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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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Are Sophisticated Planes with Multiple Computer Interfacing Safer to Fly than Traditional Aircraft? [on hold]

I passenger travel short haul flights to the carribean islands every month for business. I typically fly on an Embraer E190 or Airbus-320...I feel confident on the 190, I suppose I like the standard ...
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How many Airbus planes have been destroyed in flight by severe turbulence? [on hold]

Since a brand new A350 has literally the exact same design specifications / G limits as an airliner built in the fifties does (A 1955 F27 Fellowship will break up at 2.5 G-3.75G, same as a modern ...
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How come the DC-8 plane can withstand +15G from turbulence, but newer planes can only withstand 20% of that amount?

Source - https://www.weather.gov/media/zhu/ZHU_Training_Page/turbulence_stuff/turbulence3/turbulence.pdf (Scroll down for photos) I figured out how many G's the cargo jet took by looking at the ...
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For a modern airliner, wings are tested to withstand 150% of the limit load. What kind of weather would produce turbulence at 100% limit load?

I often see people citing the wing flex tests, but with very little reference as to what kind of forces they're designing the plane to take. I am specifically referring to modern day jetliners such ...
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What are the potential threats of having the landing gear dirt from mud in a rectractable landing gear airplane?

Recently I have been flying an aircraft with the landing gear very dirt with mud due to the parking area of the airfield on grass and the meteo conditions in recent days. I wonder what are the threats ...
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Why does Qatar Airways fly over Syria and Iraq?

I saw on Flightradar that Qatar Airways still fly over Syria and Iraq. Why do they think that airspace is safe? I dont want to have to worry about my plane being shot out of the sky on my trip.
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In an Airbus, if the AOA sensor fails and the computer pitches the plane down, can the computer still only pitch down 10 degrees maximum?

For example, something similar to Qantas Flight 72. Assuming the Angle of Attack sensors are faulty and give bogus data - for example, that the Angle of Attack is 20 degrees, or the maximum Angle of ...
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Where to relocate a bomb on a plane to minimize damage?

In a video blog I saw today on the net, an airline Captain said: "if a bomb is found on board in-flight, pilots are trained to relocate it someplace where it would do the least damage" without further ...
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Do military bases still employ wheel watchers?

When I was in the air wing in the '70s, I had the unpleasant opportunity of pulling wheel watch. The unfortunate individual sat in a small shack (maybe 3 x 6 ft.) with a pair of high-powered ...
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Can a general aviation aircraft be forced to land when crossing the airspace of a country?

I don’t know how to fly yet but my friend has a Cessna, he says it’s awesome to have and fly one and he also said he will take me for a flight one day. I have been researching and reading online and I ...
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What prevents Low Cost Carriers (LCCs) from cutting cost that compromise safety?

I was reading an article about LCCs and here is an excerpt that got me thinking. While budget airlines cut other corners to keep fares low, they do not — actually cannot — compromise the safety ...
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What kind of flight termination measures are taken for supersonic aircraft?

Having recently read an article that hyper-sonic airplanes carry enough energy that just flying into some target makes them as powerful as some missiles and I wonder if the supersonic planes have ...
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Why did this 737 not take off on first attempt?

This video shows a 737 'near miss' takeoff. I'm curious as to why the aircraft did not take off as expected, i.e. is there anything obvious from the video? I'm assuming the speed and payload would ...
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Are there any truly 'unrecoverable' situations? [duplicate]

I'm starting my quest to obtain a PPL this weekend. So I guess this question is contextualised around light aircraft like the Piper Tomahawk / Cessna, although it certainly would be interesting to get ...
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Is every emergency landing of a commercial flight documented?

A friend told me she was on a Royal Jordanian commercial flight in 2006 that had an emergency and was forced to land in a field in Greece. She said the final destination was supposed to be Italy, ...
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Are turboprops less safe then jets?

On a recent trip to an airport, I noticed a large number of Bombardier Dash 8s. I wanted to know - are turboprops less safe than traditional jets like the 737 or A320? For instance, I would imagine ...
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What measures prevent a military aircraft's weapons from being fired on the ground?

Recently the 20mm cannon of an F-16 was accidentally fired on the ground by maintenance personnel at Florennes Air Base in Belgium, resulting the the destruction of another F-16 and damage to a third. ...
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How about inventing a “fuel” that will not erupt into fire?

One of the most concerning factor in flight safety is the possibility of the plane erupting into fire due to a fuel spill and a spark. Is it possible---or have researchers ever worked on---to power an ...
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Can “a drone” damage the wing of “an aeroplane” to the extent it actually threatens its ability to fly?

I stumbled across this video by the University of Dayton, showcasing the amount of damage a certain type of drone can do to a wing, and they wrote a whole article about it. While most of said article ...
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Is the National Aviation Authority the same as the Civil Aviation Authority?

Are the NAA (National aviation authority) and the CAA (Civil aviation authority) the same organisation? According Wikipedia it looks like they are the same organisation.
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How do aviation regulatory bodies relate to each other? [duplicate]

I am trying to make a overview how regulatory bodies in aviation safety interrelate. Maybe something like a hierarchy. I would start with ICAO and IATA, but where comes then for example FAA, CAA, LBA?...
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What is this 'runway number' automatic readout system on a flight deck?

I was watching this flight-deck video (starts at 11:13) of a Turkish Airlines Boeing take off from Istanbul and just as they accelerate on the take off roll there seems to be an automatic voice in the ...
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Which is safer? The Piper Tomahawk or the Cessna 152?

I have booked my first flying lesson for 2 weeks time, in my first step to obtain a PPL or LAPL. I had done all of my research on the Cessna family, assuming that is what I would learn in. I was ...
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How does the safety record of a Cessna 152 compare to a jetliner in Europe?

I have a fear of flight and I'm working on it. There is an airfield about 40 minutes from me and they offer flying lessons in a Cessna-152 for around 140 euros per hour. Pretty reasonable I think. So,...
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Can time spent in consumer flight simulators increase the safety of flying light sports aircraft for licensed pilots? [duplicate]

I've asked this question to my flight instructor, who believes flight simulators do a very poor job of modelling flight physics for very light airplanes, which makes them useless for preventing ...
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How do airplane “life jackets” compare to marine life jackets?

I have recently taken up boating in addition to being a pilot, and that experience has given me a better understanding of marine life jackets, also called "personal floatation devices (PFDs)". For ...
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Is this “wing-wave” early after takeoff really a pilot tradition?

I saw this video of a "wing-wave" immediately after takeoff of a 747-8 pop up on my Instagram feed. In the description, someone says that their friend is the pilot and that he did it to wave goodbye ...
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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 ...