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Are task cards still used in aircraft maintenance?
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I'm not sure about for "general maintenance", but the AMT Handbook chapter on inspections has some language that piqued my interest while I was trying to sniff out an answer. It says that: The ...

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How long can an ELT run before the battery is dead?
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You're misinterpreting a section of FAR 91.207. That regulation says, in part: c) Batteries used in the emergency locator transmitters … must be replaced (or recharged, if the batteries are ...

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How does the Piper Archer III electrical system work?
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Daniel gave you an excellent, detailed description of how the Piper ammeter (load meter) works. Now I'm going to dumb it down to "What the heck does this mean in the cockpit?" and make all the other ...

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Why is there a time range for holdover times charts?
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The document answers your question - Look under the table, in the section titled "Cautions:" --  The time of protection will be shortened in heavy weather conditions. Heavy precipitation rates or ...

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Do the FAA's InFO publications carry any regulatory or legal weight?
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An InFO (Information For Operators) document is an informational document containing recommendations. Quoting directly from FAA Order 8000.91: Much like a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO), which ...

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What is the process to contest a local FAA (FSDO) policy which appears to contradict their guidance?
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The FAA Hierarchy is your typical government bureaucracy - you can escalate your way through it like most others: Local Level Your point of contact for all things FAA will typically be a local ...

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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 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 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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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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What do pilots operating under FAA 14 CFR 91 have to do to fly in any of the Special Flight Rules Areas (SFRAs)?
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The "master list" of special flight rules areas (SFRAs) in the United States is FAR 93 (14CFR93)) - aptly named "Special Air Traffic Rules". It contains a list of areas with "Special Air Traffic ...

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Why don't transponders have active and stand-by value like radios?
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The transponders that have the problem of inadvertently selecting/transmitting "incorrect" (or emergency) codes are old-tech designs. Much like the old-tech radio designs there was no concept of "...

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Can a non-A&P fabricate and install his own hydraulic lines?
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Generally speaking someone who does not hold a mechanic's certificate may not fabricate their own hardlines or hoses, nor may they replace hardlines. This work must be done by someone holding the ...

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How long before departure can an IFR clearance be copied?
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You kind of have two questions in one - When can I call Clearance Delivery to get my clearance? and How long is that clearance good for? Casey covered the first part - the local controllers will ...

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What is the minimum distance between two civil airplanes parked in a hangar?
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"Don't hit the other planes. Don't hit the walls. Don't hit anything else in the hangar." - that's the minimum safe distance. There may be other requirements (e.g. by fire code: the number of ...

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Is the Falling Leaf maneuver used for UAV recovery?
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The maneuver as described is not a particularly efficient way of losing altitude: You're alternately stalling & recovering from the stall. More efficient descent procedures exist. The technique ...

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How is an aircraft with a stabilator trimmed?
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Pitch trim on an aircraft with a stabilator is normally accomplished by moving the entire stabilator and holding it in its new trimmed position either mechanically (using the same mechanism as normal ...

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What type of visa is required to be allowed to earn a PPL in the US?
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You will probably need an M-1 visa for flight training, though you may also be permitted to do flight training on an F series visa (e.g. if it's in conjunction with a college aviation degree program). ...

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How do you apply to offer WINGS credit for an event you are sponsoring?
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A fly-in by itself doesn't usually qualify for WINGS credit, but if you're also running educational programs or seminars there's a good chance you've got something that will qualify. Normally you'd ...

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How many flight training hours can a student realistically do in a week?
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Is 2-3hrs flight time (2-3 actual sorties) for 7 days realistic? I think that's do-able. A typical flight lesson is about 1.0-1.5 hours of "flight time", with a pre-brief and post-brief to go over ...

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Is there a fuel injector cleaner additive available?
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I'm not aware of any FAA-approved (or FAA-accepted) products for on-engine fuel injector cleaning. If your injectors are blocking due to lead deposits a tricresyl phosphate additive may help improve ...

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How much does pilot technique affect brake life?
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I can't speak to techniques for for larger aircraft like the ones you're describing (reverse thrust, etc.), but for light GA aircraft one of the best things you can do to extend the life of your ...

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Must I log aircraft checkout flights as dual received?
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As the student you are not required to log training time (because (h)(1) says may and not must). In fact you are not required to log time at all unless you're documenting that time for purposes under ...

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Is there a way to prevent (not relieve) the hotspot caused by wearing a headset for long periods of time?
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The best way to prevent the "hot spot" pressure point from the headset band is to wear a headset that doesn't have a top band (like this or this). Of course this requires that you be able to wear an ...

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Is there any limit by FAA on the age of aircraft to be operational?
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As a general statement aircraft are pretty well-built (in fact, they are generally overbuilt so they'll hold up to use and abuse in excess of their stated design tolerances), and carefully maintained. ...

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Where to find Tach hour and clock hour equivalence rpm?
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As far as I know the only place to get this information is the tachometer specifications (or at least I know Mitchell provides it for their tachometers). As you noted, it's not on the TCDS, nor have I ...

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Is an EASA STC valid if it mentions issue 1 of a Master Drawing List that was later revised?
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This sounds like a case where I would contact the STC holder and ask them what's up. In the USA I'm used to seeing STCs with the magic words or later approved revisions (which means that the ...

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What are the differences between hand and hold luggage screening?
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As ratchet freak pointed out you do have some more flexibility in ensuring that a small cellphone-sized explosive device is positioned to cause maximum damage if it's in your carry-on baggage as ...

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What do the Thunderbirds pilots do when they can't fly?
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I would imagine they do the same thing all pilots do when they go to the airport expecting a nice day and wind up grounded by weather: Sit around at the airport with the other pilots and complain ...

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What repairs or modifications can be done without approval/certification?
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My answer below is largely geared toward FAA regulations and US-registered aircraft. Other areas may have different governing regulations (e.g. for Europe it's EC 2042/2003 - Appendix VIII), but there ...

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