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Was any Russian design feature incorporated in modern US fighters jets or vice-versa?

US has bought or sourced many Russian fighter jets. Was any Russian design feature incorporated in modern US fighters jets or vice-versa?
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How to Start Flying? [closed]

I am a teenager(mid teen) who wants to learn how to fly and recently discovered this website. I currently want to learn to fly just for my own pleasure. I don't exactly know what I want to do as a ...
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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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How do I get access to images and diagrams during the private pilot knowledge test?

I am not sure if the testing center is online or paper based. However, on the private pilot knowledge test, how would one manage the questions related to density altitude, ground roll distance etc., ...
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Do study aids for the private pilot knowledge test include the actual questions that will be in the test?

I have been working with the Sporty's course for a while, and doing their FAA Test preps. What are the chances that the questions I am learning on are the same on the actual test? Are the questions on ...
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How long will it take a new pilot to start flying more advanced planes like a Cirrus SR22T or Piper Malibu?

Here is my scenario. I'm 53 years old and getting ready to sell my business and retire. I've always been fascinated with aviation and have done lots of research and taken multiple training flights. ...
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What are all the frequencies on the sectional chart?

See the image below of a screenshot of DFW - Dallas Fortworth Sectional chart. There are a multiple frequencies. Based on what I learnt on Sportys so far, a CTAF has a (C), then UNICOM has a UNICOM ...
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Do you know the exact model and use of this rotorcraft?

I've tried to identify this. Someone suggested it is a Bell 206, possibly a Jet or Long Ranger. I disagree. I think it is a US Coast Guard helicopter. It flew over my house in Mobile, Alabama. It's ...
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Why do so many airports have the same CTAF frequency?

In the United States, many non-towered airports have CTAF frequencies (often shared with UNICOM as well) that tend to overlap with various other airports within a 50-100 nm radius, at least in more ...
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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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Where can the airspace boundary coordinates for Fayetteville TRACON be found?

I would like a map depicting the airspace owned by Fayetteville TRACON that includes lat/long coordinates (i.e. not just a cartoon-y outline with no information). Ideally, I'd like to find a site ...
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Why is there no airport beacon light symbol on the sectional for KSAC, although it does have one?

The star symbol on the top of the airport means airport beacon light but Sacramento Executive (KSAC) has no star symbol but they do have a beacon light and controlled airport as well. Is that ...
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Which class B airports support GA?

As a student pilot (soon to be private pilot), flying into any class B airport is intimidating. Many class B airports simply do not support general aviation and discourage pilots from coming in. For ...
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Where can I find canonical examples of radio communications at non-towered airports?

I'm trying to find any canonical examples of radio communication patterns at non-towered airports. The FAR/AIM has very little in terms of sample announcements, etc. The AC-90-66B (https://www.faa.gov/...
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Is it legal to build your own plane and fly it?

Is it legal to build and fly your own airplane? This essentially leads to two central questions: Will the FAA even let you build and fly your own airplane?, and Will there need to be inspections and ...
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Are there any “captains-only” airports in the U.S.?

Some airports in the world only allow captains to take off or land the aircraft, due to airport design or environmental conditions (obstacles, high winds). Examples include: Funchal (Madeira, ...
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Why does the ATIS say “read back all instructions”?

Whenever I'm at a class D, I'm always confused as to why the ATIS says "read back all runway assignments and hold short instructions." Isn't that just a given? It seems redundant and it ...
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What would they call the US President's personal plane?

Air Force One is called that because it is operated by the Air Force. The President's personal helicopter is called Marine One because it is operated by the Marines. What would the President's ...
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Are all IFR flights assigned squawk codes in US controlled airspace?

In the US, all IFR aircraft need a clearance to be in class A, B, C, D, and E airspace. Does this mean that all aircraft with clearances need to be assigned squawk codes by ATC when they enter?
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How does a U.S. military air traffic controller become a civilian air traffic controller?

If a person is working as a United States military air traffic controller and then they get discharged, do they have to go through additional training and tests to work as a United States civilian air ...
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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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Is it worth it taking flying lessons even though I can't commit to regular lessons right now? [closed]

I can’t commit to flying on a regular basis right now. I’m close to a Class B airport with a flight school. There’s a C150 for 100/hr and a Zlin 242 for 160/hr. Instruction is 50/hr. There is, ...
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Why are some US fighters' canopies tinted while others are not? [duplicate]

Ok, I'm sure we've all seen how some particular US fighters have tinted glass canopies (I'm not sure what you would refer to the glass as), while others do not. Looking at the currently in-service ...
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What are RW values in Venule increments?

