Devil07
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Can a flight attendant have only one eye?
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Let me refer you to the answer of this other question, that says a pilot may be considered for any class of medical (including First Class) with only one functional eye. I think its fair to conclude ...

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Can I stop crop dusters repeatedly flying over my home?
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In a rural area pilots can fly pretty low, and are permitted to fly even lower while carrying out a lawful activity such as crop-dusting. Even if the pilot flew at 500 feet above your house, which is ...

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What is this radar-like thing?
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31 votes

It is a wind tee; it serves the same function as a wind sock. It is designed to resemble an airplane from the air so that pilots overflying the field can more easily determine in which direction they ...

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What precautions are taken to avoid bird strikes?
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Humans are more important than animals by "most" societal standards. Therefore, bird safety is secondary to human safety (pilots and passengers). However, there are certain areas (in US) that are ...

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How is wind measured at this small U.S. airport?
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The device used to measure wind speed is called an anemometer. The one that spins with 3 spoon-like arms is just one type. There are some that have a propeller or fan that spins like a windmill. There ...

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Why do flight control cables not slacken during the cold temperatures at cruise?
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They probably do, but there are springs that take up the slake. In fact the diagram you posted shows it. Its called the "cable slack take-up." See the little spring in the bottom center.

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Is there any technical reason that prevents installation of a jet blast deflector at Princess Juliana airport?
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To answer your question directly, the only technical limitation would be the height of the blast deflector due to landing aircraft, but otherwise there is no technical limitation. Landing aircraft ...

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How long can an average aerobatic plane sustain 0g?
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An aerobatic aircraft (as well as any aircraft) can sustain 0g until the pilot pulls up, the aircraft hits the ground, or reaches terminal velocity. In order to sustain 0g the aircraft must be ...

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Why do some companies perform their freight flights only during the night?
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Short answer is "logistics." Many flights occur at night, but not all of them. The aircraft have to be repositioned. First, they don't "only" perform flights at night, but many of the flights occur ...

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What is the difference between a nautical mile and a statute mile? And what is a knot?
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According to the Encyclopedia Britannica a nautical mile used to be based on the curvature of the earth and was approximately equal to one minute (arc segment) of latitude along a meridian (...

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What are good alternatives to sunglasses for flying?
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I've been flying for over twenty years. I've never once worn sunglasses or a hat in the cockpit, with exception of a view limiting device (i.e. hood). I understand why many pilots wear sun glasses and ...

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What are the dimensions of the protected space provided by a holding pattern?
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11 votes

The exact answer to your question is found in a 500 page document titled "United States Standard for Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPS)" that was revised and issued as Order 8260.3C on ...

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How do seaplanes do run-up checks without brakes?
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Answer 1: WATER RUDDERS As to your question about the "swimming circles" the answer is that the floats have deployable rudders that provide directional control of the aircraft when in the water. They ...

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Is $24.01 million for 15 used A320 reasonable?
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Short Answer: If the 24 Million was for just 15 airworthy A320s, then yes, its a steal because $24 Million is barely enough to buy 2 or 3 A320 engines. However, Niki Airline likely has hundreds of ...

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Why are fuel tanks in the wings filled first, and why are they used last?
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Probably the main reason why fuel is put into the main wing tanks first is because on some airliners (if not most) the engines are fed directly from the wing tanks. Some airliners have to pump the ...

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What makes spiral instability less harmful than Dutch roll?
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Because spiral instability is easier to address by the pilot than Dutch Roll tendencies. Spiral instability is instability about the longitudinal axis. For example, spiral instability means that if ...

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Why are bird strikes on approach or landing not as common as on takeoff?
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If its true that birdstrikes are more common on landing, a possible reason for this could be noise. Aircraft taking off at 100% power are making a lot more noise than an aircraft on final at or near ...

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Why does the B-2 have a smaller payload than other bombers of comparable size?
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The B-1 and B-52 were introduced at a time when most bombs were not guided. Thus, the mission for these older bombers required larger payloads to deliver large quantities of "dumb" bombs to blanket ...

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Why don't modern heavy bombers have gun turrets?
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Gun turrets are for defending against aircraft that are within gun range. However, modern fighters will usually lock on and fire missiles long before the fighter is within the range of a gun turret.

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Could a larger consumer drone "take down" a passenger plane?
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If your definition of drone is any remote control aircraft freely available to consumers, then the answer is yes, but highly unlikely. Its very unlikely, but it is possible. First, I'd like to point ...

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What is the purpose of a wing Yehudi?
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There are some people on here that have much more technical knowledge about this, but just from the words of the text you are asking about it seems that they are saying that the wing can be built "...

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When is flotation gear legally required for pilots and passengers on a non-commercial flight in a small airplane over water?
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Apparently, the answer is never. After several days of searching, I was unable to find anything in the FARs that requires the pilot of a small aircraft that is NOT being flown "for-hire", to have ...

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In lost comms situations, when and where do the pilots of big commercial jets expect to get green light from tower?
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In the US, for VFR, the answer to both of your questions (when and where) is when you are established on downwind. You may not be able to see the light signal if you circle above. I don't think it ...

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Does a flight training company need to make a copy of my driver's license?
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According to 49 CFR 1552.3 a flight school is required to keep a copy of the documents used to provide proof of citizenship for five years. This is usually a passport or birth certificate. A driver's ...

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Is it a literal hood that's used to simulate IMC?
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When you read or hear the term "under the hood" as it relates to simulated IMC, it may or may not be an actual hood. The FAA does not require a hood, instead the FAA calls for a "view limiting device."...

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Why don't short runways use ramps for takeoff?
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Nice question. Here are a few reasons and explanations. As mentioned, it would only allow for take-offs in one direction, and if you put slopes on both ends, it would use up a lot of runway, because ...

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Why are the cabin inner windows so flexible?
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The inner window is just a plastic protective cover, so that you don't touch the glass, which is probably very cold at altitude. You'll notice on the inner window there is a tiny hole at the bottom to ...

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Is this blended wing body trijet airliner real?
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It is a blended body design. It is a hoax. See similar photo from Popular Science magazine 2003 on wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blended_wing_body By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use, ...

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How much could human power add to the endurance of an electric gyrocopter?
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According to the wikipedia page on "Human Power", a trained cyclist can produce about 400 watts of mechanical power for an hour or more, adults of good average fitness can produce between 50-150 watts ...

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Why is it advised to turn the aileron away from quartering tail-wind during taxiing?
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The mnemonic that I use is, "climb into headwind, dive away from tailwind." To address your question. When the wind is a quartering tailwind, the tailwind component tends to want to lift the tail ...

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