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Use this tag for questions about the FAA itself. Questions about FAA regulations should use the faa-regulations tag. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) is the agency responsible for regulating and administering the United States National Airspace System.

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What is an "Alternate Airway"?

In What is the number in a closed box right below a victor airway? I noticed: What is an "Alternate Airway"? The radial value placement looks the same to me. The N suffix (after V2) is not ...
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What are flight check operations?

KDCA/DCA is currently experiencing delays in both arriving and departing aircraft, and several sites list variations of "Flight check operations" as the reason. The FAA itself provides the ...
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Can ATC provide vectors and separation service to and between IFR aircraft in areas where radar coverage does not exist using ADS-B only?

In the U.S., can ATC provide vectors and separation service to and between IFR aircraft in areas where radar coverage does not exist using ADS-B only? If so, are the separation standards the same as ...
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Looking for source of Navaids and fixes for an application I am writing

I was able to get a list of airports and runways from the FAA site but cannot seem to find a list of these items. https://www.openaip.net/navaids?field_openaip_navaid_type_value_many_to_one=2&...
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Why is FAA Aircraft Certification Service department named as AIR?

The acronym AIR doesn't match with the functional name "Aircraft Certification Service" "AIR (the Aircraft Certification Service) is the department within the FAA that develops and ...
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FAA FOQA Program

The FAA's Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) program is currently voluntary for some operators. The program allows flight data to be recorded, analyzed, and then submitted to the regulator. ...
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SVFR required when transitioning through class E to the surface?

So my question is that since we are transitioning through a class E surface area, do we need an SVFR clearance? Part 91.155(c) is not applicable since we are not beneath the ceiling of 1000 ft; ...
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Do sectional charts indicate which runways have lighting installed?

KSFF has 3 runways (one in the water, two on land). The sectional shows *L yet only 4L/22R has lights. Is there a trick on the sectional to tell which runway has ...
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Generally speaking, which assumes a greater (steeper) minimum climb or descent angle – approach procedures or departure procedures?

Generally speaking, which assumes a greater (steeper) minimum climb or descent angle – approach procedures or departure procedures? Which would typically require a larger extent of airspace protected ...
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Can I still can apply for R-ATP 1000 hour, if I get my multi engine add on under part 61?

I have completed my private, instrument rating, and commercial under part 141. Can I still able apply for R-ATP 1000 hours, if I get my multi-engine add-on under part 61?
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Which radar altimeters are susceptible to 5G C-band altimeter interference?

There is apparently a great deal of consternation over the pending expansion of 5G The emergency petition claimed that interference from the C-Band "will cause irreparable harm and jeopardize ...
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Is IWA (Phoenix Gateway) a Federal Contract Tower?

how can I find out which airports are operated by the FAA and which are FAA-contract (or even independently operated)? I'm currently looking specifically at IWA, Phoenix Gateway Tower.
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Does the FAA take programming language selection of the aircrafts' avionics as a factor when deciding the aircraft's airworthiness certificate?

It looks like many military/space/aviation instruments are programmed in Ada or Spark. Because these languages claimed and proved their safety. What if your system is not written in these languages? ...
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What are the differences between FAA and EASA PPL(A) written exams?

Would studying for FAA PPL(A) written exam prepare you just as well for the EASA PPL(A) written exam, or is the knowledge base requirements (and study contents) significantly different in each? I've ...
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Why does Fairbanks, AK have a terminal area chart?

It's a relatively uncluttered airspace. Why have a TAC? FAI Terminal Area Chart Arguably, Louisville, KY has at least the same complexity, and since it's UPS's hub it's far more active. Plus, it's a ...
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Is the Special Traffic Management Program (STMP) still in use?

I'm doing some research on STMP. this NBAA link say that STMP is gone. however, this link makes it look like STMP was in use for oshkosh 2021. the subdomain may indicate it wasn't used though so it's ...
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How many FAA-Certified Flight Instructors Hold a Gold Seal?

