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Safety includes all aspects of protecting aircraft, passengers and crew from accidents, mistakes and other potentially dangerous situations.

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Can RVSM safely be further reduced?

Since the world population shows no signs of slowing down its rapid increase, it's pretty safe to say that means we can only expect more concurrent flights as time moves forward. Is it physically ...
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How safe is the Boeing 737-800 in high winds?

I'm not good with flying. However, on Wednesday morning I'm flying from Gatwick to Bergen, Norway, traveling alone with two young children. I'm trying desperately to not show my kids how afraid I am ...
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What is the risk of a single skydive?

I've seen many articles that compares the risk of skydiving with other sports or activities like cycling or driving. However, they are very ambiguous in terms of how the risk was calculated (number of ...
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Airplane data for thriller novel [duplicate]

I've written a legal thriller. One scene involves the antagonist lawyers hiring someone at O'Hare to sabotage some other lawyers' private jet so that it crashes. But I don't know enough about aviation ...
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Tail Wing Dented—Is it safe to fly?

I’m sitting in the lounge waiting to board this flight. Saw a dent in the attachment of tail wing to the body. Is this common? Also I could be wrong and it is part of the design of the airplane. Any ...
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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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Is there (some form of) penetration testing in aviation?

I just listened to the first Miles to go podcast about a near miss at SFO where an Air Canada flight nearly landed on a taxiway where 4 aircrafts were waiting to take off. The incoming Air Canada ...
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Is it safe to fly a glider when I can't move the stick fully left and right?

This past Saturday, I started training in a Schweizer 2-33A glider. When I got in the glider for the first time, I found that I couldn't move the control stick fully left and right, because my legs ...
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How often do pilots fly drunk?

AVweb reported: 2018.07.30 - A former pilot for Alaska Airlines was sentenced on Wednesday to a year and a day in federal prison, for flying two flights in 2014 with a blood alcohol level more ...
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Have there been any incidents caused by an inability to shut down an engine?

I read many items on the avherald.com site where it says "engine shut down during flight" or words to similar effect. I'm wondering if there are any instances where an engine could not be shut down ...
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Has a micro-burst or wind shear caused fatalities on takeoff?

Delta Flight 191 at Dallas-Fort Worth (1985), TANS Perú Flight 204 in Peru (2005), FedEx Express Flight 80 in Japan (2009), and Eastern Air Lines Flight 66 at New York's JFK, are all examples of ...
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Are pressurized passenger aircraft usually completely airtight?

Various sources on the internet indicate that the passenger cabins on pressurised airplanes are not 100% airtight. I'm not talking about ventilation/pressure valves/cabin pressurisation system, but ...
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What's with this non-exit Exit sign on Delta CRJs?

I have the pleasure of frequently flying Delta (i.e. Delta Connection) flights on CRJ-700 and CRJ-900 aircraft. All of them have a bogus EXIT sign between First Class and the main cabin: This is ...
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Where is the best place to sit on an airplane? [duplicate]

I'm going on a flight soon and I am wondering where the best place to sit is as I want to be sure that if anything happens, I would want the seat to be convenient for most situations.
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Do military tactical transport flights provide seatbelts for all occupants?

In several movies I have watched recently, the temporary bench style seats of tactical transport aircraft such as the C-130 do not show seat-belts. I would not be surprised that some instances of seat ...
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Are there any reported cases of noise from helicopters causing damage to property?

In the Netherlands, three cases have been reported of Chinook helicopters' rattle noise (low frequency sound) damaging solar panels. The Dutch defense ministry recognises this problem and the lawyer ...
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What are regulations for pyrotechnics on planes?

Being in love with both fireworks and flying this is a question that I wondered about for quite some time. Especially when watching videos like this (which is from 2009 showing a stunt plane flying ...
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Why are the cabin lights dimmed after takeoff or before landing? [duplicate]

I am a constant flyer and I couldn't have helped myself of noticing that the cabin lights in the aircraft dim after takeoff and before landing. Does anyone know why?
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How do I properly report sighting a drone or hobby UAV to ATC?

How would one go about reporting a drone (hobby UAV) sighted in the airspace of an airport on frequency, specifically to Tower? For example: I am doing patterns around the airport when to the ...
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What does “leave clear on its left” mean in UK regulations relating to collision avoidance on non-runway landings?

This doesn't seem to be plain English, could someone explain this with a simple example for me please? I'm not sure what 'Leave clear on it's left' means, and it's not clear whether the subject of the ...
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Has a scheduled passenger flight ever stalled because of shifting cargo?

Has any scheduled commercial passenger - not cargo - flight ever experienced a stall due to cargo shifting, like the National Airlines Flight 102 did, back in 2013? Please note I am specifically ...
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Is communication with cabin crew or ATC included in emergency checklists?

In a serious but non-catastrophic situation on a commercial flight (for example, a single engine failure on an A320), I understand that the pilots will follow a standard checklist (from the QRH) to ...
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Are planes allowed to fly through a planned professional fireworks display?

I was watching 4th of July fireworks tonight, and I noticed a very low plane circling the fireworks display. I'm wasn't sure of its altitude, but I would estimate around 1000 ft or no higher than ...
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Icing conditions temperature range: SAT or TAT?

Considering the general rule of thumb defining potential icing conditions: temperature between +10 and -40 degrees C and presence of visible moisture, is the temperature range regarding TAT (total ...
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ATC application to listen in to current flight? [closed]

I was wondering if there is some sort of app or website that allows people (well, me as a passenger) to listen in to the ATC of my current flight? (Assuming the flight has passenger wifi). If this is ...
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What are the drawbacks for manufacturing a large airliner capable of water landing?

