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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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What's the difference between aquaplane and hydroplane?

If one reads through 10 articles describing a plane which overran a contaminated runway, the term aquaplane will be used 9 times and the term hydroplane once (and on that one time there will be a ...
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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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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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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 exactly is the meaning of “detent” in aviation?

I come across it in many different situations e.g. "settings changed to flight detent" or "landing altitude changes at first detent". There are other scenarios which I came across in the past, but I ...
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What is a “round-robin flight”, in layman's terms?

I'm struggling to find a sufficient explanation of a round-robin flight, as it pertains to ATC. Can someone explain, in layman's terms, what it is and the lifecycle of a round-robin flight? Graphic ...
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What are the components of a crew pairing?

I need to do some modeling for an FRMS system. By crew pairing I mean a sequence of flights that starts and ends at crew base. From my understanding, crew pairings are made of: Duty periods, which ...
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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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Why does the Trent XWB have intermediate compressor stages?

I realized that the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB on the Airbus A350 has intermediate compressor stages. Why is that? Other engines like the CFM56 or IAE V2500 that power most of the A320-family have low ...
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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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Is there a comprehensive list of IFR terms with definitions?

Is there a comprehensive list of IFR terms with definitions easily available? I am trying to make some flash cards for study
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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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Where does the term “throttle quadrant” come from?

The area of many flight decks that contains throttles or thrust levers is often referred to as the “throttle quadrant” or “thrust lever quadrant” even if it’s not one of four parts of the panels. ...
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When passing a waypoint, when exactly are we on the next leg?

When performing one of the procedures shown in the pictures below, when exactly do we consider ourselves to be on the next leg? For example: for the fly-by waypoint, when do we consider that we are ...
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What is that invisible bump in the air called that occurs after completing a 360 degree turn?

Does that bump you feel after completing a level 360 degree turn in an airplane have a proper name? I've heard it called an "attaboy bump", but obviously thats not a proper name. My understanding is ...
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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 would be a technical or slang term for 'in the air'?

I'm writing a sci-fi story involving aircraft and space craft. I'm struggling to get the terminology right for referring to a pilot being 'in the air' either on a mission or a training exercise. I ...
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Aviation terminology for 'in the field' [duplicate]

I'm writing a sci-fi story involving aircraft and space craft. I'm struggling to get the terminology right for referring to a pilot being 'in the field' either on a mission or a training exercise. I ...
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What is the exact definition of Taxi Time?

I found some definitions on the web, but they weren't same. Some resources mentioned it is sum of the times the aircraft is moving on the ground with its own engines. Some defined it as the time ...
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What is situational awareness and why is it important?

What is the definition of situational awareness? In which phase of flight is situational awareness the lowest, and why?
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What is the difference between en route and airway?

I am studying about airway now. But there are multiple terms that mean airway like enroute or air route. I don't know exactly what the difference is between them. Airway, en route, air route, air ...
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What are these “F,S,O” characteristic speeds?

I am leaning for an avionics exam and I encountered a question asking for the meaning of F, S and O . They appear to be "Characteristic speeds", which are calculated by the flight management system (...
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Who first coined the phrase “aviate, navigate, communicate”?

The phrase "aviate, navigate, communicate" describes the priorities of tasks for a pilot. It is applicable to a wide variety of situations, including military scenarios and emergencies. Who first ...
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Would an ASTERIX decoder be “radar data processing” or “surveillance data processing”?

I am not an air traffic controller, I am a software engineer. I developed an ASTERIX decoder, the application will just extract all the information and save it in a text file. I am just wondering how ...
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What, exactly, is a “co-pilot”?

When I speak of a co-worker, or a co-driver, I'm speaking of a mutual relationship and status (that's simply how the prefix co works in normal English) and I'm pretty sure it's what most people mean ...
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What is the ASTERIX terminology for an atomic piece of information?

The ASTERIX standard defines the smallest piece of metadata information: Data Item: The smallest unit of information in each Data Category. And the implementation equivalent: Data Field: ...
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What does “redatum” means?

