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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 1 hour after takeoff?

The screenshot beneath hails from YouTube. The flight obviously commenced less than an hour ago, as the A380 just attained FL250. Then at 14:28 the relief captain (Robert Juelicher) leaves the ...
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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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How to become pilot in India with lack of money

Hello I am from India currently I am in class 12 pursuing PCM and want to become a commercial pilot but belong to a middle class family how can I pursue my dream. I can't afford course of 60 - 80lacs.
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Do commercial pilots have their own lavatory? [duplicate]

I was wondering if commercial pilots had their own lavatory to the two instead of using a passenger lavatory.
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Do aircraft use some kind of stability control to keep the aircraft on the runway during landing? [duplicate]

Modern automobiles use an electronic system called ESP to keep the car on track in slippery situations. Do modern jet liners have a similar system to aid the pilot in keeping the aircraft on the ...
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Do airline pilots ever risk not hearing communication directed to them specifically, from traffic controllers?

I gather pilots communicate regularly with air traffic controllers within air traffic controllers' jurisdiction or airspace as they enter the space, during their time in that space and as they leave. ...
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Are there generic routes all pilots can fly?

The recent question Is the destination of a commercial flight important for the pilot? stoked my curiosity but the answers were rather explaining that a pilot does not necessarily need to know where ...
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Are pilot YouTubers breaking any rules?

Recently, I've been watching a few YouTubers (mostly FOs) who make great videos like this: Then I realized... They must spend a lot of time setting up cameras, ...
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Jokes only pilots would get in Airplane [closed]

In the 1980 comedy movie Airplane! Are there some jokes that only pilots would get? I always thought there was sight gag with the runway when they are taking off. The runway look likes it has exit ...
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When cruising, is any moment that a pilot will reduce his/her airplane speed?

Say, a pilot is piloting his/her jet commercial airplane and suddenly see cumolonimbus or a dark cloud. Then, should the pilot reduce his/her airplane's speed to avoid turbulence?
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How many flying mileage a pilot should have per year in order to keep his licence valid?

Please let me know if possible Thank you very much
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What phraseology does ATC use with jet fighter pilots? [closed]

What do they usually say or ask when the fighter pilot wants to take off, when it's in the air, and what is the reply from the fighter pilot?
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Are commercial pilots ranked or graded differently based on the size of the aircraft they fly?

I am not sure whether "rank" or "grade" are the most suitable words for this question. If someone know which the most suitable, please edit this question. I mean, is the rank of a pilot of, say a ...
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Why can't airline pilots listen to music while flying? [duplicate]

In an interview I read, a 747 captain (Mark Vanhoenacker, an American British Airways pilot) says he doesn't understand why he cannot listen to music inflight, when for example surgeons – who ...
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Can a pilot choose his co-pilot?

How are pilots paired in the duty roster? Pilots choose their co-pilots from a pool (whitelist)? (Pilot has the final say) Randomly, but taking pilot wishes into consideration? (Airline has the final ...
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How can pilot remember when or where to do tasks such as changing radio frequency and change fuel tank? [duplicate]

As a student pilot, I sometime forget tasks such as changing radio frequency after reaching a location or switching fuel tank in long navigation. These tasks happen in specific time or location ...
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Which of the pilots flies when it gets dangerous?

Who flies when it gets dangerous ? In other words: Which pilot takes control of a passenger aircraft as Pilot Flying (PF) in an emergency (aircraft upset, loss of control, mechanical failure, etc.) ...
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How can I find my grandmother's OLD instrument rating documentation?

This is my grandmother, Nathalie Myrtle Brown: The big-eared kid she's posing with is my dad. She has a claim to fame in that she was the first female instrument-rated pilot in the state of Iowa, a ...
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Fine for operating not single-pilot certified jet with one pilot

Are there any clear-cut fines for flying an aircraft like a Global 5000 which is not single-pilot certified by a single pilot? And what would be the probability of being caught and how would they ...
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Is fuel balancing done automatically?

Is the balacing of the fuel in the wings of an aircraft like A320 done automatically or does it have to be done manually by the pilot. If it is done manually does the pilot eyeball the balancing ?
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What is the youngest age allowed to fly any sort of plane in the USA?

I have wondered this for quite some time, but what is the youngest age to fly any sort of plane in the USA? Does it also vary on what type of plane you're flying? (Commercial, Private, Training.)
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How airlines are calculating crew member's payroll? [closed]

What methods are used by the airlines to calculate the payroll of a commercial airline crew member? Does it always depend on the number of flight hours in the period, the number of duty days, or some ...
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What is the correct ATC phraseology for tower to clear a practice approach?

If you have an aircraft (training flight) that is doing practice instrument approaches and ATC is notified that they will fly the approach and then go missed, what is the correct phraseology for the ...
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Pilot's license for ENFP? [closed]

I'm an ENFP and really interested in getting my private pilot's license. I was wondering - are there ay other ENFP pilots out there? If so, do you like being a pilot? I'm afraid I might get bored with ...
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A pilot faces a medium-term loss of their medical. What can they expect?

This closely related question asks about what options a pilot has when facing a permanent loss of medical. However, not all disqualifying conditions are permanent. Maybe you got an interesting ...
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What are the most challenging taxi manoeuvres that a typical commercial airline pilot must execute?

I am currently involved in a University level modelling excercise which looks to investigate the handling qualities of a novel nose wheel steering system. As part of this study, I am interested in ...
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What is your responsibility when a distraught pilot is on frequency?

I found the recent SeaTac incident with a suicidal pilot frightening. I myself remember being in very bad places mentally, and it got me to wonder what I should do if someone is on frequency, making ...
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Where can I take ICAO Aviation English proficiency test?

Do you know some pages which listing the place I can take ICAO Aviation English proficiency test or useful pages? I sent e-mail to ICAO and search it many times. But, still I can not obtain good ...

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