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Is Electronic Flight Bag(EFB) any different from our day-to-day tablet?
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The FAA (unsurprisingly) has definitions of different types of Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) systems, which you can find in AC 120-76C. It's targeted at airlines, but the concepts are generally ...

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How is an airplane towed/recovered after an emergency off-field landing?
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This really breaks down into a few categories: Flyable aircraft, Flyable location For general aviation aircraft or airliners that are in flyable condition (or only require minor repairs) and are ...

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Is it safe to fly ultralights at 6-7 weeks pregnancy?
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Ultimately the decision of whether or not a pregnant woman should be piloting an aircraft is between her and her doctor, and you shouldn't take the commentary of strangers on the internet as medical ...

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Can you file a flight plan to an airport whose runway is NOTAMed closed?
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I don't know about Part 135/121 ops, but for Part 91 much like in the military you can file a flight plan to a point in space if you so desire (pilots do this for private airfields without identifiers,...

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What prep work can I do before transitioning from SEL to SES?
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If you already have a pilot license for single-engine land airplanes you've done a huge amount of prep work already - you know all the airspace, navigation, airwork, etc. that you need to know for ...

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Can BOTH instrument rated pilot under the hood and safety pilot log PIC time in IFR flight?
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I believe the key to this scenario is in the FAA Counsel Office's interpretation to Speranza (2009) Quoting from the FAA's interpretation letter: The FAA has previously stated that there is a ...

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Why do the transponders introduce codes instead of using aircraft registration numbers?
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The short answer is that they often do both. Mode S transponders (which you'll find on most airliners, and are now becoming common on light aircraft as well) transmit a unique aircraft identifier ...

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How to avoid talking over others when using different send/receive frequencies?
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In the specific case of a flight service receive-only frequency you will be able to hear other aircraft transmitting in that frequency (you still listen to your com radio, so treat the transmitting ...

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What would be the process to approve a minimal, standardized flight recorder for commercial balloons?
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As Ron mentioned, if you want to produce a "standardized" voice recorder for balloons you'd be complying with FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) C123 (currently revision C). Along the same lines if ...

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How do pilots estimate glideslope visually without PAPIs?
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A landing approach in good weather can be judged visually in pretty much any kind of aircraft: The exact sight picture will vary (the view from the flight deck of an A380 is obviously different than ...

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How does landing performance differ on water vs. ice vs. paved/grass runways?
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The takeoff and landing performance on different surfaces varies with condition - for example, a wet or snowy paved runway will have different braking and rolling acceleration performance than a dry ...

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What does the phrase “turnouts approved” mean?
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When departing from a towered field pilots may request something other than a "standard" departure. As an example, consider the noise abatement procedures for my home field shown below: When ...

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Can a pilot take off at his own discretion?
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Generally speaking a pilot can (physically) do whatever they want: ATC doesn't have a remote control. If you push the throttles forward and pull back on the yoke you will take off, no matter what mean ...

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How do I find the serial number and other important information of an old airplane I have?
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There are three pieces of paper the FAA issues which would fall under the concept of "title" to an aircraft. The first is an aircraft lien (typically held by a bank when you take out a loan ...

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What is the difference between "anywhere" and "other than congested areas" in regard to minimum safe altitude?
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The difference is subtle, but here it is: anywhere means anywhere: At all times you need to operate at an altitude where, should you lose power, you can put your aircraft on the ground without "undue"...

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How is the ALSF-II approach lighting system built and powered?
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The specifications for an ALSF-2 (and other approach lighting systems) can be found in FAA JO 6850.2B - Conveniently titled "Visual Guidance Lighting Systems." As an FAA order these are obviously US-...

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Why must IFR be cancelled?
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There's really no "must" for in-flight cancellation - If you want to you can continue under IFR all the way to the ground, even if you've broken out and are in VMC, and then close your IFR flight plan ...

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How tight should my orbits be?
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It sounds like "orbit" is UK-speak for making a 360-degree turn for spacing in the pattern. I'm not sure what the custom is in the UK but in the US I was taught that you make a Rate One turn (3 ...

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Declaring an emergency: How should you report fuel remaining?
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There is no standard because there's no standard emergency. The response to "Say fuel onboard" (or the way the question is phrased) depends on who cares most about the answer. Fuel Remaining (in ...

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May I fly from the right seat due to a temporary disability?
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Generally speaking if your carpal tunnel syndrome is so bad as to preclude normal operation of an aircraft you probably shouldn't be flying from either seat: If something goes wrong you may well need ...

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What are the effects of headwind on ground speed and take off run?
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Short Answer: Yes, you have it right. For a longer answer consider an example aircraft that has the following characteristics: Takeoff Speed: 60 knots (Indicated Airspeed) Landing Speed: 50 knots (...

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Have crash investigators ever used pilot cameras to help find the cause of a GA crash?
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Absolutely: Here's one of many examples, and you can search the NTSB database for "GoPro" and find plenty more. The NTSB will use anything and everything available to them in their investigation, ...

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Why do ground crews rotate a radial engine's propeller before a motor/cartridge start?
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Radial engines - especially older large-bore designs like you find in WWII era warbirds - can suffer from a phenomenon known as hydraulic lock. Basically while the engine is off and cooling some ...

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How far can a passenger plane taxi?
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The number will vary depending on the aircraft type & installed engines (how much fuel it holds, and how much fuel it burns per hour at taxi speed), but the ballpark figure is "Much less than the ...

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What is a skidding turn (vs slipping turn)?
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The terms "slip" and "skid" refer to two different types of uncoordinated turn - neither has much to do with the elevator, instead both depend on what the rudder is doing: Skids In a skid you have ...

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Why are these rivets on the 777 so visible?
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At the risk of sounding ridiculous, the purpose of the rivets is to hold the plane together. More specifically, they hold the outer aluminum skin to the structural skeleton of the aircraft: (That ...

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Will the ATC be in constant communication with aircraft?
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Generally speaking airliners are always able to be in contact with ATC, either by VHF (regular radio), HF (usable over longer distances, e.g. on oceanic crossings), or satellite communication (...

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Are squawk codes used with ADS-B?
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Yes, squawk codes are still used and required with ADS-B. It's possible that in the future this may change, but because of the bifurcated implementation the FAA has chosen for ADS-B I don't think it's ...

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Why didn't Cirrus make the SR-22's parachute steerable?
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Remember what the purpose of the CAPS/BRS airframe parachute is: It's a last-resort emergency measure to put the aircraft on the ground in a condition that is likely to be survivable for those onboard....

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How easy is it to make a connection to the aircraft pitot-static system?
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It's very easy to connect a component to the pitot and static systems: It's literally just basic plumbing (install a T fitting and connect the lines). For IFR certified aircraft a static system test ...

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