Back to the Destination Airport after I Diverted to the Destination Alternate (while enroute to the destination alternate)? I highly appreciate an answer with reference please.
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What type of visa do pilots who fly from one country to another need? [duplicate]

I am little curious about international travel. I would like to know what type of visa allows pilots and cabin crews to fly from one country to another? I mean suppose I am pilot of Japan airline and ...
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How can a pilot involved in serious accident remain unknown?

Somewhat similar to this question. A short part from Wikipedia article about Emirates Flight 521 (emphasis mine): The captain was an unnamed 34-year-old UAE national who had been with Emirates since ...
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Why do we lean the mixture in a turbocharged airplane (C182T)?

An increase in Altitude will result in a decrease of atmospheric pressure -1 in. Hg. / 1000ft (ISA conditions), but with a turbocharged airplane it will keep the pressure constant (+/- MSL pressure) ...
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How do pilots manage their flight times?

When flying double-digit hour flights, such as 13 hours from Chicago to South Korea or 18 hours from Singapore to Newark, New Jersey, everyone on the plane, including the pilots, will most likely ...
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Do airline pilots have to wear face masks in the cockpit because of COVID?

Do the flight crew with a commercial airline have to wear a face mask while on the flight deck, as both crew are in close proximity to each other and in a tight confined area? If not, why not?
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In USAF are people WSO by choice or is it because they didn’t make the cut to be a pilot?

Generally, is a US Air Force Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) someone who wanted to be an WSO or is specifically assigned and trained to be an WSO from the start, or someone who failed flight training ...
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Can I fly this six motor drone? [closed]

My body weight; 70kg, Drone weight; 50kg, Props length 0.7m, 6 motors (2hp each), Total weight 120kg, Total horsepower 12, Each motor runs 3000rpm, Please can I fly it. Thanks!!! drawing of the drone
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Does the retirement age for commercial airline pilots vary across the globe?

Do the retirement age of commercial airlines pilot varies from country to country?
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How do airlines replace a pilot at the last minute if they're unable to fly?

I would like to know what decision do the commercial airline carriers take when there is emergency case of a pilot who cannot fly the plane because of personal emergency conditions? Emergency ...
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Why is the position of the pilots' head (eyes) so important?

From this question: What are these Lights on Center Holm between Windows on the A320? I learn that the pilots' eye position is important. Enough to justify an extra piece of equipment. But why? Can't ...
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If the VVI, FPM, airspeed indicator somehow failed you can use fuel flow to help you with your attitude (climbing or descending)?

If the VVI/attitude indicators , FPM, airspeed indicator somehow failed same time and now you could not get cross control check, can use fuel flow counter(because of the decrease consumption rate) to ...
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Does aircraft/ATC get any information directly from a weather balloon?

We have been launching radiosonde (a meteorological instrument containing GPS and other sensors to measure meteorological variables attached to a balloon filled with Hydrogen) to obtain meteorological ...
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Why could increases in cockpit voice and image recording potentially raise privacy concerns? [closed]

A major concern someone or other brings up against practically every suggestion to broaden the uses of cockpit voice recordings or add cockpit image/video recorders to the mix (both of these, ...
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Is the war pilot obligated to fly the same plane daily or must he change the plane according to every required mission? [closed]

Can the pilot change his plane, or can he fly in any plane, obediently, to the same plane as the one trained on it?
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What is the typical pilot to aircraft ratio in military squadrons?

On aviation.SE, we already find this question addressing the pilot to aircraft ratio in airlines. It states that typical big airlines have roughly between 15 and 20 pilots per aircraft. Military ...
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How do pilots travel from remote private airports after landing?

What if you fly your own personal plane to a small private airport in the countryside that has no public transportation? I imagine that most pilots don't have a car parked at each private airport they ...
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What are the other clearance and instructions that must be read back? [duplicate]

The following items must always be read back: ATC route clearances; clearances and instructions to enter, land on, take off from, hold short of, cross or backtrack on any runway; and runway-in-use, ...
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Transition level has to be readback and what about transition altitude? is it also required to be readback by the pilot? [closed]

These are the readback requirements, source by https://www.skybrary.aero/index.php/Read-back_or_Hear-back a) ATC route clearances; b) clearances and instructions to enter, land on, take off from, ...
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Can anybody give an example about Clearance Expiry Time?

Clearance content is included: callsign, flight path, clearance border(destination aerodrome, available report point, controlled airspace border), flight level along the route or for a specific part ...
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What is the meaning of a flashing white signalling light in Aldis Lamp?

In my source, I couldn't understand the flashing white description. I translate for you; in the last row: 'çakarlı beyaz: flashing white' says that: Leave the manoeuvering area in accordance with ...
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What is this board given to a pilot in World War II?

What is this board given to a pilot in World War II?
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How do airlines train their pilots to deal with the stress of delays?

There are some good answers here dealing with boredom during long flights and with the physical stress of piloting, and with what pilots to do during a delay. I'm interested in how pilots cope with ...
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Left hand seat, is it so important?

With reference to this article on aviation herald at Accident: Shanghai B738 at Shanghai on Jan 3rd 2020, tail strike on landing, captain and first officer swapped seats in flight where the report ...
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Does an airplane has to take off from beginning of the runway or it can take off from displaced threshold?

I mean, if the airports declared that there is a displaced threshold of runway ; and airplanes use this length for landing but how about for takeoff?
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Why do cargo flight companies reposition their crew via passenger airlines?

U.S. airlines prepare plans to virtually shut down domestic service amid outbreak : Coronavirus This will cause massive issues for cargo as well. Cargo operators use commercial airlines to ...
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How likely is it that there is someone knowledgeable about piloting in a flight control room?

I saw a reasonably looking video about a non-pilot trying to land a plane with the help of a flight control tower (in a simulator): (it is in French). I believe that ...
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When (if ever) can ATC order an aircraft to go around?

Can ATC order an aircraft to go around if there is a tailwind? Or should ATC give the pilots the current wind information and let them decide whether to go around or land?
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Can a F/O declare "My plane" to the Captain? [duplicate]

Let's presume an airline flight piloted by 2 people: the Captain (assuming PIC role) and the F/O. Is the F/O allowed to take manual control over the Captain actions? Under what circumstances? Could ...
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How was the endurance test in the Cessna 172 legal?

The flight in the Cessna 172 lasted around 64 days with two pilots switching to fly the plane. To my knowledge both FAA and EASA have rest periods which pilots have to follow. Also the refueling was ...
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At what altitude might a pilot be able to see at least the brightest stars during the day?

In this comment I pondered if I should ask: "Did Test pilot and astronaut Joseph A. Walker see stars during the day when flying the X-15 above the Karman line? But instead, I'll just ask at what ...
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What is "scintillation" and are "qualified pilots" aware of it?

This answer to Has great eyesight been necessary for astronomers? mentions Astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell's recounting of a likely first visual observation of a pulsar. This can be found for example ...
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