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a "defined rectangular area on a land aerodrome prepared for the landing and takeoff of aircraft" (ICAO definition).
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Physics as they apply to aircraft. Including aerodynamics, flight dynamics, stability and control, aircraft hydraulic and electric systems, engine thermodynamics.
the process of preparing for a flight: planning a route to fly, identifying alternate destinations in case of diversion, calculating required fuel, ensuring the aircraft will not be…
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The force acting on an aircraft in opposition to gravity which keeps the aircraft in the air.
Different aircraft engines use different fuels; the most common types are Jet A or A-1 for jet and turboprop engines, and avgas for piston engines.
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Flight instruments provide the pilot with information about the flight situation of that aircraft, such as altitude, speed and direction; and are of particular use in conditions of poor visibility, su…
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For questions specifically pertaining to pilots themselves, rather than aircraft or flying; use [career] instead where applicable.
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for questions about the FAA itself. Questions about FAA regulations should use the faa-regulations tag. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) is the agency responsible for regulating …
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Regulations governing aviation worldwide or in any jurisdiction. Specific jurisdictions should use a more specific tag.
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internal combustion engines, similar to the type found in most automobiles. They are typically gasoline powered.
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Airspace means the air above a specific country (e.g. US airspace) but for aviation purposes it is usually divided into different types, each of which may have different regulations.
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The 2D shape of a section of aircraft wing.
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For questions relating to aviation accidents, or the avoidance thereof.
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The wheels of an airplane. Sometimes replaced by floats or skis.
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An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot on board. Its flight is controlled either autonomously by computers in the vehicle or under the remote…
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the fluid drag force that acts on any moving solid body in the direction of the fluid freestream flow. Part of the drag is the direct consequence of the wing generating lift.
EASA maintains the aviation laws for most of Europe. It contain rules pertaining to everything aviation-related: pilots, aircraft, maintenance, flight training, airlines and other commercial operat…
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the area, usually near the front of an aircraft, from which a pilot controls the aircraft.
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The speed of an aircraft relative to the air. Among the common conventions for qualifying airspeed are: indicated airspeed ("IAS"), calibrated airspeed ("CAS"), true airspeed ("TAS"), equivalent airsp…
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A type of jet engine which uses two different airflow streams (one passing through the core and another blown past it by a fan) for obtaining thrust.
For questions about identifying a feature or design on an aircraft.
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lining up with the runway and preparing to land.
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a generic, informal term for an aircraft with jet propulsion. In a civilian context it may refer to an airliner or small private jet.
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For questions relating to navigation charts, but not performance charts.
Use for medical certification and aviation-related physiological and psychological factors; use [medevac] for medical evacuation aircraft and their procedures.
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The physics of maintaining a specific state in the dynamic system of aircraft flight.
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a set of regulations governing aircraft operations. VFR permits flying and navigating by visual reference outside the aircraft.
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a system used to guide an aircraft without assistance from a person.
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A measurement of vertical distance. Usually measured at either Mean-Sea-Level (MSL) or Above-Ground-Level (AGL).
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Questions about the process and principles used when designing aircraft engines. Use "jet-engine" and "piston-engine" tags to specify a certain type of engine.
an aerodynamic condition wherein the angle of attack of a wing increases beyond the "critical angle of attack", causing the wing to cease generating lift.
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Based in France, and with significant activity across Europe, the company produces approximately half of the world's jet airliners.
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someone carried on an aircraft who is not part of the crew and has no responsibility for carrying out the flight.
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Questions specifically about procedures to be used in emergency situations. Use the "emergency" tag for more general questions.
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Use for questions relating to flight at speeds greater than sound and related effects from doing so.
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is for obtaining licenses, certificates, and ratings. It includes the required paperwork and testing, but not the training (use [flight-training] instead).
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