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A pilot who is under training and does not yet have full pilot privileges.

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Temperature change & Altimeter indication

Ref: FAA Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge 2023 (faa-h-8083-25c) Page 8-4, column 2, paragraph 3 (including figure 8-3) through page 8-5, column 1, paragraph 1. As a background to my ...
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Can student hours transfer from Argentina to USA to take the PPL test?

Can the 40+ hours done with a certified flight instructor in Argentina count as the required hours for the private pilots license here in the United States? The timing of the final test isn't working ...
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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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Does temporary paper student pilot certificate expire?

I didn't receive my plastic student pilot certificate. Can I use my temporary paper student pilot certificate to take checkride in the USA? Does it expire?
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90 minute youth activity, what to do?

This is a bit of an open ended question. Every year or so, one of the youth groups associated with local churches will want me to come and do some evening youth activity with them about aviation/...
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Medical requirements for becoming a Pilot

I’m currently a junior in high school and I would love to pursue being a comercial pilot as a career. The thing is I have a medical condition called EoE. It’s basically when I eat something I’m ...
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What department does an airline pilot fall under?

On LinkedIn, I saw on the Page for the Harry Reid International Airport there were charts for 346 members, 157 of them working in Operations, 43 for Administrative, 37 for Business Development, 25 for ...
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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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How can I solve this question using the 1 in 60 rule?

What is the explanation for the question below in detail? A pilot is heading east and decides to fly to an alternate airfield which is 4NM south and currently 30NM from his present position. What is ...
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Can I identify as a student pilot when I'm not? [duplicate]

A few months ago, my original flying instructor took me to a busy airport (Gloucester) as I wasn't comfortable going there by myself for the first time as a low-hours pilot who only really uses grass ...
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Logging time as a student

Lets say I am a student with no student certificate but I have a good friend who has flown for years on an airbus and I want him to teach me how to fly. Can I log flight time being that I don't have a ...
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Should I add or subtract PA when calculating performance

I am planning a cross country and I wanted to know how would I calculate my PA for performance. If the elevation of my airport is 16ft and the altimeter setting for the day is 30.03 I subtract 30.03 -...
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How do I interpret these Center of Gravity limits?

In the normal category of my c172, I have a COG range of forward 35.0 aft of datum at 1950lbs or less, with straight line variation to 40.0 inches aft of datum at 2450lbs The aft range is 47.3 of ...
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Why does changes in load factor affect the stalling speed? [duplicate]

Why does changes in load factor affect the stalling speed? Is it because with an increase of load, the airplane has to fly at a faster airspeed to maintain performance because of the weight it has to ...
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How should a Minimum Equipment List (MEL) be used?

I want to make sure that I understand how an MEL is used. Does this list have instruments that are needed or not needed to conduct safe operations? For example, if I have an altimeter that’s ...
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How to find altimeter settings for higher altitudes?

I am trying to calculate cruise performance, but how would I find the altimeter setting for a given altitude? I’ve looked at charts but they only show altimeter settings for the surface. Would I use ...
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What frameworks exist to assess piloting skills and ability and how can one assess themselves against these?

What are the existing frameworks and methodologies used to evaluate and measure piloting proficiency, and how can individuals effectively assess their own skills and knowledge based on these ...
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How to determine runways at unfamiliar airports?

I’m having a hard time determining where the runway is. Let’s say I am 3 NM west of an uncontrolled airport and the runway is 18/36. An the active runway is 18. What’s the best way to determine where ...
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How does temperature affect the altimeter [duplicate]

Hi Im having a time understanding Pressure levels as it relates to the altimeter. The answer says. The limitation of the altimeter is that, On warm days pressure levels are raised higher than on a std ...
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Can a student pilot certificate be used for transportation with an endorsement?

If I live in Anytown and need to make a trip over to Bigcity for non-flight-training-related purposes, I have a student pilot certificate, it's just me going, and I have a solo endorsement from my ...
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Is there any reason not to get a student pilot certificate now?

I hope to get a PPL, IR, and possibly CPL someday. It looks like obtaining a student pilot certificate does not require anything except being 16 or older, knowing English, and completing a free ...
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Can you log PIC time with an instructor without being currently enrolled in a flight school?

Been doing discovery flights with a friend who is a CFI. Am I legally allowed to log PIC time without being enrolled at a flight school? Want to know before logging /flying.
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What long-range jet is easiest to fly?

Of jet aircraft with sufficient range to cross the Atlantic on a full tank of fuel, which is easiest to fly? More specifically: The required range is from New York's JFK Airport, to Shannon Airport, ...
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How to avoid or cope with a bad day where my flying felt sloppy?

This morning I went out to do a flight and I wasn’t my usual self. I was just sloppy in the pattern, not hitting my speeds, overshooting the final, radios were sub par. Backstory. Last week I was ...
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What is the purpose of warning areas? [closed]

What purpose does the warning area serve? Is it like CFA'S, MOA'S?
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How to become a master at multitasking

I am a student pilot with 60 hours. The first 50 hours I received 5 years ago and the last 10 is what I have received within the past month. I need some advice: Throughout training My instructor ...
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How do I appropriately choose the power settings on a C172 for cruise?

