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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's usually going on in a “hot” military operations area (in the US)?

Like many people in aviation, I've been around pilots who've flown in or through the edge of a Military Operations Area (MOA) while operating under visual flight rules. Usually they ask ATC if the MOA ...
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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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How safe are airplane tours of the Grand Canyon?

I'm curious as a complete layperson who's looking at scenic flights with Scenic or Papillon. I'm not afraid of flying on commercial airplanes, but this is a private, single-engine flight around the ...
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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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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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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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To what extent is the HOST system still in use?

The Host Computer System (HOST) used to be the backbone of the US air traffic control centers (ARTCCs). There was a lot of publicity early in 2015 about the En-Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) ...
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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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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 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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Why does a pilot want to hold a Squawk Code when leaving Class B airspace?

I was listening to liveATC today... Controller clears this guy into the class B for a transition and throws him a code. Some time passes and the pilot has now transitioned the bravo and is leaving the ...
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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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