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If Sweden wants to export JAS39 to a 3rd country, will they have to get permission from the US govt.?

Does Sweden manufacture its own jet engine for JAS Gripen, or does it purchase engines from the USA? JAS39 C/D uses Volvo RM12 JAS39 E/F uses Volvo RM16 I read on the internet that Gripen's engine ...
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Is it possible to use US-made engines in Russian made air-frames? [closed]

Suppose, someone buys 300 Pratt & Whitney engines from the USA and 150 Mig-35 air frames from Russia. Then, they use their in-house expertise to fit those engines to those air-frames. What ...
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Can private pilots run other non-passenger flight businesses?

As I understand it, private pilots can not take paying passengers. (Friends on a flight can give the pilot strictly only the friend's share of fuel etc. costs.) But in fact can private pilots do ...
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For the CFIs, CFIIs, MEIs, and AGIs - How often do you find students that utilize your ratings?

I am curious. Out of 100 new students that walk into the average flight school, how many only need a standard CFI, how many do instrument training, and how many do multi-engine training? Additionally, ...
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What is this abandoned airport between Montague and Rothbury, Michigan?

It appears to have had two intersecting paved runways, each very roughly 2000 feet long (give or take); the one that runs closer to north-south is still legibly numbered as runway 17/35, but the other ...
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Can any US airline fly to and from any US city it wants to?

I am trying to understand the US commercial aviation industry. Assuming that slots are available, are US airlines permitted to fly to and from any US city they want to? Or are there limited permits ...
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Where are the seaport conventions for VFR charts explained?

VRF charts contain information about seaports. For example, 00 - 50 in the formation block for HNL seems to be for a waterway: ...
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How to join Air Force Reserve with minor injuries that would interfere with Basic Training? [closed]

Is it possible to get waivers on fitness part of the Basic Training for joining to Air Force Reserve? If not, is there a way to join Air Force Reserves without Basic Training? Are there alternative ...
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How do landing fees work at larger airports?

Many larger airports (class Bravos) have a landing fee. What's the process for assessing and collecting the fees? How do these landing fees work with general aviation aircraft? Where can I find out ...
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Where did the US 'N' registration letter come from?

Why is the first letter in US registration numbers 'N'? Other countries seem to use a letter significant to their country, for instance 'G' for Great Britain, 'F' for France, 'D' for Germany (...
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Do US state governors have jurisdiction over their airspace?

Do local governments have any control over their local airspace in the US. Could a governor singlehandedly close or restrict the airspace above his state? I know the FAA controls national airspace ...
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I just watched at least 20 airplanes flying northeast over Washington, DC every 15-20 seconds, what were they?

I just watched at least 20 airplanes flying northeast every 15-20 seconds over Washington, DC. They must have been military aircraft since flying very high. I just saw their lights (not blinking). ...
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What is significant about the number 8069 ft?

On a sectional chart legend, the airport icon with a solid magenta or blue disk is labeled as "Hard surfaced runways 1500 ft to 8069 ft in length". This seems like an extraordinarily arbitrary number ...
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What are the applicable government taxes and fees for a private charter roundtrip from the United States to Canada?

I recently received a quote on a private charter roundtrip from the United States to Canada. The quote included an additional expense line item for "customs, INS, APHIS fees." I was told that the ...
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FIS-B Product Registry Location

I'm a software engineer that's interested in decoding raw FIS-B data. DO-267A (E.1) points me at http://fpr.tc.faa.gov/default.asp as the location of the FIS-B Product Registry. However, I have been ...
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What is the legal altitude to fly through Yosemite Valley (US)?

I have a question regarding flying in the Yosemite Valley national park, which I flew over last weekend in an open-cockpit gyroplane. The sectional states you must be a minimum of 2,000 ft about the ...
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What modifications/upgrades were done to US MD-80 fleet?

I have often heard stories about how most of the MD-80 fleet that are being retired in the US were modified and upgraded. What were the modifications or upgrades done?
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Is it harder to get a first pilot certificate in a motorglider compared to a normal powered aircraft (near St. Paul, MN.)?

Is it harder to get a first pilot certificate in a motorglider (glider - self launch) vs. normal powered aircraft near St. Paul, MN. It seems like a self launch glider certificate would be a great ...
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How much does a typical private pilot pay for a non-training flight?

I realize one can expect to pay upwards of $10k to receive their Private Pilot certificate. Understood entirely. However, my question revolves around the everyday expense of your average Joe pilot ...
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Does the US military use metric system?

Does the US military use the metric system for aviation? For example, does it use: feet or meters for altitude? nautical miles or kilometers for distance? knots or km/h for speed? inHg or hPa for ...
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Why are some US STAR fixes/waypoints included in FAA's legacy files but not in FAA's published STAR procedures?

I have noticed that some US STAR procedures include (slightly) different number of waypoints, depending on which source material is consulted. Take for example the CAMRN4 STAR and its corresponding ...
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How can I find the location and coverage of aviation VHF transmitters?

In the USA, is there a way to find locations of VHF transmitters that are used for air traffic communication, and the frequencies they transmit/receive on? There are some places (Northern Bay Area, CA)...
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What are the main obstacles to becoming IFR-rated in USA?

Compared to getting a PPL, is it hard to become IFR-rated in USA, and if yes, why? I recalled from the late 90s and early 2000s a statistic that said there are two GA accidents every three days. And ...
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Could a controller or airport in the US decide to use English-style landing clearances?

In the U.S., controllers are allowed to clear multiple planes to land on the same runway, with the assumption that the first plane to land will be out of the way by the time the second plane gets ...
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How does Jeppesen create its US charts?