About how many, and approximately what percent of the instructors who are certified under the FAA hold a gold seal on their CFI certificate? How many not including expired certificates capable of ...
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Where does the FAA define the dimensions of Terminal Radar Service Area (TRSA) airspace?

The airspace over the United States is classified into various areas of "alphabet" airspace (A, B, C, D, E, G). This is known as "regulatory" or "rulemaking" airspace ...
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Can a different company manufacture an FAA approved airframe or engine?

If a certain engine architecture or airframe design was granted FAA certification and then licensed to, manufactured and then sold by another company, would it still be certified? If not, would this ...
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What is the procedure to change an airport's published CTAF?

Similar to the problem experienced by the poster at Why do so many airports have the same CTAF frequency?, I have noticed that my CTAF is crowded. Not with local pilots, but with operations as much as ...
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Why does the FAA place such emphasis on runway incursions in the test standards?

In the FAA's ACS and the PTS there are many references to preventing runway incursions. In the test standards one will find it is elevated to becoming a special emphasis area and within the CFI PTS, ...
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Why is there a "-D" circling-only approach at an airport that does not have corresponding -A, -B, and -C approaches?

There are three instrument approaches at SEE (as of 17 June 2021): RNAV (GPS) RWY 09L RNAV (GPS) RWY 17 LOC-D The two RNAV approaches are straight-in to runways 09L and 17, respectively. The LOC-D ...
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Is there specific verbiage required to close out an engine logbook and start a new one?

The plane's engine logbook is now full, victim of decades of individual printed stickers, each one occupying a full page. As a result, we need to get an additional logbook. Is there specific phrasing ...
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Feasibility and process for the approval of a modified glider [closed]

I am looking into a business idea that requires glider sized semi-automatic drones but I am very naive when it comes to the regulations and rigour of the aviation and airline industry, so I am hoping ...
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FAA Aircraft Registration Form AC 8050-3 doesn't exist

I am preparing to certify a self-built aircraft as flightworthy and legal to fly, and was reading the required documents listed on FAA's Amateur-Built Aircraft Airworthiness Certification page when I ...
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What should I do if the FAA requests health records that no longer exist?

I am working on obtaining my FAA Medical Certificate and I was deferred. I received a request for more information and one of the items that was requested were medical records related to a surgery I ...
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I’ve always heard about the dreaded ramp check. What does it actually entail?

What happens during a ramp check? How likely are you to experience one? What happens if they find something wrong? (A major and a minor example if you don’t mind)
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What is “Weather and Chaff” information provided to pilots by ATC?

This one appears in an entry under "Additional Services" in the FAA Pilot/Controller Glossary and claims that ATC provides a wide range of additional services to pilots, including "...
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How would the FAA catch people without licenses?

It is know that the FAA conducts ramp checks at airports. However, is it likely to be caught flying without a license from uncontrolled airports or grass strips? If so, how would one be caught?
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How does ATC handle a controller with psychological trauma?

I've finally got around to watching Breaking Bad, (spoiler alert) in the last episode of season 2 a bereaved ATC controller accidentally causes a mid-air collision. I am not asking whether the actual ...
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How far in advance of "effective date" are VFR sectional charts usually made available? (US)

In the US, how far in advance of the "effective date" are new editions of VFR sectional charts usually made available? Is the answer different for the paper version and the digital version? ...
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Where can I find coordinates for Special Use Airspace (e.g. restricted areas) in the USA? [duplicate]

I am looking for exact specifications for a few prohibited and restricted areas near me so I can plot these areas in other mapping software. I can use sectional charts to estimate, but I am curious if ...
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Are VOR airways being replaced by RNAV routes as VORs are decommissioned?

I understand that VORs in the US and elsewhere are being removed from service gradually. The FAA plans to maintain a Minimum Operational Network, but still I imagine many VOR airways will also have to ...
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What would the call sign of a non-standard aircraft carrying the US President be?

