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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Is there a reason why it would be a good idea to log ATD and FTD time separately?

Historically, I have a column in my logbook that is "Ground trainer", which encompasses all flavors of flight simulators/legally recognized training devices. I encountered a student passed to me by ...
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Is it allowed to let the engine of an aircraft idle without a pilot in the plane. (For both helicopters and aeroplanes)

Is it allowed to let the engine of an aircraft idle without a pilot in the plane. (For both helicopters and aircr). Would there be a difference between a C172 and a 737?
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How does ceiling relate to IFR and VFR?

I'm working on a Python script that takes in metar data and decides if an airport is VFR/IFR/MVFR etc. This is the website that I'm getting the info from: https://www.aviationweather.gov/metar/data?...
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What are ATC-side procedures to handle a jammed frequency?

A few days ago, I was flying into my base airport in the USA with a control tower, and something/someone was jamming the frequency with what the tower thought was a hot mic after I had established ...
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Using a Foreign-based FAA license while getting permanent license

I am an American Expat who got my EASA PPL(A) license while living abroad. I am about to move back to the US and looking into a permanent conversion to an FAA license. Per I have a European EASA ...
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Why would an airport be depicted with symbology for runways longer than 8,069 feet even though it is reported on the sectional as 7,200 feet?

This airport, KMKO, Muskogee-Davis Regional in Oklahoma southeast of Tulsa is depicted on the sectional chart with symbology normally reserved for airport with a hard surfaced runway longer than 8069 ...
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How long does it take to issue an FAA medical certificate?

How long does it take for the FAA to issue a medical certificate? Exam was 7/23 and haven’t heard anything since.
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What kind of waypoints/routes are used to prepare a flight plan in practice?

I have noticed that FAA provides data delivery service where both waypoints and ATS routes are available to download. By looking at the files, I realize that there are a variety of waypoints and ...
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Can a non multi-engine rated pilot get a complex endorsement in a multi-engine aircraft?

I was wondering if a pilot with only an SEP can get his/her complex endorsement in a multi-engine aircraft? I would guess not but since I didn't find any clear info or FAR that sates you can't, I just ...
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Why does the FAA not support UL102 (formerly 100SF) unleaded av-gas as an alternative to 100LL fuel?

The specifications for UL 102 are described in this Wikipedia article. The fuel appears to exceed the specifications of 100LL in octane number and energy per unit volume although the fuel weighs 7 ...
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What is the procedure to appeal an FAA DPE who conducts exams in a manner that conflicts with certification standards?

Does the FAA have a formal process to allow applicants and instructors to appeal a DPE who does not conduct pilot examinations in a manner consistent with the ACS/PTS guidelines? If yes, how does ...
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Conversion of Pilot's license from Transport canada to FAA post minor heart attack

My husband got his license back in Canada but wants to move to the US, FAA is giving him a hard time in conversion. Is it even possible?
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How to convert an EASA CPL(H) to FAA CPL(H)?

I just finished my CPL(H) license and was just wondering if it is difficult to convert your license to an FAA (or TCCA) license. Do you have to do additional exams or check rides? It's hard to find ...
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Asymptomatic Cavernous Malformation been approved for Class 1, 2 or 3 Medical?

Anyone here with a asymptomatic cavernous malformation been approved for PPL, CPL or ATP? Recently was concerned with the symmetry of my eyes changing. Opthamologiest ordered an MRI that incidentally ...
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Does TSR (Time Since Repair) Need A Reset After A Clean/Inspect/Test Workscope?

So I am a little unclear on what the regulations recommend. Say you have a component that has a Restoration (Ignore the nomenclature) workscope but it is strictly an Inspection/Cleaning/Testing ...
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What's the MTOW I can fly with a PPL?

I thought there was a limit but I can't remember and can't find it anymore. So with an US PPL, what would be the maximum takeoff weight that an aircraft would be allowed to for me to still fly it? ...
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Is it Ok for co-pilots to snooze? [duplicate]

What are the policies on long flights and taking shifts sleeping between 2 pilots? Could a pilot set the cruise control and alarm during any flight?
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who owns the abbreviated name of an airport [closed]

is the name of an airport such as LAX the act of the FAA or the ICAO? from reading, it looks as though the process starts at the ICAO as a recommendation, then is adopted by the FAA?
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Aircraft Registration for 2015 Flight? [duplicate]

Back in 2015, I flew on 4 flights with Delta Airlines. I was too young to remember the registrations of each aircraft. Is it possible to look up the tail numbers if I have the date of the flights, ...
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What does “Controlling Object” mean in FAA documentation?

I was examining FAA's legacy files, which contain information for various airspace elements, and I noticed that there is a field in the airport layout file called "Controlling Object", for both base ...
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How may one notify the FAA of the apparent flaw in the airspace design at KEGE?

Several questions and answers have addressed the design of the airspace around KEGE. The situation is perhaps best summarized in this answer -- Can the Class-E-to-surface airspace near Eagle County ...
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Is there a way to hide your name from registration? [duplicate]

OK. Lets assume I got myself a nice Maule and I don't want anyone to know I am the owner. These days anyone can type the N number to the FAA site and learn who owns the plane and lots of other ...
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How can I find out if the FAA has ever sanctioned a pilot?

Is there any easy way to check to see if a CFI or commercial pilot has had past problems with the FAA? The question came to me after an old thread in one of the aviation forums pointed me to this ...
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Is there anywhere I can find examples of letters seeking interpretation of FARs, sent to the FAA Office of Chief Counsel?

Is there anywhere I may find examples of letters seeking interpretation of FARs, sent to the FAA Office of Chief Counsel? What is the appropriate salutation, if one is needed, on a letter to the FAA ...
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To what FAA office or personnel should one direct an inquiry about the reasons behind the airspace design at a particular airport?

