Questions tagged [faa]

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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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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What is this small number on the top right of an IAP?

I've looked in the instrument procedures handbook, and I cannot locate a reference for what this 5-digit number on the top right above the approach name is. What is this number, and what does it mean?...
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Does the FAA generally consider a door opening in an unpressurized cabin during flight to be an emergency?

Sometimes doors pop open on older training aircraft during flight. I've read some indications from poorly-documented sources suggesting that this is considered an emergency, but it doesn't appear ...
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Do US state governors have jurisdiction over their airspace?

Do local governments have any control over their local airspace in the US. Could a governor singlehandedly close or restrict the airspace above his state? I know the FAA controls national airspace ...
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Do you get separate certificates for CFI and CFII?

I passed my CFII checkride the same month my CFI was to expire. So far I have only received a new CFI card in the mail. Shouldn’t I be receiving a card that says CFII on it as well, or should the card ...
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How would an IACRA suspension affect future applications?

An interesting question over on the new UAV.SE site asks Is it possible to get a FAA Part 107 drone license if one has had a pilot license revoked or suspended? The answer appears to be that it's ...
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What is NASR, The FAA's System for Managing Aeronautical Information?

I've googled this question, and know: The National Airspace System Resource (NASR) System provides the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the means for storing and maintaining a reference ...
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How are pilots prepared for a go around on a simultaneous converging approach when the “converging chart” is not published?

Source: adsbexchange.com Today I learned that at KPHL (Philadelphia) simultaneous converging approaches are used. (Note that AAL is faster, which narrowed down the time gap by the time it landed.) ...
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With a Pandememic grounding many to their residence… How to maintain flight hours?

No matter your Country, is grounding affecting license requirements(Passenger, Cargo or even Private) and how are the hours being rectified. CNN actually posed a great question in this article and I ...
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Does the large 6-pointed star on a sectional warn of dangerous radar facility?

I cannot find an explanation for this symbol on the chart legend. Example: near BAB, Beale AFB, on the San Francisco Sectional Chart, does it warn of the dangerous radar facility? Source: skyvector....
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Where are “standard taxi” instructions published? [duplicate]

Example: at KATL (Atlanta), the ground control sometimes gives taxi instructions as "standard taxi"; Where is that defined? Delta 2732 27-Right Lima Charlie "Standard Taxi." In that case, from a ...
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Does the FAA have risk targets for specific activities?

Does the FAA have or publish goal values for various risks? I'm looking for something that says (e. g.) "We rate passenger airline flights as 'safe' if there are fewer than X casualties per million ...
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Can i get A&P course materials in .pdf format? [closed]

I would be very grateful if you provide me any material about A&P basic course for mechanics.
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Are the PW1100G and PW1400G engine series not certified by the FAA?

I was digging around the FAA type certificate data sheet (TCDS) database and I could not find the entries for the PW1100G and PW1400G engines series. I then went to the EASA TCDS database and both of ...
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Are there any aircraft that were grounded and later approved for flight?

Last year the Boeing 737 Max 8 was grounded after two fatal crashes. Historically, are there any other commercial aircraft which were grounded (due to safety issues), and later “fixed” by ...
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What is the FAA's official stance on logging illegal flight time?

To preface my question, I want to discuss the reality that with the number of people and flight operations, there are surely cases where pilots have mistakenly flown under conditions in which it is ...
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How was the endurance test in the Cessna 172 legal?

The flight in the Cessna 172 lasted around 64 days with two pilots switching to fly the plane. To my knowledge both FAA and EASA have rest periods which pilots have to follow. Also the refueling was ...
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When does the FAA require OEM involvement for the approval of an STC?

There appear to be many instances when companies modify aircraft (or introduce after-market systems) without the involvement of the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), up to conversions of ...
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Why do I never see fighter jets on sites like FlighRadar24 and ADBSExchange.com [duplicate]

On ADS-B Exchange they even have a filter option for military aircraft, and it will show all kinds of transport, mid-air refuelers, helicopters, and even training aircraft like the Texan, but I don't ...
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After hernia surgery, what do I need to do to be cleared to exercise the privileges of my PPL?

After hernia surgery, what do I need to do to be cleared to exercise the privileges of my PPL? I recently had hernia surgery in the past few weeks and just had my follow-up appointment with my ...
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Do check rides completed by part 141 schools with self-examining authority count like normal check rides for CFI renewal and gold seal?

Some schools have self-examining authority issued by the FAA. Do check rides completed in this manner count the same way as a standard check ride for the purpose of CFI renewal and gold seal ...

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