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Is there a solution to radio interference?

Firstly, it is worth noting that the blocked radio transmission is only one point on a very long list of factors that caused the horrible accident on Tenerife. There is enough redundancy in aviation ...
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How should a loss of communications in VFR be dealt with?

should I blindly continue in First, never do anything "blindly". The FAR and the AIM address the Class D question, so this part is the most easily answerable: FAR 91.129 (d) Communications ...
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When can I start an approach if I lose comms and my clearance limit is not an initial approach fix?

Note: this may be a dupe of this question. However, you seem to be saying that you've read and understood the regulations on what to do, you just don't believe that ATC or the FAA really expects you ...
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Navigate to the final approach course after radio failure under IFR

First, squawk 7600 to let ATC know you have lost two way radio communications and to clear traffic out of your way. Then, from the AIM, Section 4. Two-way Radio Communication Failure Section 6-4-1....
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Does an airline have to pay if fighters intercept one of its aircraft?

Probably not very likely. In 1978 Soviet Union asked US\$100,000 (\$375,200 today) for "caretaking passengers" after their interceptors forced to land KAL 902 on the frozen lake (has never been paid). ...
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Is it okay to divert to another airport in IFR lost comms situations?

AIM 6−4−1. Two-way Radio Communications Failure a. It is virtually impossible to provide regulations and procedures applicable to all possible situations associated with two-way radio communications ...
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With radio not working, why it is more important to stay away from exactly class D airspace?

I think you are mis-interpreting the answer, you should remain outside Class-D until the flow of traffic can be acertained. If you lose comms outside of a Class-B or Class-C, you should not enter that ...
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In lost comms situations, when and where do the pilots of big commercial jets expect to get green light from tower?

In the US, for VFR, the answer to both of your questions (when and where) is when you are established on downwind. You may not be able to see the light signal if you circle above. I don't think it ...
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How to check if (small) aircraft's radio is working properly?

Here are some things you can do, there are probably more. I'm assuming you're mainly interested in checking COM, not NAV. Controlled airport Check if you can hear the ATIS, Ground or Tower; if you ...
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Is there a solution to radio interference?

This isn't really an answer, but it got to be far too long to put in the comments... Two paragraphs later in the same Wiki: After the KLM plane had started its takeoff roll, the tower instructed ...
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How did aircraft flying in formation use flares to communicate with each other?

This break down of a B24 Missions seems to outline the usage of flare on a mission well: Assembly After takeoff, a pilot usually kept on a straight course for about two minutes, in part because the B-...
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Is Flight Service Station the same as En Route Flight Advisory Service?

To start, no, "En Route Flight Advisory Service" and "Flight Service Station" are not the same thing. They can never be the same thing because they are entirely separate categories ...
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What route should I fly in this lost comms scenario?

Rule of thumb: Whenever a clearance has an instruction to proceed from point X to point Y, where the path between those points is at the controller's discretion (such as vectors), and you have ...
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Is there a solution to radio interference?

Yes, this is possible with technology, but there is a big problem too. How do you decide which radio has priority? Right now the system is "whoever has the strongest signal, wins", but both will ...
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Does two-way communication failure include one-way communication failure?

7600 means a loss of two way communications, it's a way of letting ATC know you have a problem sending or receiving, or both.
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Lost radio communication after take-off in IMC - what are my options?

The reference to “small private jets” and altitude is invalid. Our C550B has a ceiling of FL450, and the B737-800 I used to fly had a ceiling of only FL410. Most “small” jets fly higher than “large” ...
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Does an airline have to pay if fighters intercept one of its aircraft?

The answer depends entirely on the country the aircraft is overflying when an intercept is ordered or requested. I can't imagine payment being demanded by an EU country if the intercept is performed ...
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With radio not working, why it is more important to stay away from exactly class D airspace?

The procedure in the linked answer assumes you're VFR. If you're in class A airspace, that means you must be IFR, and there are specific (and somewhat different) procedures for IFR flights that lose ...
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What should a pilot do in this lost communication scenario?

It means to expect radar vectors between PHX and DRAKE because ATC expects to have to move you around to accommodate the traffic situation. If you had a comm failure, once you squawk 7600, ATC will ...
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How would an airplane land if the on-board radio breaks down?

The NORDO procedures are covered extensively in the AIM. That is suggested reading for any pilot. Cellphones are unlikely to work airborne, except close to the ground, and then in remote areas. Most ...
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Radio communications lost on climb out in IMC: when can I turn on course?

Your assumptions are insufficient. If your clearance just states "CLIMB 6000 direct", and there are obstacles along the route, you have been given an incorrect clearance. It should have ...
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Is it okay to divert to another airport in IFR lost comms situations?

Short answer: you're expected to follow the rules you mentioned unless it's an emergency. The regulations are in 91.185 and they say (among other things): Unless otherwise authorized by ATC, each ...
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Is there a solution to radio interference?

It's worth noting that any solution to the question you raised would not have prevented this, or similar disasters, from happening. Regardless of any missed or corrupted transmissions with two people ...
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Can a commercial aircraft fly at night with complete navigation and communication equipment failure?

For the sake of the IFR/In the blind answer, lets assume that for this question at least the backup attitude and airspeed indicators are working and the pilot can in some capacity fly the plane in the ...
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Is it possible to use Morse code for communication?

Morse Code is still used in aviation to identify navigation aids by audio means. VORs and NDBs broadcast their identifier letters as beeps heard on the audio channel when you tune in that VOR. You ...
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Is there a solution to radio interference?

There are new ATC radios that have "Detection of Simultaneous Transmissions" or DsiT that alert the controller that more than one aircraft is transmitting. R&S's Series4200 is one of them. The ...
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Radio communications lost on climb out in IMC: when can I turn on course?

No, you will squawk 7600 and continue on your flight plan to your destination as filed. The airspace has already been cleared for you during your flight time.
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What course of action to take when having to go missed during IMC and lost comms?

91.185 doesn't say anything about missed approaches but there is some information in the AIM 5-4-21: In the event a balked (rejected) landing occurs at a position other than the published missed ...
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What needs to be done when experiencing severe turbulence at an altitude of FL270 with No ATC and Mode C failure?

In case of imminent danger remember these three words: aviate, navigate communicate. In that order. Aviate: make sure you keep flying the aircraft, and keep it flying in one piece. Navigate: know ...
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