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Can you become a pilot with an Asperger syndrome diagnosis in Europe?

In order to fly commercial you will need a first class medical certificate, and getting that with aspergers is going to be tough. The first consideration is the safety or people in the air and on the ...
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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 is the Airbus A320 permitted to carry 180 passengers, instead of the maximum 179 allowed?

See Page 9 of TCDS A.064 ANNEX - Airbus A318, A319, A320, A321 - Special Conditions TCDS A.064 ANNEX - Airbus A318, A319, A320, A321 - Special Conditions ...
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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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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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Do I have any authority over airspace above my land?

In the US you have, effectively, zero rights over the airspace above your land by default: Control of airspace is entirely delegated to the FAA, and they're super serious about it. If you designate ...
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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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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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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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Do I have any authority over airspace above my land?

In Bernstein of Leigh v Skyviews [1978] 1 QB 479, the High Court of England and Wales held that, at common law, the right of a landowner to the airspace above their land was "to such height as ...
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When is a sailplane a sailplane?

There are indeed several steps between a pure glider and a powered aircraft. The criteria were historically quite simple: Gliders with an auxiliary engine, which is just for getting them home in ...
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Does European airspace use the metric system?

European Civil Aviation Authorities use the imperial system to depict altitudes and airspace restrictions (feet), speeds (knots) and distances (nautical miles). Some VFR aircraft have speed ...
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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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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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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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Do I have any authority over airspace above my land?

This will differ from country to country, but I will give an example based on the German law, so you can derive how countries can work with airspace. In general, following BGB §905, the airspace ...
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Do I have any authority over airspace above my land?

In the UK, you have rights up to about 1000 feet According to In Brief (a free legal-information website written by legal experts) The common law distinguishes between two different types of ...
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Does European airspace use the metric system?

Europe uses imperial for distance (nm), speed (knots) and altitude (feet). Russia and China are the only major countries that use meters for altitude - and it causes all sorts of confusion. Some ...
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Can you become a pilot with an Asperger syndrome diagnosis in Europe?

It's going to depend on the specifics and severity of your condition. You can't generalize autism spectrum disorders. But Aspergers should not exclude you from flying. Flying commercial is another ...
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Is ETOPS satisfied solely by range circles?

No, ETOPS is not satisfied solely by range circles, but (among other things) by the "time needed to fly to that airport". See the requirements of 14 CFR 121.633 (emphasis mine): (a) For ETOPS up ...
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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 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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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 small children be seated away from their parents/guardians on a flight?

This is what I could find. I looked on the Civil Aviation Authority's website and found this article. Seating Allocation Families, children and infants The seating of children close by their ...
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