Typically pertains to the study of aircraft. Can relate to the theories, design, construction, behavior and use of such craft.

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Was MH17's flight path rerouted?

I was reading this article which is an open letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron from former Russian President, Sergey Stepashin, and Russian Politician President, Sergey Glazyev regarding the ...
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Can lightning bring down a plane?

Some early reports by witnesses to the Air Algérie Flight 5017 crash claim that lightning caused the plane to crash: A GROUP of herders who say they saw Air Algerie flight AH5017 crash claim it ...
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Who fired rockets at Malaysian MH17 flight? [duplicate]

This is still pretty confusing who actually shot down the MH17 flight ? Many news websites claim that the Plane was shot down by Russian-backed Rebels, There is overwhelming, but largely ...
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Can a commercial flight be mistaken for a fighter jet? [duplicate]

There were a couple of incidence where passenger planes were mistaken for fighter jets or military aeroplanes and were brought down with missiles. I am skeptical that if we have such an accurate ...
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Was MH17 shot down?

It has been widely reported that the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crash was caused by the plane being shot down. Example sources: Wired: Why Planes Still Flew Over Ukraine Until MH17 Was Shot Down ...
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Was the video about MH17 done the day before it crashed?

Was the video implicating rebels in the shooting down of MH17 created the day before the crash? Example claim donwload SBU video of recording of rebels talking of downing #MH17 and check the ...
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Did Ukraine set up Russia on the MH17 incident? [closed]

Rebels shot several planes of Ukraine in the last days, after they got their hands on that missile system. Some say that because of this, Ukraine flight control specifically gave directions to the ...
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Do airline pilots decide on flight plan and receive personal bonus for fuel saving?

On the question why MH17 flew over Ukrainian civil war zone, experts say: Malaysia Airlines, like a number of other carriers, have been continuing to use it because it is a shorter route, which ...
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Have airlines as a whole been unprofitable over their history?

I recently overheard a discussion in which it was claimed that the airline industry has generated more losses than profits when we take its whole history into account. This is basically a repeat of ...
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Did Frane Selak survive a fall from a plane?

Frane Selak has been dubbed the "world's luckiest man" for his frequent, apparent escapes from death. One, in particular, strikes me as straight-up absurd: the one about him falling out of a plane ...
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Terabytes of data generated by Boeing Jet every hour

2010 article from gigaom (http://gigaom.com/2010/09/13/sensor-networks-top-social-networks-for-big-data-2/ Sensor Networks Top Social Networks for Big Data) says that twin engine Boeing Jet aircraft ...
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Did an MH370 passenger text a claim of hijacking?

A recent spreading rumour about the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) is that a passenger sent a message claiming to be hijacked: "I have been held hostage by unknown military personal ...
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Is it possible to survive a plane crash on water?

Is a scenario like the one in LOST possible? Is there a possibility of finding a significant number of survivors from a plane crash in the sea? Is there evidence of anything like this having ever ...
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Did planes crash into the WTC on 9-11?

I was looking through the questions tagged 9-11 and noticed the no-planes theory isn't on here. So: Were there planes that crashed into the WTC? Some examples of notable claims asserting otherwise ...
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Do hieroglyphs in Egypt depict aircraft?

In the article, Impossible? 3,000 Year-Old Hieroglyphics Depict Modern Day Technology! Markings of the Fallen Angels?, they claim that there are aircraft depicted in 3000-year-old Egypt hieroglyphs: ...
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How much has Magnetic North shifted in the last few years and would this affect aeronautics?

I was talking to a contractor at a major U.S. airport, a Project Manager who told that they were moving the runways due to the shifting of 'Magnetic North'. I have heard that the poles have shifted ...
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Did one Avro Arrow (CF-105) avoid being scrapped?

June Callwood claimed in a 1997 Macleans Magazine article: Someone has flown an Arrow to safety. CTV news says: The discovery of an intact ejection seat from Canada's legendary Avro Arrow is ...
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During EAA Airventure Oshkosh, is Wittman Regional Airport the “world's busiest”?

From Wikipedia: Wittman Regional Airport (latest revision as of 2 Aug 2013): For the week of AirVenture Oshkosh (known locally as "The Airshow" or "The Fly-in"), Wittman Regional is the world's ...
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Can a sandpaper-thick layer of ice reduce lift by 30 percent and increase drag up to 40 percent?

This is a quote listed everywhere in aviation safety publications, but not in a consistent form. From http://www.aopa.org/-/media/Files/AOPA/Home/Pilot%20Resources/ASI/Safety%20Advisors/sa11.pdf: ...
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Airplane software crash caused by zero/negative altitude at Dead Sea

I've been told anecdotes like this several times on the interviews. Interviewers used this story as an argument in favor of defensive software development. Here is an explanation from one of the ...
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Do out of sync propellors make passengers more likely to be airsick?

In a multi-engine propellor-driven aircraft, propellor synchronization occurs when the two propellors are turning at the same RPM. Propellor synchronization eliminates beating. The purpose is for ...
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Was the 2010 Polish presidential Tu-154 plane crash set up?

In 2010, a plane crash killed many top Polish officials. It occurred over Russian soil, and involved an aircraft carrying many politicians and military officials with a strong opposition towards the ...
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Can a commercial airplane fly in an inverted position as depicted in Flight?

In Flight, to prevent the plane from diving, the pilot puts it upside down before flipping it back over just before landing. This is supposed to be loosely based on flight 261 from Alaska Airlines ...
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Do commercial airliners go into flat spins if they lose electronics?

In movies and television, commercial airliners that have lost electronics often go into flat spins and inevitably crash. Is this what would really happen? Would the plane be able to glide to a ...
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Can jet lag give you permanent memory and learning problems?

