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What happens when the runway is unusable at an isolated aerodrome?

In the scenario where a large passenger jet is in a situation where its only landing option is closed with insufficient fuel to get to another landing strip then the options are limited to attempting ...
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What happens when the runway is unusable at an isolated aerodrome?

It's pretty simple. You have 2 hours of fuel on board, the nearest useable strip is over 2 hours away, and there is a wrecked airplane on the runway that you'd confirmed was useable before you left, ...
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What happens when the runway is unusable at an isolated aerodrome?

If you flew to an airfield without having a viable plan for an alternate destination in the event that you couldn't land there, then that's your mistake as the pilot. It's true that the law does not ...
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What is the purpose of these round paved pads?

These are now defunct compass rose pads, originally used to calibrate the compasses used in aircraft. You may notice that there are no compass markings on either of the pads, at least in your picture. ...
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Unlike other sectors, why does aerospace have 'design approval ' phase?

The short answer is because consumer electronics don't kill hundreds of people at a time if there are flaws in the design. Safety is the main reason why we have the FAA, and design reviews can save ...
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Who determines the minimum area needed for a sky diving dropzone?

Depends on the dropzone. If the dropzone is a member of the United States Parachute Association, it must meet the following Basic Safety Requirements (2024 SIM page 7) for the landing area: Areas ...
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Unlike other sectors, why does aerospace have 'design approval ' phase?

It's mainly because in aircraft design, risk mitigation is built into the basic design, and incorporates various risk mitigation principles such as redundancy, fail passive design, human factors etc, ...
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How wide should taxiways be to serve a A350?

In short Serving A350-900 with a wingspan of 64.75m, requires a taxiway with a reference letter E, which is appropriate for aircraft as large as 65m. Minimums: Taxiway centerline distance to apron ...
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Is there a minimum distance a building must be from a taxiway or runway?

There are rules for setting glideslope descent path slopes to clear buildings in the approach path by a certain margin of feet, but sometimes they cannot be followed. For example, some years ago the ...
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Is there a minimum distance a building must be from a taxiway or runway?

There is the concept of a safety area (runway safety area or taxiway safety area) in which there should be absolutely nothing taller than a blade of grass, in order to protect aircraft which might ...
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What happens when the runway is unusable at an isolated aerodrome?

Or something else... You have several pre-scouted ditching/off-field landing locations, ideally already keyed into the FMS, briefed, etc. If you were in the business of flying 747s to an "off-...
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Unlike other sectors, why does aerospace have 'design approval ' phase?

There are sectors that require design approval, like offshore and ship cranes. Additionally, the design of appliances is currently regulated, see the webpage of the chinese branch of the German ...
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Why is there such a long displaced threshold on 22R at JFK/KJFK?

A runway threshold closer to Rockaway Blvd. would also mean that planes would be flying much lower over the residential communities to the north. The planes are already very low over those communities....
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