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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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Could any complications arise if the two FMCs are using different OPS programmes, i.e U10.7 and U10.8A? [closed]

B737-300 FMCs ARE OF SMITH INDUSTRIES 2907a4/10-6225-003
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Why are non-essential passenger flights still being flown? [closed]

I'm not asking about essential passenger flights like for "like food, supplies, and flying medical workers. Oughtn't non-essential passenger flights have been shut down in North America, to curb the ...
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How can a person receive an expired life vest? [closed]

I wonder if passengers could receive an expired life vest because who else would they give to.
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Is potentially dangerous to select the take-off power on airliner lower that temperature at the moment on the airport? [closed]

Is potentially dangerous to select the take-off power on airliner at lower settings value due to the temperature that could be increased by the time the aircraft will go up?
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What are the differences between the two main brace positions? [duplicate]

Why are there two different brace positions (pictured below) ? (If there is a difference between the official and true reason, please state both. In many planes the reduced seating spacing does not ...
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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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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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How is it safe and legal to land in parallel runways [duplicate]

How come it is safe and legal to land in parallel runways (for example, in SFO). The planes are way too close, at a distance that would not, I assume, be according to flight regulations and safety ...
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How is the load & trimsheet form sent to ACARS?

After the last passengers and baggage are loaded onto the aircraft, the pilot in command is given a form called load & trimsheet which shows the passenger/baggage distributions, total weights and ...
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Are Sophisticated Planes with Multiple Computer Interfacing Safer to Fly than Traditional Aircraft? [closed]

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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What is the EASA equivalent of the FAA's 91.517?

What is the EASA equivalent of the US 91.517 regulations (on passenger information)?
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Safest deck on multi deck airplanes [closed]

It is a well known statistic that rear seats has higher survivability rates than front seats due to generally lower impact forces. Double decks airplanes are not so common so statistics would ...
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Why aren't there more stringent checks for switching off electronic devices during takeoff-landing? [duplicate]

I understand from discussions such as these, that it is crucial that to avoid electronic interference with flight instruments, all electronic devices should be shut off during takeoff and landing. And ...
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Are there other practical means of 'slowing' down an aircraft, other than parachutes? [closed]

Whenever an airliner crashes, inevitably questions arise as to how can the planes be made safe and ultimately, how can we avoid loss of lives. Though statistically, modern airliners are safest ever, ...
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Is locking the cockpit door from inside is a normal procedure when one pilot leaves? [duplicate]

When a pilot leaves the cockpit to go to the toilet should the second pilot lock the door? For me it's mandatory in case of the other pilot is taking in hostage and is forced to tap the code. So can ...
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What are the chances that you are on plane that has an incident? [closed]

ICAO Annex 13 defines an "incident" as An occurrence, other than an accident, associated with the operation of an aircraft which affects or could affect the safety of operation. Is there good ...
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Is post-COVID flying more dangerous?

To be clear, this doesn't relate to safety relating to the virus, I'm asking about flight safety. A comment on this question states: There's a history of accidents with aircraft just out of ...
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Is there a standard EASA checklist for auditing Part-145 organizations?

Which document is the reference for preparing an audit checklist for auditing an approved Part-145 organization?
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Comparing Argus, Wyvern, and IS-BAO

I'm interested in how Part 135 operators pilots, ops directors, etc., view the Argus, Wyvern, and IS-BAO ratings - and how you view the differences in tiers - Platinum, Gold +, Gold, Wingman, ...
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Was flying a helicopter below building height against FAA regulations? [duplicate]

I'm referring to this incident: https://twitter.com/Dacheslow/status/1267638389421072384 Some people were saying it was illegal under FAA rules to fly that low and close to a crowd, and also to use a ...
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Was the redesigned version of the One-Eleven's APU ever reapproved for inflight use?

The BAC One-Eleven, like most jetliners, has a turboshaft APU mounted in the tail section of the aircraft, which is mainly used on the ground, but, originally, could also be used during flight at ...
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Why do civil aviation aircraft not routinely carry missile defense systems? [duplicate]

With all the incidents with civil aircraft and missiles, why do civil aircraft not carry flares and other defensive measures by default? If official aircraft carry them it is technically possible to ...
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Why does not jet engines have a metal grid in the front? [duplicate]

An aircraft engine can get destroyed if a large object - like birds - enters it while running. I'm probably naive, but this seems pretty easy to solve. Why not just have some kind of metal grid in ...
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Are the Australian NASF guidelines based on ICAO standards?

