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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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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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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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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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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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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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Has Air Traffic Control ever had to talk a first time pilot through a landing due to an emergency?

This question deals with the plausibility of the Hollywood cliché of a passenger on a commercial jetliner landing a passenger plane. My question is related but broader, and less hypothetical: Has ...
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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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Can a passenger realistically replace suddenly incapacitated pilots?

Yes, this is a question from the movies. Assume that the plane is in flight and in perfect mechanical conditions. However, all the pilots onboard are suddenly incapacitated. Can a passenger without ...
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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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Why do commercial helo pilots wear helmets?

I've been on my fair share of commercial helo rides, primarily in Canada. Over the course of more than ten rides in three different kind of helos (Bell 407, 412, and I think one other) there was only ...
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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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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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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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What are the requirements for foreigners to join the RAAF as a fighter pilot?

What are the requirements for a foreigner — I'm from Cyprus — to join the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to become a fighter pilot?
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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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Can cruise pilots/second officers go for years without doing a takeoff or landing?

I was looking at the description of this role i.e. someone who provides cruise flight relief flying. As conceivably, someone could be bonded for multiple years because of the type rating being covered ...
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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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Why do pilots need the ceiling, time, and dew point in the ATIS?

For example: Ceiling: what is the ceiling? Why do they need to know the ceiling? Zulu time: what is the zulu time? Dew point: why do they need to know the dew point?
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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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Why are pilots deemed unfit to fly after emergency ejection?

There are many instances where pilots need to eject out of the cockpit due to emergency situations, and after such an ejection from some modern aircraft, pilots are deemed unfit to fly airplanes for ...
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Why does an airplane captain sit in the left seat?

For almost every airline, the captain sits in the left seat, and the first officer on the right. We know that in most countries right-side traffic and some have left-side. During training, the ...
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What is the reason for allowing pilots to take Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) only once?

Indian Airforce conducts a test called PABT (Pilot Aptitude Battery Test), for anyone who wishes to be a pilot. This test can be taken only once, and once you fail it, you can never appear again (...
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Why do some air forces not allow color-blind pilots?

Some air forces, e.g., the Indian Air Force (IAF), do not allow color-blind pilots. Is this local only to the IAF or a global procedure? Also, are there any regulations regarding commercial pilots not ...
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What is the "optimal" age of a fighter pilot?

Fighter pilots are always portrayed as young, fit men (and woman), in their 20s and 30s - and most of the F16 pilots I know are that age. However, today someone, who is over 50 years old, mentioned ...
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Are there any "captains-only" airports in the U.S.?

Some airports in the world only allow captains to take off or land the aircraft, due to airport design or environmental conditions (obstacles, high winds). Examples include: Funchal (Madeira, ...
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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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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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Can I get a photo with the pilots?

Could I, as a passenger, get a picture with the pilots in the cockpit before takeoff/after landing? I'm asking specifically about any rules that would deny a passenger into the cockpit. I know this is ...
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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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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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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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How does pregnancy affect airline pilots operating under FAA regulations?

Female airline pilots have an area of medical concern that male pilots don't deal with: reproductive issues. If a female airline pilot operating at an air carrier in the United States of America under ...
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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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What action should the pilot take when a TCAS RA (Resolution Advisory) provides opposite guidance to ATC instructions?

If a TCAS Resolution Advisory (RA) specifies a "Climb," but in response to the same potential traffic threat, ATC issues instructions to "Descend" what course of action should the pilot/crew take?
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How do airline pilots relieve the physical stress and discomfort of sitting for long periods of time?

Airline pilots are required to sit in the cockpit for quite a considerable amount of time during their day. For example, during the preflight, climb and descend portions of the flight, there are many ...
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Does the captain always control thrust on takeoff?

I just read an article about a day in the life of a pilot and it states "The Captain always controls the thrust in the unlikely event that the take-off needs to be aborted for safety reasons." Is this ...
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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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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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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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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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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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