Burhan Khalid
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Is there a landing gear system that extends automatically to prevent belly landing?
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The simple fact is that an unintended gear deployment could be catastrophic, as it has a profound impact on the flight dynamics of the aircraft (one of the reasons there are warnings for both ...

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What is the methodology for assigning airport codes?
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There are different kinds of codes assigned to airports. IATA codes, which are the three letter codes you mention; are for travel industry identification purposes (by the way, these aren't restricted ...

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What does the Boeing 777 autopilot do after reaching the last programmed waypoint?
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The first point I would stress on is that you don't program the autopilot. You program the FMS (Flight Management System), which looks like a very large calculator. In this picture it is the device ...

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Do airlines ever clean their planes?
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In addition to repaints, aircraft are also periodically washed and treated to maintain the paint quality and reduce the build up of dust/grime/salt and other particulates. There are automated systems ...

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Is this opinion on personal computer flight simulators too strict or is it actually true?
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There are many levels of simulators; and not all are created the same. I can somewhat relate to what the pilot has said. I used to fly exclusively a very high ranked commercial flight simulator (on ...

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What is the legal situation if a passenger dies in mid-flight?
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Unfortunately, having been on board in this situation I can tell you what happened on board my flight: The deceased was covered and secured in the seat. The passenger sitting next to the deceased ...

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Is it possible for a modified hang glider to land safely coming from orbit?
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That's pretty much how space shuttles and other orbiting craft work. They are dropped from orbit, they do calculations to enter the atmosphere at a velocity and attitude that doesn't burn up the ...

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Has a C-130 ever been designated as "Air Force One"?
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As I am sure you are aware, the convention is that any aircraft that has the current US president on board is given the "One" call sign. For military aircraft, this is the branch of the military ...

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Why don't airlines have in-flight video recordings like buses do?
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Note that cameras are already installed in some aircraft; but I believe this is an operator option and not standard equipment. For example, from this incident report of a 737-800 PDF: The captain ...

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Can a passenger jet be towed to safety if it breaks down in midair?
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Its not unheard of - gliders are often carried up by tow planes. However, hitching up a plane on the ground and towing it up is completely different than trying to do the following: Catching up to a ...

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How do I find how much it costs to park a B747 at an airbridge in Perth?
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Note that parking is not the same as waiting at the gate to load/offload passengers. Parking is when your aircraft is not using the terminal, but the airport facilities (like aprons, hangars, etc.) ...

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Is it practical to become an airline pilot in order to travel internationally?
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Is it possible to learn to fly and become an airline pilot within about 3 years (let's say age 20-23), then immediately get employed as an airline pilot and fly intercontinental routes (even as a ...

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What do airlines do with planes at the end of a multi-stop route?
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Deadheading is rarely done because it is a non-revenue movement. The most common use of deadheading (that is, flying the aircraft empty) is done for maintenance runs. At the end of a scheduled route,...

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Why do buses at some airports differ from conventional ones?
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Here are some reasons: These buses have different transportation requirements. Mainly, they don't need to drive at high rates of speed, but rather carry large number of passengers over short ...

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Is there any order of loading containers into aircraft instead of weight balance?
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Yes, there is. Premium luggage (business and first class) is loaded such that it is the first to be retrieved. HAZMAT (HAZardous MATerials and items, if applicable) is loaded differently; and placed ...

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How do the cabin noise levels of the A380 and the 777 300 ER compare?
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As a passenger: In the forward bulkhead section of economy class (lower deck) there is almost no engine noise in the A380. If you listen carefully, you can hear it. I was actually surprised at how ...

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How close are planes allowed to fly next to each other?
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Your plane was at least 300 meters above the aircraft you saw. The limits are determined by the altitude and capabilities of the aircraft. Up to 29,000 ft - 300 meters vertical separation 29,000 ft ...

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When does a pilot and when does a co pilot start/land?
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Before the flight starts, one of the two pilots is always the "PF" (Pilot Flying) whose job is to fly the aircraft, and the second pilot is "PA" (Pilot Assisting) whose job is to deal with the ...

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Cargo aircraft temperature
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One more thing you should be aware of, pilots are given the cargo manifest by the load master before the flight. Sometimes, the cargo contains temperature sensitive loads and thus the crew can adjust ...

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Could airliners use a steam or electric powered catapult for take-off?
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Keep in mind that unlike military aircraft, civilian aircraft are designed for comfort and economy. Getting any kind of typical airliner retrofitted for catapult use would mean reinforcing the ...

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What happens if you exceed the maximum speed on a C172?
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Think of $V_{NE}$ as the speed at or beyond which the structural integrity of the airframe is not guaranteed. In other words, parts of the airframe - which is critical for controlled flight cannot be ...

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"Airplane mode" does not disable GPS... is it safe to use GPS in flight?
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Having done this before while in flight (I was trying to see if the GPS would be disabled as I had heard commercial GPS systems are designed to not work after a certain velocity). I can confirm the ...

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Can I fly over Schengen zone without visa?
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A visa is a permit to ask for permission to enter into a country by crossing its borders. Since you are not entering the country; but rather overflying it - you only need to worry about any ...

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What's the greatest height at which a bird has collided with an aircraft?
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The wikipedia article on the Rüppell's vulture has an interesting footnote which leads a pdf of The Wilson Bulletin dated December 1974(!) which details the following other instances of high flying ...

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Is it economically viable for Emirates to use a 777 for some of these routes?
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I don't think you have to dig much deeper that the fact that Emirates is exclusively an international carrier; and they have decided to standardize their fleet on the 777 and the A380 - this is ...

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Is there a formula to calculate take off runway distance for commercial planes?
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These calculations are quite complex because they take into consideration a lot of different variables, just off the top of my head: Take off weight, which includes FOB Runway length Runway condition ...

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What is block hour in ACMI lease?
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Block time starts when the aircraft is pushed back from the gate, and ends when it arrives at the corresponding gate. It is the total time the aircraft is in use, typically only calculated for ...

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Do you have to explain what your emergency is?
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From my knowledge, all you have to do to declare an emergency is to announce it over the radio. This gets you priority for the traffic controller responsible for your area. They may further ask you ...

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Why are there full-fledged entertainment systems on aircraft when today everyone has a smart phone?
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Consider an entirely different perspective - airlines are forever trying to differentiate their products and the in-flight entertainment is one area that airlines tend to compete or display their edge....

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Why do some airlines operate fleets so diversified?
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Consider sometimes that an airline doesn't own these aircraft - they may be leasing them for a short term. Aircraft leasing comes in two flavors - ACMI "wet lease" where all the airline is doing is ...

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