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Servicing an aircraft on the ground before or after flight
Procedures for navigating based on cockpit instruments rather than visual references outside the cockpit.
a heavier-than-air aircraft that is designed to be operated in unpowered flight.
Questions about different techniques that pilots may use when flying.
A United States-based multinational corporation that designs, manufactures and sells fixed-wing aircraft, rotorcraft, rockets and satellites.
determining that an aircraft is loaded within the limits of it's weight carrying capability and that the center of gravity is within the operational envelopes of the aircraft.
released or for the process of investigating accidents. Questions inviting speculation or opinions are off-topic.
A medium- to long-range four-engine wide-body jetliner (the original "Jumbo Jet") introduced into commercial service in 1970, easily recognizable by its distinctive hump forward of the wings. Differe…
the (often measurable) ability to avoid wasting materials, energy, efforts, money, and time in doing something or in producing a desired result. In a more general sense, it is the abilit…
An engine failure occurs when one or more engines on an aircraft stop functioning normally. This is often assumed to mean a complete loss of power from the engine, but partial power loss and excess po…
a surveillance technology that uses radio waves to determine the range (and azimuth) of an aircraft. It works by measuring the time difference between a radio transmission and the echo or rep…
Surfaces that extend from the wings to increase lift, allowing flight at slower speeds (such as for takeoff and landing).
The process of driving an aircraft on the ground, e.g. from the gate to the runway.
Questions pertaining to the operation of aircraft for commercial purposes.
a four-engine, double-deck, wide-body airliner that is currently (mid-2015) the largest production aircraft in the world
Aircraft flight control surfaces allow a pilot to adjust and control the aircraft's flight attitude. Development of an effective set of flight controls was a critical advance in the development of …
pressurized so that the air inside remains breathable at high altitudes.
Questions regarding very lightweight powered aircraft.
The parts of an aircraft that produce electrical power (such as generators/alternators, batteries, and ram air turbines) and distribute it to the aircraft's systems.
The flow of air with respect to the ground. This will affect the performance and handling of aircraft and can be a limiting factor.
ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast) is a surveillance technology that works by broadcasting GNSS position, velocity and identity to interested parties. It can be used as a supplement …
Companies or organizations that transport passengers and/or cargo by air.
Questions about standard words and phrases used by pilots and ATC in radio communications
Questions about the planning and design of airports: both the manoeuvring area itself, and the services and passenger facilities.
a ground-based instrument approach system that provides precision guidance to an aircraft approaching and landing on a runway.
A set of rotating blades that extracts power from a flow. In aviation this primarily refers to the section of a gas turbine that extracts power from the combusted gases, as part of a turboshaft, turbo…
Usually refers to the angle between the oncoming air and the wing.
The International Civil Aviation Organization is a UN body that develops international aviation standards.
a type of turbine engine which drives an aircraft propeller to produce thrust (as opposed to a jet engine, where the turbine exhaust provides thrust directly).
Pilots record their flying time in a logbook for personal, professional and certification reasons. Logbooks are also kept for aircraft and engines.
ground-based devices designed to replicates aspects of aircraft flight. They can range from full-motion airline cockpit simulators to relatively simple PC software, and are ofte…
The intended or actual path through the air that an aircraft follows.
a global satellite navigation system. GPS is the US GNSS.
A Private Pilot's License (PPL) allows individuals to fly aircraft for pleasure or personal travel, but not for pay. It is often the first pilot's license that someone earns and is usually required fo…
The practice of flying maneuvers involving aircraft attitudes that are not used in normal flight, e.g. a barrel roll.
Questions related to aviation sound noise or regulations thereof.