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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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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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FAA and Military - Maintenance Certification

My name is João, I'm from Brazil, and I'm researching certification of maintenance companies (aeronautics), more specifically about military certifications. In Brazil, we have an agency to certify ...
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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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What would generally be required to get an STC for swapping wing sections on a glider?

There are some neat gliders out there like the Pipistrel Sinus where the wing can be shortened/lengthened considerably by swapping out the outer wing panels. If I wanted to do something similar and ...
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Why do large U.S. airports still use an old and difficult-to-understand ATIS voice?

Almost all large airports in the U.S. use the ATIS voice heard in this video, and have been for at least the past 20 years. The voice itself is not nearly as "crisp" and clear as most other ...
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What is the technical reason behind why the FAA standard uses a 1000 ft aiming point and much larger runway numbers than the ICAO standard?

FAA and ICAO standards, respectively. If the larger FAA runway numbers are for easier identification, why wouldn't ICAO also adopt this feature to enhance safety?
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Are there instances of ATC services being refused to targeted pilots and/or operators?

Jpe61 opines that in certain circumstances aircraft can be denied services because of overdue fees. One service mentioned is ATC. This makes me curious if this could actually happen, since for certain ...
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Would the FAA let me fly a plane with no windows? [duplicate]

Back in 2014 Airbus patented several designs for airplanes with no cockpit windows. Would the FAA let someone (fully-certified for IFR) fly an airplane with no cockpit windows?
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New airplane certification required for airplanes operated by non-American airlines?

I read the news today that Chinese made C919 is certified by its government. Does FAA need to certify this aircraft before it can land in the US even thought operated by a Chinese airline ( or any ...
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What jet is pictured on the FAA pilot certificate?

The front of the FAA pilot certificate shows two aircraft. One is the Wright Flyer. The other appears to be a 2 or 3 engine commercial jet. What model of aircraft is that jet? The engines look ...
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What is magnetic variation under RADIO AIDS TO NAVIGATION in FAA Chart Supplement, and How to use it?

I'm going to use couple examples to ask my question: Looking at KBVY chart supplement, it says: ...
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Crop dusting a person's orchard and garden other than the field he is spraying

I'm a homeowner next to a farm field owned by a local farmer. He has his crops sprayed several times a year. This last time he sprayed the field I went and sat on my driveway, so he didn't get close ...
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Does a BasicMed certificate need to be printed to be valid?

I understand the logic behind the FAA wanting a physical card on the pilot's person-- it's so an FAA rep can revoke the license on the spot. However, this logic doesn't apply in the slightest to the ...
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Can a pilot drive an ultralight with folded wings on the shouder of a country road

Saw an ultralight with power driven wheels the other day. This begs the question, can a pilot legally slowly drive an ultralight with folded wings stationary prop and powered wheels on the shoulder of ...
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What's the purpose of categorizing alternate airdromes?

Why do we have alternates in categories of take off alternate, enroute alternate and destination alternate. Does this really need to categorize in groups or it's just pointless issue?
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What can you do with an ATP that you can’t with an R-ATP?

So I know about the different requirements for an ATP vs R-ATP but I can’t find what you are able to do with a full ATP that you can’t do with an R-ATP
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Does the FAA have control over private "airparks"?

We were informed a neighbor is planning a 2800 ft. X 150 ft. asphalt "air park" on property behind our home. The end of the runway is to be 360’ from our bedroom windows. As our home is in ...
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Airplanes Parking On Taxiway

I've noticed one or two planes at my airport continuously park on the Taxiway and stay for sometimes an hour+. I keep looking and can't seem to find any regulations on this topic. (Only finding stuff ...
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How can I best use the ACS?

I'm a student pilot and I feel I'm well studied but there are some concepts that I seem to forget. I'm trying to get beyond the point of relying fully on memory and more so using common sense to ...
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Are there any/many US airports (with instrument approaches) still without RNAV approaches?

GPS approaches being so trivially easy to establish and maintain, are there any/many US airports with instrument approaches which do not have at least one RNAV approach?
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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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