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What's a metering fix?

Definitions from this page. Metering: A method of time-regulating arrival traffic flow into a terminal area so as not to exceed a predetermined terminal acceptance rate. Metering airport: Airport ...
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What is the minimum altitude over Egmond aan Zee when landing at Schiphol?

Approaches into Schiphol are usually vectored by ATC during the day (see below for night operations). This means the controllers are giving instructions to pilots depending on the current traffic, ...
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How do I figure out the right pronunciation for transitions?

Page 9 of this FAA handbook includes pronunciations for the Cleveland/Detroit Metroplex:
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Can I fly a STAR (standard terminal arrival route) if I can't maintain the minimum speed for it?

According to the FAA's Instrument Procedures Handbook, chapter 3 (p. 3-16): Pilots may have noticed that minimum crossing altitudes and airspeed restrictions appear on some STARs. These expected ...
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How to guess the actual name of the SID, waypoint, etc., if you have never seen it when told by ATC?

You can't, there is no system to them (at least no globally consistent system, airports may have a system for their own STARs and SIDs, and some countries for numbering airways, but nothing worldwide)....
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Does a "climb and maintain" instruction override a "climb via the SID" one?

If the controller issues a "climb via" SID with an interim altitude of 8,000 and then subsequently amends the altitude and states: "Climb via SID and maintain Flight Level 240" then the altitude ...
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Can I fly a STAR (standard terminal arrival route) if I can't maintain the minimum speed for it?

If you’re flying low and slow, in practice you’re not going to spend much time on a SID or STAR unless you lose comms. ATC would rather vector one plane (you) off the procedure so the dozen jets and ...
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What's the precise meaning of "landing south (north, east, west)" in STARs?

"Landing south" means the planes are facing south as they land. Depending on conditions, they could come from the opposite end of the runway, and would be "landing north." This is also referred to as "...
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Anybody know the reason for the ‘Star Wars’ themed STARs into KATL?

It's a long established practice for the procedure developers to build the procedures around a theme. It helps with coming up with the necessary distinct pronounceable names for the waypoints. My ...
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How am I supposed to track to KOSAX on the OLIVI 4W out of EDFM?

The textual description for OLIVI 4W is: ...
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Are 'climb via a SID' instructions actually used in the US?

In my experience, I've received a climb via SID many times at airports like Las Vegas and Teterboro. This is common at certain airports, but a lot of airports don't use it because the procedures ...
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Can SID/STAR have shortened names?

According to the Jeppeson chart legend[pdf] those are database identifiers. I'm presuming that's what would show on a menu in the FMS.
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What altitude to fly on a STAR when it reads "expect"?

Terrible question (not your question, but the test question). As far as I can tell, there are NO altitudes on the arrival that are mandatory; everything is an "expect" altitude only. When you are "...
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Do GA IFR flights out of airports w/ SIDs typically use them? What about STARs?

I cannot speak for all of General Aviation (GA), but throughout the IFR portion of my flying career I have generally used SIDs wherever available. NOTE: This choice of using SIDs was not always mine, ...
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How do I figure out the right pronunciation for transitions?

It would be nice if there were an authoritative, canonical, source for these sorts of waypoints, but sadly, I don't think one exists. I say that because I hear controllers sometimes using a different ...
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How to select a SID during the planning stage?

"File what you want, fly what you get." There's no way to know for sure what clearance ATC will give you until you actually call them. If you're departing from an airport that you know well then you ...
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Is it always the case that any one STAR leads to all the runways?

Some STARS are designed for specific runways (i.e. not all runways for the airport). For example, shown below is the BASET FIVE ARRIVAL to Los Angeles. It is designed for runways 6L/R or 7L/R: (...
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What Does "By ATC" Mean for an SID Route?

It means, don't file that transition yourself. ATC may assign it, but it's their option to assign it or leave you on what you filed.
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Does a turbojet aircraft restriction on a SID or STAR also apply to turbofan aircraft?

The term "turbojet" in this context is used a bit more loosely. The pilot-controller glossary document from the FAA defines it as follows: TURBOJET AIRCRAFT− An aircraft having a jet engine in ...
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Why are planes flying in a zigzag path over Long Island when approaching JFK?

There are 3 STARs (Standard Terminal Arrival Routes) into JFK that cross over Long Island: PARCH 3 RNAV ARR: PAWLING 2 ARR: ROBER 2 ARR: (Jeppesen charts) None of these have particularly ...
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Why RNAV SIDs and STARs are RNAV 1 instead of RNP 1?

First of all, an RNP 1 procedure requires a GPS/ GNSS. And as you have said, it requires an inbuilt navigation monitoring and an alerting system. On the other hand, an RNAV 1 procedure does not. In ...
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What is RNAV transition and what is the difference between RNAV transition and RNAV STAR

Your Question: "Can someone explain what is RNAV transition and what is the difference between RNAV transition and RNAV STAR. Because sometimes "both types" of procedures are published ...
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What's the precise meaning of "landing south (north, east, west)" in STARs?

Landing south means that they will be using a southerly heading runway. I.e. landing on rwy 18 rather than 36. The landing directions will be indicated on the STAR. For example the chart below for ...
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What altitude to fly on a STAR when it reads "expect"?

If you're given a Descend Via, then you use the STAR for vertical guidance, and usually those clearances are given on RNAV STARs. Otherwise, you'll be given explicit descent instructions the Expect is ...
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