Today during the ground portion with my instructor he asked me "why did you choose to cruise at 2300 rpm flying at 1990 ft pressure altitude?" I didn't have an answer for him, and I couldn't ...
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How can I best use the ACS?

I'm a student pilot and I feel I'm well studied but there are some concepts that I seem to forget. I'm trying to get beyond the point of relying fully on memory and more so using common sense to ...
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How does control system design ensure correct elevator position with the steering system unlocked? [closed]

I’m having some trouble answering the following problem encountered in one of the worksheets for aviation students: The plane shown in the picture stands on the runway. The pilot, while getting off, ...
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Can the holder(s) of a Student Pilot Certificate, properly endorsed for solo flight privileges, participate in a Formation Flight?

In the U.S., is it legal for the holder(s) of a Student Pilot Certificate, properly endorsed for single engine airplane solo flight privileges (in accordance with the training/proficiency requirements ...
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Is there a deterministic guide to landing?

Much of the aviation related instructions seem clear-cut and science-based. For some reason landing seems heavy on art and light on science. To explain, I’m told to round out at about “yea” height, ...
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Why not extend the downwind when first learning to land?

I'm supposed to turn base when I see my touchdown point is 45° off my shoulder. But I'm a newbie and final has a lot for me to handle all at once. I'm sure as I improve it will become easier, but what ...
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Are ILS approaches taught as part of instrument rating?

Are ILS approaches taught as part of instrument rating? What categories specifically? CAT I? CAT II? CAT III A? CAT III B? CAT III C?
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Why do we still interpolate in performance tables?

I'm getting my Private Pilot License. In the coursework, we learn about flight planning, which requires looking at performance charts for your particular aircraft. These charts in my case are tables ...
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How to Start Flying? [closed]

I am a teenager(mid teen) who wants to learn how to fly and recently discovered this website. I currently want to learn to fly just for my own pleasure. I don't exactly know what I want to do as a ...
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Do study aids for the private pilot knowledge test include the actual questions that will be in the test?

I have been working with the Sporty's course for a while, and doing their FAA Test preps. What are the chances that the questions I am learning on are the same on the actual test? Are the questions on ...
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How do I get access to images and diagrams during the private pilot knowledge test?

I am not sure if the testing center is online or paper based. However, on the private pilot knowledge test, how would one manage the questions related to density altitude, ground roll distance etc., ...
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Should a student pilot use their license to go somewhere? [closed]

I’m a student pilot, and I want to meet my friend for a couple of hours at an airport away from my home airport. I have all my minimums done, but I’m just waiting to take the check ride. I’m wondering ...
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Should I do bachelor first or pilot training first?

I am a student now going to grade 12 residing in Nepal. I am perplexed about should i do my training first get a job and do bachelor alongside with my job or should I do bachelor first and then ...
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I am licensed as a Private Pilot, Airplane Multiengine Land, what do I need to do to be able to fly as PIC in a Single Engine Land aircraft?

I basically got my Multi Engine Rating however not a single engine rating even though most of my training was in ASEL. Now I am curious what I would have to do to be able to fly friends and family in ...
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Can a 16 year old student pilot "pre-take" the checkride?

I am a student pilot, and I soloed about one month after my 16th birthday. I know I can't become a private pilot until I am 17, but I'm wondering if there is a way to take the check ride before you ...
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Does the FAA always require a neuropsychological assessment battery for applicants with a history of ADD?

I'm in the middle of a medical struggle with the FAA. I'm applying for a 3rd class medical certificate but was hit with a deferral letter due to a childhood ADD diagnosis. Currently the FAA is only ...
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What are the pros and cons of buying a kit aircraft vs. a factory-built one?

I am a student pilot, and I am trying to decide on what I should do for a plane. I am leaning towards buying a kit, but what are the advantages or disadvantages for that?
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Where to start learning how to fly and build flight hours? [duplicate]

High school student here. I really want to be a commercial pilot since I was a kid. I really don’t know where to start learning, either cadet pilot school (funded and organized by the airline), a ...
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Switching careers from physics to aviation [closed]

The main question is whether the background in the (scientific) field of applied physics and engineering can help one to start a career in aviation (to do it for living)? It seems impossible and not ...
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If I buy my own aircraft in which to earn my PPL, does my instructor need to be certified to fly the type of aircraft I own/am training in?

It seems the most cost-effective way to earn my PPL is to purchase my own plane (with the intention to keep it for quite some time). I believe I would therefore need to find a CFI that is certified ...
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Is it possible to give an endorsement via text message or email?

Is it possible to give an endorsement to student pilot via email or text message? For example, I gave an endorsement to my student for a XC. However, he stuck at the destination airport after the ...
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Can you become FAA/TC commercial pilot with metal implants in hand?

I have a friend who wants to be a pilot and he has metal implant in his hand. It doesn’t affect his hand movement at all. I know that he will need to check it out with a Civil Aviation medical ...
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Could I hold both an EASA license and a UK CAA license?

With all the ongoing mess with Brexit at the moment, I'm trying to figure out the wood from the trees so to speak. However there seems to me a bit of mass confusion with it all. I'm just wondering if ...
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How can I easily keep track of my landing count during pattern work?

PPL Student pilot, ~20 hrs Hi, whilst doing some pattern work I frequently find myself unable to keep accurate track of the number of landings. There's an AFIS at my home airport who keeps track (...
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