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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, ...

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Do IFR / VFR weather minimums include ceilings?

I'm not really sure how to ask my question, but there are classifications for weather conditions for MVFR, IFR, and LIFR. The FAA also has weather minimums for flying VFR in the different airspaces ...
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Why are TFRs issued around stadiums during games in the U.S.?

I want to know the FAA's reasoning behind issuing TFRs whenever a game is going on in a stadium. Is it just because of a large crowd of people? Do engine noises just bother people? Could an aircraft's ...
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Can the FAA CPL 2-hour cross country flight requirement include stops?

One of the requirements for an FAA commercial certificate is: §61.129: (3) 20 hours of training on the areas of operation listed in §61.127(b)(1) of this part that includes at least— ... (...
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What happens when flying on a Victor airway but through a class B or C airspace?

I think it´s a very simple doubt but also very important, and i can´t find the answer. If you are flying on a Federal Airway that at some point cross a class B airspace (for example)...do you need ...
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Where in the FAR or AIM is a high speed taxi defined?

While monitoring coms I recently heard a Cessna Centurion that had just cleared the runway request a "high speed taxi", which was approved by the tower. I'm assuming that means he wants to taxi at a ...
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What is the procedure when a required A/D inspection via an AMOC has gone overdue?

I recently purchased an aircraft that was legally (and otherwise) airworthy. There is a visual inspection due (any private pilot can perform it) every 10 hours, but the ferry pilot may have ...
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What does LNAV engagement exactly mean?

I notice the term LNAV engagement being frequently mentioned in aviation related discussions or in several FAA's relevant material. Take, for example, this quote from Order 8260.58A (PBN Instrument ...
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Is it normal to choose a left or right pattern based on the wind direction? [duplicate]

I fly at Las Cruces International (KLRU) which is in an area with high winds (20 knots or more). My flight instructor wants me to fly the traffic pattern according to the crosswind direction on ...
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Under what circumstances can the Initial Climb Area extend more than 2 nautical miles?

While studying of FAA's Instrument Procedures Handbook, I noticed that on page 1-16 (Chapter 1: Departure Procedures) it defines the Initial Climb Area (ICA) as follows: The ICA is the segment of ...
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Does the “follow” instruction give an aircraft clearance to turn onto a taxiway and/or cross a runway?

Consider this ATC instruction from a ground controller: N123, continue down Alpha, turn right at Kilo, hold short of RWY36. N456, follow N123. Does this instruction mean N456 can turn right ...
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Is 1N2 (Spadaro) in class G or D airspace?

I am confused about the situation where an airport is located in class G airspace and at the same time located in class D airspace. As we can see the picture below Spadaro (1N2) is located inside the ...
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Can I get a third-class medical if I have sleep apnea?

Some year-and-a-half ago my physician recommended that I take a sleep study. Some preliminary exam (overnight finger-carried monitor) indicated that a few times per night my oxygen level dips below 91%...
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Can a non FAA CFI (EASA for eg) sign off a high performance endorsement on an FAA PPL certificate?

I have an FAA PPL cert, flying in the UK. Can a qualified EASA CFI sign off a high performance endorsement on my FAA certificate. Thanks
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Traversing a tall suspension bridge during low overcast [duplicate]

Suppose a pilot is flying VFR with excellent visibility and calm wind but with a ceiling of 1000, along a wide river at 500 feet. At some point she approaches a suspension bridge. Climbing and trying ...
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Can a CFII log Dual Given if flying as SIC?

I am an MEI/CFII/ATP type rated and authorized jet pilot in Part 135 operation. On the legs where I'm SIC slinging gear and working radios, is it ok to log this time as "dual given" and PIC time as ...
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Can a flight instructor without instrument rating legally provide instrument training?

In the US the FAA requires student pilots to receive at least 3hrs of instrument flight training. Can a flight instructor that does not hold an instrument rating legally provide a private pilot ...
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As a contractor for an FBO, is it okay for us to transmit Internet signals right above the tarmac?