A recent article on Cracked.com, 5 Things You Won't Believe Are Making You Dumber, claims "jet lag gives you permanent memory and learning problems" and cited several studies. But when you look at the ...
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Did an F-15 airplane successfully land with just one wing?

I've just been forwarded a video about a jetfighter landing with just one wing and I wonder if this could indeed be true. Here's the link to the video: One-Winged F 15 Crash Landing Video (landing ...
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Do airplanes need to deviate their routes on new year's eve?

As many parts of the world commemorates the new year's eve with a lot of fireworks (which explode at the height of a take-off/landing). Are airplanes pilots required to deviate from their original ...
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Why do we open the window shades during landing and take-off?

I have experienced that during take-off and landing on commercial passenger flights, there are clear instructions to the passengers to keep their window shades open. This is done both during day and ...
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Can airport X-ray machines scramble Kindle screens?

According to the Daily Mail, there have been reports of X-ray machines scrambling Kindle screens, despite Amazon's claims that it is impossible. Can X-ray machines have this effect?
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Is it possible to fly like a bird using semi-motorized wings?

On his website http://www.humanbirdwings.net/ the dutch engineer Jarno Smeets claims to have successfully build a set of 17 m2 bird-like wings from material of a kite. It is claimed that it uses ...
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Do airplanes release biological or chemical agents, forming trails?

Since the topic of the week is conspiracy theories, here's one that I've had re-iterated at me a few times. Supposedly these white stripes after airplanes is created by airplanes releasing biological ...
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Is it okay to eat food that has been through airport x-ray scanners

I took 4 flights last week, and my chocolate was scanned 4 times in the baggage scanner. Is it safe to eat that?
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If you're born on an airplane, do you get free flights for life?

It's a common myth that if you're born on an airplane, or mid-flight, you get free flights for life from whatever company is running the flight. Example of a claim - just pertaining to one company, ...
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Is there any proof, enhanced airport security in US has significantly reduced terror attacks in US plane? [closed]

This question is similar to Has the U.S. Transport Security Administration been an effective deterrent for terrorist attacks? but I am asking for data, not an opinion. Is there any proof these ...
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Are fume events a frequent health hazard to airplane passengers?

Are friend told me about oil fumes contamination he experienced during a flight. This seems to be no isolated case. This list shows several incidents of similar type over years. “Upon initial ...
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Did a plane hit the Pentagon on September 11, 2001?

Is it possible that a plane hit the side of the pentagon, but did not even scuff up the grass? There are some claims of other anomalies that don't quite match the idea of a plane hitting there; like ...
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Did removing one olive lead to an airline saving thousands of dollars?

Quite a common story that gets brought up around airports or business meetings when someone wants to provide a famous example of small change for massive savings is the olive story. Apparently there ...
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Are airplanes the safest mode of transportation?

Considering the number of people that use it compared to other transports (cars, trains, boats), do you have less chances to die in a plane? Are there any studies about this?
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Does banning liquids from planes verifiably improve flight safety? [closed]

I don't think I need to reference the now ubiquitous idea that, somehow, the presence of liquids in a passenger's carry-on luggage constitute a danger for the safety of the flight (and thus justifies ...
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Is it bad to turn on a cell phone and electronic devices during a commercial flight? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are personal electronics a risk to commercial aviation? Flight attendants usually asks for cell phone to be switched off throughout the flight, and other electronic ...
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Did the the crew of Flight 1549 (that ditched in the Hudson) do an exceptionally good job?

In January 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 successfully ditched in the Hudson River adjacent to midtown Manhattan six minutes after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport after being disabled by striking a ...
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Do commercial airline pilots make around $19,000 - $25,000 per year?

I always thought pilots were paid well. I am currently watching the movie "Capitalism, A love Story," and Michael Moore interviews some pilots, in which the pilots say they make around $19,000 - ...
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Can radar from low-flying planes kill small animals?

I have heard this claim in the past, and have found a few references to it (Example 1, Example 2). Supposedly military avionic radar units are so powerful that they are capable of killing small ...
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Were the Wright Brothers the first to fly?

I'd say it's a commonly held belief that the Wright brothers were the first to achieve controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than air human flight, as it can be found in most history books. ...
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Is it possible to cause problems to an aircraft pilot with an “over-the-counter” laser?

I've been admonished not to ever shine a laser into the night sky as it might "dazzle pilots" and potentially bring down airplanes. This seems kind of illogical for a number of reasons: If a plane ...
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Why 'every' electrical devices in an airplane are prohibited during landing and departing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are personal electronics a risk to commercial aviation? Not only the electrical devices using EM wave (ex: Cellphone, RC car, ...), but other electrical devices (ex: ...
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Are plane cabins particularly unhealthy environments?

Obviously, the risk of airborne transmission of disease increases based on proximity, but are airplane cabins particularly more unhealthy than, say, train cabins? Is there something (e.g., air ...
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Does oxygen get you high enough to keep you calm during a plane crash?

Does oxygen get you high? If so, is the effect strong enough to keep the average person placid during a plane crash? From the movie Fight Club: Tyler Durden: [pointing at an emergency ...
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Is it possible to fly 4 helicopters anywhere in a country without official knowledge?

According to reports, there were 4 helicopters used in the raid on Osama Bin Laden. They apparently left from Ghazi. Is it conceivable that even one helicopter could be flown so close to the capital ...
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Are safety belts in planes meant for safety?

I was travelling by air today, and I realized that there's an important difference between safety belts in cars and planes. A safety belt in a car moves from the chest on one side to the hip on the ...