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What is typical ATC procedure when a non-pilot calls from a commercial flight for help?

There is absolutely nothing "typical" about such a situation, which is also why - as is the case for most abnormal situations and emergencies - there are no detailed and specific standard ...
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Can diplomats be allowed on the flight deck of a commercial European airline?

Generally, airlines are required to have content in their ops manual clearly stating who is entitled to flight deck access from the point the engines are started until shutdown. In some countries, ...
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Why are visual approaches (in the US) preferred by US pilots, but not European pilots?

Since your question explicitly mentions emergency situations: Especially during time-critical emergency landings, the workload of the flight crew is at a higher level anyway. The answer by ymb1 ...
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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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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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Why has the European Union banned several airlines?

I think the policy is completely justified. An analogy: You wouldn't allow an unsafe and unapproved car onto a highway in Europe where it presents a unjust danger to everybody else. You have to ...
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Why EU/US airline checked baggage allowance limited at 32kg?

To add to Antzi's answer it is most likely about worker safety. Your question is where do the 50lbs/23kg and 70lbs/32kg numbers come from. The current answer for US based airports would be the ...
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How does the UK declaration for FAA pilots work?

Having gone through this process, I thought I'd share my experiences and timescales: Useful Docs: https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/InformationNotice2017029.pdf http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/...
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Why are visual approaches (in the US) preferred by US pilots, but not European pilots?

Part of the issue may be that airline companies have specific rules/regulations to what aircrew are allowed to do. In Europe it is quite common for airline companies to only allow their aircrews ...
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What mental health standards must a candidate meet in order to qualify for a pilot's medical certificates?

Canada: 1.3 The applicant shall have no established medical history or clinical diagnosis which, according to accredited medical conclusion, would render the applicant unable to exercise safely ...
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Why has the European Union banned several airlines?

The project existed earlier but there is a clear and immediate reason for the creation of the first EU “black list”, it's the West Caribbean Airways Flight 708. The crash created a lot of emotion in ...
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How does the training for an EASA license from the US compare to that from Europe?

You definitely do not need to answer any theoretical questions before beginning flight training in Europe. In fact pop down to your nearest airfield, find a flight school, and chances are they will ...
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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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How much do '1,500 total hours with 500 multi crew hours' cost in Europe?

You get to the 1500 hours by working in a flying job once you have your comm/group 1 IFR, which is where the 62k gets you. Even if you wanted to spend a decade renting airplanes to get the time in, ...
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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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How to match ATC requirements to work in EU?

I would suggest to contact the IT ANSP and ask if they accept applications for ready entry ATCOS: https://www.enav.it/sites/public/en/LavoraConNoi/Traduzione-di-Contatti-n.html In Germany we have ...
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As a US citizen living in Europe, must I use a trust as the owner of an N-reg aircraft?

As a US citizen you can own an N-reg aircraft directly, regardless of where you live. The regulations on aircraft registration are in 14 CFR Part 47. They say who can register an N-reg aircraft, but ...
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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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Is there such a a thing as a single European pilot's license?

Is there ... a single license that allows a pilot to operate any European registered aircraft in any European country, Yes. According to the UK CAA an EASA Part-FCL licence can be used to fly any ...
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Why EU/US airline checked baggage allowance limited at 32kg?

Because people have to handle your luggage by hand, which is quite a hard job. Heavier luggages would pose a health threat for them, putting even more stress on their back. I once flew with a ...
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Are passengers allowed to travel seatless(on the floor)?

Passengers on commercial airliners (US, EU, Canada, most of the world) aren't allowed to sit on the floor because 1) they could block the aisles and emergency exits and 2) they cannot be buckled up, ...
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Where to find approach plates for European aerodromes?

Eurocontrol has the charts for all participating countries. You'll need to register for a free account. https://eadbasic.ead-it.com/cms-eadbasic/opencms/en/login/ead-basic/ "The EAD Basic solution ...
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What mental health standards must a candidate meet in order to qualify for a pilot's medical certificates?

The US Medical Certificate application form (FAA 8500-8, the thing we fill out online now) includes a question asking if you have or have ever been diagnosed with ...
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Is failure to comply with evacuation procedures illegal?

No. The intent of the statute involves "assaulting or intimidating" a crew member. Passively failing to obey a crew member has no criminal liability nor does disobeying generic safety guidance given ...
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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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As a US citizen living in Europe, must I use a trust as the owner of an N-reg aircraft?

No, as a US citizen you do not need to jump through any hoops to register an N-reg aircraft in your name, anywhere in the world. It doesn't matter where you live. I used to own an N-reg aircraft when ...
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Lufthansa Pilots: Are you doing empty flights to keep slots?

Carsten Spohr (CEO of Lufthansa) said in an interview with FAZ last December: But we have to make 18,000 extra, unnecessary flights over the winter just to secure our take-off and landing rights. (...
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