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Can an air traffic controller refuse to give service to an aircraft based on moral grounds?

No. The purpose of air traffic control is to prevent collisions and expidite and maintain an orderly flow of air traffic. An air traffic controller has no say in who gets to fly and who doesn't. ...
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Why would a flight no longer considered airworthy be redirected like this?

There could be a lot of reasons for this... EU closed airspace to 737's MAX 8's on March 12 They needed to go into a holding pattern until ATC figured out where to put them They needed to be in the ...
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Am I allowed to take a liferaft onto a commerical flight?

The CO2 cartridge will probably be considered as hazmat. When I've traveled with Scouts with self-inflating life vests (going to a sailing camp), the vests all had to be in checked luggage. Removing ...
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Why is the 5G rollout a problem in the USA but apparently nowhere else?

If you read the FAA’s statements (not media reports) closely, you will find their complaint is merely that it hasn’t been proven not to be a problem, not that they actually expect a problem or have ...
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What is the correct phraseology for declaring a fuel emergency?

(This is very closely related to this question, and see this one too.) At least in the US, cutting into fuel reserves isn't an emergency by itself. But assuming that things have gone beyond "minimum ...
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Does taxiing time gets considered in a pilot's flying hours?

In the US, taxi time can be logged. 14 CFR 61.51 says the pilot must log (emphasis mine): Total flight time or lesson time. And 14 CFR 1.1 says (emphasis mine): Flight time means: (1) ...
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Am I allowed to take a liferaft onto a commerical flight?

No. Life jackets and self-inflating devices are considered dangerous goods and can only be carried if registered in advance See Swiss Baggage rules. I strongly suggest you contact the airline BEFORE ...
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What limitations are there in restraining unruly passengers under EASA rules?

In general, restraining unruly passengers seems to be allowed in the EU. I could not find anything specific in EASA regulations, except the following item in the list of cabin crew duties: In case ...
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Why is the 5G rollout a problem in the USA but apparently nowhere else?

Since you are asking specifically about the 3.7–3.98 GHz band, the answer is that most of the world uses the 3.3–3.8 GHz band. The 3.7–3.98 GHz band was seen as much less important until US operators (...
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What is a "frozen ATPL"?

A frozen ATPL holder is somebody who has passed all the required (14) exams for the issue of an ATPL but does not have the required flying hours. Strictly speaking, there is no such thing as a 'frozen'...
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Am I allowed to take a liferaft onto a commerical flight?

Since the life raft is packed, and you are not allowed to unpack/repack it (only authorised service centres can do it), it will contain a full CO₂ cylinder. IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, and more ...
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What is the correct phraseology for declaring a fuel emergency?

ICAO According to an IFALPA Briefing Leaflet of 2012 "Amendment 36 to ICAO Annex 6 Part I" The pilot-in-command shall advise ATC of a minimum fuel state by declaring MINIMUM FUEL when, having ...
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Why does the UK CAA restart its page numbering with every new chapter of their CAP publications?

That's an artefact of a different era. Before computers were used to create documentation, updating large documents was difficult and expensive. People tried to reduce the workload by using chapter-...
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Is the taxi route omitted in low visibility (LVP)?

It has nothing to do with LVP, but with the fact that there are standard routes at Schiphol to the main piers; From the AIP AD 2.1 (EHAM) section 2.1: Aircraft shall comply with the standard taxi ...
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Can commercial air traffic operate from uncontrolled airport, airspace?

The Canadian Arctic has B737 scheduled airline operations to many uncontrolled airports that have no control tower.
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Can commercial air traffic operate from uncontrolled airport, airspace?

I will answer your question with what we can see in Brazilian Airspace and its rules. In Brazil, there are some airports - non towered, operated by radio stations - which give information such as ...
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Why isn't transition altitude standardized in Europe?

You're right that having a common transition altitude is better- efforts are underway in Europe to set a common transition altitude. Multiple studies have been carried out by Eurocontrol and it has ...
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What responsibility does a pilot have for people on the ground when making an emergency landing?

Factors in pilot choices are often subject to political spins, as few people are able to objectively evaluate the information available to the pilot, the bandwidth to manage the events, and the ...
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Why would a flight no longer considered airworthy be redirected like this?

This is just because of the way EASA treated B737 MAX grounding. They just stopped accepting flights with these aircraft into the EU airspace even for already airborne flights with valid flight plans....
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Is it safe to fly ultralights at 6-7 weeks pregnancy?

Ultimately the decision of whether or not a pregnant woman should be piloting an aircraft is between her and her doctor, and you shouldn't take the commentary of strangers on the internet as medical ...
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Does taxiing time gets considered in a pilot's flying hours?

Yes, taxi time is considered as pilot hours because even though the airplane is not flying actions by the pilot are required. Basically, the US rule is in FAR 61.51 (e) Logging pilot-in-command ...
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Can commercial air traffic operate from uncontrolled airport, airspace?

American Airlines operates an A319 seasonally from DFW to Gunnison (KGUC), which is an uncontrolled airport. There are probably many other similar examples. An airline flight arriving at an ...
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What is the maximum interception angle for ILS when on radar vectoring?

45 degrees. 8.9.3.6 Aircraft vectored for final approach should be given a heading or a series of headings calculated to close with the final approach track. The final vector shall enable the ...
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When does ATC contact the pilot for a frequency change?

The entire sky and all airports are divided into ATC areas of responsibility. Whenever a flight moves from one area of responsibility to another, the pilot needs to change frequency to talk to the ...
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Do flight regulations prohibit sleeping on the floor of an airliner?

That depends on the air carrier and the regulatory body they're certified by. Finland is part of the EU so I'm assuming that Finnair's certificate is under EASA aviation safety regs. Specifically, a ...
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What is a "KALP114A" ATC regulation?

Within Europe, whenever there is need to reduce the number of flights through a certain airspace, the Network Manager (Eurocontrol) puts in a so called "regulation". This results in flights planned ...
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Which FAA or EASA regulation does prevent a high wing to cross the passenger compartment?

There is no reference to such a regulation in the design reference books that I have. As I remember, in the F27 the high wing did make the passengers tuck their head in when walking to the rear seats: ...
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What is the two-person cockpit rule, as of February 2020?

As for the EU, EASA has published SIB 2016-09 which states that: (emphasis mine) CAT.OP.MPA.210 of Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 stipulates that flight crew members required to be on duty in the ...
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Is it possible to fly an EASA registered airplane with an ICAO license?

The ICAO doesn't issue licenses, so there's no such thing as an ICAO license. You have a license issues by the Argentine aviation authorities is ICAO compliant, which means it is recognized ...
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Why are aircraft not equipped with nose cargo doors when being converted from passenger to cargo variant?

The simple answer is there isn't the space. The problem with nose cargo doors is the cockpit. The cargo door must be high enough on the aircraft to line up with the main cargo hold to be useful. On ...
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