A piece on NPR this morning about the Iran sanctions being removed noted that most US companies nevertheless will NOT be allowed to do business in Iran. Notable exception is the civil aeronautics industry ... Boeing is going to be allowed to sell some umpty-bajillion dollars worth of aircraft stuff to/in Iran. Why would that one industry get to be exempt from the rules? Is this as simple as "Boeing has the best lobbyists" or is there something more going on here that I don't understand? Just curious ...
I'm a trans man who is flying (domestic US flights) tomorrow. Can I wear a packer through security? [more inside]
I'm used to odd noises from aeroplanes flying over my house, but in the past 15 minutes, two planes have flown over much lower, much faster and a shedload noisier than usual. How can I find out what's going on? More information: I live near Boston, in Medford. I am outside of the Class B controlled airspace for BOS. I've looked at FlightRadar24, but whatever it was didn't seem to be on there. I am not that far from Hanscom AFB, but am outside of their controlled airspace.
What are the weirdest and/or most intense non-documentary movies that are nonetheless totally safe to watch on a crowded plane? I'm looking for movies that are uncompromising, but nonetheless have no gore, no nudity and no disturbing violence. Assume I have well-insulated earphones. (Examples: GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS or THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T.)
How do airlines pick, buy, and/or license inflight entertainment? [more inside]
In 2001, I was on a passenger jet that made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff. Right around the time we would have reached 10,000 feet, there was an "explosion" (I think?) in one of the engines. After landing, the pilot told us what it was, but I can't remember. Help me remember the term? [more inside]
An unexpected late holiday gift has left me the owner of an amazingly capacious leather toiletry bag (this one to be exact) to replace my previous canvas sack. What can I put in it to make it the best men's toiletry bag ever for someone who travels frequently? I'm already putting in travel toothbrushes and simple shaving supplies, but what else should I include? What unexpected thing has been life-saving (or just really welcome) in your toilet bag? What emergency supplies should I have on hand?
I lubs lubs lubs almonds. I'm looking for a brand or line of almonds which best approximate in-flight almonds (if in-flight almonds still exist). Smoky, salted, but with that extra bit of zip somehow, without being all gunky. [more inside]
I need to measure some noise, complicated environmental noise. And store the data. Aircraft noise. (Which is complicated to measure.) Some initial research is turning up that it could be done with equipment like a Real Time Audio Analyzer w 1/3 Octave Band Filters or equivalent. I need to do it separately from city-owned or airport owned equipment. I know there are experts who do this and the analysis is not easy. Best case scenario, there would be an individual or group which could be hired within the Chicagoland area to help. Next best thing would be the ability to collect data ourselves that could be analyzed later. Anyone familiar with the resources and strategies used for residents to collect data on aircraft noise?
The problem: Boyfriend has been living in Central America for several years--he's not a permanent resident or citizen, but gets his passport stamped every 3 months (just takes a quick trip across the border). This seems typical of lots of expats in the area, and there are no problems with the host country so far. Boyfriend has an Italian passport. He's currently visiting me in the States. He also visited last October, and when we were at the airport for his return flight, the nice lady at United told us he couldn't fly back to Central American country without a ticket showing that he would leave this country within 3 months [more inside]
How do I deal with muscle spasms on a long, long flight? [more inside]
My new downstairs neighbor put something on the roof of our three family apartment that is causing horrible interference with all the electronics in my apartment. What is this thing? [more inside]
Tips for getting seats together on a flight that is already booked. [more inside]
How much time do commercial pilots actually spend flying planes by hand these days? [more inside]
where can I find aerial photos of a neighborhood in brooklyn (11215 zip code) from the 1950's or 1960's?
