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Your question is a good one - but the answer is much more complicated that you would expect. Think about driving your car from point A to point B across a city. Lots of paths - some shorter than others, but the shortest path may not be the quickest. Or the quickest may involve a toll road - and you may or may not be in a hurry.

The usual most important factor (for commercial operations, at least) is to save money, while still arriving on time. Airplanes in the air are subject to the winds aloft, which will generally be at different strengths AND DIRECTIONS at different altitudes. Most airplanes operate more efficiently at higher altitudes (up to limits), but at those higher altitudes the plane may face stiffer headwind. Further, it costs time and fuel to climb to those altitudes, and you will not regain coming down as much as it took going up. [Think of a bicycle on hilly terrain vs. level ground.]

So what's the answer? Well, for most trips the pilot will consider all these factors. They are taught during training how to plan the flight in terms of time and fuel required, and to include in that especially the winds at different altitudes. Then they will pick the altitude, whatever that is, that maximizes the results that they consider most important.

Aircrafts | Answered on Oct 27, 2017

Actually, there are. Tracor Aerospace (now part of BAE) has a contract to turn them into target drones (called QF-4's), so the numbers are dwindling. The US military officially announce the decommissioning of the F4's (although actually doing so is still a work in progress, and some may still be serviceable). But the rest are unmanned drones.

There are some foreign countries still flying them, as far as I know. Parts are getting hard to find (especially engine "hot section" parts). Unfortunately, the US deliberately destroys those parts, so they cannot be used to keep other planes flying. Some of those planes still find a home, however, as "gate guards" it airports around the country.

Aircrafts | Answered on Oct 25, 2017

Until relatively recently the answer would certainly have been yes. The Antonov AN-2 was still being produced until 2001, and many are still in service carrying passengers and freight.

Sukhoi Su-29 (and others in that line) are still in production (as far as I know). These are aerobatic aircraft with radial engines, made in Russia, and prized for their performance. I believe the newer Su-31 also uses a radial engine.

Aircrafts | Answered on Oct 25, 2017

The answer is a bit complex. To a degree, what you hear is correct - but it does not quite mean what you might otherwise think it means.

Consider your first job (maybe while in high school), working the drive-thru at McDonalds. It's a honest job, but most folks (especially youngsters) don't intend to do it for the rest of their lives. The expectations are that you will change jobs a number of times (hopefully for better jobs with better pay) before you are finally established in a career. Pilots are in a similar situation.

For many pilot jobs, especially with getting to the airlines, it is all about the hours. Those hours represent both experience (and some hours are better than other - twin engine hours are better than single, and jet is better than piston). But paying for the hours yourself is beyond the reach of most people. So pilots who want a career with the airlines usually have to start at the bottom. They scrape up enough money to get their commercial license and instructor rating, and start instructing - often in a rental plane older than they are, and for so little money that they too are working the drive-thru at McDonalds.

They accumulate enough hours (and contacts) to start helping out with late night freight delivery (called being a freight dog). Maybe get some charter work. Than a full time charter job. Move up from there to a small regional carrier or one of the charter jet companies. Then finally, if they are lucky, to the majors. And yes, this means changing jobs several times.

Now understand, some pilots love instructing and may do that for their entire time. But for most, instructing and hauling freight and the rest are just stepping stones to their "dream job."

Once with a major carrier they typically stay with that carrier if at all possible. Within the carrier, the pay and job quality and other perks are determined to a large degree by seniority. Switch to another carrier and you may lose all that hard earned seniority. [Pilots generally hate mergers and acquisitions, since that may affect their seniority, without them having any choice in the matter.]

So yes, a freshly licensed commercial pilot may indeed change jobs a number of times on the way up - but probably no worse than a lot of other career paths.