The airspace design process is extremely complex. See for example this FAA document, Order 7400.2M. To what FAA office or personnel should one direct an inquiry about the reasons behind the design ...
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What does “still air” mean when planning alternative airports?

When planning for a takeoff alternate, according to 14 CFR 121.617 (1) Aircraft having 2 engines. Not more than one hour from the departure airport at normal cruising speed in still air with one ...
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Is it required to be an ATP and work for an airline to be a Captain?

I'm just curious if the ATP certificate and working for an airline are prerequisites to being a Captain, or could you have such a title as a PPL or a CPL?
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What is the maximum distance for class C service?

Sectionals say to contact the approach center of a class C airspace within 20 miles. Is this a suggestion or a rule? What is the maximum distance to contact them via radio, other than signal ...
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When did the FAA begin offering added-rating tests for flight instructors?

I don't recall there being abridged versions of the knowledge test for added CFI ratings when I earned my initial CFI certification such as AIF(flight instructor instrument added rating), and back ...
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Is a FAA certified plane allowed to fly everywhere in the world?

Following the debate about FAA and Boeing certification practices, I was wondering whether Europe could potentially require the Boeing 737 Max to be certified by a European agency. Is a FAA ...
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Has it happened before the EASA and the FAA disagreed on the airworthiness of a plane?

With the Continued Airworthiness Notification and with the updated statement https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D1fZ4GTW0Ac4Qsr.jpg in contrast with EASA 2019-0051-E it is crystal clear the EASA and the ...
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How do I get an FAA okay for a private runway?

The county I'd like to put a private runway (for my use only) in doesn't require any special permits because the property is zoned Agricultural, BUT they do require some form of acknowledgement from ...
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How to interpret/use “Fix Minimums” (at KALB)

This one stumped both myself and my CFI. Im specifically asking about the minimums at KALB IL/LOC 19 but a general answer is also appreciated. The plate lists two distinct sets of minimums and we ...
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Non-Towered Airport Operation Logs

Do general aviation non-towered airports have to submit any types of logs to the FAA regarding total number of take-offs and landings in a given year? I'm trying to figure out how busy a small ...
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What are the FAA/CS requirements for rubber chocks?

What are the FAA/CS requirements for rubber chocks? Do they include material, manufacturing processes, etc.?
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Departure and arrival fix loading via FAA website [closed]

About 8 years ago I was involved in a project that would hit an FAA website for fix loading. It was departure and arrival fixes and their associated data. The URL included a command line where you ...
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DAL-A Requirements for Twin-Engine with FADEC

When operating Twin Engine helicopter with FADEC controls, is is necessary to certify at DAL-A? If so, why? Is it related to the FADEC certification or is this required for an aircraft potentially ...
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Certification of Aircraft Phone/Tablet Mounts/Holders

I would like to know, whether it is required for such items to be certified for application on genaral and/or commercial aircraft: https://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-B-166-MP1U https://mgfproducts....
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Under EASA regs who is responsible for part m continued airworthiness? Lessor or Lessee?

If an aircraft is leased out by a lessor to an operator does the lessee (operator) take full responsibility of continued airworthiness or does the lessor have some liability? Perhaps it's similar ...
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How is data exchanged between Eurocontrol and FAA?

Let's say I want to fly from Europe to USA. Then (probably): I'm filling flight plan message(FPS) and it goes to Eurocontrol system. It is somehow transmitted to FAA. How?
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Where is this VFR reporting point (“Water Tank” near Thousand Oaks, CA) in real life?

I was looking at the VFR sectional near Thousand Oaks, California. The chart has a "WATER TANK" labeled, but I see many water tanks in Thousand Oaks on the Google Maps satellite view. Does anyone ...
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How do I distinguish 2 fixes with the same name? [duplicate]

I see two fixes in the CIFP file that have the same name PERSN. Given 2 fixes that have the same name but are located in different regions (defined by ICAO code) ...
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How much advance notice does the FAA have to give for a TFR?

I recently heard a story from a friend about a pilot that broke a TFR which was issued after takeoff. This sounds suspicious to me that the pilot had no advance notice of the TFR. Is the FAA able to ...
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How can a CFI renew their certificate with the FAA during the government shutdown?

My CFI certificate expires at the end of the month. I have completed the required Flight Instructor Renewal Course ("FIRC"), but when I called my local FSDO to make an appointment to submit my renewal ...
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How can I acquire an N number that's showing as deregistered?

I'd like to use an N number that is listed as available. But when I request it, it shows as being deregistered. How can I get this number for my aircraft?
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Can the FAA allow a foreign training center to add a type rating to an FAA license?

I have an ICAO license and an FAA one with the same type rating on both. I have done the initial training through the FAA in the US, but was able to validate the sim, training center and the DPE to ...
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How can I find my grandmother's OLD instrument rating documentation?

This is my grandmother, Nathalie Myrtle Brown: The big-eared kid she's posing with is my dad. She has a claim to fame in that she was the first female instrument-rated pilot in the state of Iowa, a ...
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What does the letter J mean at the start of an FAA instrument approach chart identifier?

To identify a specific Instrument Approach Chart in either the FAA Terminal Procedures Publication (TPP), or the Department of Defense (DoD) Terminal Low Altitude (TLA) Charts, the FAA uses what they ...
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List of aircraft which are not certified to be flown by one pilot

Is there a list somewhere, where it says which aircraft are not single pilot certified? My question is motivated by this question: Fine for operating not single-pilot certified jet with one pilot
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Within the US: When, and by whom, is the Transition Level determined/published?

There are several SE Q&As that deal with the terms Transition Altitude, Transition Layer, and Transition Level. The very-brief, paraphrased definition of the Transition Level (TL) is: The ...