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What is a "rapid changes in gravitational force"

The TSIB preliminary findings use "G" as a short-hand for g-force, which is not the same thing as "gravitational force". The BBC article makes the mistake of mixing these up. The g-...
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What if the onboard airspeed sensors fail?

In a light aircraft we're taught "pitch plus power equals performance" - and to an extent the same is true from a tiny Cessna up to a giant Airbus. My instrument instructor reminded me that ...
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What if the onboard airspeed sensors fail?

Step 1 in any emergency: Fly the airplane. Thrust and pitch control your airspeed. A good pilot knows the settings for each phase of flight. It may not be exact, but it will keep the airplane flying. ...
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What can happen if everyone congregates at the back of a parked plane?

Loading up the back of a plane can indeed cause it to tip backwards and come to rest on its over-rotation skid. For this reason, some planes actually come with a detachable strut that holds up the ...
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Do other countries aside from Israel have some special requirements on wearing seatbelt upon approaching destination but before the aircraft descent?

Reddit user aries_burner_809 mentioned a similar requirement for DCA airport: After 9/11, in the USA, the FAA implemented a 30 minute rule at DCA that mandated no standing in the plane for the first ...
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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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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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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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Safety of unpressurized 9000 foot elevation 6 months after mild heart attack?

Ask your doctor, not strangers on the internet.
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