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Is it plausible that helicopters are safer than cars?

For some reason there is a lot of talk on helicopter safety online at the moment, and one fact that keeps coming up is "helicopters are safer than cars", supported by this article "Are ...
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Do other countries aside from Israel have some special requirements on wearing seatbelt upon approaching destination but before the aircraft descent?

I read (mirror) that Israel has enhanced security procedures resulting in airplane passengers having to wear seatbelt up to 180 nautical miles before the destination: ISRAEL - TEL AVIV FIR — ...
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What's the minimum survivable mid-air collision altitude in a glider?

This weekend I had my first gliding experience in an ASK21. My first surprise was being given a parachute. The briefing was simple, if we have a mid air collision, unbuckle the belt harness, remove ...
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Can a piece of duct tape bring down a plane today (Flight 603, 1996, Perú)?

According to Wikipedia, the reason for the crash was that: adhesive tape had been accidentally left over some or all of the static ports (on the underside of the fuselage) after the aircraft was ...
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Safety of unpressurized 9000 foot elevation 6 months after mild heart attack? [closed]

For clarity and context this is not a health or medical question, nor am I asking for permission or medical advice. Rather I would like context and information and to draw upon the experience of this ...
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Will the C42 or other Ultralights break up on aerobatic manoeuvres?

There is a video here of an Ikarus C42 performing aerobatic maneuverers. Now, I know the aircraft is not certified officially, but one of the commenters posted: The reason these planes aren't rated ...
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Why might a flight in turbulence turn off cabin lights and heating?

I was on a flight from Sofia to Bologna in mid-September of 2017. It was an early evening flight (can't remember what time we took off but it was already dark), and soon after takeoff, around the time ...
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Why do American airports require shoe removal while some European ones don't? [migrated]

There are some airports in Europe like Amsterdam's Schiphol where you don't need to remove your shoes to clear security. If there is a bomb in the shoes of a passenger coming in a flight from Europe ...
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Jet Fuel Flammability

Presently a fueled passenger jet is a flying bomb. Is there any hope in the near future of chemically reducing the flammability of jet fuel on impact?
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Does Boeing and Airbus perform extensive safety inspections and/or stress tests on each other's aircrafts? [duplicate]

I have been wondering if it has been a common practice within the commercial airline industry for an aircraft manufacturer to purchase a brand new aircraft model built by their competitor and to then ...
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Is there a valid case to do the imposible turn(180)?

It has been said many times not to do the imposible turn(180) after takeoff since almost always it ends in a fatal crash. My question is, if you are flying a Cesnna 172, or any single for that matter,...
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Why do pilots have control of so many functions that seem like they should be always-on? [duplicate]

I was watching this video about MH370, and I couldn't help but notice the pilot seemed to have options that could only ever be useful for nefarious purposes. For instance, the pilot turned off the ...
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Which of the major airliners are bleedless?

Bleed air is compressed air taken from a jet engine, and is mainly used to provide pressure for the aircraft cabin. Fume and smoke events, due to contaminated bleed air, are regularly reported on ...
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Statistics: is being a crew on airliners overall roughly as dangerous as driving daily?

The question says it all. It's a commonplace that "airliner travel" for passengers is far and away the safest travel, on almost any metric (per mile, hour, per human-year, etc). However, I'...
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Why don't flight attendants wear pants instead of skirts?

After watching this video and noticing these Super Jet Airline flight attendants are wearing pants, I asked myself why not all airlines have their flight attendants wear pants instead of dress/skirts ...
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Should approach over water have higher glide path than over ground?

On this video the pilot says he is above the glide path intentionally because the approach to the runway is over water so that he has more altitude in case of engine failure. However, we know that ...
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Does the B52 stratofortress nose wheel lock during takeoff and landing?

I wonder if the B52 nose wheel is still moving while takeoff and landing. Does it?
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The evolution of airline safety videos - is it going in the wrong direction? [closed]

When the very first airline safety videos were introduced, they were very straight-forward, explaining the features of the aircraft without any extra drama / cultural element infused in them. Over the ...
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Thoughts on Idea - AP Disengage, Land Flap Selection

When AP disengages the aircraft goes into a slight roll or the possibility exists for the aircraft to go into a degree of roll. Do you think it would be prudent for airlines to include as an SOP for ...
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What older regulations and exemptions does Boeing's 737 line benefit from?

Boeing is occasionally accused in the press of keeping the 737 competitive by being able to avoid newer regulations and standards, either through being previously certified or by other means. The ...
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Who determines the minimum area needed for a sky diving dropzone?

Who or what determines the minimum area required for a sky diving dropzone at an airport?
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Why do pilots have to calculate their center of gravity? Couldn't this simply be measured?

I was watching Air Disasters, and one of the root causes of that episode's particular crash was due to the pilots underestimating their payload weight and being improperly trimmed for take-off. This ...
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Why are doors 3-left and 3-right not available during water evacuation in an A330?

I've seen 2 safety videos of A330s - one with Nepal Airlines and another of (now defunct) Jet Airways. Both of them say that doors 3 left and 3 right cannot be used in a water evacuation. Why is it so?...
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Is TSA Pre check a security risk?

As we have seen through history, many times, despicable acts of terror and violence have been committed by just "normal" unsuspecting people, that for whatever reason (hate, outburst of ...
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Why deplane all passengers and not the troublemaker?

I'm sure you've seen videos like this where they ask everybody to deplane before the police removes an unruly passenger, why? I remember they use to just remove that passenger alone, why do they need ...
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Are aviation training standards being lowered for diversity, equity, and inclusion?

