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Why are most of KBOS's instrument departures and arrivals jet-only?

Performance. And the fact that most of their traffic is jets. The difference is, "jets" are pretty much all capable of accelerating quickly to 250 knots and climbing out expeditiously, and ...
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What does the letter "H" on the upper side of ADANA word and mean?

Customers have stated "We noticed an 'H' symbol next to an airspace fix/navaid in the SID/STAR chart planview. Explain what this means?" The "H" symbol serves as an indicator for ...
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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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For "Climb via SID except maintain FL180", what does "except" mean?

Assuming you are in the usa, this is correct phraseology. It means that you are to comply with all constraints published in the assigned SID—lateral, vertical, and speed constraints—but once you reach ...
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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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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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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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Is my procedure correct for simulated flight approach using this IAP after complete STAR?

First of all, what you show is not a STAR. There are several STARs at LSZH that end at AMIKI (NEGRA 2A, RILAX 2A, TRA 2A). What happens after AMIKI is the approach transition. There are 3 ways to get ...
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What is really meant by max 240 kt, 220 kt and 185 kt in the picture of Jeppesen chart?

The speeds are charted at waypoints and they apply when you cross that waypoint. On a departure, the restriction applies until crossing the waypoint but no longer applies afterwards - though another ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Is my procedure correct for simulated flight approach using this IAP after complete STAR?

I think the procedure envisions a teardrop entry into the holding pattern at KLO to reverse your course and get back to KLO in a position that you can commence the procedure track to the east. So, the ...
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