On the question of Are pilots armed?, one thing this made me think is: for the few that are armed, are they allowed to bring their weapon into, for example, the UK?
What is the procedure? Does the gun stay in the cockpit or does it need to be checked by security once on the ground?
Presuming a pilot had to fire a gun over EU airspace, is he breaking the law?
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 and controllers communicating with each other improves safety and efficiency... but certainly doesn't mean it isn't true. Does anyone know of specific restrictions placed on controllers by the FAA or NATCA (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
It's apparently legal for pilots to fly over the top of clouds and fly VFR. However, I don't understand how it's possible to do so, especially since there is no visual reference to rely on to ensure that you are heading in the right direction. So, how exactly does this work, are there any limitations on this and is it possible to be done safely?
Please note that I'm not asking about getting a certificate good enough for flying a wide-body passenger jet (see related question). Rather, I'm asking about getting from zero flying experience to an actual pilot/co-pilot job at a major US airline (AA/Delta/UA/Southwest). Perhaps some regulatory organization maintains such a statistics? Or even the airlines themselves? I'm well aware that people can have various career paths (from ex-military pilots to guys who paid for 10000 flights hours out of their pockets), but with 40,000+ pilots employed by major airlines there must
Part 135 instrument currency in a Jet aircraft requiring two pilots, requires both pilots to be instrument current. But how about the same situation for a Part 91 flight? Does the SIC need to have his 6 approaches with tracking, intercepting, holding etc... in the last 6 months?
Below the transition altitude (18,000 feet in the US), pilots use local pressure readings to calibrate their altimeters. Above the transition altitude, pilots set a standard pressure to calibrate the altimeter. The standard pressure is 29.92 inches of mercury or 1013 hPa. Where did this value come from?
or Airbus/Boeing certified pilots or even pure civil/(former) military pilots. Does any of you have any reference? ...Provided an aircraft with a fly-by-wire system, there are basically two possible choices when it comes deciding how to let the pilots interface with it: rate control / attitude hold: a deflection... translate to a deflection of the surfaces, mimicking the "old" mechanical control setup. It is my understanding that this is the design choice of Boeing in its new aircrafts. I do not wish to discuss
Where can I find nice flutter animations/videos (other than YouTube) to add to a presentation without violating Copyright regulations ? It can either be for wings as well as blade arrays. Are you aware of any OpenSource database on this topic ?
operational differences that would be meaningful for pilots to know. Similarly, what are the ownership implications of any differences? Does one cost more to maintain than the other due to the way...When it comes to operating an aircraft, what are the practical differences between a turbocharged engine and a supercharged engine? I'm aware of the mechanics - turbochargers being exhaust-driven, while superchargers are mechanically driven - so I'm looking for the differences in how pilots need to treat the systems: Do power settings need to be set differently? Are temperatures more
, and does this show up in the FMS exactly the same as a mandatory crossing altitude? Are expected altitudes treated as suggestions by pilots or controllers? For example, in the above chart, if you... for ATC to issue a descend via clearance, though I could be wrong about the second part. Some charts say "VERTICAL NAVIGATION PLANNING INFORMATION" before the expected altitude, so my assumption... be mandatory? Are expected altitudes part of lost communications procedures? Am I missing anything with regards to the purpose of expected altitudes?
In 1963, the C-130 was tested by the US Navy for air carrier operations. Have there been any other comparable or larger aircraft that have landed and taken off from the deck of an aircraft carrier? By large, I am referring to two parameters: wingspan and weight.