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Questions tagged [faa-regulations]

FAA regulations cover the aviation rules of the United States of America and territories. This tag should be used for questions regarding requirements or limitations imposed by FAA regulations or other related guidance material. It should **not** be used for questions about contacting the FAA, filling out FAA forms, or other areas of FAA responsibility.

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Where is Transport Category aircraft defined in CFR 14?

Commuter Category is defined rigorously, https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/14/23.3 But I was unable to find an equivalent definition for Transport Category in the regulations (not Wikipedia or ...
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Could I Legally Fly a Paramotor as a Commuter Method [duplicate]

I get permission from company security to fly into work using my paramotor (I don’t have one, but would like to get one). We have six offices around the city. The city has two airports: one major ...
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How can I convert a Peruvian pilot's license to one that will let me work in the USA? [duplicate]

My fiancé just became a U.S. resident. He's originally from Peru and is a helicopter pilot with some airplane experience as well. He has more than 8000 hours flying helicopters and around 150 airplane ...
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How do I renew my ability to fly after 40 years?

I am 83 years old and it has been over forty years since I piloted an aircraft and would like to go back to flying again. I hold a single engine rating and had flown several hundred hours, but my log ...
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What is the standard for tachometer calibration / Hobb's equivalency?

I've heard that 1 tach hour = 1 Hobb's hour at maximum RPM. I've also heard that tach equivalency is at "cruise" RPM, although that seems vague. I believe I've also heard that the accuracy of ...
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Why aren’t multiengine general-aviation aircraft required to be capable of sustained single-engine flight?

While perusing the See How it Flies website, I came across this alarming statement regarding multiengine general-aviation aircraft: You must not allow yourself to think that just because airliners ...
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Can a commercial pilot get paid by friend? [duplicate]

'm a little bit headache about charge issue with commercial pilot certificate .hope someone help me figure out. IF my friend approaches to me first and ask for a flight to somewhere using my airplane ...
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Is a mode C transponder required underneath Class C airspace?

FAR 91.215 states that a mode C transponder is required for... all aircraft in all airspace above the ceiling and within the lateral boundaries of a Class B or Class C airspace area designated ...
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What is “Defense Area” on a VFR Sectional Chart?

What is "Defense Area" on a VFR Sectional Chart? The words "DEFENSE AREA" (in all caps) appear all along the US/Mexico border in blue. It's the biggest text on the chart. Interestingly enough, the ...
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Where does it say that type certificates are required?

I am doing research and looking for a regulation (from FAA, Transport Canada, ICAO or anywhere else) that explicitly states that a type certificate is required for aeronautical products (aircraft, ...
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How to understand the requirements for IFR currency?

So the requirement reads "six instrument approaches; Holding procedures; and Intercepting and tracking courses through the use of navigation systems." I am still a little unclear on how to interpret ...
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Who has more power? Air Force One PIC or ICAO or FAA? [duplicate]

So, ICAO(or FAA) Controls everything in the air, but is Air Force One on top of it, or does Air Force One need to follow the ICAO's (or FAA's) regulations?
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Is there a maximum horizontal acceleration for passengers?

Are there any regulations regarding the maximum acceleration forces that passengers should experience during takeoff/flight/landing? Or what would be considered to be an acceptable horizontal ...
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Can I land on an abandoned runway in California?

Can a private pilot land on an abandoned runway in southern California's remote areas? There are a few unpaved runways near scenic hillsides, ideal for camping or swimming.
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Does an IFR flight at night in VMC count as “night VFR conditions” (FAR 61.129)?

FAR 61.129 several times uses the phrase “night VFR conditions.” Does this mean strictly flights conducted under VFR at night, or does it include night flights conducted under IFR but in VMC?
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Do solo night time and “towered” landings total separately toward the solo night requirements in FAR 61.129?

