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What is the purpose of these labels on an aircraft's wings?
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Closer than you may think: notice that these panels all have fasteners visible-- these panels are removed frequently for engine work. The labels are there so that the maintenance crews can both more ...

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Why does British Airways fly a short haul flight in a B767?
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Aircraft selection for a particular route is quite complex, especially for a large airline that operates many different types of aircraft. You're correct: generally speaking widebody aircraft are ...

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What do we hear, on the ground, from a helicopter in flight?
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Rotor noise is relatively complicated, and is very highly dependent on the design of that particular aircraft. Here are at least a few components to consider: Ultimately what you're "hearing" is of ...

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Why can planes generally take more positive g's than negative g's?
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It's partly pragmatic (you start from +1.0 G, so why not optimize for that???) and partly because (most) aircraft are designed to carry human beings. Humans as well as a lot of other things are FAR ...

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Is there any plan to make flights more interactive using smartphones?
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Many airlines have done this already. It's much cheaper for the airline to provide a wifi network within the airplane that passenger devices can use than to run a screen and the corresponding ...

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What does the airport fuel market look like?
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Large airlines have standing, negotiated contracts with major airports to buy fuel (and almost always also other services like cleaning, catering, etc). Some times these are fixed-price contracts, ...

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Are afterburners required to be engaged during catapult launch?
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The short answer is very much "no" -- afterburners are not at all required to launch from an aircraft carrier. Longer answer: Fred Larson's comment is correct: it really depends. Ultimately a given ...

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Can a company be both an airplane manufacturer and an airline?
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I did a little searching (I'm NOT a lawyer) and couldn't come up with anything that would explicitly prohibit a company from operating as both in the USA or the EU -- but I'm definitely not ...

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Why isn't there a single start button for all systems on aircraft?
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The age and engine systems matter a LOT here. Older aircraft, especially older multi-engine turbojet aircraft like the early airliners, had multiple engine subsystems and less integrated monitoring ...

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How could a twin aisle aircraft (Boeing NMA) ever have a single aisle (A321) economics?
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So it's definitely not ALL marketing spin, but it's also definitely not ALL engineering, either. The frontal area is absolutely a major component of the drag on an airplane, but wingtip devices (...

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What types of maneuvers increase the load factor on the aircraft?
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I'm assuming you mean structural loading, not things like passenger loading. If you think about it generally, ANY maneuver or change of configuration changes the loads on an aircraft. I would also ...

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What configuration of autothrottle is required when pilots are landing an Airbus?
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Most (but absolutely not all) pilots let the aircraft land itself most of the time. I asked a number of different pilots this question (30+ year captain at USAirways, a 3 year FO at Spirit, a 20+ ...

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