Emergencies are rare but still occur. Apart from weight and extra fuel costs, What are the drawbacks for manufacturing a large airliner capable of water landing in case of an emergency? Assuming the ...
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Are any of these airline “secrets” true? [closed]

I have recently seen a list of things that are not known by passengers of planes. It was found on a site where you have to recheck and double-check everything, but besides obviously wrong facts there ...
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What procedures are in place at London City Airport for emergencies after V1?

Given the challenging operating environment at EGLC, what procedures are in place for emergencies after V1. Is it possible to return to the airport?
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What items are allowed on passenger flights but not on cargo ones?

I've only ever sent items by air in suitcases accompanying me in passenger flights. But - I'm about to send some items on a cargo-only flight in a few days. I've been told: Make sure that there are ...
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Has anyone considered filling aircraft voids with helium to reduce the risk of fire?

Watching air crash investigations, and aware of problems with batteries, the issue of fire and sparking is recurrent. As a noble gas, pure helium would not burn, and if I understand correctly would ...
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Could ejector seats save lives in commercial aircraft? [duplicate]

If cost were no issue (it could be done cheaply), would installing ejection seats for passengers possibly save lives? There are certain scenarios (albeit extremely rare ones), where the crew may know ...
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How should you coordinate with traffic at non-towered airports?

I am a fairly new pilot. I recently flew to a non-towered airport in Quebec, Canada (Lachute, CSE4). There is a significant displaced threshold on each end of the runway. The airport has one taxiway ...
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Is it allowed and/or safe to place objects on the dash in a PA28?

I am told by my maintenance engineer that NOTHING is to be put on the dashboard area above the instrument panel - this is where I keep my DUAL GPS to have an unobstructed view of the sky. It was ...
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How to reduce cosmic radiation in commercial aviation? [duplicate]

There have been some (somewhat limited) studies that show (certain) cancer risks increase with flying hours: The risk for all cancers, malignant melanoma, prostate cancer, basal cell carcinoma of ...
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Is this planned building in a runway approach legal?

A 50 story building is planned in Santa Clara, CA three miles from the SJC 12R runway end. Such a building is at least 500ft tall and many such buildings are 700ft or more, is this legal? Nothing ...
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What is the wattage for strobes and anti collusion lights flashing lights on an aircraft?

Flashing anti-collision lights, also know as strobes on an aircraft can be seen on the aircraft When flying at 36,000 ft during the day with clear skies. What is their wattage (e.g 1000 watts) since ...
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When escorting Air Force 1, at what safe distance must fighter jets fly?

Air Force 1 is sometimes escorted by fighter jets, either for security reasons or for show. Given that Air Force 1 is a very large aircraft that produces an extremely large amount of jet blast and ...
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Were my airplane's wheels under-inflated?

I recently took a flight on a (Lufthansa) Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. As I was about to embark, my eyes caught this image: And the aircraft wasn't even loaded with the passengers yet. If I saw this ...
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Why can't the A320's computer-imposed limits be overridden?

Under the investigation section of US Airways Flight 1549, it is noted that [The pilot] asserted that insufficient credit was given to the A320's fly-by-wire design, by which the pilot uses a side-...
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Has there ever been an uncommanded lowering of landing gear?

Has there ever been an uncommanded lowering of the landing gear on a large commercial jet? I could not find any instance of it in a preliminary google search. Could a simple short-circuit cause such a ...
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Are there any countermeasures for lasers or the people who use them to blind pilots? [duplicate]

Yesterday there has been another laser-incident at my local airport LOWG. The laser hit the cockpit twice, but the pilot managed to land the Dash 8 Q400 safely. I'm taking this recent event as ...
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What should I expect to happen when I get on a skydiving flight

I am schedule to go on a short flight (skydive)* on a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan during an international visit to some friends. I found the serial number of the flight, here is it's record. Since ...
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Are there any safety data on the aircraft used for skydiving?

I am planning a (first) skydive, a tandem jump with an instructor. However, I have not picked which school I will use yet. I am convinced about the safety of the jump itself, but cannot find reliable ...
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Why does “airplane mode” turn off Bluetooth and WLAN if I can just turn them on again? [closed]

On my (Android) phone, enabling airplane mode automatically disables all wireless antennas except for GPS and NFC (I assume the latter is either passive or way too low power for anyone to care about). ...
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Is “laze” (lava + haze) as hazardous as volcanic ash to turbo engines?

Reading an article about Pahoa, I read that erupting Hawaiian volcanoes produce a combination of lava and haze - resulting in clouds that contain hydrochloric acid. Are these as dangerous as ...
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Missing shear pin for tow-bar / front landing gear

Sitting on the runway about to takeoff, and the captain comes over the intercom saying that we need to return to the gate. From the quick announcement, it sounded like he said they found a 'shear pin'...
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Why ground a plane while fueling?

Why does a plane need to be grounded while fueling, but we never ground our cars? Does the potential for a spark magically exist for an airborne vehicle but not for an earth bound one?
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How frequently are avionics on large commercial aircraft updated?

How frequently are avionics on large commercial aircraft updated? And how are the systems updated?
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Are there any data on the safety rate of gliders vs single-engine GA aircraft?

Can anyone point me to statistics on the safety record of gliders vs. single engine general aviation aircraft?
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What is the relationship between the terms “airprox” and “near mid-air collision”?

Do the terms "Airprox" and "Near mid-air collision" mean the same? If not what is the difference between them?