Here in Australia we have a set of regulations called the "National Airports Safeguarding Framework" (NASF); these consist of 9 federally imposed guidelines for: Measures for Managing Impacts of ...
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what are some of the effects of breaking the sound barrier? [duplicate]

I have tried googling it, and nothing came up, please help! I am trying to figure out what happens after a jet/aircraft breaks the sound barrier.
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Could a kilometer of sand as wide as the runway,1 meter deep stop an Airbus A380 if it overshot the runway [duplicate]

An aircraft overshooting the runway could prove to be fatal. Assuming an Airbus A380 is fully loaded at near take off speed and pilots decide its would be best to abort take off, if they slammed the ...
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Why are airline seat belts lap-only? [duplicate]

On the flight that I was on today, one of the passengers near me asked this question. Why don’t airplanes use lap- and shoulder belts like cars do?
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Marshall signals history

When airport marhall signals have been used for the first time? Wich is the history about these signals? Thank you
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Oversight responsibility in the delegated airspace

Who retains the oversight authority in the delegated airspace when an airspace of one State is delegated to another State fir the provision of Air traffic Services?
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Why don’t most aircraft have emergency braking parachutes? [duplicate]

Braking parachutes were standard on first-generation jetliners, but have since fallen almost entirely out of use except on military aircraft; essentially the only civilian aircraft nowadays to still ...
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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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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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Where can I find information about the safety record of Westwind Air Service in Arizona?

I've been trying to find out how safe Westwind Air Service is. I know that there was a crash in Canada, but I think it's a different Westwind. I know that it's a flight school but how well maintained ...
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Why the pilot in command sits on the left? [duplicate]

Is it a rule? Why left? I mean why the pilot in common sits on the left? What is the superiority of the left side?
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Iris Precursor - 4D Air Traffic Control System [duplicate]

I just read this article . From the article at the very end - ESA claims that the new tech, which may eventually require an Iris terminal/transponder to be attached to every plane in European ...
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What safety systems are currently being developed for crash situations? [duplicate]

I know commercial airplanes are gradually becoming safer thanks to the development of systems that are able to avoid the conditions that would lead to a fatality. But is anybody developing systems for ...
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Laser projection on the sky [duplicate]

Suppose that one points a laser beam to the sky, constantly (so that an aircraft have to deal with it). Could that beam cause any trouble to that aircraft? Would that individual need to obtain some ...
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Why do some nations allow the usage of hand held devices and some not throughout the landing till the take off [duplicate]

After going through this site I am still not clear as to why do some nations do not allow the use of hand held device's especially cell phones for making calls or texting but for gaming or reading ...
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Why do you have to put the blinds up during take off and landing? [duplicate]

I understand the rationale for putting seat backs straight, folding tables, fastening seatbelts etc., but I've never really understood why the window blinds matter.
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Boeing 777 MHA370 [duplicate]

Can anyone explain how a Boeing 777-200 can vanish without a trace? How can it simply disappear without any indication of an in-flight emergency from the flight crew? Does its disappearance and lack ...
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FAA Regulations for Passenger Aircraft [duplicate]

Does the FAA have regulations for aircraft that carry passengers over large oceans regarding number of engines and flying range of the aircraft ?
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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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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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Isn't it dangerous to sell alcohol inside of airports? [closed]

Why do they sell alcoholic beverages inside of airports? Since it is flammable, it could be possible that someone buys some bottles (I believe up to 5L per person), and could decide to start a fire ...
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Which airline will get me from Paris or London, to Japan, and has a zero fatality rate? [closed]

I only fly with airlines with a zero fatality rate (it helps my fear of flying, yes it might not be logical, I know:)… but have so far only travelled around Europe and to Africa with Easyjet and Ryan ...
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Is it feasible to have passenger jet aircraft seats turn into bouncing cocoons on impact? [closed]

Why not engineer a design where in an emergency, the seats turn into a cocoon capable of bouncing on impact and encase the passenger in such a way that impact with the ground will not harm him. of ...
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Can a civilian helicopter regularly fly low & close to houses? [closed]

There is a helicopter which regularly (1 to 5Xs a month) at night or day flies very low & fast, has flown over a vehicle, playing a chasing game down neighbor's driveway and down the road. Who can ...
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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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How safe are sail planes? [closed]

I think sailplanes have to be pretty safe. Because if it falls it will gain speed, which will be converted to lift. So unless you do something stupid sailplanes can't just fall out of air. Am I ...
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What is the wattage for strobes and anti-collision 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 ...