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How are military aviators call signs made?

Military aviators always have a call sign that they are referred to as. I would like to know how they are picked? Is it their personality, surname or what?
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What happens if an airline reports a high number of involuntary denied boardings to the Department of Transportation?

I read (mirror): it’s in Delta’s interests to offer more in compensation for a voluntary bump rather than reporting higher involuntary denied boarding numbers to the Department of Transportation. ...
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Why use the F-35

The F-35B has been troubled by "problems with its stealth coating, sustained supersonic flight, helmet-mounted display, excessive vibration from its cannon, and even vulnerability to being hit by ...
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Russian SU-57 vs US F-22s; who would win? [closed]

Let's say that Russia acquired a full squadron of SU-57s. Who would win? So they are flown by the same cloned person and have the same training. Both fighter squadrons have the exact same ground radar ...
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What are concrete examples for class G up to 14500?

It is said that there are some places where class G goes up to 14500 and then class E starts. However, I find they all overplayed with some special use airspace by looking at NorCal and SoCal ...
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Under FAA rules, can a private pilot act as PIC in aircraft furnished by someone else if they're not otherwise compensated?

Let's say I'm visiting a friend who happens to own an airplane, and I happen to be a private pilot holding a valid FAA PPL, as well as being familiar with the make and model my friend owns. Suppose my ...
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Applying back in the US as foreign with FAA Licenses

Just for context I’m currently sitting at about 250~ hours and applying to airlines back in South America. I did my training in the USA, therefore I have my instrument rating, MEL rating, and ...
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Does flight training have any impact on my H1B visa?

I'm on an H1B visa, working in the IT industry and I need to know if I take flight training after getting an AFSP clearance from the TSA, does that affect my current visa or IT job?
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Can a US state declare an airplane unairworthy?

(This arguably is a question for SE.Law, but because it's so aviation-specific I figured I would ask it here first) A partner got this in a routine excise tax email from the Massachusetts Department ...
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May an airplane with folding wings legally taxi on the street?

In order for any vehicle larger than a bicycle to be street legal, it must be registered under the state/province's Department/Bureau of Motor Vehicles as a highway vehicle. There already exist light ...
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What authority does the owner of an aircraft have as a passenger?

If Alice, who owns an aircraft and may or may not be a certificated pilot, flies in her plane as a passenger with her friend Bob as PIC, what authority, if any, does Alice have over the flight that an ...
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Can the guard frequency be used by non-aircraft / general public?

I am part of an organisation which regularly flies high-powered rockets, and thus files a TFR when we do so prohibiting aircraft from the area where we launch these rockets up to 10,000 ft. This TFR ...
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Does FAA part 91 require aircraft flight logs?

What are the record-keeping requirements for flight or operational use of an aircraft only flown under Part 91? Rental aircraft always have such a logbook, for obvious reasons, but are privately-owned-...
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Is a passenger who is flying the aircraft liable for regulations that they violate?

Bob, a non-pilot, is flying as a passenger with Alice, who is a pilot. Alice is PIC, but she is letting Bob fly the plane. (He's not certificated, but he knows enough to be able to fly under ...
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Can You Transmit with Airband Transceiver

I am considering the purchase of two Dittel FSG-5 Airband (118-137 Mhz) transceivers. If I transmit from one radio to the other, and vice versa, am I breaking any rules or potentially causing an issue ...
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Is careless or reckless operation of an ultralight illegal?

Is flying an ultralight in a careless or reckless manner illegal?
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What United States state and federal agencies generally participate in aerial weather modification?

Also wondering which agencies regulate weather modification activities? Any idea where I can find more information about this?
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Why are special aircraft used for the carriers in the United States Navy?

Why are aircraft such as the legacy F-14 and now the F/A-18 used by the US Navy carriers? It seems to me that developing a new aircraft from the ground up is very expensive. Is it not possible to ...
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Bordering towered airspaces

I'm looking for guidance on radio communications when taking off from Delta airspace and flying into Charlie that starts where the Delta ends. My aircraft can only monitor one frequency at a time. Can ...
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Are Part 141 or Part 61 pilots safer?

Is there any statistical data showing whether private pilots trained at Part 61 or Part 141 schools are less likely to be involved in an accident, all else (including amount of experience, type of ...
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How does an ARTCC achieve radio coverage of its entire region?

I live close to the edge of the ARTCC region covering my area. There is no way I could talk on VHF to the control center at normal GA altitudes; it might be possible from airliner or bizjet cruise ...
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Will a FAA 3rd class medical ever be issued to an airman on stimulants?

While the FAA's Do Not Issue list includes all controlled substances (including Stimulants), I am wondering if there are ever exceptions made. I would like to fly but I am currently on Concerta (...
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Are passengers required to obey pilots' commands?

If the pilot in command of a GA aircraft tells a passenger to do or not do something, is the passenger legally obligated to obey the pilot? For example, if the pilot tells a passenger "Stop ...
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How unusual is it for 3 or more E-6 planes to be airborne at the same time?

I noticed there are at least 3 x E-6 aircraft flying at present (call signs: MAYO38, NANA67, and one more which may have landed ...
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What's the reason for not allowing private pilots to get paid for their services?

