In the US, the FFDO programme trains and permits pilots to carry a firearm in the cockpit. Do any other countries have a similar programme?
Does Russia still use the normative (Russian) brake friction when reporting Snowtams for their airports? What about former Soviet (CIS) countries?
In the US, there's a TFR everywhere a designated VIP (US president or vice president) is going to be. When (most?) foreign VIPs visit the US, I don't think there are TFRs in place for them (unless the location coincides with our VIPs). Are there TFRs (or international equivilents) in other countries when the US VIPs are there?
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?
I will most definitely start a training for a glider pilot license at our local flight club. This of course requires a medical certification for pilots. The only concern I have, is my blood pressure..., but I think those sources we're only speaking about passengers of airplanes, not pilots. For your info: I live in Germany, and I suppose there are other regulations regarding the medical in other countries, but overall I think the requirements don't differ that much. Hopefully someone can tell me if I should be concerned or if my blood pressure is still okay to fly.
If an incident occurs on board an aircraft in flight which could be considered as criminal in one country, what decides which country the incident falls under? For example, if a man was found to be in possession of "virtual" child pornography and not all of the countries involved consider that to be illegal, which country is the one who decides whether the person have broken the law or not?
It seems that you would use full power for takeoffs, but when I have heard of airline pilots using less than full power on takeooff. Wouldn't it be safer to use full throttle?
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?
I know that some countries (Russia and China for instance) use meters to measure altitude while the rest of the world uses feet. Why isn't this standardized around the world? I guess all modern cockpit instruments nowdays offer both unit system measurements, but this must be creating some confusion for pilots. Who decides which measurement units should be used for aircraft altitude? The airlines? ATC? Each country? Why are both units of measure used? Are there any pros or cons with using meters?
I had posted the question below on a New York Times article, but did not get any useful replies. The series of six successful Inmarsat pings known to exist, MAY carry enough information to say if the plane most likely went along the S or the N arc we see in reports. Unfortunately, only the last ping (at 8:11AM) is available publicly. Here is the basic idea on extracting the information: A Malaysian military satellite gave the last geographic fix of ML370 at 2:15AM. A circle can be drawn with this point as the center and distance traveled at maximum speed as diameter, confining the plane's