In US AIP differences from ICAO: 12.3.1.7 d/e/f U.S. controllers do not give wind speed, visibility, or RVR values in metric terms. RVR values are given in 100- or 200-foot increments while RW values ...
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Why is KLAX and KSEA depicted class D in IFR low enroute chart? [duplicate]

I was looking at ifr low enroute chart and just figured out that KSEA and KLAX are depicted as class D. Aren't they Class B airports? why do they have D mark?
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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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What is a gold seal flight instructor?

What is a gold seal flight instructor and how does it differ from a usual flight instructor? Does it offer any additional privileges or prestige?
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What do I request when contacting tower of an airspace I'm transiting over?

I'm a student pilot who has just begun dual cross-country with my instructor. However, he has not been explicit when I've asked him about radio comm with tower/approach/radio during the flight. If I ...
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Can I Restrict Commercial air Traffic above My Land for ordinary use and enjoyment? [duplicate]

I have 7.72 acres in the Southern California Desert. It's outside of Palm Springs Ca. My land was granted to My Grandfather in 1961 as a homestead. The patent states that I have ALL Rights, Privileges,...
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Is it possible to own an F-14 Tomcat? [duplicate]

Ok, I'm a wartime aviation enthusiast who loves, in particular, 3rd-5th generation fighters. I have held an avid interest in them for years, but I've always wondered whether or not I could own one ...
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On a chart, how can I find the frequency for flight following?

Is there a map I can refer to in order to pick up the correct frequency for VFR flight following while enroute? I know I can request a frequency from ATC as I depart, but what if I want to fly around ...
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When was the last time the US Standard Atmosphere 1976 was updated?

I imagine due to slight changes in Earth's atmosphere or more accurate instrumentation it's been updated at least once, but also because it's understood to be a less precise model we might not have ...
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When filing a VFR Flight Plan, where/how do you include intent to use a Class B transition?

When intending to use a VFR transition route through Class B airspace, do you put the intended route on the flight plan, the alternate route (if you don't get clearance for some reason), or both? ...
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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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Why are visual approaches (in the US) preferred by US pilots, but not European pilots?

I listen to ATC a lot and often hear airliners cleared for visual approaches in the USA. Interestingly, if it's European airliner pilots they deny the visual approach and request ILS even if they are ...
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Why would there be two RNAV waypoints co-located with a VOR?

Similar to this question but more so! The Enroute H-5 chart shows two RNAV waypoints over Spinner VORTAC (SPI): SOHOW and USIRE. Neither waypoint appears on the Low IFR charts, nor on the VFR charts. ...
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How to figure unusable sectors if the VOR is not colocated at/near an airport?

Stemming from Why am I not getting the "TO" VOR flag as I think I should? If a VOR is not colocated at an airport (i.e. not in that airport's chart supplement page), how does one figure out ...
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What does an “X flagged” VOR mean on an en-route IFR chart?

Source: skyvector.com Maybe I'm looking at the wrong sections / using wrong keywords in the chart user's guide.
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Can an airline schedule two same-number flights to leave the same airport on the same day?

I've read: Why have different flights with the same flight number? and I guess I understand this can make sense. But - is it allowed for a domestic US airline to schedule two flights with the same ...
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Were planned release dates skipped in 2020 for the VFR sectional charts for Juneau Alaska and Dutch Harbor Alaska?

Were planned release dates skipped in 2020 for the VFR sectional charts for Juneau Alaska and Dutch Harbor Alaska? On February 3 2021, the FAA's "Raster Charts" webpage listed a March 26 ...
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How far in advance of “effective date” are VFR sectional charts usually made available? (US)

In the US, how far in advance of the "effective date" are new editions of VFR sectional charts usually made available? Is the answer different for the paper version and the digital version? ...
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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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How are aircraft identified as unregistered?

When someone operates an unregistered vehicle on public roads we know how they are caught: Police routinely pull people over, and they always check registration of vehicles. In fact, police will ...
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When do carriers overhaul their flight schedules with flight re-numbering?

A (US domestic) carrier can obviously stop flying a flight, or some legs of that flight, for a host of reasons. But - occasionally it makes more significant changes, like re-numbering many flights, or ...
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Is a destination airport necessary for cross-country VFR departure clearance?

New flyer here. When you’re requesting departure clearance for a cross-country VFR, do you have to specify the destination airport to the controller, or can you just specify a direction (eg. “VFR to ...
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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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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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What is CENRAP?

According to the AIM, in class B and C airspace separation of VFR traffic is "suspended during CENRAP operations": Separation of VFR aircraft will be suspended during CENRAP operations. Traffic ...
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How to correct these garbled tail numbers?

I have a collection of tail numbers of US aircraft which flew a bunch of domestic flights in the 2000's, but some of them seem to end with @ or ...
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In the USA, how much more expensive is 100LL compared to Jet-A1?

I have never flown an aircraft before and do not have any clue of what the fuel prices are. I was doing some research recently and found that some websites say Jet-A1 costs about 1.5 - 2 dollars per ...

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