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Specifically chapter, section, paragraph relating to food services for private pilots at an FBO.

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It is not within the jurisdiction of the FAA to regulate ground-based food service.

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  • $\begingroup$ Wrong. FAA administers Federal airport funding and has the right to regulate services at airports under the threat of withholding such funding. See e.g. AC 150/5190-7, AC 150/5190-6, Airport Sponsor and Airport User Rights and Responsibilities. $\endgroup$
    – user71659
    Nov 18, 2023 at 6:34
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    $\begingroup$ @user71659 Neither Advisory Circulars nor the other document you linked to are regulatory per se, and none of the documents you linked is responsive to the OP's question. Yes, the FAA might withhold funds based on an airport's discriminatory policies toward vendors at the airport, but that isn't what the OP is asking about. I think this answer, given the scope of the question, is correct. $\endgroup$
    – Ralph J
    Nov 18, 2023 at 15:02
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    $\begingroup$ @user71659, I am confident in my answer, but of course I cannot prove a negative. If you can provide chapter, section, paragraph relating to food services for private pilots at an FBO in an answer of your own I will happily concede, delete my answer, and upvote yours. I trust Ralph's assessment of the applicability of the links you posted and didn't read them myself, but if there is something specific that you think applies to food service please quote it directly. $\endgroup$ Nov 18, 2023 at 16:08
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    $\begingroup$ @user71659, but you need to consider the context: Section 2 is "guidance for developing minimum standards" and contains sample questions for the "airport sponsor" to consider in developing those standards. It does not say that food MUST be provided, nor does it dictate the quality of the food. It is advisory, not regulatory, and you admit it is "strictly optional". Besides, withholding funding is not the same as having the authority to actually regulate something. And finally, the specific subsection you referenced is for passengers, not pilots. $\endgroup$ Nov 19, 2023 at 0:53
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    $\begingroup$ If you disagree then please post your own answer, I am confident in mine. $\endgroup$ Nov 19, 2023 at 0:53

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