StephenS
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Where are the seaport conventions for VFR charts explained?
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"00 - 50" means a landing surface at 00 feet MSL, unlighted, and 5000 feet (nominal, 4970-5069 actual) long. At aerodromes with both land and water surfaces, it is customary to suffix the ...

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What do these double Class Bravo airspace floor and ceiling limits mean?
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The way SkyVector shows airspace is subtly different than shown on FAA charts. Whereas the FAA shows the combined limits in each area, SkyVector shows the limits once for each layer, even where layers ...

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Does this chart show a heliport in class D airspace without a control tower?
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The triangular area you’re referring to is actually the LAX class D airspace. The heliport itself is uncontrolled. It is not that uncommon for an uncontrolled heliport or airport to be within the ...

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Can "Center" provide VFR flight following?
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Any US radar facility can (and will, workload and coverage permitting) provide VFR Flight Following, whether Approach/Departure or Center. Look up the airport you are departing or, if already airborne,...

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Does the FAA always require a neuropsychological assessment battery for applicants with a history of ADD?
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If you have ever in your life been diagnosed with any mental health condition, such as ADD/ADHD, then the FAA presumes you to be mentally defective until proven otherwise to their satisfaction, by ...

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How is optimal Glide Path Altitude calculated?
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While @JohnK’s answer is more accurate, the usual rule of thumb is 3nm/1000ft to determine when to start your descent. This “pilot math” is much easier and faster to do in your head, and the error is ...

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Private Pilot Compensation
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The short answer is that in practice the FAA doesn’t care about “compensation” between family and bona fide friends. The long answer is that the FAA’s mission is to protect the general public from ...

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Why was there no issue with the Tu-144 flying above land?
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The Concorde didn’t “refuse” to go supersonic over land; it was legally prohibited from doing so by every country it flew to/over. The Tu-144 produced the same sonic boom, but aside from a few ...

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What is the relationship between the code of an Area Control Center (US) and associated Flight Information Region?
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Most are the same, but the scheme falls apart outside CONUS: FIR ARTCC Name KZAB ZAB Albuquerque PAZA ZAN Anchorage PAZN ZAN Anchorage Oceanic KZTL ZTL Atlanta KZBW ZBW Boston KZAU ZAU Chicago ...

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Can I fly a STAR (standard terminal arrival route) if I can't maintain the minimum speed for it?
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If you’re flying low and slow, in practice you’re not going to spend much time on a SID or STAR unless you lose comms. ATC would rather vector one plane (you) off the procedure so the dozen jets and ...

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Does North Korea's aircraft registration prefix allow for only 500 aircraft?
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Civil aircraft tail numbers almost always follow ITU radio prefixes. North Korea has been allocated six ITU prefixes: HM and P5-P9. Many countries with consecutive 2-letter prefixes will move the dash ...

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Can private flights between the US and Canada avoid using a port of entry?
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Unfortunately, no. There are simply too many people who would abuse such a permit to commit crimes for either country to accept the risk. You will need a stop at a Port of Entry or User Fee (US) ...

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Why is Transition Altitude fixed but Transition Level is not?
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The point of flying on QNH is to keep you from flying into terrain, which is at a constant altitude above sea level, so TA is fixed. Once you are high enough that terrain can’t be a problem and you ...

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Flight Following into Class C Airport where I'm Landing
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If they say “contact Approach on 123.45”, that’s a handoff, meaning that your radar target’s ownership has been transferred from one controller to another. Since you’re still “in the system”, you ...

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Is it required to contact approach when flying VFR into a Class D airfield?
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Contacting Approach is not required for VFRs unless the D tower’s ATIS says so. For instance, while you won’t find it on the charts, A/FD or NOTAMs, the ATIS at KADS always says “contact Regional ...

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What classification of aerial vehicle would a manned quadcopter or octocopter be?
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From 14 CFR 1.1: Helicopter means a rotorcraft that, for its horizontal motion, depends principally on its engine-driven rotors. Rotorcraft means a heavier-than-air aircraft that depends principally ...

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How do I calculate the impact of the winds aloft in this test question?
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First of all, make sure you’re only doing the questions that will actually be on the test you’re taking. This specific question is only for the LSL question bank, so unless that’s what you need, ...

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If I'm cleared to land without any specific instructions on how to enter the pattern, what should I do?
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If the controller didn’t specify, then I would take that as them not caring. I’d set up for the near-side downwind, the near-side base or the straight-in depending on where I was in relation to the ...

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What is the relationship between fuel mixture, throttle setting and engine temperature?
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I don’t have the graph you are looking for, but we can reason this out. If the mixture were 100% fuel and 0% air, it would be impossible for ignition to occur, so the temperature would be at a minimum....

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What happens without trimming a statically stable aircraft?
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An aircraft is always trimmed for some airspeed. Manual control input allows you to force a different airspeed from what the plane is trimmed for, but if you let go of the controls, the plane will ...

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Can Transition Altitude (TA) and Transition Level (TL) be equal?
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The TA and TL will always be at least 1000ft apart to ensure that aircraft flying at each will always be properly separated. The TA will be a fixed value to ensure terrain and obstacle clearance, ...

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What is the difference between SoCal Approach, SoCal Departure and SoCal TRACON?
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SoCal TRACON (Terminal Radar Approach CONtrol) is the name of the facility. SoCal Approach and SoCal Departure are the call signs used over the radio by that facility, depending on whether the ...

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Why do aircraft of the same model get progressively larger engines as they mature?
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Older planes were simpler and lighter, in part to make certification easier and in part to minimize the selling price and therefore maximize volume. Once that minimalist plane hits the market, though, ...

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When a Tower and the Approach Control closes who takes over the airspace?
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All airspace is ultimately owned by some Center (US: ARTCC, ICAO: ACC). Some is delegated to Approach facilities (US: TRACON), and Approach can sub-delegate part of their airspace to a Tower. And ...

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Can I get an EASA ATPL online?
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No, you can’t get an ATPL online. Your first step would be converting your FAA PPL to an EASA PPL. You will then need to add Instrument, Commercial Single-Engine, Commercial Multi-Engine, Multi-Crew ...

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Where can the airspace boundary coordinates for Fayetteville TRACON be found?
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I’ve been looking for years myself, and this is the best facility map I’ve been able to find so far, shared in a private forum by some ATC folks: I know this is exactly the kind of “cartoon-y” ...

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Are test pilots certified to fly all aircraft types?
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Since you didn’t specify a jurisdiction, I’ll answer for the FAA. Others should be similar. Pilots must be rated for the category, class and (if applicable) type of aircraft. Category is pretty broad, ...

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How can I communicate an emergency de-pressurization descent to the cabin as a passenger?
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I’ve been a passenger on a plane in an emergency depressurization. The first thing to realize is that everything happens amazingly fast. Even as a (GA) pilot myself, it was almost over before I even ...

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Can you request a new squawk code if you don’t like the one being assigned?
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You can request a new one, but it’s up to ATC to decide whether to change it. Some will and some won’t, but mostly it depends on how busy they are. I’ve seen discussions (in a private forum) about the ...

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From an ATC perspective, what is an "arrival gate"?
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Different ATC facilities need a standardized way to manage handoff of traffic between them and make sure traffic headed in different directions doesn't conflict at the border, especially at the ...

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