StephenS
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What is the willingness of non-AME physicians to perform BasicMed exams?
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I tried going to my GP for a BasicMed exam, and he refused for liability reasons. I called several AMEs, who told me they won’t do it either, but the last referred me to a non-AME who happens to be a ...

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Is it appropriate (legal) to request practice instrument approaches in IMC?
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There is no problem as long as you tell ATC your intentions. If you request an “approach”, they expect you to make a full stop. If you’re IFR, they will protect the miss just in case, but they’re not ...

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My N number showed up on another plane's flight on FlightRadar24. How does that happen?
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Flight tracking sites like FR24 use both ADSB data and official radar tracks. The first possibility is that someone misconfigured their ADSB to use your hex code/tail number. This seems unlikely since ...

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What is the reason the MDA for VOR approaches differs from the DA for ILS approaches?
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The simplest answer is that non-precision approaches (e.g. LOC or VOR) nearly always have higher minima than precision approaches (e.g. ILS). Precision approaches provide strict vertical guidance: the ...

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Is flying direct to a navaid considered a leg with track guidance?
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The problem with “turn direct” is that depending on the aircraft speed and the wind speed/direction, the ground track may be completely different. This appears to violate the rule requiring “track ...

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What are the differences between ACARS and CPDLC?
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While @ymb1 has provided a comprehensive answer, I’ll offer a simpler one: CPDLC is an application, which can run over multiple networks (including ACARS). ACARS is a network, which supports multiple ...

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Where is the GA community at regarding fuel/engine types?
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Unless you are independently wealthy, you’re going to be flying a piston plane, which means either gasoline (of some sort) or diesel. There are a few diesel piston engines, which are normally run on ...

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Is it generally acceptable to use 100LL and 100 grades of AVgas mixed into the same tank?
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You can mix them freely. While the modern meaning and measurement is far more complex, octane rating originated as the percentage of actual octane (C8H18) in a sample of gasoline. This means if you ...

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What are those devices sitting on top of instrument panel in this Baron?
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This is an Angle Of Attack indicator, specifically Alpha Systems’ Eagle Above Dash HUD Kit:

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What's the difference of Vs from Vs0 or Vs1?
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VS is the generic term. However, since stall speed varies depending upon how the aircraft is configured (in particular the flaps), we break that down into VS0 for landing config and VS1 for cruise ...

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How to Start Flying?
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First, take a “Discovery Flight” at a nearby flight school or flying club to determine if it’s something you enjoy as much as you think you will. Aim for morning or evening to avoid the bumpy air in ...

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Should I contact ATC if I don't have a transponder?
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Every US controller I've ever heard from says they'd prefer to be talking to every aircraft in their airspace, period. This lets them know your intentions and allows them to move you around if needed, ...

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Why is the minimum for VFR 1000/3 while there are VFR weather minimums for every single airspace?
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91.155(a) sets the VFR minima for the various classes of airspace in general. Note that “1000ft above” means the plane must be 1000ft above the cloud, not vice versa as you wrote. Also, the visibility ...

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What options are there when in a base or final traffic pattern to allow higher priority traffic to take off?
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If the airport is supporting active, frequent firefighting ops, the single best thing you can do is to go elsewhere and be completely out of their way. I see some terrain in that area, so I don’t know ...

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Is there an upper age limit for pilots freight only?
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Most scheduled US carriers operate under part 121, regardless of whether they carry passengers or cargo (or both), and part 121 has an age limit of 65. Unscheduled US carriers (and very small ...

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Do FAA Regulations apply to government aircraft?
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In 14 CFR 1.1, we find two definitions: Civil aircraft means aircraft other than public aircraft. Public aircraft means any of the following aircraft when not being used for a commercial purpose or ...

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Are there any spark plug modifications that prevent fouling?
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If there were a design change that would prevent fouling, it would be standard by now. However, the way you operate the plane can prevent or at least reduce fouling, i.e. leaning the mixture properly ...

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Can pilots fly circling approaches at non-towered airports?
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ATC cannot give circling instructions at a non-towered airport. For instance, they can’t say “cleared RNAV 2 Circle 20”. They just clear you for the approach, and you decide if you want/need to circle....

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What does "1000ft above" mean in the context of VFR flight minimums?
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Consider how the “500 feet below [clouds]” requirement of 91.155(a) interacts with the “500 feet above ground” requirement of 91.119(c). The logical result is what 91.155(c) says, but saying it ...

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Effect of heat and humidity on take off, descent, climb, and cruise
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“High” and “low” for each of those factors is relative, and I can’t explain how they combine together without resorting to math. Luckily, it suffices to learn which direction each of those factors (in ...

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Why do so many airports have the same CTAF frequency?
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The CTAF frequencies 122.7, 122.8 and 122.9 are called MULTICOM because they are deliberately not specific to one airport. These frequencies are holdovers from the days of 100kHz radios, when we didn’...

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Why does entry into Class B specifically require clearance?
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The difference boils down to the likelihood that you’ll be in the way of IFR traffic—and how easily ATC can solve that problem. A typical class C or D airport may see only a few hundred (C) or a few ...

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How to sightsee in Class C and D airspaces?
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The answer is the same in theory: you just tell ATC what you want to do, and they either approve it (possibly with some modifications) or deny it. Since all VFR services are on a “workload permitting” ...

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Why isn't transition altitude standardized in Europe?
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It is the pilot’s responsibility to know what the TA is where he is flying. Typically it is a fixed value for an entire FIR and/or country, which makes this relatively easy. There is a buffer of at ...

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Were propeller airplanes significantly more "scary" to fly in compared to modern jet ones?
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Unless something has gone seriously wrong, planes are only “scary” to those who don’t know what “normal” feels and sounds like. I’ve flown in everything from jumbo jets to light GA trainers, and they ...

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How do aircraft discern that an ACARS message is being sent to them?
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Every ACARS message includes the tail number of the aircraft it is to/from. Every aircraft decodes every message that it receives and then discards any that don’t match its own tail number. Since ...

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My medical cert is expired and can I fly as a sport pilot?
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If his last medical expired valid before July 2006, it’s now like he has never had one at all. (A denial or revocation would be different.) However, if he does not believe he could pass a medical exam ...

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Reducing popularity of 4 engine aircraft
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Cost and reliability. At the dawn of the jet era, no jet engine was powerful enough to use just two. They also tended to fail a lot, so even once two was powerful enough, one still wasn’t, so quad-...

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How do airliner pilots practice recovering from a bounced landing?
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Airline pilots practice everything in a simulator, both in initial training as well as every year or so for recurrent training. A friend of mine is a new sim instructor (and retired captain) at an ...

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At what altitude do pilots usually switch to departure?
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It will be different at every airport and even at different times for the same airport, but if you’re looking for a simple rule to keep things reasonably realistic, I’d go with 1000-1500ft AGL; that’s ...

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