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What is the difference between ICAO, JAA, FAA, EASA, and CAA?

ICAO is the International Civil Aviation Organization, a specialized agency of United Nations. It was created after the Convention on International Civil Aviation (the Chicago Convention) of 1944 was ...
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Can an issued landing clearance be replaced with "continue approach"?

The example is correct, except that the landing clearance for stack 1 must be cancelled before the takeoff clearance is given to stack 88. The logic is that only one aircraft can ever be cleared to ...
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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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Flying VFR in uncontrolled airspace, what to do if one spots an apparently out-of-control fire on the ground?

This has happened several times and each time I was able to reach a local approach facility. Prior to GPS, I would circle above the event, and approach would get a pretty good fix. One time it was a ...
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Will I fail a skills test for doing a constant-aspect climb-out?

I fly in the UK, and while there is certainly a "standard circuit" (ie pattern) in the syllabus there are many, many fields that have a non-standard circuit for one reason or another. This is often to ...
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What are the advantages, disadvantages and current state of affairs for text-based ATC?

I'm a newbie pilot, but I wanted to give the obvious example that crossed my mind when I read your question. In the UK GA world we have to, for example, call up to say we're on final approach. Finals ...
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What are the advantages, disadvantages and current state of affairs for text-based ATC?

The main advantages of text based ATC over voice based communication are Earlier messages can be recalled Messages can be printed Messages can be read by automated systems, allow clearances to be ...
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Would flying below FL285 be feasible for aircraft that don't comply with EASA CPDLC?

Unlikely. The extra fuel burned would cost a lot more than the required Avionics upgrade. Both the 75/767 would be well below optimum cruise level.
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Minimum Safe Altitude vs Emergency Safe Altitude

Perhaps this helps - from the FAA Glossary - MINIMUM SAFE ALTITUDE (MSA)- a. The minimum altitude specified in 14 CFR Part 91 for various aircraft operations. b. Altitudes depicted on approach ...
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What is TAPS in this report?

TAPS means Twin Annular Premixing Swirler, a cyclone mixer / combuster designed to keep the NOx emissions of the General Electric GEnx engines low. source: FAA report AIAA report
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What are the advantages, disadvantages and current state of affairs for text-based ATC?

The main concern with text ATC is the loss of situational awareness. When a controller issues an instruction, and the pilot responds, everyone else on that frequency also hears what's going on. This ...
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Can hours at an FAA flightschool be credited to an EASA PPL?

Assuming that "flight school hours" means flight time then CAP 804 suggests yes: 3.6 Logging of Flight Hours gained in the USA Some flight hour recording practices allowable in the USA do not ...
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Flying VFR in uncontrolled airspace, what to do if one spots an apparently out-of-control fire on the ground?

I ended up asking my instructor about this. His answer: If you aren't already talking to ATC, then switch to whatever frequency Control can be reached at in that location at the lowest controlled ...
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What is the naming convention for European airways?

ATS routes in Europe are designated just like the rest of the world. ICAO publishes guidelines for the designation of ATS routes in Annex 11, which are adopted by almost all countries. A route will ...
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Has it happened before the EASA and the FAA disagreed on the airworthiness of a plane?

It seems FAA and EASA did disagree since 2016 about 737max certification, and not just after the crashes. EASA certification was conditioned by training and more information to the pilots, which hasn’...
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Who decided that the Boeing 737 MAX planes that were airborne when the grounding was issued cannot enter and land in EU air space?

The operator's airworthiness department interprets the AD and informs the operations department and senior management. Ops decide how to deal with airborne aircraft. The EASA AD actually had more ...
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Is a FAA certified plane allowed to fly everywhere in the world?

It's valid in countries that choose to accept it as de-facto valid but sovereign nations are free to require local certification if they like. The reality is that the FAA has a huge amount of ...
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Which languages are EASA exams and other documents available in?

This post is an answer to the original question: Which is EASA official language? English or all European Union Languages? EASA communicates in English. They facilitate the translation of ...
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Can I take the FAA CFI knowledge exam(s) based on my EASA ATPL knowledge?

There is no official theory exam preparation process that is required to be able to take the test, you can do all preparation on your own. If you are asking if having passed the EASA ATP theory exam ...
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What body creates legally binding aviation regulations in Europe?

EASA regulations, as emited by the European Council, automatically become law in all EU member states (it is part of EU adheration treaty). PART-FCL, for instance begins with this text: ...
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Flying VFR in uncontrolled airspace, what to do if one spots an apparently out-of-control fire on the ground?

If you're just wandering around VFR in uncontrolled airspace in the boonies, I would call in on whatever frequency is used for VFR enroute purposes in the EU and tell them what you are seeing and ...
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What does ''Reduced Coordination Airspace'' mean?

In many parts of the world, the military has reserved large parts of airspace for military activities. As a rule of thumb, civilian traffic is not permitted in these areas. Traditionally, such ...
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Are there ever temporary flight corridors?

There aren't temporary flight corridors, but during emergencies, the FAA will issue temporary flight restrictions (TFRs), many of which include the following text: ALL AIRCRAFT ENTERING OR ...
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Are there ever temporary flight corridors?

Flight corridors (airways) are just standard routes to simplify communication from controllers to pilots when describing where they should fly and between controllers when handing over flights. But ...
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What is the authority in the UK?

EASA: this is a European Union body, so yes, the UK is a member state. CAA: There are many Civil Aviation Authorities worldwide, basically each is a national entity within the corresponding state. So,...
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Has color vision deficiency ever contributed to any incidents in aviation history?

In response to two NTSB safety recommendations, the FAA stated that it has only identified three accidents involving pilots with valid medical qualifications in which color vision deficiency (CVD) was ...
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Difference between Mountain Breeze/Katabatic Winds and Valley Breeze/Anabatic Winds

Under the right conditions-- i.e. with the right large-scale meteorological forcing-- the wind can blow up or down a slope -- causing an associated cooling or heating effect-- independent of any ...
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Difference between Mountain Breeze/Katabatic Winds and Valley Breeze/Anabatic Winds

I do not agree with the answer by quiet flyer. I especially do not agree with the conclusion "Fundamentally, "anabatic" and "katabatic" just mean "upslope" and "...
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Can I fly a glider in Europe on a Canadian Glider License?

In general, it is difficult to convert to EASA. You can find more information here however I suspect the easiest method will simply be for you to phone them up. I think the bureaucracy will probably ...
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