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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 ...
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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, ...
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Why do pilots refer to the Flight Service Stations as “Radio” in the the United States?

When using an aircraft radio to call a Flight Service Station ("FSS"), why do pilots refer to them as "radio?" I understand calling control towers "tower", ground control "ground", Air Route Traffic ...
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If the “Fuel Shutoff Valve” is ON, wouldn't fuel be cut off?

Ok, so this may be more of an english lanugage question, and I can confirm from context that when the fuel shutoff valve is ON fuel does indeed flow to the engine, but wouldn't that just make more ...
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What does “leave clear on its left” mean in UK regulations relating to collision avoidance on non-runway landings?

This doesn't seem to be plain English, could someone explain this with a simple example for me please? I'm not sure what 'Leave clear on it's left' means, and it's not clear whether the subject of the ...
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Is there a difference between a chart and map?

Does the use or meaning of "chart" or "map" vary worldwide? Is there a difference between a chart and map?
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What is the ICAO equivalent of a “point out”?

In FAA air traffic control, when we have an aircraft that is transitioning through someone else's airspace that we want to talk to we do a "point out": Point Out. A physical or automated action ...
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What is the difference between azimuth and heading?

What is the difference between azimuth and heading? I understand heading, track, radial, course and bearing but I don't know what azimuth is. I rarely hear it used. The Wikipedia definition is a ...
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What does it mean to “firewall” an aircraft engine?

I (think) I understand what a firewall is (at least, in a single engine aircraft where the engine is at the front of the fuselage), but what does it mean "to firewall" an aircraft's engines, as ...
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Why are waypoints not named uniquely?

Waypoint names are not unique. Why ? This is unnecessary (it would be possible to use unique names only). It introduces potential for confusion. So why are duplicate waypoint names permissible and ...
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What are ARTCC, RCO and FSS and what are differences?

I am confusing what ARTCC, RCO and FSS. and also what do they do? Do they control air traffic by communicating with pilots? Also, do they offer WX information in air born?
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What exactly do “captain”, “pilot”, “co-pilot” and “first officer” mean?

I know the co-pilot sits beside the pilot. But it's not clear for me, who is the captain and who is the first officer? And where they are sitting during the flight? Who is in right seat and who is in ...
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What is a “sidestep landing” in an instrument approach?

I have never seen a sidestep landing on an approach plate. What is a sidestep landing and when I can chose this approach?
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What is an “unsafe airline”? [closed]

Question: Is there any internationally accepted definition for what an "unsafe airline" is based on objective criteria (e.g. fatalities per million passengers) ? Or is there an international standard ...
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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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What is the difference between a fix, a waypoint and an intersection?

It seems these terms are used interchangeably. Are they the same thing? Do they all refer to the points in space that are given 5-letter names?
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Why bother tracking TSN after an overhaul?

I've noticed that mechanics often like to keep track of "time-since-new" (TSN) on components that have already been overhauled. What would TSN matter when the component is tracked by TSO for ...
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What's the difference between racetrack and holding pattern?

Is there any difference between them or they are only synonymous?
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What does 'given rate' mean?

I was watching this video: At around 1:28 I heard the controller clear a plane to descend to a level "given rate". I was searching online but couldn't seem to find ...
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Why is it common to speak of “Concorde” rather than “the Concorde”?

Suppose you researching a book on the history of Boeing B-17. Suppose you researching a book on the history of the Boeing B-17. Which of those sentences sounds more complete and correct? OK, so ...
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What does “out of trim” mean?

Our flight was delayed from takeoff because the captain reported it to be "out of trim". What does this mean?
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What is a rubber engine?

I hear it a lot in engine design , I think that belongs to some phase about we can change the engine parameters according to requirements but I am not sure about it.
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What do “azimuth window” and “compass switch” refer to in this accident report?

I recently read the accident report on BEA 548, but I'm unsure of some technical terms used on p. 4 of the report (p. 14 of the linked PDF): Apart from the probability that in the particular ...
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“Total time away from gate”, “Longest time away from gate” - what does this mean?

In the US, airlines or airports report two figures regarding canceled flights: the total time away from the gate and the single longest time away from the gate. and regarding diverted flights: ...
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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 ...
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What is the official term for a gas / petrol station for planes?

I'm talking specifically about small airports where they don't have the fancy equipment and they actually have to go to a specific place to refuel for example cars go to gas station / petrol station ...
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Is the National Aviation Authority the same as the Civil Aviation Authority?

Are the NAA (National aviation authority) and the CAA (Civil aviation authority) the same organisation? According Wikipedia it looks like they are the same organisation.
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What is the difference between microburst and windshear?

When I read about these weather phenomena, I find that both of them depict the same thing, and have the same actions to avoid. So why are they differentiated? http://www.myairlineflight.com/windshear....
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What is the meaning of HOT-1, HOT-2, CAM, etc., in cockpit voice recorder transcripts?

When reading the the written down recordings of CVR like here, for instance, it is common to see abbreviations like HOT-1, HOT-2 or CAM. I guess that CVR records multiple channels and the codes ...
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What is the true meaning of the word “roger” when used on the radio? What is its origin?

When pilots learn to talk on the radio they can generally learn that the word "roger," when used on the radio, is a way to acknowledge that a message was received. What is the textbook definition of ...
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What are the fins near the tail of a helicopter called?

My young sons are very enthusiastic about helicopters and I am repeatedly asked to name parts of their model aircraft. I would like to do so correctly, but my research has not always given definitive ...
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How to call a cartesian (END) coordinate system, that is referenced in surrounding air?

I'm looking for the correct/usual terminology for a coordinate system, that is moving with the wind. I do calculations in a Cartesian East-North-Down (END) system. When taking wind into account I'd ...
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What are the radius of containment (Rc) and horizontal protection limit (HPL) and how are they related to Type Code?

In ICAO Document 9871 (Technical Provisions for Mode S Services and Extended Squitter) page 30 they have mentioned it in the form of a table. But they haven't explained HPL and Rc in detail.
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AN-hedral or Cath-hedral? [closed]

We normally hear of wing geometry with dihedral. Most commonly, when speaking of a wing with negative dihedral, we hear the term anhedral. As I recall the prefix "an" indicates "without". On a few ...

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