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How the EFD system of F18e shows the fuel in tanks of the fighter?

I was seeing this image: How the EFD system of F-18E/F shows the fuel in the tanks of the fighter? I mean it's very low. e.g. 7.2 lb? Is it rounded?
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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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How valuable is CFI hours outside USA?

CFI serves as an excellent pathway to the airline industry. However, if I don't have the necessary paperwork to remain in the US and work, how does accumulating 1500 hours in single-engine aircraft ...
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Do logged hours really reflect ability? [duplicate]

I was recently flying with an ex commercial pilot. He told me that the only person he'd flown with that was worse at maintaining a heading was another ex A320 pilot with 20k+ hours. His reasoning was ...
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Does the following sound realistic as callouts during takeoff?

“Set power.” “Power is set.” “80 knots.” “Check.” “Constant power.” “V1.” “Rotate.” “V2.” “Positive rate.” “Gear up.” I am unsure about "Constant power." The original text I am translating ...
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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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What does "localizer level flight" in the approach checklist mean?

What does "localizer level flight" in the approach checklist mean? How might an actual dialogue in the cockpit sound when the approach checklist is executed? Are the words "localizer ...
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Why are many parts of an airliner required to be triplicated, but not the "parts" most likely to malfunction (i.e., the pilots)?

Many components of airliners are installed with three redundant systems to reduce the risk of equipment failure causing accidents. However, there are only two of the "components" most likely ...
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What department does an airline pilot fall under?

On LinkedIn, I saw on the Page for the Harry Reid International Airport there were charts for 346 members, 157 of them working in Operations, 43 for Administrative, 37 for Business Development, 25 for ...
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I have a commercial rotorcraft student and he wants to get rated in an airplane

My new student has his commercial rotorcraft. He is working on his ASEL and he already has most of the experience requirements for PPL. Since he is already commercial rated wouldnt he be taking his ...
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Irrational acrophobia-like anxiety caused by wave soaring

This will probably sound utterly bonkers to many and I feel very awkward coming out with this publicly - I'm a gliding instructor with 650 hours flying experience, and I'm scared of heights. It's ...
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What frameworks exist to assess piloting skills and ability and how can one assess themselves against these?

What are the existing frameworks and methodologies used to evaluate and measure piloting proficiency, and how can individuals effectively assess their own skills and knowledge based on these ...
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On the B737 When A and B systems are pretty much each other's back up for most things Why not for flaps? [closed]

Why have a seperate system for flaps? Which is alternate flaps
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Can I log PIC time without a valid medical?

Here is the scenario. Could you please tell me if this pilot can log PIC time? I am a private pilot and my medical is expired. I want to fly so I am trying to fly with another private pilot friend. My ...
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is pressure altitude at different temperatures (different days) on the ground at the same airfield the same?

let's say we are at x-airfield which is at 0 MSL on the ground. We set the Kollsman window to 29.92 on a standard day, whatever the read is that would be the Pressure altitude, correct? (ideally zero ...
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What (if any) is the fastest way to make money with a pilot's license (without being full time employed)?

I'm in the USA, and I was considering getting a pilots license with the idea that I could have like a small charter plane and make some money. However, I learned that after getting the 'initial' ...
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Chinese citizens wanting to get a US pilot license?

I am surprised to see Chinese citizens wanting to get US PPL licenses. The pilot shortage in China does not require anyone to show up with a US pilot license to ask for work. What is driving this ...
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what does upwind engine and down wind engine mean?

can anyone illustrate with a picture what does upwind engine and downwind engine mean? for example, i came across this - “The outer engines are critical. If there is any crosswind then the upwind ...
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What is the difference between CANPA and CDFA?

What is the difference between Constant Angle Non-Precision Approach (CANPA) and continuous descent final approach (CDFA)?
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Can a prospective pilot be negated their certification because of too big/small hands?

Sorry if this seems a too naive question, I'm a complete newbie in this field. The question came into my mind when reading this answer from another thread (second picture). There you see a photo of ...
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What is the purpose of warning areas? [closed]

What purpose does the warning area serve? Is it like CFA'S, MOA'S?
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By what parameters can a pilot be evaluated after a flight [closed]

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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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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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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