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Tail numbers not starting with N, with domestic US carriers?

I'm looking at some of the on-time performance data made public by the US Bureau of Tranport Statistics, e.g. through here. These have the tail numbers of the aircraft used in commercial intra-US ...
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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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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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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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Under what legal standing can after-hours ground access to an airplane be forbidden? (USA-specific only) [closed]

This came up when a friend was unable to access his airplane because the security guard refused to open the gate. It was a mountain flight in a small plane, and so a timely departure was urgent for ...
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From an ATC perspective, what is an “arrival gate”?

I have seen reference to ATC assigned "arrival gates". As a passenger, an "arrival gate" is something like B12 or ...
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How can I determine whether or not an airport has an ATIS?

Where can I find the ATIS code and frequency for an airport through a VFR chart? For example, in the case of Frankfort airport (in the attached image), I can see the AWOS frequency but I am unable to ...
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Where can I find the active time of a MOA on the VFR chart?

I am trying to find out the time when the HILLTOP MOA is active and its elevation. Where is this information located in a VFR chart?
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Single-engine plane with long range flyable in Europe

Not 100% sure if choice of airplane is on-topic here, please let me know if not. Just got my PPL, and looking for a choice of single-engine meeting a few conditions: Long-range, definitely >800nm, ...
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What is a TRACON?

What is a TRACON or Terminal Control? When do pilots need to be helped by a TRACON? Where is it usually located and what is the difference between TRACON, En Route and Tower?
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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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If I buy my own aircraft in which to earn my PPL, does my instructor need to be certified to fly the type of aircraft I own/am training in?

It seems the most cost-effective way to earn my PPL is to purchase my own plane (with the intention to keep it for quite some time). I believe I would therefore need to find a CFI that is certified ...
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What approvals do I need for a helicopter landing?

I have a horrible conflict; my sons are graduating on the same day at about the same time in different states. One in East Greenbush NY the other in Beverly MA. I am interested in hiring a ...
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Do I need to call Clearance Delivery for IFR Practices when taking off from a D airport?

I have the following question: If I am going to practice IFR approaches under VFR, do I need to contact clearance delivery for that or it's enough to contact ground and state my intentions? I would ...
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Why did air traffic levels decrease dramatically in the US through the 2000s?

In 2015, the FAA stated that System-wide, air traffic has declined by 24 percent since peak year 2000. The chart in Figure 1.1 shows that air traffic volume is not expected to return to peak ...
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How can I find a deregistered airplane?

I'm trying to find a 1959 C172 tail number N7393T. It was my grandfather's and the last registered record of it was near Glendale AZ. It was deregistered in 2015 and I found out that since it cannot ...
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What is typical ATC procedure when a non-pilot calls from a commercial flight for help?

"This is ShinyWings 123, I'm not a pilot, the pilot and copilot are unconscious. Help." Probably a day air traffic controllers dream of with dread, when a member of cabin crew, or even worse,...
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How many active Cessna 172 aircraft (or any other make/model) are there in the United States?

I define "active" in accordance with the FAA's definition: "An active aircraft is one that flies at least one hour during the year." The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) ...
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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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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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