Manual on the Prevention of Runway Incursions

In 2001, the ICAO Air Navigation Commission took action to address the problem of runway incursions. Several critical areas were identified that needed to be investigated and which had a relation to overall runway safety, including radiotelephony phraseology, language proficiency, equipment, aerodrome lighting and markings, aerodrome charts, operational aspects, situational…

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What is performance based navigation (PBN)?

Performance Based Navigation, or PBN, is navigation that uses global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) and computerised on-board systems. This is in contrast with traditional sensor-specific navigation based largely on fixed ground-based beacons guiding aircraft along published routes via waypoints defined by these beacons. PBN defines aircraft navigation requirements in terms…

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Advanced Avionics Handbook

The Advanced Avionics Handbook is a new publication designed to provide general aviation users with comprehensive information on advanced avionics equipment available in technically advanced aircraft. This handbook introduces the pilot to flight operations in aircraft with the latest integrated “glass cockpit” advanced avionics systems. Since the requirements can be…

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Instrument Flying Handbook

This Instrument Flying Handbook is designed for use by instrument flight instructors and pilots preparing for instrument rating tests. Instructors may find this handbook a valuable training aid as it includes basic reference material for knowledge testing and instrument flight training.  This handbook conforms to pilot training and certification concepts…

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Helicopter Flying Handbook

The Helicopter Flying Handbook is designed as a technical manual for applicants who are preparing for their private, commercial, or flight instructor pilot certificates with a helicopter class rating. Certificated flight instructors may find this handbook a valuable training aid, since detailed coverage of aerodynamics, flight controls, systems, performance, flight…

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Airplane Flying Handbook

The Airplane Flying Handbook is designed as a technical manual to introduce basic pilot skills and knowledge that are essential for piloting airplanes. It provides information on transition to other airplanes and the operation of various airplane systems. It is developed by the Flight Standards Service, Airman Testing Standards Branch,…

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Evolution of the Airline Industry

Qatar Airways recently revealed that from May 15 it would operate an all-business class service between Heathrow and Doha. The airline said there would be only 40 flatbed seats onboard the Airbus 319 aircraft and passengers would be able to connect to the Internet mid-flight. It wasn’t necessarily a surprise…

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Language and action in the cockpit

Extended title – Language and action in the cockpit: a view from the Theory of Distributed Cognition Many of the manoeuvres performed by pilots during a flight are the result of instructions received from air traffic control. The execution of these manoeuvres requires the engagement of different cognitive processes, of…

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