Aircrafts | Answered on Oct 25, 2017

From a pilot perspective, the pilot is ultimately responsible for all operation of the aircraft. This includes following all the instructions of an air traffic controller who often gives their radio commands so fast a stenographer couldn't keep up with it. Often an unbelievable amount of stress, but we can always ask them to repeat slower - though they frequently get a little sarcastic when you ask. Controllers, on the other hand, are responsible for sometimes dozens of aircraft in their sectors and many of them are not talking to the controller. I can imagine an equally huge stress trying to keep the planes that are talking to a controller away from the ones who aren't talking to the controller. So I'd call it fairly even.

Aircrafts | Answered on Oct 19, 2017

The pilot in command is responsible for all operations of the aircraft.

Aircrafts | Answered on Oct 19, 2017

The AIM is not regulatory so there is not really any absolute rules to go by. The AIM does give procedures which should be followed but some pilots do not. In many cases they make it harder for the rest of us who do follow the AIM procedures. I was watching a YouTube video yesterday where a group of "supposedly" accomplished pilots flew a C172 from DAB to CDK. These hotshots proceeded to fly a 10 mile straight in to Cedar Key, not even apparently looking for NORDO traffic, thus ruining the trip as far as I was concerned.

Aircrafts | Answered on Oct 19, 2017

Maybe this website will help,

Aircrafts | Answered on Oct 19, 2017

because if you eject up you will get chopped up in the rotors. it is safer to autorotate and land the helicopter. if you land hard, all the parts that fall off are thrown away from you.

Aircrafts | Answered on Oct 10, 2017

For the foreseeable future there will be a good demand for pilots. Some planes can already auto land with no pilot input but it will be many years before pilots disappear and there is almost always a pilot shortage.

Aircrafts | Answered on Oct 10, 2017

its all about relative motion and being part of the earth atmosphere system, the plane is matched in speed with the earth. its the same reason we dont fly away when we jump up.

Aircrafts | Answered on Sep 21, 2017

As the wings are lifted by differences in air pressure and gravity acts on the fuselage, the extra fuel load in the wings won't really affect the curvature. Rather, this is for the large storage capacity (volume) of the wings, and the safer option that your fuel tanks are outboard, rather than crew / passengers sitting directly on top of a "belly" tank. In event of a fuel-fire or crash, there is still a chance of fire being extinguished, or fuel-laden wings breaking away in a major crash. The spread-out mass of the wings also adds to stability by increasing the inertia.

Aircrafts | Answered on Sep 21, 2017

Yes, it's as bad as calling you "Roger" over the radio when your name is "Fred". Generally, a Major catastrophe. Needs Corporal punishment. :)

Aircrafts | Answered on Sep 20, 2017

Have you seen a doctor about this yet?

Aircrafts | Answered on Sep 20, 2017

have lots of money and be willing to lose 1 mil the first year.

Aircrafts | Answered on Sep 19, 2017

yes, but you would be very restricted.

Aircrafts | Answered on Sep 19, 2017

Really depends who you think your audience is. Lay people may just want to know how a plane flys or why certain things happen on commercial flights. Pilots may want to learn about skills/ratings they havent acquired yet, recent incidents.

Aircrafts | Answered on Sep 11, 2017

There are some speed limits for certain types of airspace. Airliners are always in contact with air traffic control and in order to keep the required separation of aircraft sometimes the controllers will ask the pilot to maintain an airspeed. More than likely you experienced a slowdown while your plane was beginning an approach, During approach controllers have to maintain specific spacing between aircraft and often must slow them down behind slower aircraft. Your plane very likely was slowing down from approx 570 knots to 250 knots or less for the approach.

Aircrafts | Answered on Aug 23, 2017

The pilot of the aircraft with the compressor stalls was calling "mayday mayday mayday" then explaining his problem. The response was the tower acknowledging the mayday call and telling the pilot that he's cleared for any runway that he needs.

Aircrafts | Answered on Jul 25, 2017

Well technically you can make a ducted fan plane but it is highly inefficient as battery technology is still in its infant stages as well as batteries are still very heavy. Secondly Jet engines are basically high bypass turbines.. They can technically run on many different fuels such as diesel, kerosene, and propane.

Aircrafts | Answered on Jul 17, 2017

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