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Cockpit vs Flight Deck?

Is there a distinction between a cockpit and a flight deck on an aircraft, or are the terms interchangeable? Boeing refers to the flight deck The new Flight-Deck Displays and Airbus refers to the ...
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Is there a name for change in attitude with respect to time?

I'm in the process of writing a flight-dynamics software program, but I'm not sure what to call the derivatives of the aircraft attitude. If it was in one dimension, they would be the "angular ...
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Why is the “Dutch” roll called so?

Why is the "Dutch" roll called so? When did this name enter common usage, and what is its origin? Please cite sources if possible!
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What does “wraparound” mean in the context of flight controls?

In the references regarding the flight control (for example in F-16) I see the word "wraparound". For example "Rudder coil wraparound", "IBU pitch wraparound", "IBU lateral wraparound"or "AMUX bus ...
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Why are Krueger flaps called flaps and not slats?

I always thought that flaps are trailing edge high lift devices and slats are leading edge high lift devices. This is also confirmed by the accepted answer for What is the difference between flaps and ...
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Are “Tally-ho” and “no joy” acceptable ATC terms for civil operations?

I keep meaning to ask this question. I heard "Tally-ho" used for the first time by a pilot on Liveatc.net. I know these are pretty standard phrases in military aviation but I wondered if civil pilots ...
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Why are some Tomahawk missiles' nose duck-nose shaped?

Why there is a duck-like shape in this Tomahawk missile's nose? I see this shape in most Tomahawk images; however, not every Tomahawk's nose is shaped like this. If it is an aerodynamic feature, ...
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Is there a specific aviation term for suicide by pilot?

CFIT, controlled flight into terrain, refers to an aircraft being unintentionally flown into the ground. Is there any term specific for suicide by pilot? CFIT would not apply to that situation.
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Does “nose dive” have a technical aviation meaning?

I've usually heard the term 'nose dive' used in a metaphorical sense -- "Wow, your stock portfolio is really in a nose dive!" Does it have any legitimate aviation meaning? More specifically, is it ...
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What's the difference between a “flight line” and a “tarmac”?

I was at a conference where there was a discussion on ontology for assets. There were two classification trees, one for assets on the flight line and one for assets on the tarmac. What is the nuance ...
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What is the area between the taxiway and runway shown in the picture below?

Is this the Arresting area? I'm not too sure what you call this area
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Why do we commonly use a “/” in acronyms in aviation world?

In non-aviation world, separation between letters in acronyms is either nothing (e.g. URL) or a point (e.g. A.M.). But in the aviation world, the "/" is common (e.g. G/S, V/S). I'm puzzled as: some ...
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What date and time definition is used for the second leg of a flight?

Let's take flight BA0015, from London to Syndney, via Singapore. This is data from FlightStats. The first leg has this data: ...
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Does the definition of visibility take object size into account?

Overall, visibility is the distance at which objects may be discerned. Does this definition take into account the size of the objects? Obviously large objects can be seen from farther away than small ...
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What is the real difference between aerospace and aeronautical?

I see people using these two words interchangeably. But I feel there is a huge difference between the both.
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Is (L/D)max achieved at a specific speed or AOA?

I'm little bit confused about the (L/D)max. So I've read this blog: https://joeclarksblog.com/?p=4155 and the author shows this graph: So if I understand it ...
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What is it called when you roll without yawing or pitching?

My instructor made me do an exercise that consists of banking the sailplane left and right around 30 degrees without moving from the axis. I need to aim for a specific point, and start with the ...
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Why do “angels” mean MSL, not AGL?

In military aviation, crews will sometimes refer to "angels" meaning MSL altitude. However, one might guess that it is a pronunciation of AGL (AnGeL), above ground level. Did it originally mean AGL ...
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Term to differentiate between a flight and a flight instance?

What's a term to differentiate between a flight schedule (QF 72) and a particular instance of that flight schedule (QF 72 departing on July 25)? For example, I might ask "Which flight are you taking"...
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In the United States, are ultralights legally considered aircraft?

I sometimes hear it stated that in the United States, ultralight vehicles are not legally considered to be aircraft. For example, Wikipedia used to state: In the United States ultralights are ...
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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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Does the expression “stall speed” have a definition?

I read, not only on this site, that the stall speed of an airfoil doesn't exist, and I usually make the effort to stay away from this expression. While an airfoil can stall at any airspeed, it's ...
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What is the difference between “flight level” and “altitude”?

I have seen references to "FL180" and "FL300", and I know that they stand for Flight Level 180 and Flight Level 300. I've also seen references to "an altitude of 18000ft" or "an altitude of 30000ft". ...
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Definition of “Rotation Speed” vs “Lift Off Speed” vs “Fly Off Speed”

Is rotation speed and lift-off speed ever used interchangeably? (AMENDED Question) Is lift off speed and fly off speed the same? (See supplemental info below) I thought I clearly understood the ...
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Is an engine surge classed as an engine fire?

