Are they on topic? I'd say yes!
They are likely regulated by the same aviation authority that regulates other aspects of flying
They are interesting, it broadens our site to more readers
Some aerodynamic concepts are likely applicable
We do have questions about parachuting already
I would prefer to see that question remain closed as off-topic here.
It has very little (if anything) to do specifically with aviation. It is (in my opinion) exactly about the "passenger aspect of air travel".
As you said, just because it might not get a good answer on Travel, does not mark it out as on-topic here. There just might not be a Stack ...
AV.SE, and SE in general, exists primarily to answer difficult questions, ones that haven't been answered in your basic textbook. Or, if they have, to answer specialist-grade questions in a way that a layman can understand. Or to give a broad perspective on open-ended, controversial, or simply interesting questions.
Most homework questions are none of that.
I don't think we should allow such questions here.
As your quote from the on-topic page already says:
Aviation Stack Exchange is a site for pilots, engineers, controllers, mechanics, and aviation enthusiasts.
What is on-topic for a Stack Exchange site should be determined by what the site is about (in this case: aviation, not aerodynamics) and what kind of ...
One possibility I could see would have some baggage handling questions be on-topic, while others remain off-topic:
On-topic: Baggage handling questions that specifically relate to loading the baggage onto or unloading it from an aircraft are on-topic. These can actually be important to aviation for a number of reasons, not the least of which is weight and ...
I think that this question may have been closed because people feel that answering it requires specific knowledge that is not available in this community. Whilst it may be the case that we don't have this knowledge yet, closing it would definitely prevent attracting this kind of knowledge. Just the fact that the knowledge isn't available in the community ...
I consider a few factors for career questions:
We don't help people locate resources (as specified in the Help Center).
Career options may vary a lot across geographic locations. The answer to, say, airline careers in Taipei or Singapore, would be completely different to one in Egypt.
Career advices are "personal" - they change depending on the ...
If it leaves the ground, under control of a pilot, its on-topic for aviation.
A paramotor certainly qualifies as all that.
The pilot doesn't have to be on/in the craft (so model aircraft and drones are included.)
If the craft is destined for space then its a grey area between this site and https://space.stackexchange.com/ Depends if its related ...
I believe the problem is when the question appears copy pasted with no effort made by the OP to explain their current understanding of the question or explain where they're struggling. To me it feels like they're expecting me to do all the work for them so they don't have to think.
I'd suggest such questions should be downvoted with a comment but not closed ...
The following part of the question seems answerable to me:
Are there currently any ADs for Boing 777s which would indicate the potential for catastrophic electronic system failures...
Unfortunately the rest of the question does seem to invite speculation. The top voted answer mainly focuses on whether an electrical failure could explain the incomplete ...
I think of the scope of the site as everything which is related to flying, that is: Gaining altitude, maintaining altitude, or controlling descent by the mean of an aerodynamic force (which to me includes air buoyancy).
A rocket usually relies on the pure thrust created by its engines. It's not in scope. V2 are not in scope (or perhaps for their ...
I agree with Federico's stance in principle, but often an asker does not have enough knowledge to discriminate whether a question has enough of an aviation component. It is up to the community to fill in this gap.
The countermeasures one is a good example, the only aviation part of it is that helicopter kinematics play a role in the lack of countermeasures, ...
Personally I think that we should not accept questions that are not leading to any new aviation knowledge for the asker or any reader.
In particular, I would add the following to our "not about" list:
And the following to our "about" list:
Aircraft design and construction
I am ready to consider the tracking ...
Are question about what happened to a flight, when an official investigation report is available but inconclusive, on topic?
I would say that it depends. Is the question inviting speculation or is it about factual details that are available (and possibly described in the final report)?
If it is inviting speculation, it is off-topic, or possibly suited for ...
IMO it should be closed; it is off-topic for more than 1 reason:
Resource finding, if no photo(s), then:
Opinion based, and lastly:
Not aviation related – whaaaaat?!
It is an event, that happened to an airport, that disrupted air travel.
The same event can happen to a sensitive government building, disrupt road traffic, and also make the news.
The question ...
I don't see any reason to disallow questions about aviation careers in general. Although many of the site regulars pursue aviation as a hobby only, a lot of amateur aviators are doing it as a step on the way to making that a career - and others might find that their work and hobbies start to interact. For that reason, I think these questions could definitely ...
IMHO NO, technical support questions are not on-topic here.
Questions about how a specific product or service works or how to get result X from product Y should be directed to the manufacturer or service provider, as they are the entity best equipped to answer questions or resolve problems.
There is a blurry line between "tech support" (which the datalink ...
Stack Exchange is aimed at providing useful information to a wide audience. If the question is general or commonly encountered by the community, e.g.
How to I cancel the flashing X symbol on the G1000?
Garmin G1000 is common in the community
There is a chance that others will encounter the same problem
A good portion of the community knows the solution
My opinion is as I have commented twice:
Asking a question stemming from a sim is on-topic if it is about the real life application of that question. Pursuing product support is off-topic.
Similar situations where I have previously answered:
Is center tank fuel required to start the 737-800 engines?
How to guess the actual name of the SID, waypoint, etc., ...
We have certainly had a number of questions over the years on how to become a commercial pilot, so I'm not too concerned about that aspect being on topic.
The parts about this question which worry me are actually the 2 bits you put before a question mark
Is it possible to find a job as an airline pilot?: Of course it's possible but there might be a lot of ...
We already have a tag for this: required-nav-performance. I just added some usage guidance to this tag. Some of the questions you show are already tagged with this.
I would however be in favour of renaming this to rnp (or at least add a synonym), since this is what people would probably be typing into the tag field when creating a new question. It would also ...
If nothing has changed (locally or network-wide), is it something the community wishes to revisit?
I don't read that answer the same way you do.
Yes - if it's a valid question, then why not answer the question.
copy-pasting a test question is not really a valid question on SE.
We want to be able to help the widest possible amount of people, ...
This feeds into the larger subject of whether we consider airports part of "Aviation", for the purposes of this site. They are not explicitly listed in the on-topic list.
Since most airport-related questions do not get closed, tags like ground-operations and airport-design don't get removed, and since there's no separate SE for airport operations (nor ...
The tag may have simply been misread/not read (there's a move towards RFID), scratched/snagged off, and/or the auto-conveyor made a mistake, combined with lack of attention (or slow response) to the monitoring cameras, combined with the lack of portable scanners in some airports. And when the bag is finally found in the incorrect location, and say identified ...
There is a tag for it -- https://aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/unmanned-aerial-vehicle -- so I would think so. You won't find the site to be a good resource for practical help though. If you have very specific definable questions about aviation regulations this site might be of some use to you though most folks probably aren't familiar with ...
The military questions mentioned I can understand...E.G. the countermeasures question discussed above. I do not though understand why the first question you mentioned (Practical use of hoverboards) was off topic. There are many other questions about innovations in aviation and I would consider this just another one. Taken to an extreme, it seems like an ...
Yes it would be very good if the On Topic List is expanded. The current list is extremely limited, and would define the most popular tag (Aircraft Design) as off topic.
As also mentioned here.
Weight and Balance
Structures (related to aircraft)
Thermodynamics (related to aircraft)