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Questions tagged [procedure]

For questions relating to how the use of procedures affect operations.

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Why do we need to starve the engine before turning it off?

This question is for Piper Tomahawk, but I guess applies to any small aircraft. Why do we need to use the fuel mixture to starve the engine before turning it off with the key? Why can't we just turn ...
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What does it mean to fly a procedure turn?

So, I'm flying IFR to Newport (KONP) for the ILS RWY 16. There's an aircraft on the approach, so I'm cleared direct BUHRS at 5000' to enter the hold as published. I get to BUHRS, I turn outbound on ...
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What are the “parts” of a SID procedure?

In the ARINC 424 (downloadable from this link), the following information about SIDs procedures is given in the section 5.7 Route Type (RT TYPE): As you can see, it appears to me that a procedure is ...
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Do special procedures exist for commercial pilots flying over Russia?

Since Russia, and in particular the Asian part of it, is huge, I was wondering if there are special procedures for commercial pilots to follow over Russia (in particular and specifically Siberia and ...
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What is the ATC protocol for hijackings? [closed]

If a commercial aircraft is successfully hijacked, by a competent pilot / pilots, and they make contact with ATC for regular requests (i.e. weather updates, flight path information or clearing air ...
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In terms of noise, how does a steep climb-out compare to a noise abatement procedure?

For airports in populated areas, it is common to implement noise abatement procedures. In practice, this means that aircraft reduce thrust on departure, so that noise is reduced in proximity to the ...
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What is the process for requesting flight following in Canada?

In US, the process to get flight following is pretty straightforward. You call the approach/center frequency, request a flight following and you get it. On a recent flight originating from a Canadian ...
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What notification am I required to give when starting an engine?

This question is related to a single-engined piston-powered airplane. I was at a small airport. I noticed another plane parked behind mine. The pilot/owner was in the process of covering up his plane....
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Is it permitted to deviate from yellow lines, during taxi?

During taxi procedures, the pilot should follow the yellow lines, to avoid a collision with any obstacle or even with another aircraft. Is the any situation, which the pilot can deviate from the ...
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Where is the best place to perform a run-up at a busy airport? [duplicate]

If you wait to perform a run-up at the end of a taxiway at a busy airport you will probably not make many friends. Some airports may have designated run-up areas or have runways designated for ...
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Do the cabin announcements follow a common protocol?

Until recently, my local airline made all their pre-flight and pre-landing announcements in Swedish and using an informal language. A few months ago they changed this and are now using all the ...
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Why do planes overfly Moffett Field before landing?

I live near Moffett Field, and I noticed that some airplanes go over the field once before landing, along the runway (not across), even when the tower is open. I thought that was a procedure for non-...
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Why does one announce “Thrust Set”?

I have watched many aircraft takeoffs now where the flight deck announce 'Thrust Set', just after the engines are set to full. Forgive the dumb question, but why does one announce that the thrust is ...
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Aircraft Carrier Launches: ABE Checks and Signals

Somehow I got hooked on videos of aircraft carrier flight deck operations, and have been binge-watching over the last couple of days. (Glad it's a long weekend...) I've been able to understand many ...
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When are the engine bleed air, APU and packs turned on in the B737?

When do I have to turn on the engine bleed air and APU? In videos I have seen that they are always on, and sometimes they turn them off after take-off. I also have the same question about the packs.
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What are the effects of a rejected takeoff?

When a pilot is abandoning a take-off, what are the effects on the aircraft performance? Can a pilot vacate the runway normally or is extra time on the runway needed? Is immediate assistance provided ...
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What's the appropriate course of action if an airliner bounces 5-10 feet on touchdown?

I regularly fly in a PC flight simulator, and I'm currently trying to refine landings in medium-to-large airliners in various weather conditions. A problem I've faced in some conditions while flying ...
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What does Hawaii ATC do in the case of ICBM warnings?

Recently somebody pushed the wrong button when testing the ICBM warning system in Hawaii and set off an ICBM warning statewide for 45 minutes. In all probability ...
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What regulations support European vs USA traffic pattern entry?

While reading another Stack Exchange question I became aware that Europe approves several more "standard" (for training purposes only, but encapsulates European maneuvers) traffic pattern entries ...
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What procedures exist to take control from an “unsafe” pilot? [duplicate]

I was reading up on the Garuda Indonesia Flight 200 crash and a few questions came to mind, in summary the captain (PF), conducted an unsafe approach in which he did not heed multiple warnings from ...
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Brace position - does it really save lives?

There are some people say the brace position was invented so that passengers don't experience pain when they die in a crash. The brace is designed so that you die quicker (by breaking your neck). One ...
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Is there an official method to do pre-departure briefings?

We're using our simulator more at university, and while I might try to do a departure briefing (weather, route, etc.), it ends up fairly unstructured. None of us students have any formal ...
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What is the purpose of the three small bumps on the switches for landing lights?

What is the purpose of the three small bumps on the switches for landing lights and what is the history behind it? You'll see a similar design on Boeing, Airbus, and other aircraft. Here is a picture ...
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Is a holding pattern always counter-clockwise?

Is a holding pattern always counter-clockwise? Or is it dependent upon the controlling airspace?
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How do holding patterns work?

How does a pilot follow a holding pattern? Do pilots have to manually change heading and altitude (through the autopilot) each time they are making a turn? Or is it something the Flight Management ...
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When is a steep takeoff appropriate?

