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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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Is the UK still part of the ECAA since Brexit?

No, it is not still part of the ECAA. The EU and UK made a new agreement for Brexit, which you can read here. The part about aviation begins on page 534. Under article 419, it states: The Union shall ...
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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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European aircraft liveries list

This is really a three part question, I'll try to answer it appropriately What airlines fly into Milan Malpensa airport (MXP/LIMC) The first place I'd start is the arrival and departure info for the ...
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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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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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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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What rules for guiding air traffic should I learn for the FEAST II radar test?

You should not learn any ATC rules in preparation for the test. Prior preparation is normally not required for FEAST. Abilities like spatial orientation cannot be learnt. It is true that there are ...
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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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Flying VFR in uncontrolled airspace, what to do if one spots an apparently out-of-control fire on the ground?

Keep it simple, 121.5 can be used for this rather than fumbling through a list of possible frequencies. People get the idea that 121/5 is "emergencies only" but far from it 121.5 is for all ...
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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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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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How does the safety record of a Cessna 152 compare to a jetliner in Europe?

I can't give an answer on this, but the reasons why are informative. General aviation as a whole has a higher accident rate than commercial aviation, at least in part because of the many varied ...
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What effect does driving convictions have on a PPL?

In the US, driving while under the effects of alcohol and drugs may have a adverse effect on your medical certificate. Additionally, I have heard (from an FAA inspector) second hand that in one ...
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How to handle seeing someone online claiming to be a pilot or pilot in training, who one feels shouldn't be flying, in the EU?

In general, one wouldn't. If the user in question has never touched the yoke, there is no issue - it's not illegal to lie on the internet. If they're in training, it's on their instructor to set ...
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