I was doing a question about a fully hydraulic elevator and it's position in relation to the trimmable horizontal stabiliser and the explanation of the answer contained the word "redatum". What does ...
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What is the difference between fail-safe and fail-soft?

I have heard the following terms related to safe system design but I cannot really see a difference between fail-safe and fail-soft (graceful degradation). To get a common understanding I will just ...
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What is the difference between a nautical mile and a statute mile? And what is a knot?

What is the difference between a "nautical mile" and a "statute mile?" And what is a "knot?"
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Why is an ATC operational error called a “deal”?

Air Traffic Controllers who lose separation between aircraft call that event a "deal". Why? When the Conflict Alert function was added to the computer system, it reported conflicts to the area ...
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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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What defines a landing gear bogie?

(Wikipedia) A Boeing 737 main landing gear arrangement. What defines a landing gear bogie (truck)? In its airframe maintenance handbook, the FAA defines it as: When more than two wheels are ...
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What is the section of the fuselage below the wings called?

Is there a specific name for the protruding section of fuselage beneath the wings? Im talking about the area where the landing gear bay often is. In the photo it's where the red Emirates logo is ...
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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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How long has the term “situational awareness” been used in aviation?

I was puzzled to read (Wikipedia article on situational awareness) that: The term can be traced to World War I, where it was recognized as a crucial skill for crews in military aircraft. but in ...
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What device in western countries allows ATC to get clearances or search flight plans automatically?

In Korea, there is a device called 'Flight data terminal' which enable air traffic controller to get clearance or search certain flight plans automatically. But I found that there is no 'FDT' in ...
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Has the FAA moved to change its use of gender-specific words like airman?

Last year, the United States Navy was ordered to review all of its job titles related to gender reference, e.g. yeoman, fireman and seaman. The Air Force has initiatives to fully integrate women in ...
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If an aircraft cannot fly above 300ft, is it an aircraft?

I saw a question here that inspired one of my own. If an larger, person carrying aircraft, say some sort of hovercraft, could not fly above 300 ft would it be allowed to fly? Here in Australia, 300ft ...
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What's the difference between FMS and FMC?

What's the difference between FMS (Flight management System), and FMC (Flight management computer)? Can the flight management computer be thought of as what's manipulating the input information from ...
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What is Flexible Gunnery in the US Air Force?

I read many times in English Wikipedia that some servicemen were trained in Flexible Gunnery schools, but I don't get what that exactly means. Example: In January 1942, the 2d Air Force was ...
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What is the best word for lateral translational movement in a rotorcraft?

I'm talking about movement left and right without changing attitude. This is a motion that can be done with a quadcopter and to a limited extent a helicopter (I presume). On a helicopter a left/...
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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 does the word “boot” mean?

I found this word "boot" in one book. The chapter was connected with ICING operations, and I found this word with little explanation: A tube bonded to a surface, e.g. wing edge. When pressurized ...
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How does bank angle differ from roll angle with respect to stability in fixed-wing aircraft?

I would like a clarification on bank angle and how its different from roll angle with respect to to fixed wing aircraft. It is my understanding that the bank angle is a result of rotating the aircraft ...
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What is the difference between the words “airlines” and “airways” semantically?

I wonder what the difference between the words "airlines" and "airways" is. Do you have any information on this? I am asking this question to find out why some air carriers use "airlines" while ...
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Is “passenger loading bridge” a synonym to “contact stand”?

In a master plan of an international airport, which is already approved by the client, I face some confusion between the terminology of the PLB and the contact stand. Sometimes they're mentioned just ...
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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 is the meaning of T/O Thrust => TRQ / N1 in a flight log?

I work at a software company which builds record-keeping software for aviation. What is the meaning of TRQ / N1 in a flight log, under a ...
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What is flight inspection, as provided by Cobham Aviation Services?

At about midnight, I saw a small plane (a Diamond Twin Star) take off from Heathrow, on flightradar24. It then proceeded to fly in irregular loops around North London, at low altitude, 1700ft. The ...