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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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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 ...
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Where can I find exhaustive and current list of ARTCC frequencies?

I found was http://www.milradiocomms.com/artcc_frequencies.html which refers to "update file which resides on the FAA's server". How do I obtain location of this FAA file?
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Are the CAA and FAA Class 1 medical certificates equivalent?

Is the CAA medical class 1 certificate equivalent to the FAA class 1 medical certificate? How so? Or does one have to convert to the FAA license in order to achieve the medical certificate?
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What time do NOS IFR Charts expire?

My charts have 13 September 2018 on them. What time do they expire? I thought at Midnight that night local time, but have been unable to find any corroborating evidence.
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Is a first class medical to be an airline pilot eventually possible?

I have a history of ocd and a little depression when I was younger . Up until now I’ve taken a number of SSRIs and finally recently risperidone which I’m almost tapered off of for ocd.I have been ...
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What are these FAA facilities in Seattle doing?

While walking in Discovery Park I discovered this radar dome with FAA notices on its fence. And not far away I cam across this small FAA signed radio antenna and shack. Any idea what these ...
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Are there any places I can take an FAA written test in Japan?

I want to ask FAA in person. But, I was not able to reach them. I tried phone call 8668782498, sent e-mail to local FSDO. But nothing coming back. I guess I have some possibility to take it in ...
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What is a Ground Power Dispatch Switch?

I've been going over the new Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL) for Textron Aviation Model 500 Series Citations and on page 36 a Ground Power Dispatch Switch is mentioned but I can't find any ...
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Why runway 13L/31R of JFK Airport does not mention any Threshold Crossing Glide Path Height for its reciprocal end?

I am studying FAA's airports legacy file and its corresponding layout data. I noticed that runway 13L/31R of JFK Airport lacks a Threshold Crossing Glide Path Height, as one can also confirm from this ...
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Roughly how frequently do remotely piloted aircraft fly through commercial or general aviation airspace?

According to the Phys.org article NASA flies large unmanned aircraft in public airspace without chase plane for first time: Flights of large craft like Ikhana, have traditionally required a safety ...
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What API can I use to get FAA NOTAMS or will this one I found work?

I am not sure if this is the correct place to ask this because it has to do with APIs with XML/JSON/SOAP, but it also has to do with aviation. I am in dire need to find an API associated with the FAA ...
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What does “RA” mean in the FAA Terminal Constraints?

I'm trying to interpret the Terminal Constraints listed on the Operations Plan Advisory (https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_spt.jsp). RA seems to be used in the context of weather, but I haven't been ...
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What is the FAA definition of “takeoff” and “landing”?

This question is in the context of commercial flights with passengers. What is the definition of "takeoff" and "landing" phases? Does it include taxi? Is it from lift-off for takeoff? and touchdown ...
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What is the technical name for the “time boxes” on an instrument approach plate?

Some instrument approach plates include a list of groundspeeds and times from the FAF to the MAP. What is the real name for these time boxes?
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Why is runway friction measured at 65 km/h and 95 km/h?

Why do we measure at 65km/h and 95km/h when we do a Runway Friction Measurement? Are there differences?
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How should I interpret this raw SID data from the FAA?

I am trying to make sense of the SID structures from the FAA's 28 day NASR subscription files (SSD and/or STARDP, raw data in txt files), and I have two questions. First, I notice that there are ...
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What does the “D” symbol mean on this instrument approach chart?

What does the "D" symbol mean on this approach plate in the airport diagram section (bottom left of plate)?
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Will there be any more schools added to the AT-CTI list?

The FAA has a list of approved Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative schools and I am wondering if any more schools will be approved and added to the list?
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FAA Turbine engine FCU regulations

Does the FAA have any regulations governing the design of a turbine engine FCU? I'm being questioned about an older Beechcraft PT6A FCU - in particular, how can I guarantee that when the power ...
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Why haven't the remaining TRSAs been converted to Class C airspace?

The communication and radar equipment is already in place to provide radar services. ATC staff them. It seems like the biggest investment to get them converted to class C is charting. Why haven't they ...
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How exactly am I supposed to notify ATC when I fly my drone? (UAS)

I recently registered my new 250 class Quadcopter with the FAA under the Part 107 sUAS code. I want to fly within the regulations, and the only one that I'm really unsure about how to abide by is the "...
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What guidance is there for pilots when reporting braking action?

I was listening to "[REAL ATC] Eastern B737 (candidate Mike Pence) OFF RUNWAY at LaGuardia!"(1) and the LGA Tower asks for and receives reports of braking action from several landing pilots. I assume ...
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Does the FAA maintain pilot records from before 1998? [duplicate]

I have held a PPL with an instrument rating since 1999, and I am desperate to continue, but I lost my logbook. Is there any way to get records from the FAA about my total flying time? I contacted my ...
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Are the items in newbie “kits” actually used during or after training?

I want to start training for my Private certificate but I do not want to waste my money. I'm already purchasing an online course for ground school. Generally speaking, are the following used during ...
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Are there airport identifiers assigned to heliports?

FAA databases list multiple Official Facility Names with a given Associated City Name, for example: CITY: Fort Lauderdale FACILITY NAMES: Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International (FLL); BSO Public ...
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What does a numbered dot mean on a sectional chart?

What does this point (125) mean on a Sectional Chart? Is it the field elevation, or just the highest elevation on the area?
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Who checks “Pilots flying without flying licenses”?