Have there been documented cases of training standards being lowered, or other risk-increasing actions being taken, for the purpose of increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the aviation ...
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Are flights in fast jet streams more dangerous?

This article from Not the Bee (note that this is a right-wing site, and the article includes a paragraph making fun of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, so don't click the link if that ...
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Vertical gaps between stairs and aircraft entrance [closed]

I have gotten an answer saying that the stairs are not an universal height and can be adjusted due to passenger weight and the weight on the plane. What if this gap occurs as the passengers are ...
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If the stairs are a universal height, how does a vertical gap occur? E.g. where the stairs fall short of the aircraft fuselage

If the stairs are a universal height, how does a vertical gap occur? E.g. where the stairs fall short of the aircraft fuselage. I have tried to find information regarding whether the stairs are ...
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Question about the gap between the airstairs and the aircraft [duplicate]

Is there universal code/height between the ramp at the top of the airstairs and the aircraft. If not, what is the expected gap between the aircraft and the airstairs when embarking or disembarking?
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Airplanes crashworthiness and ETSC report

I have recently found this link that shows a report of European Transport Safety Council: https://etsc.eu/increasing-the-survival-rate-in-aircraft-accidents-impact-protection-fire-survivability-and-...
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How to avoid rotors and other dangerous turbulence around mountains?

I would like to try flying around some mountains but have never done so before. I am aware of some things to look out for: Lenticular clouds (a sign of mountain wave) Flying on the leeward side of ...
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What possible causes can there be for a crash in good weather conditions? [closed]

The preliminary report for the TNFlygirl crash says: About 1019, the airplane entered the first of a series of climbs and descents with corresponding fluctuations in its observed groundspeed. During ...
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Should I telephone tower to tell them I'm alive?

Yesterday I had a somewhat stressful flight out of a busy airport back to my local airfield. After take-off the navigation "equipment" (a tablet) failed, the controller asked me for my ...
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Are glider pilots who are 14 or 15 years old more dangerous than those who are 16 when soloing?

With a student pilot certificate and an endorsement, it is legal to solo a glider at 14 years of age. When I was 14, I would have probably thought I was old enough to solo a glider, but looking back (...
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What are the survival rates from different altitudes?

In this video of someone making a homemade electric aircraft, at around 19:44 into the video, the creator shows his estimates of survival chances if he stalled and crashed from various altitudes, a ...
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Do aerobatic rolls exert high G-forces on an airframe?

In an accident where a flight instructor performed multiple aerobatic manoeuvres in an uncertified aircraft, the load on the airframe caused it to break apart. I know in this accident the instructor ...
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How much wind will rip an aircraft apart?

I would like to know how to calculate how much wind would be required to rip any particular aircraft type apart. In the case of N3079M, (video breakdown here), it took some severe storms (estimated 40 ...
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Why are many parts of an airliner required to be triplicated, but not the "parts" most likely to malfunction (i.e., the pilots)?

Many components of airliners are installed with three redundant systems to reduce the risk of equipment failure causing accidents. However, there are only two of the "components" most likely ...
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In the last year, did Airbus make any changes to existing or newly built A220s control panels or AT/AP software?

As reported in various places (e.g. by simplyflying.com), there were two near-catastrophes in the A220, not because of the widely-discussed engine topic¹, but because of how autopilot & ...
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How to have a conversation about safety with new GA pilot?

I have a family member who has been an amateur VFR pilot for a year. I know very little about aviation but am concerned about his plans to pick up his new aircraft in Eastern Canada and fly it back ...
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Why does the turn tighten in a Spiral Dive as it progresses? Even without applying any elevator control?

Why does the turn keeps getting tighter as the spiral dive develops? Use of elevator control makes sense as it would increase the horizontal lift vector inside the turn. But even without any elevator ...
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Could a trained individual passenger escape a commercial plane crash by bringing the necessary equipment to parachute?

We've been through why airlines don't provide parachutes for the passengers. But who says they have to be provided? I want to take my fate into my own hands the next time I fly, by bringing my own ...
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Is needing to urinate an emergency?

I'm planning a 3.5 hour trip. Usually I urinate more frequently than that, but I will not drink many fluids the morning of the flight in an attempt to get to my destination directly. If a pilot or ...
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What is the best way to deal with a stuck throttle?

Recently I watched a fascinating video of Cathay flight 780. What interested me about the end of this incident is that the pilots opted to land the aircraft with the engine 1 still at 80%, over ...
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Does rain affect VFR criteria?

Does rain affect VFR criteria? In other words, if visibility is 1500m or more and you are in sight of the surface, but there is heavy rain, can you still fly VFR? Here is an example of the conditions ...
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Is it safer to fly over 3,000ft for General Aviation?

I have been reading over the UK Airprox annual report of 2021 and it states: In 2021 – 76% of all events and 83% of all aircraft-to-aircraft events took place at or below 3000ft altitude. In 2021 – ...
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Do the military really use GA planes as target practice?

In the September issue of the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA) magazine, someone wrote in to say that whilst flying their C42, two Typhoon fighter jets passed them (one either side) a ...
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If I write out a solo endorsement and I decide I want to change the limitations

I am a new CFI and I just gave out my first solo endorsement. If I write out a student solo endorsement and decide I want to change the limitations. Can I? And if so, do I need to write out a new one ...
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Does the other engine have to go through extra checks when one engine fails

Many times I read articles on sites like aviaton herald about engine shutdown in fight because of some problem. It's given the problematic engine will be repaired. Question is about other working ...
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