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Is it suspicious or odd to stand by the gate of a GA airport watching the planes?

I mainly fly in the UK and Europe, however I trained in the US and have flown there a few times since. I have probably 50 hours in total in the US. I can tell you that almost without fail, every ...
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Is it suspicious or odd to stand by the gate of a GA airport watching the planes?

It depends on how you go about it. Don't wear all black or camo with a face mask. Don't sneak around in the grass, or run from building to building seeking cover. Plane spotting is a somewhat common ...
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Is the airport a "No Man's Land" if I remain in the plane?

The general case is that sovereign nations tend to want control over who enters their country, so the typical expectation is that an aircraft flying in from another country will first clear customs (...
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What do "Secondary power supply/switch-over time" and the corresponding values in the table mean?

Secondary power supply refers to alternate electricity source for runway lights in case the main power supply is interrupted at facility or larger scale. Switch over time refers to time it takes to ...
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Why is there a blue square on top of the 2Q9 airport symbol?

The blue square is the symbol for the Dyer DME Why? The discontinuity is because Dyer is extremely close to the intersection of the San Francisco and Las Vegas sectionals, and the AirNav/Avare ...
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Are IAPs designed around an average barometric pressure for an airport?

The barometric pressure at the airport doesn't matter as long as you are using that airport's altimeter setting. The altimeter setting is chosen so that it indicates the correct altitude MSL when at ...
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What is the "Model TA-M" I marked in yellow in the table?

Model TA-M is another briefing and flight planning weather report used by military. The Turkish State Meteorological Service (MGM) prepares weather data for civil and military aviation users. These ...
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Is the airport a "No Man's Land" if I remain in the plane?

I'm no expert, but the passport-controlled areas of an airport appear to be separate from the rest of the nation in which they exist. Passengers may disembark a plane, and if they do not have a valid ...
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What does 'category' mean in the NEW NAVAID menu of the Airbus FMS?

It's the precision instrument approach category, CAT I (1), CAT II (2) or CAT III (3). LOC DME doesn't have an approach category because it provides only lateral guidance with no vertical support, so ...
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Is it suspicious or odd to stand by the gate of a GA airport watching the planes?

Being from Arizona, the only major airports I know of are Gateway and Sky Harbor. Both of which have plenty of plane watchers. As a previous answer has stated, don't touch anything, don't be sneaking ...
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What is the difference between the numbering of the same gate?

This is to allow efficient use of apron space when accommodating aircraft of different sizes. Rather than making every stand large enough for the largest possible aircraft that might use it (which ...
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Is TSA Pre check a security risk?

A person that was totally peaceful yesterday, today could want to do harm. A person who previously went through and passed a security check is less likely to go off today. Just like needing a ...
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What does the expression (For VOR/ILS/MLS, give VAR) in the table mean? Because VAR (magnetic variation) value is not given in the table

In short: According to ICAO Annex 15, declination should be provided in this column for certain navaids. The mention "give VAR" is part of the template used, and originally found in the ICAO ...
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Can we use "stand" as a verb in aviation?

I've only ever heard it used as a noun. You would never say "Stand your plane over there". You'd say park it over by the xxxx stand.
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I would like to find details of N41JA, an aircraft that flew in the 1970s

that plane was operated by STOL Air Commuter, a small airline serving northern california from SFO International Airport in the early 1970's, now defunct.
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How can I determine the home base of a German-flagged aircraft?

As far as I know, there is no official registration of the main operating base of aircraft in Germany. What you could do is use FlightRadar24.com or similar aircraft tracking website and investigate ...
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Are Aerodrome Reference Code used only for Airport planning purposes?

The code determines the capability of the aerodrome in term of aircraft size. Therefore operators must check they land their aircraft on compatible aerodromes. This is done when opening new lines or ...
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Where are some of the most challenging airfields in the UK?

This sort of question is more interesting when we don't narrow it down to one country but have one answer per country. In that spirit, this answer is for: United Kingdom Short There are a number of ...
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What does "NON-COMPLIANCE WITH FAR 157" mean for an airport?

What does "NON-COMPLIANCE WITH FAR 157" mean for an airport? In short It means the airfield was not surveyed by FAA (or wasn't resurveyed after a change). In the US, a landing strip can be ...
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Is there any estimate of the number of cargo aircraft which can be handled and accommodated per hour at Chitral Airport in northern Pakistan?

By looking at the said airport, one can pretty easily see that the limiting factor will be the offloading time of a cargo plane. The Apron is very small, and can only handle two, maybe three in ...
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What do "AFS" and "LTAFYDYX" mean according to the image in the LTAF AIP document?

AFS is indeed an Aeronatical Fixed Service It appears that LTAFYDYX us a skype ID according to this courier tracking website.
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Why is the first letter of Kosovo's airports "B"?

Looking at your linked list, you see the simple issue that they ran out of L's. LA through LZ have been assigned. E's are still ...
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How common is the use of "quick-set asphalt" on runways such that flights may begin just a few hours after paving?

Apparently this isn't just common, but appears on its way to becoming a standard practice. London's Gatwick Airport (LGW) recently redid its main runway (they have a shorter and narrower standby ...
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What does 3 blinking red lights on a small aircraft indicate?

The blinking wingtip and fuselage strobe lights serve as anti-collision warnings, so pilots can more easily spot other planes in their vicinity, even in full daylight. All small helicopters have two ...
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Is there a way to see what aircraft are based out of an airport?

If the aircraft have ADS-B, then you may be able to track them that way. A service like ADS-B Exchange tracks aircraft using volunteer feeds. While it doesn't directly show where aircraft are most ...
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