Dave Gremlin
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What is this 4-propeller plane?
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The fuselage extension at the back of the empennage is similar to that of a Lockheed P-3 Orion

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How common are emergency landings for airliners? Is there really more than one per day at Heathrow?
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No, there isn't more than one emergency landing at Heathrow per day The UK Air Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) defines serious (reportable) incidents in Appendix A of this document. If we assume ...

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What are the boxes around the airport on the IVAO Approach (APP) screen?
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They are the steps in the class D airspace around Birmingham and East Midlands airports. This is for Birmingham, taken from the VFR chart. CTR is the control zone, which extends from the ground (SFC ...

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When communicating altitude with a '9' in it, should it be pronounced "nine hundred" or "niner hundred"?
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In the UK, the RT rules for the ANO are in Cap 413 and section 2.13.2 states: All numbers used in the transmission of altitude, height, cloud height, visibility and runway visual range ...

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Has anyone ever been penalised for buzzing a control tower?
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Probably not what you are looking for, but Flight Lieutenant Alan Pollock beat-up the Houses of Parliament and flew under Tower Bridge in London in 1968. He also 'visited' a number of RAF airfields ...

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Do airline pilots ever risk not hearing communication directed to them specifically, from traffic controllers?
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When a pilot is given instructions, clearances etc. from a controller, the pilot has to acknowledge they've heard it and certain items need to be read back to the controller. If the controller doesn'...

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Do I need to use an airfield to take off or land a powered paraglider?
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In the UK a paramotor does not have to take off from an airfield. There is an explanation of the UK regulation of paramotors on the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association website. You do ...

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Why force the nose of 737 Max down in the first place?
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MCAS forces the nose of the 737 MAX down because, under some circumstances, the nose of the aircraft can pitch up and this may result in a stall. From Wikipedia: The Maneuvering Characteristics ...

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How can I avoid flight simulator software reinforcing bad habits?
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Tl;Dr It's difficult if not impossible at the start of your training. Use it to reinforce your instrument-related lessons Take flying circuits; I usually start my turn from downwind to base when the ...

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Is it safe to fly on airplane with lithium batteries in cargo hold?
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No, it is not safe to fly on an aircraft that has lithium-ion batteries in the hold. There is a commentary on FAA Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) 10017 here, which was issued after the crash of UPS ...

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Why are gliders oftentimes not equipped with a transponder?
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Gliders in Europe are not usually equipped with transponders because most of them have FLARM. As of November 2017, over 35,000 manned aircraft already have a FLARM system installed, including both ...

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Is there a proper term to use when you're referring to the total number of people on an aircraft, including both the passengers and crew/pilots?
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CAP 419 (the UK CAA radio telephony manual, see the glossary) uses 'POB' which stands for '(total) persons on board'

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Why didn't the airlines try to start copying SpaceX by putting camera on the outer body of the airplane?
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The question is a bit of a rant and unfortunately this answer will be too. I apologise in advance. Suppose there was a SpaceX launch and the camera showed the explosion of the vehicle. How would ...

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Will dual-learning in a glider make my airplane learning safer?
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No it will make it more dangerous. Gliders and powered aircraft have different flight characteristics. You will have learn how to handle two completely different machines. You will have to develop ...

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How can one achieve supersonic cruise capabilities without afterburners?
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It's not that unusual, it's called Supercruise Supercruise is sustained supersonic flight of a supersonic aircraft with a useful cargo, passenger, or weapons load performed efficiently, which ...

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Is the time spent flying in a Sailplane concidered a valid flight hour for a LAPL / PPL license?
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In the UK, under the CAA (and as a CVn mentions, it may vary across EASA land, regardless of SERA), these are the rules: The privileges of your licence will only remain valid if you have ...

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How often is QFE set on an altimeter during flight?
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To answer the question for the UK; once at most. In the UK, QFE is used in the circuit by 65% of pilots. It may be given to you when you first contact the tower, whether you ask for it or not. Most ...

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Are there any English speaking flight schools to get a PPL in continental Europe?
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Some years ago there were a couple of flight schools on Malta, I'm not sure if they are still operating, DuckDuckGo could probably tell you The most common way of getting a JAR (pre-EASA) PPL (for UK ...

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Airplane accidents that happen during take off and landing
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A couple of useful, searchable, resources are AVHerald and the https://www.ntsb.gov/Pages/AviationQuery.aspx. The problem you'll have is working out a query that will only return the sort of answer ...

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How likely is it that there is someone knowledgeable about piloting in a flight control room?
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In this case, the passenger landed a two-seater with the help of flying instructors based at the airport. During this incident, ATC phoned a type-rated pilot and relayed instructions. The ...

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Where to get Initial EASA Class 1 Medical?
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There is a list of UK Aeromedical centres is available on the Apply for a Class 1 medical certificate page on the CAA website (I'll include a copy of it as soon as I've worked out how to post a table ...

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Can a paraglider rescue chute and its pilot handle terminal velocity?
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There isn't an easy way to 'cut the main' on most paragliders The risers are attached to the harness by maillons and as long as the wing is doing something, they are under tension and difficult to ...

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Is a vertical stabiliser needed for straight line flight in a glider?
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Hang gliders and paragliders use a pendulum effect to mitigate yaw disturbances. So much so in the case of paragliders, that a marked anhedral is needed to allow the pilot to steer

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What does the student pilot have to do during his/her PPL practical course?
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For the UK, the EASA PPL requirement for SEP(A) are listed here If you don’t already hold a licence, you will need to complete 45 hours of flight instruction on aeroplanes, 5 hours of which may ...

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How many flights can be made under EASA permit to fly?
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Assuming you mean a temporary Permit to Fly (rather than a 'permanent' one) for an aircraft normally flying under a C of A, then this site states that: You will be required to supply a ...

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Can paragliders in the US communicate with ATC?
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I know of some paragliding sites in the UK that are in Class D. The site rules state that if you expect to get above a certain height you must phone the local ATC who will issue a clearance, usually '...

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How do I know which airports have ILS and for which runways?
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If you are in the UK, the aerodrome plates and information can be downloaded from NATS at this site It's also available in hard copy in publications such as this

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What should I do if I lose situational awareness while in the pattern?
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Your DI will tell you your heading and you can work out which leg you are on from that. If the runway in use is 09 and you're flying 270 then you're downwind. If the pattern is left hand and you are ...

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