The Jeppesen and FAA IFR plates represent the same information in different ways. The FAA publishes its charts for free, but the underlying data that goes into the charts (e.g., exact coordinates of ...
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Does the TIS-B “hockey-puck” contain VFR mode-C targets with unconfirmed altitude?

When receiving TIS-B traffic via ADS-B In, I'm curious what mode-C targets are included. Is it only mode-C traffic with confirmed altitude in contact with ATC services (presumably with a transponder ...
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ExpressJet IATA code before “merger” with Atlantic Southeast?

Before 2011, Atlantic Southeast had the IATA 2-letter code "EV". Then, On November 22, 2011, both ExpressJet and Atlantic Southeast Airlines achieved a single operating certificate that allowed ...
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How come PSA airlines got the same IATA code as Comair?

PSA Airlines has the same IATA 2-letter code, "OH", as the now-defunct carrier Comair. Yet - the two companies are not related. How is it, that IATA reassigned the same code to an unrelated carrier ...
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How can a private pilot prepare for a long cross country flight in an unfamiliar area?

TL/DR: What are common preparation tips or techniques for low-hour private pilots planning long cross country flights in unfamiliar territory? I got my private pilot's license in November 2016 in ...
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Why isn't there a procedure for dual-engine failure in twin-engine airplanes?

I'm licensed to fly multi-engine aircraft. I currently fly the DA-42NG. However, nowhere in my training and in the official POH was I introduced to procedures for handing a dual-engine failure in-...
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Do I need to get a new AFSP approval if I change to a new part 61 instructor?

I have an AFSP (TSA) approval to train with a part 61 provider. I want to transfer from them to an individual part 61 CFI. Do I need to go through the AFSP approval process again?
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Are commercial VFR flights legal?

I live in Southern California and was surprised to learn today that a local company is operating very short-haul VFR flights as an alternative to car commuting. https://www.floatshuttle.com/ I can ...
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Where can I find current downloadable tower, ground and approach frequencies for USA airports?

I have searched the FAA site and cannot find a spreadsheet with current freqs for airports, only incomplete lists. Online flight planning tools must get query-able current freqs on a monthly basis, ...
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What makes an airport “international”?

What are the requirements for an airport to be designated as an international airport in the US? Is there a minimum runway size or required customs office?
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How do class E/G airfields charge for stops without refuel?

Do many Class E/G airfields charge for short stops without gas purchase? Sorry for the stupid question...recent PPL here and my training has mostly been T&G rather than full stops to the FBO. ...
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How much does the FAA private pilot's license checkride cost?

I can't find a strong number for this and I would like to know. I'm compiling a list of total cost for each part of getting a private license (training, study material, headset, medical exam, etc), ...
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Can I join the Navy after a corrective eye surgery and still be a Naval Aviator?

I currently do not pass the requirements for uncorrected distant visual acuity according to the Navy physical standards document. However, if I were to receive eye surgery to correct my vision before ...
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Do U.S. aircraft carriers still include a Marine Corps squadron?

When I was in the 3rd Marine Air Wing back in the early 70s, there was one Marine Corps squadron on each navy aircraft carrier, but on some shows I've seen recently (mostly on the Smithsonian Channel) ...
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Can I listen to control tower frequencies on a ham radio legally [duplicate]

Is there a frequency I can tune into to listen to airport I’m in Durham by RDU AIRPORT and would like to listen in on a ham radio only legally
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What prevents someone from hijacking a radio frequency mid-air?

For someone who wants to stay anonymous and probably terrorize the skies, what protective measures do we have? Without even thinking too deep, I can imaging the following scenarios for someone who's ...
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Where can I find flight plan records for a private flight in the 1970s?

How would I find a record of a private plane flight from Canada to the US in the early to mid 1970's? I am researching records of my father.
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How feasible is it to sell a plane with an expiring annual?

I'm preparing to sell my plane, an IFR-equipped, low-time, C150E, but the annual expires at the end of this month. What's the best course of action? I know that if I was buying a plane, I would love ...
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How are Landing Fees Collected?

Some airports (mostly busy Class B airports from what I gather) have a landing fee. For example, in the Airport Facility Directory for San Francisco, there is a section under "AIRPORT REMARKS" that ...
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What did this ATC call mean?

Audio Clip There is a rwy 24 in this airport. I'm not sure but the aircraft callsign likes 'TBN3BV'. I tried to find what the aircraft type is but I couldn't. Does somebody know what type of aircraft ...
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Is “margin final” an ATC instruction in USA?

I was south-east of the airport and the active runway was 24. The ATC said, "Make straight in and remain south." And then he said, "Margin final, cleared [to] land." What is margin final? I'm an ...
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How do I request a touch and go and then remain closed traffic?

When I first contact a tower to request touch-and-go, if I want to remain closed traffic after the touch-and-go, can I say '...tower, call sign, location, inbound for touch-and-go and remain closed ...
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Can ATC terminate flight following AND approve (arbitrary) frequency change while still inside Class C airspace?

Unusual (for me) event inside Class C. Can ATC terminate flight following inside Class C and approve frequency change. Background: Requested and received VFR FF at 6500 msl prior to approaching ONT ...
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Can an AFSP training request be renewed when the current one has not yet expired?

My Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP) training request expires in about two months, so the aviation school I'm learning with asked me to just go ahead and create a new training request so there's no ...
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Do I need 35 hours of ground school for knowledge test for PPL?

New US student here. I'm starting part 141 flight training soon for my private pilot license, but for now prepping for the knowledge test. I am going with self-study and had a question about ...
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How many US airports have 4 or more parallel runways?

Which airports in the US have four or more parallel runways? How many are planning additions in the next 5 years? A few years back, 10 years, Charlotte opened their 3rd parallel runway and it was ...

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