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Are ALL forms of 'flight' on-topic?

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 ...
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Homework questions: has something changed, perhaps network-wide?

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 ...
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Should we allow questions which are likely answerable by the experts here, but are not directly related to Aviation?

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 ...
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Is baggage handling on-topic at Aviation?

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 ...
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Is baggage handling on-topic at Aviation?

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 ...
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Should tech support be on topic?

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 ...
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Are questions about deciphering ATC recordings on-topic?

I don't see how such a question would be of benefit to the community. Neither do I; however, chat exists for this, and I have used chat before for precisely this kind of question, as have others (...
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Should missiles be on-topic?

While there are missiles that utilize aerodynamic lift, the most common definitions (Wikipedia) are: aircraft do not include missiles missiles are ranged weapons With that in mind: Cannonballs and [...
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Homework questions: has something changed, perhaps network-wide?

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 ...
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Are questions about careers in aviation on topic?

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, ...
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Are ALL forms of 'flight' on-topic?

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 ...
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Are ALL forms of 'flight' on-topic?

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 ...
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Do we need to review our "on topic" list?

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 ...
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Do we need to review our "on topic" list?

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" ...
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Can I discuss drones and UAVs in aviation stack exchange?

While they're not off-topic here (they are still aircraft after all), there is now a site solely for UAVs/drones, which might be a better fit for some questions https://drones.stackexchange.com/
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Why is this MH370's disappearance question on-topic?

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... ...
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Should missiles be on-topic?

There are lots of missile-oriented questions that should be on-topic for Aviation. Not necessarily EVERYTHING about them--being missile-related shouldn't immediately be grounds for the question ...
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Is baggage handling on-topic at Aviation?

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 ...
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Are question about what happened to a flight, when an official investigation report is available but inconclusive, on topic?

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 ...
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Is the 'Gatwick drones' question on-topic?

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 ...
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Are questions about careers in aviation on topic?

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 ...
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Should tech support be on topic?

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 ...
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Should tech support be on topic?

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 ...
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X-Plane / F-4 question -- policy on sim related questions

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 ...
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Should we have a separate tag ("RNP") for Required Navigation Performance questions?

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 ...
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Homework questions: has something changed, perhaps network-wide?

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. It says: Yes - if it's a valid question, then why ...
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Would this question be on-topic?

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 ...
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Are questions about deciphering ATC recordings on-topic?

It mainly seems too broad and just asking people to do the work of transcribing the recording. However it is very close to on topic and could be corrected to meet typical standards if the user had ...
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Is baggage handling on-topic at Aviation?

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 ...
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Can I discuss drones and UAVs in aviation stack exchange?

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. ...
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