So every once in awhile I see an article talking about the air traffic control strikes in Europe like this one: European air traffic controllers to strike.
How does this affect me if I am flying to Europe? Do they just close the doors and all airspace becomes uncontrolled airspace? I'm guessing not, but that's what I envision when I hear that! What happens if they go on strike while I'm over the ocean on my way there?
Since these strikes are announced in advance, you will not be caught by surprise half way accross the ocean. If you try to file a flightplan through the soon to be closed airspace, the CFMU will not accept your plan. There will be no IFR traffic in the airspace before they close down the service.
I don't know about VFR.
So every once in awhile I see an article talking about the air traffic control strikes in Europe like this one: European air traffic controllers to strike. How does this affect me if I am flying to Europe? Do they just close the doors and all airspace becomes uncontrolled airspace? I'm guessing not, but that's what I envision when I hear that! What happens if they go on strike while I'm over the ocean on my way there?
Air Transport World is reporting that the European Commission has initiated legal proceedings against Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Luxembourg; for not implementing FABs by the deadline. A quote says: FABs are a cornerstone of the SES initiative and are intended to reduce the capacity, cost and environmental constraints that continue to dog Europe's fragmented air traffic management (ATM) system by establishing common airspace blocks arranged around traffic flows rather than state boundaries. What exactly are SES and FABs, in laymans terms?
What does ATC do when there is an emergency? This could be a tower or an ARTCC being evacuated or otherwise unusable. How do they decide whether to close the airport/airspace? What do they do with the traffic, whether they do or don't close? On this related question, it turned out that Newark closed because of smoke in the tower. Another user posted an interesting anecdote about another tower being evacuated, so I thought it warranted a question.
I know that to be allowed to fly an aircraft as to be certified by an agency and that this one is not the same for European or American (for instance) aircrafts. What are the different steps that an aircraft designed to fly in Europe has to go through in order to be certified? Proof on the paper of some features? Ground tests (which one)? Flight tests (which one)?
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?
In class D and E airspace, there is no separation between IFR and VFR traffic. However, most airspace in the United States below 18,500 feet MSL is class E airspace, which is exactly where non-pressurized aircraft cruise when flying IFR. My question is not about regulation (that's perfectly clear: no separation between IFR/VFR) but I'm curious to learn how safe it actually is when cruising at 10,000 feet in VMC on an IFR flight plan while in class E airspace. I'm pretty sure many pilots will be on autopilot without taking too much notice of what's happening outside but according
(National Air Traffic Controllers Association) which would prevent them from answering questions on this site? I realize this blurs the line slightly between the main site and meta, but I'm asking about legal reasons, not speculation about why we haven't attracted any controllers yet (that I'm aware of). ...While asking the question in chat How do we get controllers on the site? @egid suggested there may be FAA or union restrictions on participating in Q&A. That would be sad since pilots
of freight. So, quite impressive. As an European I notice a certain fear with traditional airlines like Air France-KLM, Lufthansa and British Airways of losing the Asian market and a lot... in Dubai and skip other big airport hubs in Asia or Europe. This whole question basically comes down to 'What is the impact of Dubai and the Gulf Carriers on aviation'? More specific... Though the question above is interesting it clearly was way to broad. So lets start with other hubs and routes. What air routes will probably be effected by this (both negatively and positively)? And what measures
I was watching some police programme on TV the other day, with an air chase that had the police helicopter crew on their toes; having to perform a lot of sudden maneuvers. How do police, or HEMS (medical), helicopters communicate with ATC? I presume they get priority, but do ATC clear other traffic out of the way? Is there a comms person/navigator on-board? Do they simply "see and avoid"?
Based on the reading I've been doing of FAA's Next Generation Air Traffic Control (NextGen) plans, I've been wondering if and how radar systems will continue to be used for ATC as NextGen rolls out? Questions include: Is it correct to assert that radar coverage will effectively become a less precise, backup only, data feed? I am suggesting this because my understanding (which could easily... be phased out? Seems unlikely due to airspace security issues alone. But are there any other reasons to keep radar coverage?