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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Can military officers change occupation to become pilots?

From what I have read, the paths to become a fixed-wing pilot in the Air Force, Navy, and Marines, are to go to a military academy, enroll in ROTC in college, or go to an officer training school after ...
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Where does one request a VFR transition route through class B?

Other than staying outside class B until being cleared in, is the point where one requests a transition route important? For example, the SFO B coastline transition is shown as starting up at San ...
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Which non-US airlines allow their pilots to be based in a US outport?

My husband is about to receive a United States green card. He holds an EASA ATPL with Class A medical certificate and an FAA PPL. He is instrument trained for Airbus 330 type rating. We are ...
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Can I log my military training time as PIC, if I have a PPL?

It's my understanding that instrument and commercial training time can be logged as PIC, after you have a PPL. I received my PPL in a standard C-172. I was about to go through and log all my ...
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Is the “auto-routing” created by online flight planning resources preferred by ATC over Direct routing when NO preferred route exists?

I noticed that when I use online flight planning resources, they provide an "auto-routing" option for my flight. I also noticed that they are the same between both services so it seems like both are ...
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Does ATC clear IFR helicopters for a visual approach if landing at a helipad on a high-rise?

I'm guessing that most helipads on downtown high rises don't have any instrument approaches. If a helicopter is on an IFR to a helipad without any instrument approaches, does ATC just clear them for ...
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Is failure to comply with evacuation procedures illegal?

In every flight, we are instructed that we must leave our personal belongings in case of evacuation. I remember also notified that it is illegal not to follow the rules (I don't remember if this goes ...
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Are flight schools required to verify citizenship of all students?

Is the requirement to confirm citizenship and provide a logbook endorsement required for those who already hold a pilot certificate? Does another instructor's prior endorsement that confirms ...
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What is the meaning of Spirit ###?

This Popular Mechanics article writes (about the B-2 Spirit). Only 543 people have ever flown in the cockpit of a B-2. Upon landing I'll become number 544, with the new Air Force handle "Spirit 544....
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Why does 14 CFR have skipped subparts as seen in the ASA 2019 FAR/AIM book?

As an example, part 91.101 skips every even number until 91.126. Why are they not in sequence as 101, 102, 103, etc?
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Why are some legs of a SID considered transitions, even when there's only one?

For example, consider the BAYPO8 departure from Tampa (KTPA). The CAMJO waypoint is the final waypoint on a rather linear route that does not contain other final waypoints. The second page of the FAA ...
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What is the maximum distance for class C service?

Sectionals say to contact the approach center of a class C airspace within 20 miles. Is this a suggestion or a rule? What is the maximum distance to contact them via radio, other than signal ...
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What is the largest flight school in the U.S. that does not offer a degree?

Definition of "largest" for the purpose of this question: the greatest number of flight operations per year on average. What is the largest flight school in the United States that does not offer a ...
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What is the traffic pattern altitude at KSQL?

According to some online sources (https://skyvector.com/airport/SQL/San-Carlos-Airport and https://www.airnav.com/airport/KSQL) TPA at San Carlos Airport is 800 ft AGL. However, reading the Chart ...
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What is the ratio of Commercial + ATP pilots with employment as pilots in the US?

Of all certificated commercial/ATP pilots in the US under the age of 65, how many are employed in full-time pilot roles vs commercial/ATP pilots with some other profession than a pilot?
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Has FAA published any A-RNP STAR or A-RNP / RNP AR DP SID?

After reading FAA's Performance Based Navigation Strategy 2016, I tried to search for already published Departure Procedures of RNP specification. I could only find some that require RNP-1, even ...
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Why does the U.S. have so many general-aviation aircraft?

In a comment on my previous question about the paucity of South Korean general-aviation aircraft in the 1990s, @Pondlife pointed out (in response to my comparison between the numbers of GA aircraft ...
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Why isn't KTEX's runway designation 10/28 instead of 9/27?

Why is the marking on the runway written as (9/27) Telluride (KTEX), Colorado, USA. whereas the direction is 284 degrees? Shouldn't it be (10/28) instead?
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When is squawk 1000 assigned in USA?

From Are squawk codes used with ADS-B?: Yes, squawk codes are still used and required with ADS-B. The post is 3 years old though. And from Wikipedia List of transponder codes: 1000: Used ...
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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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Why does a sport certificate have no distance restriction while recreational does?

A recreational pilot certificate only allows flights within 50 miles of home airport. A sport certificate has no distance limits even though it's easier to get - no medical certificate, less flying ...
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What is the purpose of squawking 7777?

Aircraft use transponders to communicate to ATC their position and status. Some squawk codes are reserved, such as 7700 (emergency), 7600 (communication failure), 7500 (hijacking), 1202 (glider), 1200 ...
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Is there a public NOTAM archive that's searchable by airport?

Pilotweb lists NOTAMs currently in effect. Is it possible to view or sort the history for a particular airport?
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Where can I find US ARTCC sector boundary coordinates?

For an academic purpose, I would like to map US airspace using GIS tools with coordinates. I found the airspace boundary coordinates from the eNASR, but no luck with the sector boundaries. Any ...
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Can I legally land an airplane in in Badwater Basin, CA?

Would it be legal to land a light plane in the Badwater Basin salt flats in Death Valley National Park? Let me add that you can obviously land in the park, as you have runways at both Furnace Creek ...
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Why doesn't a radar-equipped Tower say “radar contact”?

Most/all of the control towers in my area have radar displays, and I know from visits that it shows all the same things as in TRACON miles away--even aircraft on the ground. I hear them occasionally ...
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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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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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On a flight with short stops, do you terminate flight following at each stop?

On a cross-country trip, is it normal to terminate FF at each stop and reacquire it (potentially just a few minutes later) for the next leg, or would ATC prefer that you advise them it'll be a short ...
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How can I find my grandmother's OLD instrument rating documentation?

This is my grandmother, Nathalie Myrtle Brown: The big-eared kid she's posing with is my dad. She has a claim to fame in that she was the first female instrument-rated pilot in the state of Iowa, a ...
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For how long are state and federal aircraft registrations valid?

How long is a state registration valid for and how long is a federal registration valid for? and for state I mean North Dakota if any of you know where to look for that.
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Within the US: When, and by whom, is the Transition Level determined/published?

There are several SE Q&As that deal with the terms Transition Altitude, Transition Layer, and Transition Level. The very-brief, paraphrased definition of the Transition Level (TL) is: The ...
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Can you broadcast a very low power nav vor signal in air?

Are there any FCC restrictions on broadcasting a test nav signal on 108.0 in the air? Or perhaps on other nav frequencies that can be received within the navigation band?
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Ferry Permit for aircraft outside the U.S

The aircraft originally had a U. S. airworthiness certificate then was exported to Brazil. It is now being sold to a company in the U. S. for U. S. operations. Can this aircraft be issued an "N" ...
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Why is the aiming point distance shorter in the US vs. Europe for long runways?

In essence, if you compare EGLL and KJFK (but it works for other airports too) you would see that US airports generally adhere to the rule of 1000 ft in distance between threshold and aiming point ...
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What is the procedure following a near miss?

This is a follow-up to this question - in particular, to this video posted in MichaelK's answer. What would be the correct procedure for the pilot to follow in this situation? (That is, after a near ...