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Do the FAA provide help on airworthiness of ultralights?

The answer to the question Can my plane get off the ground? has the comment: I'm going to get it checked by the faa Part 103 for Ultralights says that: (a) Any person operating an ultralight ...
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Does the pilot need to keep track of which instructions can be issued by which ATC facility?

Each ATC facility can only issue certain instructions or clearances. For instance, only the control tower can issue landing clearances, and only for that specific airport. Legally speaking, does the ...
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Deferred Medical

I applied for a first class medical over six months ago that was deferred due to a few medical problems I’ve had in the past,Some stemming from early childhood. They included a surgery from when I ...
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FAA Approach and Landing (AL) numbers

I was trying to get a list of all ILS approaches in the US, which brought me to the FAA Aeronautical Product Release API to retrieve all the DTPP (Digital-Terminal Procedures Publication) as five zip ...
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What is the best route to convert my easa licence and ratings to FAA equal?

I currently hold an EASA frozen ATPl, CPL, MEP, SEP, IR, CFI, APS MCC, UPRT,.... . I converted my PPL A licence to FAA PPL with the SEP rating. Now I wonder what the best route is to convert all the ...
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How valuable is CFI hours outside USA?

CFI serves as an excellent pathway to the airline industry. However, if I don't have the necessary paperwork to remain in the US and work, how does accumulating 1500 hours in single-engine aircraft ...
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What types of surface materials can be used for the transition between paved and unpaved surfaces on a runway? [duplicate]

I wasn't able to find much about it on FAA. Can anyone guide me? I've seen some airports using gravel but isn't it dangerous for aircraft? how can they elliminate the FOD danger?
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What type of materials can be used for runway shoulders?

Instead of paving the shoulders what are the easier solution can be usedwithin FAA regualtions?
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Why can't we choose our own call sign?

After listening to this funny exchange Kennedy ATC audio on youtube, about how ATC didn't knew Norwegian Airlines callsign was "RedNose", it occurred to me, why not have the option so that ...
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What’s the grass parts between runways and taxiways called? And is there a regulation for this unpaved surfaces on FAA?

I wasn’t able to find any regualtions for unpaved surfaces on FAA. When I search for unpaved surfaces all I’m seeing are regulations for unpaved runways. But what I’m looking for is the regulations ...
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Does the FAA allow a BFR endorsement without a medical?

I am told by a CFI that he can give a BFR but can’t endorse the logbook of someone who does not have a current medical certificate. Do FAA regulations allow a BFR endorsement for someone without ...
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FAA PPL certification for indian nationals [closed]

I am looking to acquire a FAA PPL certification. I have a B1 visa and I am getting conflicting advice on whether I can get a PPL certification in the USA. Some people/websites say that a B1 visa is ...
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What does "Rotating airfoils of engines" mean in the US Code of Federal Aviation Regulations?

In part 1.1 of the US 14 CFR, definitions and abbreviations, a propeller is defined as: ...a device for propelling an aircraft that has blades on an engine-driven shaft and that, when rotated, ...
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In the last year, did Airbus make any changes to existing or newly built A220s control panels or AT/AP software?

As reported in various places (e.g. by simplyflying.com), there were two near-catastrophes in the A220, not because of the widely-discussed engine topic¹, but because of how autopilot & ...
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Radiotelephony Practices of American Pilots in Comparison to ICAO Standards

As a commercial pilot with experience in various airspaces, including frequent interactions with American pilots, I've noticed a distinct difference in their radiotelephony etiquette compared to the ...
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Which FAA knowledge tests share question database (e.g. Commercial and Advance Ground Instructor)?

I'm curious if there is an overlap between tests. I'll be on instrument, commercial, ground instructor, cfi and cfii ratings in sequence and I wonder if I could take similar exams back to back. Thanks
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What is the difference between VFR and IFR in class G airspace?

What is the difference, and how would an outsider discern, whether a flight was conducted under Visual Flight Rules or Instrument Flight Rules in class G airspace? (United States, FAA jurisdiction, ...
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Converting FAA CPL to EASA

Hello I currently live in the USA. I hold a CPL with an IR and I am currently in Multi Engine and getting ready for my check ride. I would like to move to Europe and work for airlines there. However I ...
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Does there exists on-time data for the EU, like there does for the US?

I've recently found a fantastic dataset straight from the US government. It has detailed data including scheduled departure/arrival time vs actual departure/arrival time, taxi time, cancellation, for ...
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What FAA legal interpretation clarifies that glider sight-seeing operations do not need a drug testing program?

I came across this once, and despite searching with Bing and Google cannot find it again. As memory serves, the FAA counsel wrote a letter finding that glider sight-seeing operations do not need ...
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Does FAA class 1 medical require binocular vision?

Can I get an FAA Class 1 medical if I don't have binocular vision? I live in Italy and for EASA I can't get my first class medical certificate to be a pilot. But can I get at least FAA 1 class to be ...
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Does flying a plane mid-annual inspection somehow reset the inspection?

(This question concerns only an airplane which does not have an expired annual.) Let's say that the IA started an annual, lubed some joints, inspected some parts, and then, for whatever reason, flew ...
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Changes to aeronautical charts

Are there notes on changes to aeronautical charts available anywhere? For example, when a new sectional comes out, many changes are charted. Is there any place I could find the specific changes that ...
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What was the FAA's official rationale for the ADSB mandate?

This might have been obvious at the time, but I can't find any articles that discuss the FAA's official standpoint on requiring all GA planes to equip. There was and still is a hefty cost to ADSB ...
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How can I get a report from the FAA stating that I haven't had any accidents?