There are plenty of videos of aircraft performing "steep" takeoffs, such as this one. When, if ever, is this kind of takeoff appropriate. What is the procedure?
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What is the difference between a go-around and a missed approach?

What is the difference between a go-around and a missed approach? What are the steps involved in each of the procedures?
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What do pilots do on a windshear alert after V1?

What is a pilot taught to do, when a windshear is detected and the planes speed is above V1 and before Vr? I can't think of what is safer. Rejecting, with the risk of overshooting the runway. Taking ...
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Who activates the fasten seat belt warning on commercial flights?

Who activates (and de-activates) the "fasten seat belt" warning on commercial flights? I would guess it is either the pilot in command (normally the captain) or the first officer (co-pilot). If the ...
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Why are the B-52 thrust levers advanced inside-out?

As I understand, the standard procedure for advancing the throttle (for take-off) is as follows: Advance throttle to desired engine input & output (N1 & N2) Release brakes Gradually increase ...
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Why are airplanes sometimes led by a vehicle?

Airplanes are sometimes led by a vehicle on taxiways until they reach the runway or stand, why is this?
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Do concurrent operations on a single runway occur anywhere else besides AirVenture?

At the EAA's AirVenture fly-in in Oshkosh (KOSH), landing and sometimes takeoff operations are very often done by dots which are painted on the runway, making it so that multiple operations (a landing ...
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Is reducing V1 a viable option for pilots when the ASDA is shorter than the ASDR?

Let's say you were planning to ferry some passengers and cargo in a jet but after some calculations found out the ASDR (Accelerate-Stop Distance Required) was greater than ASDA (Accelerate-Stop ...
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What is “judgemental oversteering” in taxi procedures?

I found a phrase that I don't understand while reading Jeppesen charts: "judgemental oversteering". I found it in general information about taxi procedures. As I understand this procedure applies ...
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Can a runway turnpad be used as a runway holding position?

Can a turnpad also be used as a runway holding position?
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Why do aircraft take this strange route into JFK?

Looking at FlightRadar24, I see there is a long line of aircraft heading into JFK, but that they seem to all be starting to head straight at it from over Pennsylvania (as can be seen in the image ...
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What is the appropriate fuel tank selection to land a 172?

On a recent checkout on a C172 I was told to select "fullest tank" as opposed to "both" that I have been doing for years. Given the aircraft is high wing (gravity feed) with no auxiliary fuel pump ...
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Does the DA-42 automatically lean to clean fouled spark plugs? [closed]

The DA-42 has an automatic run-up method. Specifically, the pilot in command is to hold two buttons (one for each engine) until the run-up is complete. Since the DA-42 has no manual mixture control, ...
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How should passengers report SOS signal sightings?

On January 23, 2015, I flew from Buenos Aires, Argentina (SAEZ) to Santiago, Chile (SCEL). It was a very comfortable night flight in a Boeing 787 Dreamliner of LAN airlines, though it was delayed. ...
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Are run-ups required for multiengine piston aircraft?

Are run-ups required or advisable on multiengine piston aircraft?
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Why is KOAK's alternate minimum higher than standard?

Why is KOAK's alternate minimum higher than standard? According to TERPS (FAA Order 8260.3C) section 3-4, alternate minimum for PA is the higher of PA minimum or standard alternate minimum(600'-2). ...
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Why are Flight Directors turned on so early?

I have noticed that the requirement to turn on the Flight Directors in a commercial aircraft is in one of the very first checklists. Why does this have to be the case when the Flight Directors are ...
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If I need to do a course reversal before initiating an approach, do I need to notify ATC that I'm doing it?

If I need to do a course reversal before initiating an approach, do I need to notify ATC that I'm going to do the course reversal, or is it implied that I'm going to do it? For example: If I'm ...
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When would these two fixes at KMEM be used?

When flying IFR into a class B airport you usually file a STAR at the end of your plan. After the last fix on the STAR you will then receive vectors from ATC to the approach for the assigned runway. ...
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Can a pilot transition from a localizer approach to an ILS approach?

I was recently looking at the approach to RWY 8L at Honolulu, Hawaii (PHNL). Looking at the approach IAFs, I see the LOC RWY 8L approach has many different options, and has an intercept altitude at 2,...
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Purpose of CHT drop in piston engine shutdown procedures? [duplicate]

One of the items in the helicopter Robinson R22 (and possibly other piston engined aircraft) shutdown procedure is to wait for the Cylinder Head Temperature to drop to a lower temperature. What is the ...
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Why would pilots “call the company” after an aborted takeoff?

I was skimming through the RealATC videos on YouTube today and watched this one. In it there are two flights taking off from Chicago-Midway (KMDW); Delta flight DAL1328/DL1328 and SouthWest's SWA3828/...
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Why does Logan Airport's Runway 32/14 only have arrivals on the 32 heading?

I was going through this PDF document on Logan International Airport's runway usage and I saw that Runway 32/14 only has arrival activity. Why is that the case? Is this the the reason or part of it ...
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Do companies based in non-English-speaking countries require intra-cockpit procedural communication to be performed in English?

I was watching a video of an MD-11 landing in Quito, Ecuador The crew is German (Lufthansa). When they speak with ATC it's in English (obviously). When they speak with each other it's in German (...
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Seatbelts-on during taxi protocol: Risk assessment [duplicate]

Typical taxi speeds are less than 20 knots. These are speeds at which city-transport buses regularly operate & even exceed. Buses don't mandate seat belts & in fact even allow standees. Now ...