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What is the weight saving of windowless fuselage for cargo aircraft?
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Let's take a Boeing 737 as a generic example, and spitball some numbers. I'll make the post community wiki so someone can come along and plug in more accurate numbers. Aluminum has a density of 2.7 g/...

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Why is the shape of the cargo compartment similar in large aircraft?
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The answer lies in the existence of something called a Unit Load Device (ULD) -- basically a cargo pod for aircraft that's the equivalent of the shipping pallet. ULDs allow oddly-shaped cargo (bags, ...

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What coming changes might render current IFR equipment worthless in the foreseeable future?
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At the moment the answer is "None" - with two exceptions: LORAN receivers These are already worthless because the US has shut down our LORAN chains. They are jokingly referred to as "IFR-Certified ...

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What happens when I tell ATC to "mark the tape"?
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These days, with digital recording, it's likely that nothing special happens. "Mark the tape" is a holdover from when ATC recordings were actually on tapes - you could ask a controller to "mark" a ...

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Can passenger movement in an airliner make it stall?
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Theoretically? Yes. Practically? No. Passengers moving around in an aircraft will have some effect on the balance (center of gravity) of that aircraft, but the proportion of weight for a few flight ...

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Why is tailwind during final approach and landing so dangerous?
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It's not so much a matter of "pilots typically get very uncomfortable" as it is "pilots recognize that it is an inherently less safe situation", and pilots (at least the ones you want to fly with) ...

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What is airport tax used for?
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As jwenting pointed out, there isn't one "airport tax" - there's a whole bunch of them, and they're not all taxes (some are "fees"). airlines.org has a list of the common ones you'll pay in the USA, ...

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Why is the seat belt mechanism on airplanes so different from the the one on cars?
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As Roe pointed out you don't necessarily pull a flap on airplane seatbelts -- Sometimes (particularly in newer light GA planes from the 1990s and on) you push a button just like you do in a car, other ...

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What are the regulations regarding plane spotting in the US?
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Generally absent a specific prohibition you can take a photo of anything you can see with your eyes from public property (like a sidewalk). That includes airports, airplanes, bridges, tunnels, police ...

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What's the reasoning for full-stop landings at night but touch-and-gos during the day for passenger currency?
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There are three really convincing arguments I've heard for this - I'm not sure which is "correct" and explains the FAA's logic, but personally I suspect it's a little bit of each. Argument 1: Night ...

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How can I tell how far I am from a cloud?
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The answer, as best I can discern it from my training & my own experience, is "You can't!" -- every instructor I've flown with has said that cloud clearances are the most inadvertently-busted ...

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Is there anything extra required to spin a Cessna 172 in the Utility category?
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Provided you meet ALL of the requirements for utility category operation as spelled out in the POH (within W&B limits for the utility envelope, no aft passengers, empty baggage compartment, and ...

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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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Who to call for flight following?
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When you request flight following generally you contact the facility (either approach or center) responsible for the airspace you're in, so your real question is "How the heck do I know whose airspace ...

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What aircraft might have white wing tip lights?
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You don't tell us if you're viewing this aircraft from the front (approaching you) or the back (moving away from you), so let's look at all the options: Aircraft have three colors of steady-burning ...

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What is the difference between "sensitive" and "non-sensitive" altimeters?
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All altimeters are "sensitive" to some extent (an "insensitive" altimeter would be one where the internal pressure-sensing mechanism has failed: the pointer wouldn't ever move). What the FAA calls a "...

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Is it possible to get permission for a GA flight to land at Reagan National Airport?
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The TSA operates the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP), which allows general aviation flights originating at designated gateway airports to fly into DCA, however there are many restrictions ...

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Why are aircraft external lights round, not tear-drop shaped?
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That beacon lens (and most of the strobe lenses shaped like it) are actually Fresnel lenses. They are optically designed to produce a specific plane & intensity of coverage, and tinted for a ...

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How do I convert true heading to magnetic heading or the other way around?
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Short answer: Yes there is, but it doesn't always work, it involves a LOT of math, and you're probably not gonna like it. Medium Answer: Most flight planning software incorporates a True/Magnetic ...

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How to join a traffic pattern when passing overhead?
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What is the correct way? Is there a difference between controlled and uncontrolled airports? What about the procedure when approaching from other angles? Well I'll address your second quesition first:...

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How to determine if pilots in crashes flew again?
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How can I determine if a driver who was involved in an automobile accident is still driving? The answer is "They probably are." Broadly, unless the pilot died or the FAA (or equivalent authority) ...

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Should an aircraft's registration match with its tail number?
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The registration number painted on the aircraft is required to match the aircraft's registration certificate (and airworthiness certificate). If the numbers don't match the aircraft's paperwork isn't ...

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At what speeds can an airplane land?
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I suppose it depends on what you mean by "land" -- For our purposes I'll define landing as putting the aircraft on the ground and decelerating to taxi speed, while meeting the other requirements of a "...

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Can I use a 150mw green laser to scare pigeons and not interfere with air traffic?
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There are cases where you can use a laser pointer safely, such as pointing out constellations in a dark field far from any air traffic, but as a general rule of thumb lasers should not be pointed ...

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Do flight recorders need more efficient antennas?
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The short version of the answer is 37.5KHz is not "radio frequency", it's "audio frequency", so an antenna is not necessary - just a (very loud) speaker, which is basically what the pinger is. ...

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Do landing strips suffer from potholes or rutting?
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Yes, they do, and it can indeed pose significant problems for aircraft. Asphalt runways are susceptible to ruts (because asphalt isn't really solid - it's solid aggregate suspended in an extremely ...

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Why the pitot tube is heated but the static port isn't?
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Some aircraft DO heat the static port, if only by side effect: Piper PA28 aircraft (Cherokee/Warrior/Archer/Arrow ) for example have the static port located on the pitot mast. When pitot heat is ...

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What is the security policy for getting into a Control Tower in the US?
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It is still possible (and in my experience not that difficult) to get FAA tower tours (and sometimes even TRACON or Center tours), though you should be reasonable in your expectations here -- You are ...

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What is this turn called and how is it performed?
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The maneuver is called a "breakaway maneuver" or simply a "break", it's also sometimes colloquially referred to as "peeling off" in the context of aircraft leaving formation. You can see it more ...

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There's an airfield somewhere in the United States with a metal runway. Where is it?
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You are thinking of Bogue Field (KNJM). It is a Marine Corps auxiliary landing field, currently mocked up to look like a carrier deck, and last I heard it was still active and in use to practice ...

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