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Dan Hulme
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164 votes

Why do airplanes use MAYDAY when in danger but ships send SOS?

78 votes
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How are wooden aircraft protected from lightning strikes?

73 votes

Why do police helicopters always fly in circles?

66 votes
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Do pilots need a clearance to go around?

41 votes
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How does the head-up display on a spitfire work?

40 votes
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Why don't we treat all takeoffs as short field in GA?

36 votes

How do wings generate lift?

32 votes
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How do aircraft differentiate between missile locks?

30 votes

Do pilots adjust the aircraft's flight path to allow for the curvature of the Earth?

28 votes
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Why do older airplanes have a wing on both the top and the bottom of the aircraft?

22 votes
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Can a taildragger land tail first?

20 votes

Why are safety demonstrations done while taxiing?

15 votes

Does a history of social anxiety significantly damage commercial pilot career prospects?

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Are runway safety areas for both emergency landings and aborted take-offs?

14 votes

What is the motivation behind designing a control stick that does not move?

13 votes

Why don't they build airplanes from 3D printer plastic?

13 votes

Why is an auditory alarm necessary when the autopilot disengages?

13 votes

How do pilots maintain level flight after launching missile?

12 votes
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Could a fighter aircraft be operated indefinitely?

12 votes

Is stall recovery training mandatory for Airbus pilots?

12 votes

How do VTOL aircraft like the V-22 Osprey not tilt?

10 votes
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What does N mean after a runway visual range (in a METAR)?

10 votes

Is excess lift or excess power needed for a climb?

9 votes

Why is using opposite rudder and aileron necessary in left turn for coordination?

8 votes
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How to perform climbs and descents?

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What's the difference between fog, fog banks, and fog patches?

7 votes

Do any aircraft out there use negative lift?

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Can radar detect a small flying device with MEMS microengines?

7 votes
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How does a taildragger steer (taxi) differently to tricycle gear?

6 votes

How do planes descend for landing?