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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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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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Is there an equivalent to chart bulletins for Low and High Enroute Charts?

The FAA publishes Chart Bulletins for updates to some charts, but not all. This does not include IFR Low/High Enroute Charts. Why are they excluded? Is there another type of bulletin that handles ...
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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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Does a CFI need an Instrument Rating

https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/retrieveECFR?gp&n=14y2.0.1.1.2&r=PART#se14.2.61_1183 The or below is very confusing. Doesn't it mean I need an Instrument rating or one of the things that ...
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Can one fight medical rejection due to depression noted 14-15 years ago?

My husband's dream was getting his private pilot's license which he just got in August. He was diagnosed with depression about 14 years ago and in medication less than a year. He has been great since ...
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After passing a checkride, can I get the plastic certificate card by visiting the nearest FSDO?

As you know, it takes more than 30 days for the plastic certificate card to be delivered. I know that right after passing check-ride, the temporary certificate is given but I need a plastic card to ...
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What is the proper way to update the time enroute in an EFB system without the assistance of any GPS technology?

I remember training with paper nav logs and the student would have to update the actual ground speed based on time between two waypoints in a flight. In an EFB, what is considered the proper way to ...
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Where can I find current downloadable tower, ground and approach frequencies for USA airports?

I have searched the FAA site and cannot find a spreadsheet with current freqs for airports, only incomplete lists. Online flight planning tools must get query-able current freqs on a monthly basis, ...
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How can an helicopter end up with the same tail number than an airplane?

For example, take N133AA. https://www.jetphotos.com/registration/N133AA shows American Airlines photos from the 90s and an helicopter from this decade: The FAA only shows the helicopter registry: ...
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How are the TRACON location IDs determined?

Most of the TRACONs in the US are colocated with a control tower. The location IDs of these match their airport IDs, which makes sense. There are also several TRACONs that are not located at a ...
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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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