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Can a piece of duct tape bring down a plane today (Flight 603, 1996, Perú)?

Yes, this can happen on all aircraft. The static ports on the aircraft were covered with tape for cleaning, and then not removed. This resulted in contradictory flight data (mainly airspeed and ...
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Why might a flight in turbulence turn off cabin lights and heating?

Sounds like "one of those nights" when the state of the atmosphere & frontal boundaries just gives you a bunch of turbulence for the entire path of sky that your flight is using. Some ...
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What's the minimum survivable mid-air collision altitude in a glider?

I fly gliders regularly and wear a parachute most of the time, and am also an ex skydiver. Strong parachutes indicates the opening distance of an emergency parachute is 150-300 ft, and advises bailing ...
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Can a piece of duct tape bring down a plane today (Flight 603, 1996, Perú)?

The risk has been mitigated, but the potential will always remain... consider the "Swiss Cheese Model". If: The cleaning crew working on the aircraft "bent the rules" and chose to ...
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Safety of unpressurized 9000 foot elevation 6 months after mild heart attack?

Ask your doctor, not strangers on the internet.
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Will the C42 or other Ultralights break up on aerobatic manoeuvres?

The original aerobatic aircraft of the 20's were made of wood and doped linen, to think that a modern aircraft made of aluminium, nylon and carbon fibre are somehow weaker makes no sense. The tacit ...
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Will the C42 or other Ultralights break up on aerobatic manoeuvres?

Your commenter is a complete idiot. You posted it here because your BS-ometer was probably pinging at 11, but you weren't sure, and that's a good thing. When it comes to structures, I can make, say a ...
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Will the C42 or other Ultralights break up on aerobatic manoeuvres?

Could a suitably trained pilot, perform certain aerobatic manoeuvres safely in a C42? Almost certainly yes. Could performing certain manoeuvres in a C42, whether suitably trained or not, exceed the ...
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Who determines the minimum area needed for a sky diving dropzone?

Depends on the dropzone. If the dropzone is a member of the United States Parachute Association, it must meet the following Basic Safety Requirements (2024 SIM page 7) for the landing area: Areas ...
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Why are emergency parachutes for pilots so heavy?

The simple answer is that paragliding reserves are not designed to handle terminal velocity, while pilot emergency parachutes are. The longer answer is that they must conform to different standards ...
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Illegal flying - does anyone ever ask to see your license?

In North America at least, "Ramp Checks" are a thing, where some FAA or Transport Canada inspector could approach you ask to "zee your paperz", including personal license documents ...
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Illegal flying - does anyone ever ask to see your license?

Does anyone ever ask to see your license or other paperwork in the GA world? Yes, absolutely. For pilots, your license and medical will be checked at the point that you renew/revalidate any rating or ...
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Can a piece of duct tape bring down a plane today (Flight 603, 1996, Perú)?

I'd perhaps make this a comment but it's too long. This is a "hopefully) useful addition to the other answers. This is an example of Anthony X's "Swiss Cheese Model". A large proportion ...
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