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  • Somewhere in the United States, there's an airfield (probably military) with a runway made entirely out of metal. I've seen the approach plate for it, but I can't remember the identifier. What airfi...

  • I am doing a project based on some data recorded from London Heathrow during October 2012, to quality control the data I need to know when aircraft flew past the detectors. Are there any online datab...

  • I'm not a professional pilot, just an enthusiast, so this might seem obvious to others; but I noticed that airports don't use sequential numbering for runways, starting from 1. Liverpool (for example...

  • Is there a good website which shows airports (both public and GA)? I can look it on Google and Bing Maps (as shown in the image below). Shown the picture, I have zoomed in a lot to see airport icons (bottom left and top right). I feel that the icon on Bing (right) can be easily spotted than the one on Google (left). Even if I zoom out one level, Bing still shows both airports but Google doesn't. When I search on Internet, mostly A/F Directories are returned. Wikipedia also has a thorough list but I don't like plotting them on a map to find their proximity.

  • Does an aircraft use its engines to taxi or is it always pulled by some other vehicle? I have seen a small lorry pulling it sometimes; is it really pulling the huge thing, or does the aircraft use it...

  • PAPI and VASI seem to be very similar in the the information they provide - i.e. are you on the glide slope or off it. Is there a functional difference between the two? If there is a difference, and one is superior to the other, is there a construction cost savings where an airport might chose one over the other?

  • What difference to the pilot does it make it say a runway is Concrete or Asphalt? Does it require different information in the flight management system or other calculations?

  • Is your average ramp or store employee at an international airport security checked before they are allowed to enter the gate side area or apron?

  • I'm very interested to learn if there are (m)any (major) (commercial) airports that have runways further away from the terminal(s) than Schiphol's Polderbaan. Which airport is "in the lead" in this respect? The northern end of the Polderbaan, the last runway to be constructed, is 7 km (4.3 mi) north of the control tower, causing taxi times of up to 20 minutes to the terminal. [...] Newest runway, opened 2003. Located to reduce the noise impact on the surrounding population; aircraft have a lengthy 15-minute taxi to and from the Terminal. Wikipedia

  • Since a very large sum of your ticket goes to airport tax, I was wondering how do they justify it and what is it used for? Take your tax paid on your ticket and multiply it with the number of seats on that airplane and you realise that, per flight, the airports are receiving a substantial amount. Is it all going to the government?

  • Does an electronic database containing the various civil runways in a given region of the world exists? Maybe even categorized by type (e.g., grass vs asphalt), length, if controlled or not, etc. If...

  • As one may have noticed Dubai and Emirates is booming. Dubai International Airport shows an average growth of 10+ percent over the past 5 years and Emirates is growing to become one of the worlds biggest airlines in the world (Source) with Dubai as its main hub. Next to that Dubai is building worlds largest airport with a projected annual capacity of 160 million passengers and 12 million tonnes... of passengers to Dubai, Emirates (and other Gulf carriers). Besides that, the new airport would serve as worlds largest hub, which probably means a big percentage of all transfer passenger will be handled

  • To most non-U.S. pilots who have little or no experience flying in the U.S., the concept of a FBO is not very well understood. What exactly is a FBO and what are the services that it can provide? I'v...

  • StallSpin's answer on the recent question about VFR traffic patterns has got me thinking about the "Remarks" section of the Airport/Facility Directory. We are all taught in training to review the AFD entry for airports we intend to visit (part of FAR 91.103's "become familiar with all available information" requirement), and to comply with any restrictions noted - typically things like "no touch... of local fines/sanctions, are the remarks in the Airport/Facility Directory "regulatory" such as to require compliance, or are they advisory where compliance is encouraged but not mandatory?

  • In doing some planning for an upcoming flight, I noticed my destination (a towered airport) has a NOTAM about the runway: "FICON PATCHY ICE". That seems rather vague, I'd like more information before departing. Who should I contact to get more details about the runway conditions and how it might affect my flight?

  • I did my training around the Seattle area, and was told that landing at SeaTac Airport (the region's major International/Commercial airport), while not strictly forbidden, was definitely frowned upon because it can slow down and interfere with the big planes on schedules. To discourage GA aircraft from using the big airport, they have a variety of landing fees, ramp fees, and prior-approval requirements. But later, I moved near MCI, and was told that landing at the big airport was no big deal. That they're actually happy to have little planes there. If you fly small GA planes, do you land

  • This question aims to serve as a Community Wiki resource. Feel free to edit the list of aviation-related TV shows below! Related: What aviation-related movies are there?

  • A popular airport near me (KMYF) has two parallel runways, 28/10 R/L and a crosswind runway, 5/23. Almost always, 28R/L is in use. I'm sure they knew that there was generally a sea breeze in the area, and the wind typically will be right down the runway or within 10-20 degrees of centerline. I'm sure they do prevailing wind study for the area, and my questions are about the study: what are there some specifications for the study? Does the study vary in length depending on location? Is there a standard study that they use, and do they test things like average temperature during the study

  • In the United States, if I own land that has an area suitable for landing a small general aviation airplane, can I just create a private runway, or do I have to officially be registered with the FAA o...

  • Many larger airports (class Bravos) have a landing fee. What's the process for assessing and collecting the fees? How do these landing fees work with general aviation aircraft? Where can I find out what the fee will be? Is it published? How will I be charged the fee? (Pay before leaving the airport, bill sent to my home, etc.) Is the landing fee a flat rate or is it calculated based on aircraft... for a scenic flight. He lives very close to a moderately busy class B airport while my home airport and FBO is over an hour away from him. I offer to fly into the class B airport to pick him up