One weird thing came to my head In the ground, Everytime you drive an 91 CRX SIR/Civic Si EM1 or ride an Honda Dirtbike There is an possibilty of getting busted by the cops waiting in the temporary ...
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Can a holder of a G4 Visa legally receive flight training and/or acquire a Private Pilot Licence?

I am planning to attend a flight school and acquire a PPL, but I am currently staying in the US with a G4 Visa. Am I allowed to receive flight training legally?
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Where are US FIS-B UAT ground facilities located?

In the US there are Flight Information Services Broadcast (FIS-B) transmitters strategically located to provide WX, NOTAMS and other flight information utilizing the ADS-B infrastructure. ADS-B has ...
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What is the runway holding short line on Taxiway B between B2 and B3 at KFAT for RWY29L?

At Fresno Yosemite International Airport (KFAT), I was instructed to taxi to RWY 29L via B11, B from Signature Support. When passing B3 and approaching RWY 29L end, I noticed there is one holding ...
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How do I find all the frequencies for my local TRACON?

I'd like to program my hand held radio with all frequencies that I can expect to need around my area. Specifically, I'd like to find an official list of all the frequencies used by the local Tracon ...
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How many US airman's certificates are revoked, roughly, per year?

There is a lot of literature devoted to FAA enforcement (see https://www.aopa.org/training-and-safety/pic-archive/faa-enforcement/faa-enforcement) What is the threshold for revocation? The thing that ...
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Which agency issues private pilot certificates?

With which agency would you apply if you wanted a private pilot certificate? Is it FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board), or ICAO (International Civil ...
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Can I take the FAA CFI knowledge exam(s) based on my EASA ATPL knowledge?

One of the requirements to be a flight instructor in the USA is FAA theoretical exams. Can I sit those exams with EASA ATPL theory basis? Also, do I have the right to sit those exams without ...
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Can a UAV over 55lbs legally fly 20 miles off the US coast?

For US aerospace companies that are developing UAVs heavier than 55lbs for application for the DOD, is it possible to test UAVs over the ocean outside what we would normally consider US controlled ...
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What are the differences between an EASA part-66 license and FAA A&P Aircraft Mechanic License?

what is the difference between EASA part-66 license and FAA A&P Aircraft Mechanic License? Are there any reasons for a company or individual to opt for the one or the other or both?
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How does changing the altimeter setting in the US and elsewhere compare?

I have been trying to track down an answer to this question and I stumbled upon this website. Apologies if this answer is already out there. I have seen the FAR regulation, 14 CFR 91.121 - Altimeter ...
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Why is an ATC operational error called a “deal”?

Air Traffic Controllers who lose separation between aircraft call that event a "deal". Why? When the Conflict Alert function was added to the computer system, it reported conflicts to the area ...
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How many active pilots are there in the US? How many are women?

How many active pilots are there in the US? Also, how many active flight instructors are there? Out of all of active pilots and flight instructors how many are women?
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Does the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) provide real-time data feeds and is there a delay?

According to this answer: You can't get real-time data from the FAA without an operational need, and organizations which do receive real-time data cannot legally re-distribute this data publicly, ...
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Can I get my IFR practical and oral examinations directly through the FAA if I can't find designated examiner?

A friend needs to go for instrument and commercial check rides and can't find designated examiner that is local. Can she schedule one at the nearest FAA office?
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Is there a difference between an Area Control Center (US) and a Flight Information Region (ICAO)?

From the wiki page, what I understand is an Area Control Center (ACC), also known as a Center (or in some cases, en-route, as opposed to TRACON control), is a facility responsible for controlling ...
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Is there a list of directs and preferred routes within USA airspace?

In Europe it is possible to find a list of directs which are contained in the Appendix 4 of the Route Availability Document from the Eurocontrol website. My goal is to find the analogous information ...
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What is the exception applicable to basic VFR weather minimums in FAR 91.155?

Question applies to operating an Airplane. The part 91 regulation regarding Basic VFR weather minimums in Class G airspace states (in the FAR 91.155 chart): For aircraft other than helicopters: Day,...
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Has the FAA moved to change its use of gender-specific words like airman?

Last year, the United States Navy was ordered to review all of its job titles related to gender reference, e.g. yeoman, fireman and seaman. The Air Force has initiatives to fully integrate women in ...
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Where to find US airport weather Service Levels?

Where can I find an airport's level of service for weather services? In other words, how do I know if a given airport's Service Standard is a categorized as Service Level A, B, C and D? For ...
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Are there legal limits associated with the use of the autopilot in the US?

A lot of new avionics basically fly small planes for you. Looking at a Beechcraft with a pretty cool glass cockpit, it claims to do everything for you except within 50 feet of the ground. Basically ...
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Who has final authority over Air Force One?

U.S. FAA FAR 91.3 ("Responsibility and authority of the pilot in command") says that: The pilot in command of an aircraft is directly responsible for, and is the final authority as to, the ...
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What is the willingness of non-AME/pilot physicians to perform BasicMed exams?

May 1st, 2017, BasicMed rolls out and for certain operations and certain pilots BasicMed promises a much more permissive and yet preventive oriented approach to medical approvals for pilots. A ...
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How do ATCs choose between Tower, Approach, and Enroute facilities?

Under the FAA system, regarding the allocation to different streams for ATCs, how is this decision made? Do trainees decide early on during training which stream they'd like to work for and ...