FAR 61.129(a)(4)(ii) reads as follows for an applicant for commercial airplane single-engine, and makes similar provisions for other categories and classes. (4) Ten hours of solo flight time &...
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Starting Off My Career as a Pilot [closed]

I am 17 years old and am interesting in pursuing a career as a pilot. I am not sure what I need to do first, but I do have a flight lesson this Saturday to see if I want to continue with this career ...
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Can ATC terminate flight following AND approve (arbitrary) frequency change while still inside Class C airspace?

Unusual (for me) event inside Class C. Can ATC terminate flight following inside Class C and approve frequency change. Background: Requested and received VFR FF at 6500 msl prior to approaching ONT ...
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What is the reapplication process for a suspended dispatcher certificate?

I had my dispatcher certificate suspended for a year for leaving the testing site before I could provide an adequate urine sample. I did not realize this was a reportable event. I accept the ...
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Will Tower repeat an initial heading if it's part of my IFR clearance?

If I get an initial heading to fly in my clearance from Clearance Delivery, but the Tower controller does not repeat the heading to fly in my takeoff clearance and I stay on runway heading, can the ...
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Can I apply for a Gold Seal any time, or only when I renew my CFI certificate?

Basically my CFI certificate expires almost a year from now, but I have met the requirements for Gold Seal. Can I obtain my Gold Seal now, or do I have to wait until its time to renew my CFI?
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Has FAA ever granted a LODA for compensated instruction in non-LSA E-AB?

I have been trying to find a list of granted LODA to get this question answered. No joy. I am considering purchasing a Sling TSI E-AB. It would be great to be able to instruct in it for compensation.
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What is the specific FAA regulation with regards to a pilot dropping jumpers into a solid cloud base? [duplicate]

What is the FAA regulation with regards to a pilot dropping jumpers into a solid cloud base? I saw some parachute jumpers come through a solid cloud layer with a base at around 1300 AGL. They landed ...
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What FAA regulations govern a US International Airport name change, such as McCarran International to Harry Reed International?

What FAA regulations govern a US International Airport name change, such as McCarran International to Harry Reed International or Las Vegas International Airport? Can the citizenry petition the FAA ...
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In the United States, is there any way I can fly without a medical certificate?

I live in the United States. I haven't been able to get a medical certificate yet, but I'm interested in flying airplanes (or maybe other kinds of aircraft). Is there any way I can fly without having ...
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How much difference in heading/bearing between consecutive legs is “officially” considered a turn?

While examining FAA's TERPS manual (Order 8260.3D) and PBN manual (Order 8260.58A), I noticed two seemingly contradictory statements. TERPS 8260.3D Chapter 14. Departure Routes, 14-3-4 . Construct ...
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What are early/inside and late/outside turns (see, e.g., PBN Manual Order 8260.58A) and when do pilots perform them?

While studying FAA's PBN Manual (Order 8260.58A), I came across the concept of early/inside and late/outside turn construction (Section 5-3. Turning Departures). For each of the possible cases, it ...
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Does the FAA allow a jet bridge to approach an aircraft that has engine #2 running?

Does the FAA allow a jet bridge to approach an aircraft that has engine #2 running?
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Why aren't airliners spin-tested?

According to Wikipedia, only single-engine aircraft with an MTOW no greater than 12500 pounds are required to demonstrate the ability to recover from a spin, and not large or multi-engine aircraft. ...
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Can a simulator (FFS) be used in place of a Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) to meet the commercial experience requirements?

14 CFR 61.129(a)(3)(ii) lists the aeronautical experience requirements for a commercial certificate. It says: (ii) 10 hours of training in a complex airplane, a turbine-powered airplane, or a ...
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Does an instrument rating bridge category and class?

I had previously been under the impression that if a pilot held an instrument rating that it would apply to aircraft in another class. The requirements of 61.57 would seem to support that since ...
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With radio not working, why it is more important to stay away from exactly class D airspace?

The instructions how to land when the radio is no longer working state as the first item "stay away from the class D airspace". Why is the class D specifically mentioned in these instructions? How it ...
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When an emergency happens, why do pilots need to stay on the current ATC frequency?