Sometimes flames come out from the exhaust due to bearing distress or turbine blade fracture. Can such flames/fire be considered an engine fire?
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What is the history of “Joker” and “Bingo” fuel terms?

Why do we use, in military aircraft, the words "Joker" and "Bingo" to indicate the fuel status of the aircraft? What is the history of these two terms?
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What qualifies as a “takeoff” and “landing” in currency requirements?

I just met my night-time currency requirements at KONT. Landing and taking off from a 12000 foot runway in a Cessna 152 got me to thinking (always dangerous, I know). There's more than enough room ...
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How can we define that an Engine or Airplane is ETOPS compliance?

What is the process for obtaining ETOPS certification for an engine or aircraft?
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What is a “natural flight loop”?

I'm roughly (edit: very well) familiar with flight simulation, but recently I came across a new term. In this brochure (scroll to the second page) by Airbus about flight simulators, they talk about ...
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What is the difference between an engine “shut down”, “cut-off” and “cut down”?

Explain please for non-native speakers the difference between these engine (jet or piston) terms: shut down cut-off cut down I'm studying at a civil aviation university to become a pilot and a ...
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What is meant by a fused radar track?

Can anyone explain what a fused track is from the perspective of radar?
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What exactly rotates along the lateral axis? Is 'rotate' mathematically correct?

Researching the etymology of 'rotate' (that OED lacks!), I chanced on Anas Maaz's Quora answer: What many does not know is 'rotate' is just not a fancy word, but it involves a real physical ...
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What is an “aeronautically qualified witness”?

Many older NTSB AARs, in their history-of-flight-and/or-accident-sequence sections, make mention of observations by an “aeronautically qualified witness” or witnesses, without any further explanation ...
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What do compressor/turbine stages mean, and why we need a different number of stages?

I am new to aviation. I realize that LP (Low Pressure) and HP (High Pressure) compressors/turbines have a various number of stages. What do stages mean? What is the reason to have a different number ...
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How exactly should I understand the term “accidental hull loss”?

How can the IATA claim that the year 2015 saw no accidental hull losses, if we had the Germanwings Flight 9525 accident? Even if this one is not considered "an accident" then there are a few others (...
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What's an “altitude engine”?

FAR 91.205(b)(8) says that you need a manifold pressure gauge for each "altitude engine", whatever that means. What's an "altitude" engine?
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Is GOCE a satellite or aircraft?

This vessel (GOCE) is in orbit and maneuvers by using air similar to a plane to create lift and turn. The solar powered ion thrusters powers it continuously inside the atmosphere for years. Is this ...
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What's the difference between 'modification' and 'corrective action' in an AD or SB?

For example Modification of an airplane in accordance with the instructions of the specific SB as specified in Table 1 of this AD, as applicable...
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Why is there conflicting nomenclature for the 1,000 ft runway markings?

The two thick solid lines on runways at 1,000 ft from the end of the threshold are called "fixed-distance markers" in some documentation, and in others, it is called the "touchdown zone marker". Are ...
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What is the difference between a “compass swing” and “check swing” procedure?

What is the difference between a "compass swing" and a "check swing" procedure?
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What is Density Altitude?

I'm trying to get a deep understanding of the term: Density Altitude. So I have read the explanations in my instruction book, and online articles. One source explained it differently then the other ...
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What is the difference between centre of pressure, aerodynamic centre and neutral point?

I have just started learning some aerospace concepts, and I am not able to understand the difference between the three terms centre of pressure, aerodynamic centre and neutral point. What are their ...
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Do 'threshold' and 'end of the runway' mean the same thing?

While I studied aviation, I got confused by these two words. Can anybody explain whether they're the same or not, and if not, what is the difference?
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Can we use ECI coordinates for an airplane?

It is taught for navigation systems (like an airplane) on Earth we us ECEF (earth-centered, earth-fixed) and for space systems (like a satellite) we use ECI (earth-centered inertial). But why is ECEF ...
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What is the meaning of “regular pitch” when applied to a propeller?

I am looking at parameters of a propeller that looks like this: 3 blade xx inch diameter (regular pitch) What does "regular pitch" mean?
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Are QDM and QDR the same as 'inbound' and 'outbound' courses?

I'm about to take my last test to join an airline: the simulator. I've been told they ask to perform some QDR/QDM interceptions, as well as radial ones. About QDM/QDR: QDM: Magnetic course from the ...
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What is the difference between redundancy and fault tolerance?

What is the difference between redundancy and fault tolerance in the context of aviation ?
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Is the “PROB” in a TAF only applying to the next group or all following ones?

Let's assume I have a TAF that reads: [...] PROB40 TEMPO 0815/0822 5000 -SHSN BKN008 OVC015 TEMPO 0822/0909 1000 SN VV003 BECMG 0902/0904 16012KT Which of the <...
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What is the name for a flap that increases the wing's area but not its camber?

Flaps are high-lift devices mounted to the rear portion of an aircraft's wing. Some types of flaps increase lift by increasing the wing's camber, or, at least, that of its lower surface (plain flaps, ...