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What does “Controlling Object” mean in FAA documentation?

I was examining FAA's legacy files, which contain information for various airspace elements, and I noticed that there is a field in the airport layout file called "Controlling Object", for both base ...
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Why is the Departure leg of the traffic pattern being mistaught as Upwind?

I hear a LOT of newer pilots and CFI's erroneously referring to the Departure leg of the traffic pattern as the Upwind. Ref. A.I.M. Sec 4-3-2. Actually had a Tower controller tell me "I'll call your ...
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Is there a generic term for origin and destination seen from an airport point of view?

I am trying to create a program that gives you the departures or the arrivals from a given airport. Thus, in the software code, I would like to refer to both origin...
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What is the name of the system that replaced stairs for disembarking aircraft?

Back in the day, or in old airports, or airports that have not upgraded their systems, passengers disembarked in aircraft using stairs, through rain and or snow and extreme weather, sometimes having ...
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Are there FAA rules about changing an airport name from Municipal to Regional?

Are there any FAA requirements to be met or stipulations for an airport to change its name from Municipal to Regional?
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How to decide which aerodromes should have Electronic Terrain and Obstacle Data?

What is the meaning of "aerodrome that is regularly used in international civil aviation"? Is there any explanation or reference material in support of Aeronautical Information System (AIS)? I found ...
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How do terms apron, ramp, tarmac, taxiway, parking area, gate, hardstand relate to each other?

The terms apron, ramp, tarmac, taxiway, parking area, gate, hardstand are used in a way that I cannot understand. Boeing Everett Factory. Photo by Andrew Hunt at Airliners.net (url unknown). Cropped ...
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Is there anything in any airport called a “warm apron”?

I heard a pilot said they are located at big airports like LAX. But I couldn't find any information about it.
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What is a GDS (in the context of the airline industry)?

I have been looking at this article and throughout the article they mention GDS's but do not explain the terminology. Does somebody know what they are talking about - For e.g. - Three GDSs emerge ...
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What is needed to certify an aerodrome as an airport in Canada?

So here. All airports are aerodromes. All aerodromes are not airports. Difference between Airport and Aerodrome: An aerodrome or airdrome is any place from where flight operations can take place....
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What is a running rabbit?

My father used to work as an air traffic controller, and often I heard mention of a 'running rabbit'. Obviously, vermin on the runways of airports can be a bad thing, but I don't think he was ...