Per the below order, I need to stay with the initial ATC frequency during an emergency, what is the benefit to do so? What if the aircraft entered into the airspace controlled by anther ATC or the ...
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Fine for operating not single-pilot certified jet with one pilot

Are there any clear-cut fines for flying an aircraft like a Global 5000 which is not single-pilot certified by a single pilot? And what would be the probability of being caught and how would they ...
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Is there a specific procedure for grounding a pilot?

When a pilot gets grounded by the FAA, is there a specific procedure that happens? I have heard of situations where the pilot is recommended or told to ground themselves. Is this the same as if the ...
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Are you required to disclose medical conditions to your flight instructor?

When talking with a local flight school about my interest in starting training, I started asking questions about how the AME process works. The flight instructor then asked me if I had any specific ...
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Can I get training in the USA with a PPL from another country, but without converting it?

My friend's in South Korea, and he would like to get training in the USA soon. He currently has a PPL in Korea and it is still valid. I'm sure that he can start an IFR course in the USA and another ...
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Does a subsequent crossing restriction supersede earlier crossing restrictions?

Does a subsequent crossing restriction supersede earlier crossing restrictions? Here's an example. While flying the MIP4 arrival into KLGA, you receive the expected instruction to cross MARRC at ...
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How come certain airports can have unique rotating beacon colors?

The Hershey Medical Center Heliport has a white-red-green beacon as opposed to a normal heliport white-yellow-green beacon. How is this allowed?
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Can someone retake a denied medical?

If someone gets a denial on their medical or gets deferred but never follows up with the appointments, can they retake it at a later time? For example, if someone gets denied on their medical and ...
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Is the Tower (Local) Controller responsible for “separating” VFR traffic in the pattern in the U.S. in Class D airspace?

For example, in U.S. Class D airspace, if an inbound aircraft operating VFR is instructed by the Control Tower to "enter left downwind for runway 18, report entering downwind," is the controller ...
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Can multiple aircraft share the same logbook? [closed]

If a private pilot owns 3 planes can he use 1 logbook for all 3 or does he need to use 3 logbooks? Would the answer change if he also owns a helicopter?
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What might happen if I receive flight instruction in a plane with an airworthiness deficiency?

Let's say I were to a day VFR flight with a new instructor, in hopes of eventually pursuing Sport Pilot - Airplane privileges (U.S.A.) During the flight, I notice the plane has a minor airworthiness ...
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In the US, is there a way for a pilot to legally “maneuver at will” in actual IMC?

In the US, is there a way for a pilot to legally "maneuver at will" in actual IMC? Let's say you want to practice a series of reversing 360-degree turns and not have to communicate every change in ...
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In the US, is it legal to cover up some of the required gyro instruments during flight under IFR in actual IMC?

In the US, is it legal to cover up some of the required gyro instruments during flight under IFR in actual IMC? The purpose being for "partial panel" practice.
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Re old (1993) US VFR sectional charts— when did the term “Class E” first appear?

When did the phrase "Class E" or "Class E airspace" first appear on the legend of US VFR sectional charts, to identify the meaning of the thin dashed magenta line? I'd like to narrow down the date as ...
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To access EASA amc s or FAR gm?

How can I access EASA Acceptable Means of Compliance documents, or FAR guidance material docs ?
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FAA Large Aircraft: Origin of 12,500 pounds

According to the FAA's definitions in 14 CFR 1.1, a Large aircraft is an "aircraft of more than 12,500 pounds, maximum certificated takeoff weight." I have heard this threshold was set based on the DC-...
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PA/APV Glidepath Descent and Obstacle Clearance Slope's lowest point determination

I am studying the US Terminal Instrument Procedures manual (TERPS) and as I was skimming through the guidelines about Sloping Obstacle Clearance Surface, I came across the image below from section 2-1-...
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Would it be safer if Drones carried transponders? [closed]

The current FAA regulations don’t permit UAS above 400’ AGL, but that doesn’t mean that the machines are not capable of flying higher than that. Since a Mode-C (at the minimum) transponder is ...