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  • There has been a lot discussion about replacing 121.5 mhz ELTs with 406 mhz ELTs, since 121.5 mhz ELTs are no longer monitored by satellite. Are private planes required to have 406 mhz ELTs for opera...

  • I am curious if the inverted plane in the movie Flight 2012 has anything to do with reality / emergency practices. And if it does, can you please explain the concept/ aerodynamics behind of it , or why someone would ever do that even as last resort?

  • If a commercial jet is in trouble, how does a pilot send a signal indicating distress? Does it take long? For instance, behind reception desks in many institutions and executive offices, there's a hi...

  • If the pilots, crew and passengers had all passed out from an unexplained result of gradual de-pressurization and ground personnel were somehow aware of this scenario would there have been anything th...

  • Another answer pointed out that laser illumination of a cockpit may be considered an emergency, and that pilots may take evasive action when under laser illumination. Why is laser illumination considered an emergency? Have any documented instances of laser illumination resulted in injury to or loss of crew, passengers, or plane?

  • I have recently been using a mobile app to track flights, which is really cool. I live in the rural heartland of America, so it's an event for me to see an A380 actually flying. Every once and a while a squawk 7700 alert will come up, which I understand is the emergency transponder code. There are more, such as 7600 and 7500, which I find are less common. My question is, is there a way to do some post-mortem followup as to why the aircraft squawked the code? Is this public information that can be found by some agency such as the NTSB?

  • I'm a frequent subscriber of airport messaging services where you get notified of check-in queue times, delays in takeoff, ETA + 10 minutes, landed timestamp, baggage claim time and these kinds of inf...

  • As a passenger with a keen interest in aviation, I'd like to think I'd be eagle-eyed enough to spot a problem that the pilots mightn't be able to see, from where they're sitting (for example, an engin...

  • My instructor always recommends that one should always keep an eye for a landing site in case of an emergency (and I agree with him). My question is if (God forbid) one has to land, in case of an emergency (non-fatal), on a road or in a large field, what happens next? Should the police be contacted? What about the traffic if it is a road? What if you land on someone's personal property? This question is only for general knowledge perspective. I sincerely hope that I never have to encounter this situation, but obviously have to be prepared. That is why aviation is still the safest modes

  • Uncontrolled cabin fires only need a few minutes to spread throughout the cabin of an aircraft, killing everyone onboard and destroying the airframe. Now, we all know that depressurization and fire ...

  • A question on Travel (Are parachutes allowed on airplanes as cabin baggage?) got me to wondering: hypothetically, what items could the "über-paranoid" passenger or pilot bring on-board to potentially save their life in an emergency? I.e. a parachute, oxygen, a portable smoke hood? What are the technicalities? I.e. would a parachute be of any use above a certain altitude? What about with oxygen?

  • During initial flight training a lot of emphasis is placed on stalls and spins and how to recover from them, but is it possible to recover from a fully developed spin in an airliner? Do these large ai...

  • Note before reading further that I'm asking this question purely on theoretical grounds, though you are more than welcome to talk about practical aspects as well. Now, my question. It's common knowle...

  • Coast patrol has a dedicated frequency for emergency that must be watched at almost all hours, and even if I recall, it had a "dead silent period" to prioritise whatever emergency might be reported. Is there a dedicated frequency for aviation? Or shall MAYDAYs just be sent to the standard ATC frequency?

  • Supposing a pilot reports having a laser beam shone on them to ATC, what action should they take? Is the pilot allowed to take evasive action? Can other planes request clearance to avoid the area?

  • FAAO JO 7110.65, §10-1-1 states that "pan-pan" can be used to indicate a state of urgency: a. An emergency can be either a Distress or an Urgency condition as defined in the "Pilot/Controller Glossary." b. A pilot who encounters a Distress condition should declare an emergency by beginning the initial communication with the word "Mayday," preferably repeated three times. For an Urgency condition, the word "Pan-Pan" should be used in the same manner. Under what conditions might a pilot use the phrase "pan-pan", versus "Mayday"?

  • Apparently, even if you have declared an urgent situation or an emergency, you cannot enter restricted or prohibited airspace, and ATC may not be able to clear you into the area. So, my question: If you had a serious condition onboard an aircraft (say severe icing) and high terrain (I know, you probably haven't planned) in all directions except for restricted or prohibited airspace, what should you do to try and make sure that people are aware of your situation and can try and minimise the risk of doing so?

  • I'm a low time PPL. In my personal opinion, practice pans, perhaps one or two a year, are a good thing. Practice in a procedure that builds confidence removes one more item from the pucker factor li...

  • I understand that commercial flights are equipped with life vests. I also understand that most military jets are equipped with ejection seats. It may be costly and technically challenging to equip pas...

  • The Boeing 777 has fore and aft pressurisation switches (see example here). If the aft switch was forgotten on takeoff, could this cause a loss of cabin pressurisation when the aircraft reaches altitu...