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Are there any publically available recordings of conversations between ATC and pilots?

LiveATC.net has live and recorded ATC radio for most countries/airports. There are lots of flight tracking websites, e.g. FlightAware, that have live and recorded radar/ADS-B tracks. You'll have to ...
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Why did air traffic levels decrease dramatically in the US through the 2000s?

Your air traffic controller's metric doesn't mean anything to most people. Here is what actually happened as measured by passengers carried, and it looks nothing like your graph. The 911 attacks in ...
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Are there any data on the safety rate of gliders vs single-engine GA aircraft?

I had three days to burn so I took a look.) Comparative data was very difficult to find beyond accident counts, so determining relative safety is problematic. No one that I could find tracks or ...
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Where to download NATs (North Atlantic Tracks) information?

Your question I cannot find information from [Shanwick Oceanic Control and Gander Oceanic Control] What are their websites? Direct answer ATC centers have no public websites in general. ...
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How to programmatically access AIP data, METAR, TAF, NOTAMs?

ICAO is offering a very nice API for retrieval of, for example, aerodrome names/ICAO codes and NOTAM's. It is currently in public beta, which means that it is free to use. Once they finish testing it, ...
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What is the difference between the NTSB's "Aviation Accident Database" and their "Aviation Accident Reports" list?

The NTSB will investigate every aircraft accident in the US, and any that foreign authorities delegate to them. As you found, there thousands of accidents ever year. Most of these are not fatal. The ...
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Is there a way to find out which runway is used by which flight on a particular day/date?

(Guessing the) Runway Selection For spotting airplanes, you want to know which are the current active runways. The runway history of planes or flights shouldn't matter much, unless your plane of ...
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Are there any publically available recordings of conversations between ATC and pilots?

I'm a PPL student and I use two sources: LiveATC.net web site for getting used to live communication on my local airport and also for analyzing recorded communication during my training flights. ...
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Is there a public NOTAM archive that's searchable by airport?

On Pilotweb, there's a "Federal NOTAM System (FNS)" section on the right side of the screen. If you select "NOTAM Search" it takes you to another NOTAM search tool. If you then select "Archive" from ...
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Can repeated call-signs be present in one day?

It is no problem to have the same call sign on the same day. As long as the same call sign is not uses at the same time there is no problem. For VFR flights, the same call sign can even be used at ...
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Is there an API to retrieve airport departure and arrivals?

It appears that Flightaware does have an API (both SOAP and REST) that would satisfy your needs. Here is the documentation, see "arrived", "departed", "en route", and "scheduled". Here's a code ...
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Where can I find a free list of ICAO and IATA airport identifiers?

It depends on whether it should be reliable enough to be used operationally. If yes, I don’t know one and would to the best of my knowledge advise spending some sort of money. If no, maybe openflights....
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About how many aborted takeoffs are there each year in commercial aviation?

As off today (March 21st), Aviation Herald lists 26 rejected take-offs, in 2018. It's 110 days since the start of the year. So that's 110/365ths, or 0.31 of the year. So, the whole year will have 26/...
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Are there any data on the safety rate of gliders vs single-engine GA aircraft?

I found a blog post that answers the question by using commercial aviation as a metric. General aviation (US) 1 death in 64,000 hours 156x as dangerous as commercial aviation Flying sailplanes (...
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Is there any free source for current airline schedule data?

I am currently developing a plugin for virtual airlines to pull live data, and I use the FlightAware's API which is really good in my opinion. With a little bit of php magic you can get all the ...
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What aerodynamic data (drag/lift curves) exists for the L-159 Alca?

From Wikipedia, the aerofoil for the wings is NACA 64A-012. If you would like a full airplane, you would need to plot it in DATCOM. DATCOM is a program that is designed to calculate drag, lift, moment ...
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What aerodynamic data (drag/lift curves) exists for the A-10?

Good luck finding number 1-3 on your list. As far as I know these are proprietary data the you would have to get from Fairchild Republic. After a career of flying fighters I never saw this data or ...
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Where to find a waypoints/fixed points, navaids and airports database?

Another good one for airports and navaids: http://opennav.com/ - has VORs, waypoints, etc.
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Is there any good database for aircraft technical specifications?

One word for the definitive authority on this subject: Jane's. They'll get you anything you want to know - if the price is right. Another good source, especially for military aircraft is The ...
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Are there any data on the safety rate of gliders vs single-engine GA aircraft?

It is hard to compare because of hours flown... I looked at glider accidents for the last 18 years. There are a lot of non fatal accidents. Fatal glider accidents (no particular order) seems to be in-...
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Where to find a waypoints/fixed points, navaids and airports database?

I have successfully used The GPX Aviation Waypoint Generator from the free Navaid database (http://navaid.com/GPX/) that outputs a GPX (XML type) file with all the waypoints, airports and every other ...
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Where to get spatial data for ATC airspace?

Data about ATC sectors in easy to use format, such as shapefiles, is generally not publically available. Take it from someone who has spent hundreds of hours manually importing such data from PDF text ...
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Is there an API to retrieve airport departure and arrivals?

You could probably try with ADS-B exchange. You can query their server using the following url https://public-api.adsbexchange.com/VirtualRadar/AircraftList.json It will give you a list (in the form ...
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Where can I find data on past forecasts of planned aircraft production?

Yes both Airbus and Boeing deliver 20-year forecast for the complete market. For Airbus there is a spreadsheet which may function as your database. IATA also publishes 20 year travel forecasts, here ...
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Is there a database of European surveillance radar installations?

Meanwhile i found an answer to my question. Location data of radar stations is for most countries provided in the AIP ENR chapter 1.6 "ATS Surveillance Services and Procedures". Some countries do not ...
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How should I interpret this raw SID data from the FAA?

To your first question, some SIDs exist to provide a basic set of information that will almost always be given as part of a clearance, rather than a path to fly. This allows a controller to not have ...
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