My 11-year-old son wants to learn about jet planes. Help me help him learn. [more inside]
Help me overcome my fear of being on an airplane (not flying) using creative methods. Very specific details inside. [more inside]
I fly every Sunday and Friday for the next several months. Help me stay healthy and sane. [more inside]
[AviationFilter]I live in a medium-sized college town in central VA. Starting at about 8:30pm (and continuing as of this post at 9:46pm), we have had two smaller prop planes buzzing our neighborhood. We do live within a half-mile of the airport. These planes are flying at less than 1000 ft. What is the "cut-off" time for this kind of thing? [more inside]
I'm Mefi's 18 year old intern and I haven't been on an airplane since I was 18 months old. On the 18th of July, the boss (mathowie) and I are heading to New York. What should I expect now that I'm about to consciously experience my first plane flight?
Why, when going deep underwater, does the air in your lungs compress? I'm pretty sure we learned this in 5th grade...yet...I got nothing. [more inside]
Help me get interested in and keep up-to-date on aviation! [more inside]
It's high time I get back on an airplane, but I've had difficulty doing that in the past, even with the assistance of medication. How do I make this happen? [more inside]
Waking up in moving vehicles sends me into existential crises. What? [more inside]
What's Up With THAT?! Filter: On a recent flight, I was told that an iPhone - even on Airplane mode - was an unapproved device and needed to be fully shut off. Um. Why? [more inside]
Is Southwest Airlines going to Kevin Smith me? [more inside]
I am going to be flying alone domestically with my 23-month-old toddler soon, it will be his last trip without his own seat*. He is very, very active, and I am trying to get prepared now so it will go as well as possible. [more inside]
Flying commercially on some planes, the crew asks you to open your window shades at take off and landing. Why on earth do all passenger window shades have to be open? [more inside]
I am flying from Vancouver to Toronto tomorrow morning. Can someone clarify what the flight experience will be like? [more inside]
I am buying a plane ticket with my credit card and someone else has access to my credit card statements. How much information about my flight will that person be able to get? [more inside]
What should we be prepared with if a friend and I want to go plane spotting at O'Hare? [more inside]
What's the best WWII movies for air battle scenes (domestic or foreign)? [more inside]
I've heard that there are twice-daily commuter flights to/from Charlottesville, VA and DC. I can't find any online... everything seems to be typical big-airliner, normal-expensive flights. Am I looking in the wrong place, and what's the best option for traveling between those two places minus a car? [more inside]
Where can I find a list of all the Wright Company planes on public display (originals, not reproductions)? [more inside]
In a little over two weeks, I'll be vacationing in the Italian Riviera with a group of friends. There's just one problem: my debilitating fear of flying. [more inside]
What is the name of this 1980's television series? [more inside]
What's the largest size that an airplane could theoretically be and still fly? Let's assume real-world materials that exist currently (ie, no carbon nanotubes or anything like that). I'm interested in the 'why' as much as I'm interested in the actual answer.
Does eliminating assigned seating reduce boarding times for airplanes? And if so, why? [more inside]
Where's the best place to watch the Chicago Air show?
Will I be able to board a plane if the name on my boarding pass is slightly different from my legal name? [more inside]
On this past Mother's Day afternoon, I saw several WWII-era aircraft flying around L.A. over the course of a few hours. Anyone know if there was some air show or something else like that going on that day?
How many person-miles are flown every year by commercial airlines? [more inside]
In about two and a half months, I'm going on my first flight. What should I know, or otherwise be prepared for? [more inside]
Does anyone have direct experience taking a Rotring 500 fountain pen on an airplane in post 9/11 America? If so, your advice? [more inside]
Favorite paper airplanes (and other flying diversions)? [more inside]
R/C Airplane (SPAD) beginner question(s) [more inside]
Why don't commercial jets start the wheels rotating before landing? [more inside]
How do I get my torch lighter on the the airplane? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a way to lookup a tail number on a private airplane to see who owns it? Nothing nefarious going on here, honest. I believe we have the tail number and are trying to find out who owns the plane.
seattle / tacoma folks - i like to watch airplanes take off and land. Suggest a good spot to sit quietly and watch the air traffic at seaTac airport? [more inside]
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