As per a recent answer: A Private Pilot certificate removes a lot of the restrictions of the recreational cert. You're no longer restricted in where you can fly*, the number of passengers you can ...
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What class are amphibious aircraft? [duplicate]

Are amphibious airplanes considered land or sea planes for pilot certification? Can an ASEL-only pilot fly an amphibious single-engine plane if (s)he only takes off and lands on land? Can an ASEL-only ...
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Are there procedures for pilots to handle loss of ATC at normally-towered airports?

Are there procedures for pilots to safely handle a situation in which ATC loses the ability to communicate (complete loss of power, incapacitation of all controllers, etc.) at a busy towered airport?
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In case of a drone strike with an airplane below 400 feet, who is at fault?

If a plane is flying VFR (see and avoid) below 400 ft, and the pilot collides with a drone due to not seeing the drone until it's too late to take evasive action, then would the pilot be at-fault for ...
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Are there any TLS approaches in the US? What does a TLS approach plate look like?

I've been reading about Transponder Landing System (TLS) approaches: https://www.anpc.com/instrument-landing-systems/ What would a TLS approach plate look like? I have ForeFlight and can also get ...
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Victor route using an unusable sector of a VOR

V155 is an airway that terminates at the BROOKE VORTAC on the 214 radial. The chart supplement says all of its radials are unusable (radials 001 thru 360). How could this be a valid route since no ...
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When is it required to enter an airway? (IFR)

Assuming I'm not using a computer program to generate a flight plan for me, for cross-country IFR flight planning in the United States, how quickly after finishing departure procedures is one supposed ...
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What about hours flown solo without a student pilot certificate?

My instructor has ruined my training. 2.5 months ago when I started private pilot training (FAR61) I had zero knowledge about aviation. After 1.5 months he signed me off for solo and I finished all ...
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Should IFR flight plans in the USA still have one waypoint per sector in 2023?

Alternate title: How come ATC has cleared aircraft direct from Laredo to Columbus 17 times? If you hop on ForeFlight today (Feb 20 2023) and search for suggested routes between KLRD and KCMH you'll ...
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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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what is the actual infrastructure of the current US NOTAM system?

After a Jan 11 2023 NOTAM outage, FAA and news outlets have reported there was a "damaged database file" and a problem with the backup. A government contractor, Spatial Front, was connected ...
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Where I can get historical jet fuels prices?

I would like to analyze jet fuels prices in 2014. Where can I get jet fuel prices for 2014, only in USA and Russia? As there are different types of fuels, it would be okay to get prices for one (...
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Can a non-US registered aircraft be based in the US?

I am a Swiss citizen and I might have to move to the US for a couple of years. I own a small plane in Switzerland (HB-registered) and I'd like to take it with me to the US. As my stay in the US would ...
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Why are there 6 airports that straddle the Canada–US border?

I read on the Wikipedia page for the Avey Field State/Laurier Airport: Also known as Avey Field State/Laurier Airport, it is one of six airports that straddle the Canada–US border. The others are ...
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Could medevac/air ambulance flights take off during the NOTAM system disruption?

While the NOTAM system was down on the morning of January 11, 2023, was there a way for medical flights to take off legally and safely?
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What are "CIRCLING CATS"?

A NOTAM at Pensacola International Airport (KPNS) uses the phrase "CIRCLING CATS". What does this phrase mean?
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Is "MATON" real or did ChatGPT just make this up? [closed]

I was asking ChatGPT a few questions about NOTAMs, and decided to ask it what pilots use MATONs (NOTAM backwards) for. It "knew" from context that it had something to do with NOTAMs. It said ...
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Do other countries have the no-cell-phones-on-planes rule?

The answers to this question list mobile apps that presumably need Internet and are intended for use on small planes. I assume Cessnas and similar planes don't have satellite internet; how do these ...
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What is the range and accuracy of ATC radar systems?

What is the average range, accuracy, and update frequency of radar systems used to monitor airspace in the USA? I'm primarily interested in capabilities for tracking smaller general aviation aircraft ...
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24 hour access at general aviation airport

I was doing a night flight with my kids and one had to go to the bathroom. I was happy that when I landing at an airport (KVLA) and they had a door code so I could get to the bathroom. Is there a ...
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Can I overfly Canada without a passport?

Can an American pilot without a passport fly in Canadian airspace as long as they don't land in Canada?
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What are the regulations regarding plane spotting in the US?

I was told that certain plane spotting activities like taking photos of aircraft taking off and landing could be illegal in the US since 9/11? What are the regulations on this, and what should I be ...
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Private airstrip regulations

Once a private airstrip has been certified, do you have to get faa approval to make changes to the runway such as adding crossings, access etc…?
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how can someone view fuel shortage alerts?

Quoting https://www.kvue.com/article/news/local/new-jet-fuel-tanks-at-austin-airport-will-be-built-as-planned-after-split-council-vote/269-d7490d00-01f7-4330-9026-71f619f7ad8b , Airport leaders have ...
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What jet is pictured on the FAA pilot certificate?

The front of the FAA pilot certificate shows two aircraft. One is the Wright Flyer. The other appears to be a 2 or 3 engine commercial jet. What model of aircraft is that jet? The engines look ...
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Can a pilot drive an ultralight with folded wings on the shouder of a country road

Saw an ultralight with power driven wheels the other day. This begs the question, can a pilot legally slowly drive an ultralight with folded wings stationary prop and powered wheels on the shoulder of ...

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