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Why does Logan Airport's Runway 32/14 only have arrivals on the 32 heading?

I was going through this PDF document on Logan International Airport's runway usage and I saw that Runway 32/14 only has arrival activity. Why is that the case? Is this the the reason or part of it ...
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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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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 happens to US military demo teams following unexpected pilot turnover?

Following up on recent events involving the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds, what is the typical procedure for these teams following a unexpected turnover of a pilot (in this case, a fatal or other ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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Does every state in the US require aircraft and pilot registration?

I'm aware of both Washington and Oregon requiring, by law, registration of aircraft and pilots who are based in the state. Is this something every state does? Do states enforce it?
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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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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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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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How does one deal with a UNICOM operator directing aircraft like at a towered airport?

Seems like an odd scenario, however I have experienced this a few times now. A non-towered airport will have someone on the radio directing traffic and reading out weather info like barometric ...
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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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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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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 keeps certified GA aircraft from being affordable?

A personal (pipe) dream of mine is to own a new aircraft, but the costs for certified GA aircraft is borderline outrageous. A new Cessna 172, considered an entry level aircraft, can go for well over \$...
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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 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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Why do some approaches have suffix letters such as Y and Z?

There are cases with instrument approaches where there will be multiple approaches to the same runway, in many cases uses some of the same nav aids and positions, but differentiated using alpha ...
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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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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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What are the qualifications for a small airport manager?

I live in a small city in the Southeastern United States and the county's airport has an opening for the manager. The airport is paved but no control tower, serves general aviation as well as company ...
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How are Landing Fees Collected?

Some airports (mostly busy Class B airports from what I gather) have a landing fee. For example, in the Airport Facility Directory for San Francisco, there is a section under "AIRPORT REMARKS" that ...
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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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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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Where can I find that video of a college built blown wing aircraft?

I once found a video of a single engine, piston and propeller, high wing plane that had been built, or modified by a US college/university. They added a 200 HP turbine engine behind the baggage ...
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Is it legal to fly an aircraft with no navigation beacons, and only solid lighting?

Is it permissible for an aircraft to fly without red, green, and white strobe position lights? Is it possible for any aircraft to legally fly with only a solid white or solid red light on the ...
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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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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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Can a U.S. President have a non-government owned aircraft that would routinely be given the call sign AF1?

Can a US president use a personally owned jet with the call sign AF1? Would the Air Force be obligated to add security and defense measure to this aircraft if the president refused to fly in the VC-25?...
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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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Where can a civilian obtain centrifuge training/testing?

Where can a civilian get high g-force training/testing in a centrifuge? (Likely by paying.) Preferably with and without a g-suit. Preferably based in the US, maybe Canada. I'm betting the US Air ...
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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 obtain a license over several years?

How long does training for student, sport, recreational, or private licenses "count" toward your license, before it's considered outdated/expired? Can you start the process, intending to spread out ...
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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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Can an Iranian citizen attain ATP in the United States?

I know that you can be a pilot in the U.S. as a foreigner. However, are there any special regulations regarding citizens of Iran because of political issues?
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How should I safeguard my FAA certificate number?

The FAA’s Search Airmen Certificate Information reads in part Personal Information We do not display your SSN, certificate number, or date of birth. We will display a releasable address in ...