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How does a pilot tell passengers to prepare for severe turbulence without causing panic?

Turbulence is reported on a scale of light, moderate, severe, and extreme. The full definitions are available in the FAA Aeronautical Information Manual. As experienced in the cabin, For Light ...
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Is a helicopter ride unsafe for young children?

A few notes of update. Evidence from other operators that there is no hard age limit There is no upper or lower age limit for pleasure flight however we recommend that children under 12 are ...
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How should passengers report SOS signal sightings?

There is a procedure, at least for the aircraft crew. It is appropriate for a flight crew to transmit a "pan pan" or even a "mayday relay" so a passenger should immediately inform the senior cabin ...
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Why is dropping off passengers on the ramp by bus not more common?

The use of a jet bridge has several major advantages over loading passengers from the ramp via portable staircases or built-in "air stairs", among them: Boarding of handicapped passengers Not all ...
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Why is the air inside airliners so dry (low humidity)?

What happens during a flight cycle is the humidity is high during departure, from ambient air and the moisture from the pax, but over time the air dries out because the bleed being supplied to keep ...
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Would a flight consisting of solely first-class passengers be cancelled due to center-of-gravity issues?

It is much more difficult to load a plane so that the center of gravity ends up being too far forward than too far aft. Excessive weight forward can almost always be counteracted by increased trim on ...
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First time passenger flight by two pilots?

It is never “the first time”. What he is really saying is that after many hours of flying the aircraft (or an approved simulator) this is the first time doing a revenue flight with passengers. ...
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What does an absolute novice need to learn to make a successful emergency landing?

ATC has successfully talked down folks with zero experience in GA planes, and if there's one thing you need to learn, it's how to call ATC so they can give you that help. Any pilot would be happy to ...
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What do flight attendants do if a passenger asks what is going on in case of a potential emergency?

What's the general protocol for cabin crew, when asked by passengers who notice potential issues like this and get curious? The flight crew and pilots are under no obligation to inform the ...
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How do passengers board the planes on this airport?

They are specially designed apron jet bridges. It looks like the normal gates but required to transfer passenger by bus. A model shows how it runs (credit) :
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What is the viability of stacking passengers in an airplane cabin?

I see several challenges with this design, both technological and not: Making that design safe enough will be difficult, the structure you add in the cabin would need to be strong enough to maintain ...
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Why would all passengers be asked not to eat peanuts when there is one allergic person on board?

The problem with a severe peanut allergy is that you don't have to eat a peanut to be affected. With a severe enough allergy, inhaling peanut "dust" can trigger a life-threatening emergency. In a ...
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Would a flight consisting of solely first-class passengers be cancelled due to center-of-gravity issues?

As has been noted in the previous answer and comments to date, you can compensate (if you need to) for a first class loaded with pax but with the rest of the cabin empty by putting the pax bags in the ...
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Are cabin dividers used to "hide" the flex of the airplane?

Was my fellow passenger right? No. That photo is taken in a B777-300 (2 aisles, 4 seats in the centre and three at the sides, lavatories only behind the central rows, rows on the left side of the ...
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What is the viability of stacking passengers in an airplane cabin?

The problems I can see with that design: Increased structural weight: all things remaining the same, you will have less payload availability for luggage/cargo. Cabin servicing you either add an ...
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Could a knowledgeable passenger have saved Helios Flight 522?

It's never bad to inform a crew member about anything you think may be abnormal. In this special situation, as you know that the oxygen masks deploy automatically if the cabin altitude raises to high,...
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Was the Boeing 2707 design flawed?

The three competing supersonic designs are discussed in this video – The Forgotten American Concordes. Two competing designs from the USA were proposed to the US government, which was going to fund 75%...
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When taking passengers, what should I do to prepare them?

I go through the SAFETY checklist with all my passengers. The FAA recommends this as well. Seat Belts - This is where they are and how to use them. Air Vents - Here are the air vents and how to use ...
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Exactly where can a stowaway hide in a wheel well?

For the 737, I think this rather sad photo provides one answer: (Source) The body of a stowaway was found in a Kenya Airways flight from Kinshasa in the DRC on Sunday. The body was found after ...
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Why would all passengers be asked not to eat peanuts when there is one allergic person on board?

My grandson has a severe peanut allergy. The Doctor has emphasized that this allergy can be fatal if the kid gets a very small dose of peanut, without very prompt treatment! The common first aid ...
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Can solo time be logged with a passenger?

No, solo means you're alone in the aircraft. 14 CFR 61.51(d) says: Except for a student pilot performing the duties of pilot in command of an airship requiring more than one pilot flight crewmember, ...
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Are there passenger flights with stops in the middle?

These "direct" flights are actually not unusual, at least in the US. I was surprised by this discovery based on the routes I personally tend to fly, but fortunately we have the Bureau of ...
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Is it illegal to partially block the aisle on a passenger airliner?

It is illegal. The minimum aisle width can be found in §25.815 Width of aisle. So you could be in breach of that if you shrink the aisle too much. Similar issues are discussed here but ultimately ...
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What do flight attendants do if a passenger asks what is going on in case of a potential emergency?

What if a passenger really insists on knowing what's going on? As always, it depends. Let's briefly summarize the possibilities here: Passenger spotted an issue which the crew is unaware of. ...
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Are cabin dividers used to "hide" the flex of the airplane?

You won't be able to detect any flex in an airliner fuselage sighting down the interior without optical instrumentation of some kind, or a laser. Where partition dividers are used without any obvious ...
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Why is the air inside airliners so dry (low humidity)?

Why is the air so dry Its in part by design and in part a constraint of the system. All aircraft are at risk of corrosion not just big airliners. So keeping them dry is a good way to cut down on that ...
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What does the term "Thru Pax" mean?

Although the meaning might be different depending on context it most likely means "passengers passing through a stop without leaving" ("pax" is shorthand for "passengers",...
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How can a pilot help someone with a fear of flying?

Take them for a ride early in the morning, just after sunrise, or at least before 9AM. The flight will be silky smooth. Be very smooth yourself. Enter and exit turns gently, avoid any sudden pitch ...
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How can a pilot help someone with a fear of flying?

The reasons and/or motivators for a fear of flight vary largely from person to person. Some people fear it because of motion sickness, others don’t like air turbulence or the idea of dying in an ...
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