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Why aren't there direct flights connecting Honolulu, Hawaii and London, UK?

London is by far my favorite city, and many people in Honolulu apparently feel the same. An old poll (5-6 years ago) said that 50% of polled people would go to London on that flight if it existed. The ...
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How quickly should a maneuver be started when ATC gives new heading?

This is going to be a no-brainer for a pilot, I am sure. I am not one, however, only an enthusiast. Scenario is: I am flying under the directions of ATC, into a relatively busy Class-B airport and am ...
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Why are aircraft registration details made public?

Recently, a friend asked me why aircraft registration details are made public since related car license plate numbers details are more regulated in access by law. Me, being an avgeek and taking this ...
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What does Alternate NA mean on an approach plate?

The ILS Y or LOC Y RWY 3 approach at Raleigh Exec Jetport at Sanford-Lee County Airport (KTTA) in Sanford, North Carolina features the alternate minimums symbol ...
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How much should it cost to get IFR-rated? What to look for?

(Related to this question) Many pilots have told me that an IFR rating is the most valuable thing i can do to improve my flying and margin of safety. I know there are courses as quick as, "Get ...
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What prep work can I do before transitioning from SEL to SES?

I'm very interested in getting my SES rating. Is there any personal studying or prep work that I can do to minimize time in the air and with an instructor? EDIT: I do have my SEL pilot license ...
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What privileges do off-duty pilots have in their own airline?

I was recently in a Delta flight where there were two off-duty, but in-uniform pilots flying along with the passengers. One of the pilots sat in the First Class section of the airplane and the other ...
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Is there a niche market for A&P mechanics with an aerospace engineering degree?

I've noticed a few people posting on this site who I would guess are aerospace engineers. I am an A&P Mechanic, who is currently in the process of applying to college for an aerospace engineering ...
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What is the En-Route Information Display system (ERIDS) used for?

ERIDS is an information display system used at Air Route Traffic Control Centers. It provides electronic access to things like NOTAMs and static documents that previously were only available in paper. ...
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In the U.S., what are the requirements for being an Executive airport?

Are there statutory or regulatory criteria for a facility to be called, say, Elbonia Executive Airport as opposed to County, Municipal, Regional, Field, or something else? Is it strictly marketing?
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How many displays does an ARTCC Air Traffic Controller view and what is displayed on each?

I am trying to figure out the relation between the data sent to a center (ARTCC = Air Route Traffic Control Center) air traffic controller and the displays they view. Did the workstation change when ...
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How much, generally speaking, does it cost to learn how to fly?

One of my life goals is to learn how to fly a plane. I can't do it now due to time constraints, but I am curious: How much, in general terms, does it cost to learn how to fly? I.e. piloting lessons, ...
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To what extent is the clerical work (i.e. amending flight plans, logging, etc.) of a center air traffic controller now automated?

Specifically, do center controllers have to manually amend every flight plan now that En-Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) is fully implemented in the USA? To what extent is the process automated? ...
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How can a foreign pilot get renter's insurance in the USA?

I'm about to go to the United States and do some flying. I sorted out my FAA license conversion but I was wondering how to get aircraft renter's insurance. It seems that some schools / clubs require ...
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What are the flying accommodations in Silicon Valley for private pilots?

What are the flying accommodations in Silicon Valley for private pilots? I notice there are two pretty sizable airports: Moffett Airfield and Mineta San Jose. Do both accept GA flights and have ...
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What resources can direct me to real estate with landing strips? [closed]

I am looking for a website or places to look at estate / personal residences in PA, DE, MD, VA that have landing strips already in place.
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What prevents a government from selling/leasing publicly owned airports?

When an airport is open to the public, it is generally owned and operated by a government entity. If the local government leases or sells the airport, this would generate significant amounts of ...
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Are municipal airports in the U.S. treated differently than most public places in regards to legal, holstered, loaded firearm carry?

Is a municipal airport treated like a normal public place which requires signage or registration with a no-carry list to ban firearms from being carried on the premises, or... ... is a municipal ...
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What is the difference between Distant (D) NOTAMs, Local (L) NOTAMs and FDC NOTAMs in the US?

I would like to know the difference between Distant (D) NOTAMs, Local (L) NOTAMs and FDC NOTAMs in the US. Is their meaning obsolete or still in use by the FAA?
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How to tell the difference between METAR and SPECI reports?

I am trying to use METAR data from AviationWeather.gov to programmatically collect hourly rainfall data. This Wiki says that the first field in the report should be "type" - either METAR or SPECI. ...
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What will create a “traffic puck” on the UAT band?

I know that for ADS-B in the US to receive TIS-B information you need to be a participating aircraft (ie ADSB-Out). My question is more specifically, if you are flying an aircraft with a 1090ES ...
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Why are min and max temperatures (TN TX) not published in TAFs in the United States?

I know that other countries like Brazil, Argentina, etc. do publish minimum and maximum temperatures in their Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts, abbreviated TN and TX. But why are they not shown in TAFs in ...
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What does the phrase from the FAA, “clear to maneuver” mean?

What, if anything, does the phrase, "clear to maneuver" mean if given by an FAA airspace controller?
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What are MTRs used for?

Ok, before you say, "Military Training Routes are used for... uhh... military training," let me elaborate. I've read about how they work with ATC and speed restrictions etc. What I'm wondering is ...
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How quickly can someone learn to fly?

