Questions tagged [pilots]

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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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What is the difference b/w Normal & Restricted Category for a CG/FS Envelope? [duplicate]

These are the FS (Fuselage Station) Limits Envelope (As opposed to a CG limits envelope), supposedly for a Cessna Citation 560 XL. I would like to know the difference between Normal and Restricted ...
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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 world war II pilot?

What is this board given to world war II pilot?
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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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Why do Ryanair pilots get paid such a low wage?

As I‘m living in Europe and I‘m interested in a commercial pilot career, I looked up the wages on various websites. (I hope the German screenshots don‘t matter too much). Example 1 (Source) Example ...
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Do pilots switch their cell phones into airplane mode?

I think that my question is pretty self-explanatory. I‘m interested in both general-aviation and commercial jet pilots.
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Is having a history of seeing a therapist not allowed for pilots?

In a recent question someone said: I thought about seeing a therapist, but as I want to work at a major company, I don't know if you're allowed to have a history of seeing one. Is it true that ...
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Has someone with no experience at all ever taken off in a plane? Could they?

I was watching Mystery Science Theater 3000 and their showing of 1970 TV movie/pilot San Fransisco International. One of the plots in the movie involves a twelve (or so) year old boy, who, alarmed ...
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Which instruments are assigned to Pilot Flying and Pilot Not Flying in the various flight stages?

Is there a document which highlights the responsibilities of the Pilot Flying and the Pilot Not Flying? Specifically, I want to find out what instruments are assigned to whom in all the stages of ...
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What makes the Air Force and Navy pilots different? [closed]

As far as I know, aviation in both divisions are almost the same. They fly various aircrafts, they do dogfights, air to ground attacks, air transports, electronic attacks, and more. Can you say that ...
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Can a commercial airline pilot, flying either A320 or B737, charge people for a flight in their own personal Cessna 172? [closed]

Or would they have to be some registered business for the industry?
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Is the number of relief pilots regulated?

This article hints that the number of relief pilots isn't mandated. Wouldn't requiring more relief pilots for longer flights be safer and ethical? I personally prefer airlines that overwork their ...
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What is a scab and why is being one so bad? [closed]

I understand that a generally speaking a scab is someone who crosses a picket line. In aviation, however, there seems to be severe opposition (hatred?) toward flying flying with a scab, to the point ...
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What if a commercial airline pilot misses their flight?

Pilots need to arrive at the airport 1 hour before their departure. What if one of them is not able to report on time (due to any circumstances or reason) and also misses the departure time of flight. ...
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How did pilots avoid thunderstorms and related weather before “reliable” airborne weather radar was introduced on airliners?

How did airline and or mail pilots avoid hazardous weather especially at night before airborne weather radar systems were in use?
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How can pilots sleep or rest merely 1 hour after takeoff?

I screenshot this YouTube video. Because the A380 just attained FL250, the flight obviously commenced less than an hour ago. At 14:28 the relief captain (Robert Juelicher) leaves the cockpit. At 14:...
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What do professional pilots keep track of in their pilot log books?

Professional pilot logbooks (either paper or electronic) always seem to be more elaborate than those used by private pilots. I am curious as to what a professional pilot finds important to track in ...
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Does GA flying in your own plane count toward a Airline Transport Pilot license? [duplicate]

The video Why the World is Running Out of Pilots discusses a pilot shortage, and notes the tortuous path to an airline transport pilot license (specifically). It claims there are 1500 flight hours ...
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Why is it appropriate to announce ‘stable’ on final approach?

I have recently discovered that a budget airlines flight deck in the UK (Airbus 320) announce ‘Stable’ on the final approach. Both the Captain and F.O, just after 500 ft is called out by the computer. ...

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