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An instrument applicant must have 40 hours of actual or simulated time. Can some of this be flown without an instructor?
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The 25 hours that are not required to be "instrument instruction" may be flown under the hood with a safety pilot. This is the usual way to accumulate some of the simulated instrument time. I believe ...

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Can I have two speeds on one motor?
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The short answer is you probably wouldn't do it this way: Designing a drive system which allows you to split the work force between two output shafts at an arbitrary ratio (effectively an active ...

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How do you calculate indicated airspeed on a flight plan?
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You do not calculate indicated airspeed: It is an indicated value, you read it from the airspeed indicator. (I suppose you can calculate it if you really want to, but I've got no idea why you would ...

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Why there is no wake turbulence right after touch down or before rotation?
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Well there may be vortex formation on the ground under certain conditions, but it doesn't stick around long enough to really be measured or cause trouble. Any time a wing is producing lift it will ...

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Does a request for a Pop-Up IFR clearance constitute filing a flight plan?
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I think Porcupine911 nailed the first question perfectly with the reference to JO 7110.65W: A "pop-up" IFR clearance counts as filing an IFR flight plan. ATC considers it an "airfiled" flight plan (...

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Can I file a VFR flight plan for a training flight?
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Absolutely. In fact it's not a bad idea to do so, if only to get some practice filing flight plans and using the system. In the US VFR flight plans are a search-and-rescue tool: They're only used if ...

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Where does the final approach segment begin on an ILS approach?
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It's pretty easy to answer as best I can determine: The Final Approach Segment begins at the Final Approach Fix. On FAA/NACO charts this is shown on the profile view with the Maltese cross: The "...

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Why is dropping off passengers on the ramp by bus not more common?
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The use of a jet bridge has several major advantages over loading passengers from the ramp via portable staircases or built-in "air stairs", among them: Boarding of handicapped passengers Not all ...

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Do wing warmers exist?
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The standard solution for keeping aircraft parts "above icing temperature" when on the ground is, as was pointed out in the comments, a nice heated hangar. This has the secondary benefit of keeping ...

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How do pilots avoid radiation?
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Broadly speaking, radiation exposure can be mitigated in three ways: Time, Distance, and Shielding. Two of these mitigating factors can't really be improved: Distance and Time. For distance, the ...

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Is is possible to use non-hydraulic fluids in a hydraulic system in an emergency?
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Is it possible? Sure. Theoretically. Once. I can't speak to your Aeroflot scenario without more details, but broadly speaking any liquid will work as "hydraulic fluid" within certain limits: At the ...

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Should "mayday" be preferred over "SOS" in an emergency?
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SOS is a distress signal. In the context of aviation emergency calls it would be equivalent to a Mayday call, which is the standard voice signal for distress. There is, as far as I'm aware, no ...

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How do you know what equipment code to put on a flight plan?
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Basically you know what equipment is installed on the aircraft (and in working order), and that's what you enter on the form. For FAA flight plans, there's a list in the AIM (It's table 5-1-3). ...

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How does a true airspeed indicator work?
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For a basic True Airspeed Indicator (TAS Meter) like the one shown below, you simply dial your pressure altitude into the top window using the knob (aligning it with the appropriate temperature mark ...

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What are these green "bags" on the SSJ100?
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That's cabin insulation - probably fiberglass. It's not always in green bags (blankets), and not always fiberglass, but some kind of insulation is necessary to help control temperature and reduce ...

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Why were "pattern a" and "pattern b" removed from the Instrument Flying Handbook?
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I can't say for sure, but I would assume that the pattern-based drills were removed because of the new emphasis on scenario-based ("real world") training the FAA has been moving toward: While Pattern ...

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How do you calibrate the compass of an aircraft on a compass rose?
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Most aircraft compasses include compensating magnets to correct for installation error (due to natural magnetic fields in an aircraft from steel parts and electrical equipment). When installing a new ...

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What is this star shaped symbol on the tarmac?
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That is a Compass Rose, painted on a Compass Calibration Pad. It's used to mark a location on the airport surface that is suitable for calibrating the compass of an aircraft. Here's one in a slightly ...

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What keeps certified GA aircraft from being affordable?
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Low volume, high liability, and the overhead of certification all contribute to the high price of factory-new aircraft. Certification The process to design, build, and test an aircraft to receive a ...

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What is the difference between azimuth and heading?
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A heading (in the general case of moving "forward") is the direction your nose is pointed in. This may not be your course (as discussed here). Headings are measured from onboard a traveling vehicle or ...

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Why isn't testing fuel flow from both tanks a run-up checklist item?
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There is a very good reason not to run this test: If it is not done perfectly your engine can become starved of fuel during takeoff. For simplicity let's assume your fuel selector only has two ...

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Is it possible to take off on an elevated short field by "falling"?
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Is it theoretically possible? Sure. Is it realistic or probable? Absolutely not. If there is not enough space for the airplane to accelerate to takeoff speed it will be effectively stalled when it ...

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How accurate is the barometric altimeter in the Tu-154?
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A barometric altimeter is required to meet certain operational standards for use in an aircraft under instrument flight rules. We talked a little about this in another question with references to the ...

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How to locate the owner of a 5' styrofoam wing found in a field?
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If it has a US registration number on it (N followed by 1-5 numbers or letters) you can search the FAA registration database to find out what aircraft has that particular registration number, and who ...

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On crosswind landings, is it preferable to side slip or crab on final approach?
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Neither technique is "preferable" - the assumption that one is superior to the other is one of the most common false dichotomies (and over-simplifications) in aviation. With some notable ...

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Does RTCA/DO-254 apply to power electronics?
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The description of AC 20-152 answers your question: This advisory circular (AC) applies to manufacturers and installers of products or appliances incorporating complex custom micro-coded components ...

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What does "approved" mean in these quotes?
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The term is not "approved", it is the complete phrase Approved Separation. This is the standard FAA term for what was previously called either standard separation or radar separation, and means "...

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What are the qualifications for a small airport manager?
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There are no formal qualifications required to be an airport manager -- it's not a "regulated professional field" in the same way as Doctors, Lawyers, or Professional Engineers. If a person had the ...

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How much time does it take to calculate the leveling and weighing of big and small aircraft?
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Having recently weighed my plane I can tell you what's involved for determining the Basic Empty Weight for a small aircraft: The aircraft equipment list is checked and updated. This is kind of ...

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What education is needed to become a civil pilot?
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First, does someone know where I can get my licences for being an civil pilot in Croatia? I'm afraid nobody here can help you with that: You will need to find a flight instructor or flight school in ...

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