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Why hasn't there been a case of an airliner breaking apart and crashing due to turbulence in the past 40-50 years?

Durability of Modern Aircraft Modern Day airliners (or even those built in the 1970s like DC-10) are built to withstand really high G-Forces. Despite the certification requirements for civil aircraft ...
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Were the Airbus A320 rudder hardover issues fixed after Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 crashed due to uncommanded rudder deflection?

Summary: The rudder movement (not really a hardover, since it only moved 2°) was caused by a non-approved inflight restart of the FACs (Flight Augmentation Computers) using the circuit breakers ...
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Piper Cherokee - Flying with inoperative equipment

Your question: What equipment can be inoperative and still allow me to fly a pa-28-181? AC 91-67 - Minimum Equipment Requirements for General Aviation Operations Under FAR Part 91 has been cancelled ...
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Why is the Departure leg of the traffic pattern being mistaught as Upwind?

From an ATC perspective: the 7110.65 Chapter 3 Section 8 "Spacing and Sequencing" does not mention any "upwind." Instead it includes such phraseology as "MAKE SHORT APPROACH,&...
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If spoilers are released in flight without descending, what could happen?

Spoilers are also called speedbrakes. If used in level flight, the aircraft will slow down. They are usually used to slow down and descend, but they can also be used to slow down in level flight to ...
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Piper Cherokee - Flying with inoperative equipment

Since you mentioned 91.213, I'm going to assume you're talking about the US, since you didn't specify the jurisdiction. The required equipment for VFR is outlined in 14 CFR § 91.205 The exact answer ...
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Were the Airbus A320 rudder hardover issues fixed after Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 crashed due to uncommanded rudder deflection?

Roll was only an effect of a fully developed stall. The rudder did not go hardover. Air Asia 8501 did not crash due to uncommanded rudder deflection. I see very little discussion about the ...
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Were the Airbus A320 rudder hardover issues fixed after Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 crashed due to uncommanded rudder deflection?

The AirAsia crash was not a flight control or an aircraft design issue. The crew disabled multiple flight control computers in flight trying to resolve a minor (but persistent) computer issue the ...
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If spoilers are released in flight without descending, what could happen?

Well that depends on what else you do. Spoilers will increase drag and destroy lift. So if you are on autopilot and do not increase power(thrust), the A/P would increase AOA to increase lift ...
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