So, it's well known that the government planes operated for the US President are called Air Force One; less well-known is that this is a call sign given to any Air Force aircraft that carry the ...
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How do I find the historical arrival procedure GOLDN6 for SJC that is no longer valid?

I don’t know exactly when this procedure disappeared. It was used in 2013, but not sure how much longer. It was used primarily by SEA to SJC flights.
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Is a CFI's 1st-time pass-rate based on the student or the instructor's first attempt?

This question doesn't apply to anything I have done personally, and beyond word-of-mouth, I have no references about this happening. Some people claim that if an instructor endorses a student and they ...
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Flight Following into Class C Airport where I'm Landing

I want to fly into a Class C airport and do a full stop taxi back. I'll be approaching the airport with flight following. When ATC hands me off to approach control for the airport I'll be landing at,...
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What are the lines of triangles on the DCA RWY 19 River Visual approach chart?

A recent update of a certain flight simulator made me revisit this chart and I had not noticed the lines of triangles (at the Chain Bridge / Roosevelt Bridge etc, but not at the Key Bridge) in a past ...
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What classification of aerial vehicle would a manned quadcopter or octocopter be?

US here, if it makes a difference (w.r.t. FAA regulation, etc.). There's a new upcoming class of aerial vehicles, similar to drones, however they are gigantic and they are manned -- that is, manned (...
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Under what legal standing can after-hours ground access to an airplane be forbidden? (USA-specific only) [closed]

This came up when a friend was unable to access his airplane because the security guard refused to open the gate. It was a mountain flight in a small plane, and so a timely departure was urgent for ...
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Can you become FAA/TC commercial pilot with metal implants in hand?

I have a friend who wants to be a pilot and he has metal implant in his hand. It doesn’t affect his hand movement at all. I know that he will need to check it out with a Civil Aviation medical ...
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Is a CFII required in order for a flight Instructor to provide training for added class ratings?

Must a flight instructor have a CFII to provide multi-engine add-on training to a customer meeting the following criteria: Holds a commercial pilot certificate with a single engine land class rating. ...
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What is the process of obtaining a commercial license after revocation?

I held a 2nd class medical and a commercial pilot license. My certificates were revoked due to an alleged DUI which I didn't get convicted of. I have been trying to contact every division in the FAA ...
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How long to receive FAA wings lapel pin?

Did anyone request FAA wings lapel pin? If yes, how much time do they take to ship and receive? Do you know if I requested all three phases at once will I get three or just one pin?
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What do the different dates in a TCDS mean?

I have been trying to interpret Type Certificate Data Sheets and am coming up short on how to understand some of the dates listed. For example, here is the TCDS for the new Citation Longitude: How is ...
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What does 'EST' at the end of a NOTAM's valid time mean?

In this NOTAM below, the valid time is "2006280446-2007312359EST". EST does not appear in the FAA NOTAM contractions list. I assumed this EST meant "Eastern Standard Time", but ...
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Why do countries not bound by US law comply with the FAA's originate airworthiness directives?

I'm not an aviation or private international lawyer, but is it true that countries unbound by US law, i.e. most if not all countries outside the US, still comply with the FAA's directives? If so, is ...
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Descend via STAR, after getting crossing restriction previously

The ATC issues "Cross BHAWK at FL240" initially. After few minutes, the ATC instructs "Descend Via FYTTE5 arrival". Should we comply with the crossing restriction at BHAWK, or the ...
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These "FICON" NOTAM's contractions aren't in the FAA contraction list. What do they mean?

These NOTAMs for KSGF state "Snow" when the icon on the left is hovered over with a mouse. The contraction "FICON" does not appear in the Notam Contractions list. It is currently the middle of June ...
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What are the missing elements to mandate airliners to have an AoA indicator? [closed]

ONGOING EDIT NOTE (By OP) This question is right now being comprehensively reworked to make it less broad over the course of the next number of days. (That's being done mainly offline, so as to ...
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