As a numbers/statistics geek I would like to be able to look up information on how "busy" particular airports or regions are.
I'm sure the FAA collects this data, but is it accessible to the general public?
The FAA's Air Traffic Activity Data System (ATADS) contains broad statistical information on activity in the national airspace system which can be used to get an idea of how "busy" a particular Center, TRACON, or Tower facility is.
The caveat is this data only encompasses aircraft talking to Air Traffic Control, so it won't be able to tell you anything about uncontrolled fields except possibly what you can glean from Center/TRACON activity information for the greater area.
I'm not sure where they get their data from, but Fltplan.com has annual reported data for each airport in their Airports & FBO's database:
For example, this is for KBRY (which is uncontrolled):
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-and-go landings", "Standard traffic pattern required of all aircraft", "Prior Permission Required for jet aircraft", etc. Aside from it being The Right Thing To Do, and avoiding the possibility
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 information, but not life-dependent messages. However, if something bad happens I assume I won't get a "Flight X crashed and burned" message on my cell, but most likely a "Contact the airline at 555-1212 for more information" or something similar. What's the standard operating procedure in these cases?
As a numbers/statistics geek I would like to be able to look up information on how "busy" particular airports or regions are. I'm sure the FAA collects this data, but is it accessible to the general public?
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 know it's a bit odd, but I like using my TI-89 graphing calculator in addition to an E6B when doing calculations. It helps me avoid dumb arithmetic errors. I read the section "Use of Test Aids and Materials" of Recreational Pilot and Private Pilot Knowledge Test Guide (FAA-G_8082-17). It seems to meet all of the requirements except (d), which I don't really understand: The use of magnetic cards, magnetic tapes, modules, computer chips, or any other device upon which pre-written programs or information related to the test can be stored and retrieved is prohibited. Does anyone
I'm from Brazil, and here we use the West/East rule, so we use an odd flight level when we fly between 0/360 - 179, and when we fly between 180 - 359 we fly in an even flight level. But what should you do in other countries? Where I can find those rules? I've heard that in Europe it's totally different, and that in some countries in Asia they use meters, instead of feet. Where can I find this information?
There've been a lot of questions lately about tracking aircraft, and after a conversation with a friend of a friend I started wondering: Could a PLB or EPIRB carried by a passenger or crew member aid in locating a downed or missing airliner? There are a dozen or so brands out there, most using similar technology, like this ACR ARTEX unit: Now, I'm well aware of the FAA and FCC regulations about electronic devices in flight, and that's not what I'm interested in. I also realize that airliners already carry an ELT. If a paranoid passenger brought one on board, would these devices function
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For instance, I don't remember paragraph 61.51(e)(iii) at all from way back when I studied it to determine when I could log PIC time. I'm fairly certain that it has been added since then (actually, there was no sport pilot license back then so I know that it has at least been changed), but I would like to know when it was changed and what the changes were. At the bottom of the reg, it includes... FR 42549, Aug. 21, 2009; Amdt. 61-128, 76 FR 54105, Aug. 31, 2011] This tells me when it was amended, but not what was amended. Does the FAA make that information available?
It has been suggested in the media and in some answers here that airlines vary in the information they track about the status of their flights. Is there a publicly available resource that lists what information different airlines have about the location and status of their flights? For example, could a British Airways flight over the Atlantic or the middle of the Pacific have "vanished" in the same way that the Malaysian flight over the Gulf of Thailand?