To validate my FAA licence in Argentina and fly aircraft with LV tail numbers they require some documents, one of which is a report that states that I haven't been in any accidents. This report must ...
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Can I get a 1st class medical after having one seizure?

11 years ago(when I was 8 years old) I had an unprovoked seizure. I have been off meds for almost 10 years now. I never had another seizure. Since that night all EEG’s I had done have detected 0 ...
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Will a FAA 3rd class medical ever be issued to an airman on stimulants?

While the FAA's Do Not Issue list includes all controlled substances (including Stimulants), I am wondering if there are ever exceptions made. I would like to fly but I am currently on Concerta (...
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Do WINGS activities count when your medical is expired?

I flew with a flight instructor a few months ago, and he gave me a WINGS credit for the flight. My medical was expired at the time. I have since renewed my medical and it's current now, and I'm ...
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What is the FAA definition of a "flight"?

For the purposes of aeronautical experience for glider ratings, the FAA requires a certain number of "flights". However, I cannot find a definition of "flight" in the federal ...
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Was the first US government-issued pilot license issued in 1927 or '28?

The top image says it was issued April 6, 1928, while the bottom one says April 6, 1927. Are these two different documents issued a year apart, or is there a discrepancy?
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When did the United States stop issuing pilot "licenses" (and start issuing "certificates")?

The first document issued by the US federal government authorizing a person to fly an aircraft was issued on April 6, 1927 by the Aeronautics Branch of the Department of Commerce, and it is called a ...
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Does the Garmin G-1000 contain a database of airport information?

Some modern avionics contain airport information similar to what is published on charts and in the FAA's Airport/Facilities Directory. Does the G-1000 keep airport information in a database that can ...
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Why are there so few recreational pilots?

There are far fewer holders of recreational pilot certificates than any other class. Why?
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What exactly did Trent Palmer do that was supposedly "wrong"?

https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2023/april/19/trent-palmer-battles-faa-over-word-necessary To summarize, he made a low pass over a potential off-airport landing site to check whether or ...
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Why did Southwest ask the FAA to ground their flights, rather than doing it themselves?

According to a tweet from the FAA, "Southwest Airlines requested the FAA pause the airline’s departures." Southwest Airlines tweeted We have had to implement a ground stop as a result of ...
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How to determine unique fix and navaid identifiers in FAA data?

I want to import data the data in the .csv file in the FAA NASR Data data but am finding that some navaids and airports have the same names. Does anybody know if fixes are unique in regards to ...
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What is proper procedure for entering iterative test flights into the aircraft's logs?

Let's say that I'm working on a problem which requires in-flight troubleshooting in an iterative process of multiple flights, for instance working on engine cooling baffles. Does each iteration, no ...
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Does the FAA Publish the Latitude/Longitude of Parking Locations?

In Jeppesen charts, it's known that they provide the latitude/longitude of gate locations at airports. I was wondering if the FAA had a source for the same information, like their international ...
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Is the FAA's International Flight Information Manual available for download? If so, from where?

This FAA website indicates that the "International Flight Information Manual (IFIM)" is a downloadable publication of the FAA. I've never heard of this manual before today, and would like to ...
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FAA Handbooks Copyrights

I want to write some articles about aeronautical knowledge on my blog. However, I heard that FAA's all publications including handbooks (e.g IFH, AFH, PHAK, etc.) are copyright-free. But I can't find ...
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what is the actual infrastructure of the current US NOTAM system?

After a Jan 11 2023 NOTAM outage, FAA and news outlets have reported there was a "damaged database file" and a problem with the backup. A government contractor, Spatial Front, was connected ...
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Why does the FAA have a daily DOF and another that's only updated every 56 days?

The FAA has a Digital Obstacle File (DOF) which reports on tall objects that would be important for pilots which is updated every 56 days. https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/...
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Is this blue one called 'threshold? Or 'runway threshold bar?'

Is this blue one called 'threshold? Or 'runway threshold bar?' in FAA?
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How far back can the FAA go in requiring documentation of IFR currency?

I did an IPC recently and got to thinking how long I needed to retain the proof of re-up. Let's say that a pilot stays IFR current for 10 years after the hiatus requiring an IPC. For whatever reason, ...
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Are FAA Written Exam Questions 'Dynamically' Selected?

I tried to google this and could not find the answer. For the FAA written exams (private pilot exam, more specifically), how are the 60 questions selected? I have heard it said that they are ...
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FAA and Eurocontrol waypoints with same ID

It seems that the FAA and Eurocontrol have waypoints with the same ID. For example, the route between KJFK and LFPG for a recent ...
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Why would a NOTAM outage cause a nationwide ground stop?

From the FAA this morning The FAA is working to restore its Notice to Air Missions System. We are performing final validation checks and reloading the system now. Operations across the National ...
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61.41 as a general aviator can I log training time I get from military instructors both in Military and general aviation aircrafts [closed]

When I am receiving flight instruction from a military flight instructor in a military aircraft and I am not a military pilot (just have a private pilot certificate) and the instructor endorses my ...
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Does a new FAA medical supersede and void an old medical?

If this seems like a rant it's not intended to be, but an actual issue I'm facing. Scenario: I've been on disability for about a year and a half, and I'm ready to get my Medical back and go back to ...
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Can you study for the written license test online?

I would like to get a PPL at some point. However, because of costs, that's likely to be years in the future, if ever. I know I'll take a course that covers what's on the written test as part of ...
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