I have been looking for the FAA Regulations on this with no luck, we are contracted IT with a local FBO and they want to provide internet to all their hangers. The easiest way would be to put a line ...
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What is a 5 Tube System?

I've been going over the new Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL) for Textron Aviation Model 500 Series Citations and on page 70 an Electronic Flight Information System (EFIS) 5 or 3 Tube System is ...
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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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Any FAA or other regulations prohibiting taxiing between parked aircraft?

So the other day I was getting checked out at a local FBO, after returning to the ramp, instructor told me to taxi between two parked (tied-down aircraft). It was a tight squeeze but I taxied at about ...
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Is a reversal of heading allowed in the NYC Hudson VFR corridor?

The special rules chart indicates that northbound traffic should follow the eastern edge of the Hudson and southbound should follow the west one. Suppose a pilot wanted to only go mid-way through the ...
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How can someone without a pilot's license arrange an initial test flight for a homebuilt aircraft?

I think this has more to do with culture and expectations than actual rules, so maybe this might attract opinionated answers, but I still want to know what people think: If a person were to construct ...
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Does the “Climbing right turn” instruction of this SID violate the “Climb to 400 feet above DER before turning” requirement?

I was examining the LaGuardia Five SID, and I noticed that for runway 13 (Coney Climb) it gives the instruction, immediately after takeoff, "Climbing right turn heading 180 degrees to intercept CRI R-...
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Could a civilian aircraft in distress land in Area 51? [duplicate]

Just curiosity, but in case of a real life-threatening emergency (where you can't fly to closest airport or strip), would they (Air Force, military or whoever) allow the plane to land on the Area 51 ...
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Why are some ATP CTP providers not on the FAA's approved list?

The FAA has published a list of ATP CTP provider schools. But I can still find other schools not listed in this list, like "ATP flight school". I'm sure that only approved facilities can provide an ...
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Can hours accumulated in a glider count towards the 1500 hours for an ATP certificate?

If you have ratings in Glider, ASEL, AMEL do all your PIC hours in all categories count towards an ATP certificate, or must the Glider hours be kept separate?
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What is the maximum body weight allowed for a pilot?

What is the maximum allowed body weight for a new commercial pilot student? Would someone weighing 130kg be rejected on the basis of health? If so, what should that person weigh to avoid the ...
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Can I find the minimum IFR altitude based only on a SID plate?

I noticed this question here on aviation stackexchange, and I was wondering if there is a way to deduce the minimum IFR altitude (either 1000ft or 2000ft above obstacles, depending on whether or not ...
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What is the type of a SID that is neither RNAV nor RNP?

I am studying FAA's Order 8260.46F and I have noticed that, as far as the different types of SIDs are concerned, it states: [3-5] (1) “RNAV 1” will be the default designation for RNAV DPs. Annotate ...
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Is there an equivalent of the Threshold Crossing Height for departure procedures?

The definition for the Threshold Crossing Height is, according to the sources that I have checked, "the theoretical height above the runway threshold at which the aircraft's glideslope antenna would ...
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What does the indication “ATC” in some Take-Off Minimums mean?

While studying FAA's Standard Instrument Departure Procedures, I came across the La Guardia Five Departure SID. Take, for example, the Take-Off Minimums for runway 13L: Rwy 13 (Coney Climb): 400-2 ...
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What does the instruction “Climb heading [BEARING] to [NAVAID] 2.5 DME” mean?

I am examining FAA's Standard Instrument Departure Procedures (SIDs) and while reading their textual description, I came across this instruction from LGA's La Guardia Five Departure SID, for Runway ...
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What class is the airspace at KGCN when the tower is closed?

I was wondering if someone could help me figure out how the airspace around the Grand Canyon National Park Airport (KGCN) works. The chart supplement here says: AIRSPACE: CLASS D svc 1 Jun thru 30 ...
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What's the minimum legal height in Europe for a low pass at an airport?

