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  • In Australia, aircraft approved for ASETPA operations are certain single-engine turbines allowed to be operated commercially under IFR. While I understand that the manufacturer is required to meet a s...

  • The question is a little open, but I'm wondering how many TCAS resolutions (i.e. the serious type) occur every week or month over sizeable region like the United States or Europe.

  • Why is it that black boxes don't float? From what I gather the answer is: So they will not float away from a water crash site. The ping can be heard underwater with sonar. Finding the ping, find...

  • I've noticed that on some airlines (I may have seen it on SAS) the cabin crew had a small touchscreen at the front of the plane which they were using to select recorded audio messages etc, in both the...

  • Currently in my mid-'30s, I can still clearly remember the time when half of the plane's passengers were smoking throughout a long-haul flight. I know commercial flights became non-smoking sometime in...

  • If one wanted to, how large part of the flight could a modern commercial airliner do completely on its own? That is, if the pilot only was allowed to set things up and then leave the cockpit, from whe...

  • This question is somewhat related to this other one. I listened to this exchange between a helicopter and Newark. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHNvXPbZ7WI The helicopter wants to land at Newark. T...

  • 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...

  • Jet engines are designed to contain a fan blade failure, and the engines and airplanes are designed with this type of failure in mind. This is more critical in the modern high-bypass designs with larg...

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

  • I've been told that the best kinds of planes to train in are very small ones, like Cessna 150s and 152s. But I've never been clear as to why. I know they are cheaper to operate, so is operation cost...

  • The landing gear should be down in order to qualify as a stabilized approach. Other than that, what are the guidelines on when to deploy landing gear on approach?

  • With respect to mid-air collisions, how is a near miss calculated, detected, and reported? Does ATC have radar detection, or is it strictly up to pilots to report a close encounter with another aircr...

  • I am familiar with the NACA 4-digit and 5-digit airfoil design system where airfoils, but I was wondering if anyone had some good reference material or software for designing a completely custom airfo...

  • When climbing or descending in a multi-crew cockpit, most SOP's require a verbal callout at 1,000 ft. prior to the assigned altitude. I typically hear different callouts by different people: "One ...

  • At some early stage in the flight, why will commercial pilots announce the cruising altitude of the flight?

  • I'm wondering by which method this sort of aircraft panel that enabling backlighting are made? What is the process? I've gathered they are acrylic but how is the gray paint selectively removed?

  • A comment by @AsheeshR says: The Hudson River Landing was due to a combination of piloting skill and an autopilot system that was engaged right till impact and kept the plane in a controlled desce...

  • What is a Flight Director, and how does it differ from Autopilot?

  • STAR charts often have expected altitudes. For example: This is, of course, different from mandatory crossing altitudes, and it seems a STAR with only expected altitudes would be insufficient for A...