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Is it possible for aircraft to transfer from low to high airways?
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Yes, this happens every day. For example, airliners coming southbound on high altitude Jet routes to SFO will be given the POINT REYES ONE Arrival, and you can see below that the segment from Point ...

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Is a magnetic compass required for an IFR flight?
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If you mean a "whiskey compass," like the thing that sits above the center of the panel, then the answer is no. For aircraft certified under Part 23, as described in AC 23.1311-1C: Section 23.1303(...

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Are there ever temporary flight corridors?
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There aren't temporary flight corridors, but during emergencies, the FAA will issue temporary flight restrictions (TFRs), many of which include the following text: ALL AIRCRAFT ENTERING OR ...

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Are there procedures to follow in case of a suspect Electronic Control override (hacking)?
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I think there are a variety of ways to do what you want. You can have the girl take over the autopilot, rather than the controls, and prevent the pilot from disconnecting the autopilot. Or you can ...

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of having landing gear doors?
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Doors add weight and complexity to the aircraft, and need to be inspected and maintained. But doors also provide a smooth surface for the air to travel over, so they would have less drag. The 737 does ...

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Do helicopters need to use yaw pedals to fly a coordinated turn?
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Coordinated flight means that the airflow over the fuselage flows along the longitudinal axis of the aircraft. The main risk of uncoordinated flight in an airplane is the possibility of entering a ...

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Is the airspace at KGPT class E or G when the tower is closed?
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If the chart says its Class G when the tower is closed, they are talking about the surface area ("sfc" in the note), not the overlying airspace.

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Radio communications lost on climb out in IMC: when can I turn on course?
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Your assumptions are insufficient. If your clearance just states "CLIMB 6000 direct", and there are obstacles along the route, you have been given an incorrect clearance. It should have included ...

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What advice would you give a novice pilot on controlling the rudder?
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Fly a tail wheel airplane from the back seat, even if you don't learn how to land and take off. When you are sitting behind, instead of over the CG, you will feel every uncoordinated turn, and you ...

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How difficult is it to avoid ground loop in practice?
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I have a few hundred hours of taildrsgger time, both airplanes and gliders. Even though gliders don't have an engine they have to be kept flying straight especially when the tow rope hook is under the ...

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How often do people fly SVFR?
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Copters fly SVFR more often than fixed-wing for a number of reasons: SVFR minimums are lower (see 91.157), can be done at night, and are not subject to the "NO SVFR" of Part 91 Appendix D Section 3 ...

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Does the Cessna POH state the fuel consumption in Imperial or US Gallons?
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The plane was certified with US Gallons. Use those for fuel consumption. The conversion tables are there in case your FBO's fuel pump is calibrated in L or Imp Gal.

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In a pattern, when do you begin your descent from TPA if following another aircraft?
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Every CFI I have ever flown with has a different procedure for when to descend. Its annoying. Think of it as descending to the runway when you are in a position to land. If you are not following ...

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What are the US flight planning regulations for an alternate airport?
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According to 91.169, if the weather meets Basic VFR minima, you don't need an instrument approach to list it as an alternate. 91.169(c)(2) If no instrument approach procedure has been published in ...

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Does "resume own navigation" also mean "altitude your discretion"?
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resome own navigation means any navigation instructions are no longer in effect and you may fly as you wish. If an altitude restriction has been given, you must maintain that restriction until you ...

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Can a plane land safely if it loses power during approach?
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On "glideslope" doesn't mean the aircraft can glide to a safe landing. The glideslope is a 3-degree approach path, which is considered the "normal" landing path. Gliders, which don't have engines, ...

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Where does Google Flights get its pricing information?
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Google bought an airline pricing optimization company called ITA Software that has interfaces with the GDS systems.

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Could you ever legally authorize yourself to fly an aircraft that would require an LOA, based on your other certs?
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Mark Clark, the owner of Courtesy Aircraft, has the following pilot certificate, which allows him to fly anything.

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What is your favorite aviation joke?
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Controller: United 6, make a 360. Pilot: Approach, this here is a 747 that costs \$12000 per hour to operate. a 360 takes 10 minutes. Controller: Great, give me a \$2,000 turn. Pilot: Sydney ...

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What is the relation between a helicopter's length and rotor diameter?
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Disclaimer: I am a copter pilot, but not a designer The rotor generates a certain amount of torque that would swing the body in the opposite direction of the turning rotor (Newton III). The pedals ...

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What is the best way to give ATC a position report using only a VOR (no DME or GPS)?
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Press the NRST button on your GPS, and give them the distance/direction from the fix: "5-4-XRay is 7 miles southeast of K-A-S-H" Just because you are /U, it doesn't mean you can't use a VFR or ...

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What is the minimum distance allowed between two parallel runways?
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The distance between the runways is not the issue. Some of them are just a hundred feet apart. The issue is that the closer the runways are, the more separation the planes using those runways must ...

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When is runway slope most important?
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I would rather land downhill than takeoff uphill because taking off uphill you have just one thing to get you off the ground: thrust (ok, maybe a little flaps helps in some airplanes). On landing, I ...

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What is the name of the maximum altitude at which a helicopter can fly?
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Under 14 CFR Part 29.1527, the Maximum operating altitude for a transport-category helicopter is: § 29.1527 Maximum operating altitude. The maximum altitude up to which operation is allowed, as ...

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On a chart, how can I find the frequency for flight following?
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There are three types of ATC service: terminal, approach control, and center (ARTCC). Since you said you're en route, you'll want either approach control or center. If you're inside the Mode C veil (...

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Does a multi-engine rating propagate down from commercial to private?
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Note Part 61.31(c): (c) Aircraft category, class, and type ratings: Limitations on the carriage of persons, or operating for compensation or hire. Unless a person holds a category, class, and ...

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Did Wolfgang Langewiesche ever change his mind about rudder pedals?
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I don't think he every changed his mind because the statement, and the enclosing chapter, is a proof by contradiction. Assume the contradiction ("Planes don't need rudders!") then go on to show why ...

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What are the pros and cons of high-wing compared to low-wing design?
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Another factor with low-wings is that on take off and landing, the low wing will block airflow over the empennage, reducing rudder and elevator effectiveness. That's why so many low-wings have T-tails,...

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Should full flaps be deployed on takeoff?
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Full flaps can be used on take-off whenever it is called for in the POH, but I have never seen it in any of the 40 different aircraft I have flown. In some aircraft that I've flown (eg Cherokees and ...

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What is the rotor speed of an EC135/H135 helicopter?
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I don't have an exact answer for the EC135, but in most helis, its somewhere arond 400RPM. Remember that the tips of the rotors cannot go supersonic, so its dependent on rotor diameter

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