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  • 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...

  • Pilots flying VFR follow clearances like the "mall visual" or "east channel departure." These are based on features of the local area that are easy to identify. Are procedures like this official? Whe...

  • Is it possible to control the direction during auto-rotation, and how does it work?

  • I have read that some airplanes have multiple autopilots, specifically airliners. What is the reason for this, and how does that system work?

  • I know that for land aircraft and seaplanes that they require separate endorsements to fly them. However, for the case of amphibians, what do you need to fly one? Do you need to have another, complete...

  • According to FAA regulations, how far should a commercial jet be away from another plane in-flight? How about military planes? They get really close when in formations... Is there a minimum distanc...

  • What is required for someone who holds a pilot certificate in one country to fly in another country? First, I'm wondering if there are any general rules that would apply to any such situation. Second,...

  • Aircraft use nav fixes as waypoints or reporting points along their routes. I have noticed some interesting combinations. Some make sense, like LUCKI to LYNDI on the LYNDI arrival into San Diego Inte...

  • How can I calculate with known tangents of different angles and by rules of thumb? Which formulae should I use for fps and NM?

  • In order to help ATC identify an aircraft on their screen, they may ask the aircraft to "ident." The pilot presses a button on their transponder, and the controller can verify that the aircraft they a...

  • Following up on this question about pilots letting passengers fly the plane, suppose you’re in a Cessna 172 with passengers and you have your PPL. If you want to let a friend try flying the plane, you...

  • My initial thought is that night currency satisfies daytime currency, but what gives me pause is FAR 61.57(a)(2) notes that a non-current pilot is allowed to conduct day VFR or day IFR flights without...

  • What are cowl flaps? flyingfisch

    What are cowl flaps and what are they used for? It seems I have only heard of them in connection with old planes, are they peculiar to radial engines?

  • Does anyone know where to find a list of active NDB approaches? I can find a list of ones proposed to be eliminated, but I'm having a problem coming across a list of remaining ones.

  • We know from other questions and answers that airplanes and gliders in particular can have their performance described in terms of glide polar and Lift-to-Drag ratio. As it appears from the images in...

  • I was reading another question earlier when I noticed a story about a 737-700 that landed at M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport in downtown Branson Missouri. The runway is only 3738 ft, long, which is ...

  • Ok, so I'm a student pilot, and I'm going over the Vx, Vy, Vne, ... etc., and I see that "maneuvering speed" (the speed at which you can safely apply full flight controls) "changes with weight". Whic...

  • There are many airplanes that claim to be the fastest piston, private jet, airliner, but what is the all time fastest airplane? How fast does it travel?

  • Somtimes planes can either come up short or overrun a runway, ending up in the water. Is there some limit for how close a runway can be to the water? Does it factor into the runway safety area that i...

  • On an another question, an answer said: "You don't need an engine to fly as airplanes are designed to glide without it." I suspect this heavily depends on the type of the aircraft, so lets assume we...