I'm a US-citizen living in Japan, and the costs here are insane ($500 per hour). So I'm thinking to go to the US or Australia for my pilot's license, but how long am I'm going to need to live there? ...
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What is it like to volunteer with Civil Air Patrol (CAP) as a pilot?

I saw various people talking about volunteering with CAP. I’m about to sit my test for my PPL, and am wondering whether there are opportunities to volunteer for search and rescue, or more generally, ...
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What is the proper air strip closure procedure with the FAA?

I own a grass airstrip that was registered for me by a good friend. I want to sell my land and the guy that registered it is dying and can't help me. What do I need to do to have this airstrip ...
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What should I expect for an unannounced GA visit for touch-n-gos at San Jose?

I understand that KSJC is a busy airport. I have done touch'n'gos at Oakland (also a busy Class C airport), but they have three dedicated runways for GA aircraft. There is nothing about which runway ...
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On an IFR Low Altitude Chart what does this symbol mean?

I read the information below in the aeronautical chart user's guide. I have several questions. On the third line - Why is there an ICAO identifier for a U.S. & Alaska low altitude chart? I ...
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What are the differences between these IFR Low Altitude Chart Navaid Symbols?

Below are three NAVAID chart symbols. There is almost no explanation on the aeronautical chart user's guide. It even says that a navaid with an FSS will be shaded but the third box has an FSS and it ...
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What is the security policy for getting into a Control Tower in the US?

Are there any regulations the FAA has ruled to get into a Control Tower? Do people need any special kind of security clearance? Are there forbidden items or other special rules? I'd also want to know ...
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Can I file a VFR flight plan for a training flight?

Let's say you are going to do some maneuvers in a practice area, make a few touch and go landings at a non-towered airport, then return to your home airport...is it possible to file a VFR flight plan ...
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Currency retraining [closed]

I am a private pilot who has not flown in 30+ years, but want to start again. I'm a little concerned about how airspace and avionics may have changed. Will be starting with CFI next week. Can ...
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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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What FAA sources of weather information can pilots use to mitigate the risk of flying in icing conditions?

Pilots flying under the FAA jurisdiction have many official sources of weather information available to them. Specifically as it relates to icing conditions, what official sources of weather ...
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What are Mode C requirements with ADS-B 978?

ADS-B out is available on the 1090 (Mode S) band, and can even be implemented as a firmware update to some Mode S transponders. In the case of 978 ADS-B Out, I believe that it is still necessary to ...
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What is the meaning of segment in MTRs?

Military Training Routes (MTRs) with no segment above 1,500' AGL shall be identified by four number characters (IR1206/VR1207) MTRs that include one or more segments above 1,500' AGL shall be ...
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Can I use my aviation handheld transceiver on MURS?

Is there a regulation or rule about using handheld aviation transceivers e.g. Icom A-24 for ground to ground communication on MURS frequencies? Can I just use Icom A-24 for ground to ground? or do I ...
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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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What is a public airport?

I know that ALL airports that have received federal funds are considered to be open to the public, however does that mean that every "public" airport was federally funded?
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What damage can occur and what penalties will you face for flying a quad rotor into a restricted airspace?

I live near the Cleveland International Airport. I have a Quadrocopter and the fence doesn't seem to be very high. I could probably fly my quadcopter into the airport. Is this legal? Can I crash a ...
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Is skydiving not NOTAMed in the US?

Recently there was a mishap at South Lakeland Airport in Mulberry, Florida where a Cessna 170 collided with a skydiver. Luckily all involved suffered only minor injuries. As far as I know, skydiving ...
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Which US airport historically has the most days in which VMC prevail?

I live in a part of the country where VMC are starting to become increasingly uncommon, which has led me to wonder - which US airport historically has the most days in which VMC prevail per year? ...
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Can a commercial pilot fly passengers for hire without an air carrier certificate? [duplicate]

I have my private multi instrument and almost done with my commercial multi. A collegiate school's football team has requested that I fly the coaches (2-4) to their away games and other travel events ...
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Does FAA simulator (AATD/BATD) count toward experimental rating 1,000 hours requirement?

In the USA, a pilot can obtain an AEA (authorized experimental aircraft) rating to fly demilled surplus military turbojet-powered aircraft under FAA 5-1580(A). Part of its requirements are to have ...
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What is the average cost/timeframe of obtaining a pilot job at a major passenger airline in the US?

Please note that I'm not asking about getting a certificate good enough for flying a wide-body passenger jet (see related question). Rather, I'm asking about getting from zero flying experience to an ...
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How do pilots in the US identify the circuit (pattern) height? [duplicate]

In the UK, aerodrome weather information includes not only QNH (the air pressure at mean sea level), but also QFE, the air pressure at runway level. To arrive at an aerodrome, normally one obtains and ...
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When sharing an airplane, what liability does the owner bear?

What liabilities apply to the owner of an aircraft who allows other pilots to use his aircraft for not-for-profit and non-commercial use? Example: An aircraft owner has a friend that wants to use ...
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How does a (non-pilot) arrange a tour of an ATC facility? [duplicate]

Although the question has been asked for pilots, how does a civilian get access to a ATC facility? I regularly listen to Live ATC, and I'm incredibly curious as to what the inner-workings of a tower ...
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Am I required to obtain a student license before a sport, recreational, or private one?

I want to double check if my first step in obtaining a sport, recreational, or private license is to obtain a student license. I'm assuming student license always comes first, but want to make sure. ...

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