Does anyone know in which document I can find the legal minimum height for a low pass at an airport, assuming the pass has been approved by ATC? I have been discussing this topic a lot with several ...
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What is the difference between a rating and a certificate?

I did some research on what it would take to become a private pilot. I am totally green to the aviation world, so bear with me on my question. I see the licenses also referred to as certificates but ...
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Are these logged time assumptions correct for commercial checkride applicants?

If an applicant is an ASEL private pilot without an instrument rating, are these assumptions correct? Multi-engine dual time can be used to satisfy the 10 hours complex time requirement Cross-country ...
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How long is a clearance void time valid?

You're picking up your IFR clearance on the ground and you get a 10 minute void time from now. What phase of flight is that 10 minute void time clearance good until? ..your wheels are up? ..a ...
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How can two private pilots flying together log time and split costs legally?

I'm a new private pilot and I've got a neighbor who would like to do some flying in his personal Cessna 172G. He is a private pilot as well and I am wondering how the regulations apply. If he sits ...
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What are my take off minimums?

Requesting for some clarification. Part 91 operator. 0-0 visibility and ceiling minimums Departing Rwy 15 at ADS Can I depart with a standard 200 ft/nm cross DER 35 ft. since I don't need to ...
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How many hours does an ATP helicopter pilot need to get a fixed-wing Sport Pilot certificate?

I hold an FAA ATP type rated in Helicopters, and I want to get my sport pilot certificate in airplane. How many hours do I need to satisfy the requirements? And how much will the sport pilot ...
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Can I log Hours in a foreign aircraft? [duplicate]

I have my FAA Private Pilot License but I live in Chile, The thing is that I was asked by the father of a friend of mine to join him on a C182 flight in Chile (Chilean Aircraft). So, can I log that ...
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Is ATC clearance or permission required to fly helicopter routes and transitions in the Los Angeles area?

Skyvector has Los Angeles helicopter charts here and here. Are pilots required to obtain ATC clearance or permission to fly helicopter routes and transitions?
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Why is there a need for a Top Altitude in FAA's SIDs?

I am examining some of the FAA's SID charts and, as far as I can deduce, each SID provides information concerning the altitude when it is necessary and, if not changed by the controller, each ...
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Is FAA's Order 8260.58A complementary to the TERPS manual as far as SID design is concerned?

I am studying FAA's United States Standard for Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPS) to learn how a SID is designed and what kind of rules and constraints one has to take into consideration. I am ...
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How to determine RNP and XTT values from section “5-2-1 Straight Departure” of FAA's 8260.58A Order?

I am trying to understand how to determine the Obstruction Clearance Area for each leg of a SID route. I am currently studying the US Standard for PBN Instrument Procedure Design (Order 8260.58A) and, ...
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Is required that your alternate airport has approaches other than GPS approach? [duplicate]

I start to read AIM and AC90-105A about alternate considerations.If I have GPS(TSO-129 let’s say),Can I file based on a GPS-based IAP at the alternate airport,and my alternate airport only has GPS ...
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What does it mean when your destination airport is currently “below IFR minimums”?

Does it mean that absolutely nobody can land there until conditions improve? Can ATC still give you an IFR clearance to your destination airport in this case?
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Is the airspace at KUGN class G from the surface to 1200' AGL where class E starts when the tower is closed?

The chart supplement for KUGN here says "AIRSPACE: CLASS D SVC 1200-0200Z other times CLASS E." Does that mean that when the tower is closed, the class D airspace switches to class E surface area ...
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Do FAA regulations keep aircraft away from 18,000 feet MSL to avoid conflict with FL190?

In the US, is there any FAA Regulation that keeps all aircraft away from 18,000 feet MSL… Since theoretically, FL190 could be lower than 18,000 feet MSL, and create all kinds of confusion with keeping ...
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How to fly IFR to an airport without any instrument approaches?

Would I just file an IFR flight plan to the airport in question, and expect to be cleared for the visual approach if there are no instrument approaches at the destination airport?