Questions tagged [faa-regulations]

FAA regulations cover the aviation rules of the United States of America and its 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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What does “airspace above 14,500 MSL is controlled with few exception” mean?

I was reading Cessna IFR Training program and came across this line that airspace above 14,500 MSL is controlled with few exceptions. What does it really mean? Class A doesn't start until 18,000 ft, ...
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How do I fly to Borrego Valley (L08) if it's inside a CA state park?

I'd like to fly to Borrego Valley Airport (L08) and it's inside California's Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. How does this work, given that I'm supposed to say at least 2000 feet AGL when flying over ...
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How should a private pilot renew their part 107 certificate?

I got a Part 107 (Commercial Drone) Certificate by passing the test more than two years ago, so it's expired now. I just became a private pilot, and I know that private pilots can get a Part 107 ...
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What Navigation Publications are Required?

If I'm flying to Catalina Island from John Wayne Airport (30 miles overwater) what navigation publications are required to be on board for the route of flight?
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Regarding 49 CFR 830, what is considered an in-flight fire?

49 CFR 830.5 requires immediate notification for in-flight fires. Does that mean there must have been visible plasma? Would the presence of smoke alone be enough to report that there was a fire, or ...
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Can you use a home built helicopter for solo hours?

I'm curious to know if anyone has heard of or has any knowledge of using a kit helicopter for the FAA required minimum solo hours of flight training.
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Do I need explicit clearance to taxi on an inactive runway?

I received taxi instructions from ground at a class D airport in the USA as follows (I was at ramp): Taxi to runway 04, Right on Bravo, left on 10, right on Alpha (no explicit clearance or hold short ...
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When does ATC contact the pilot for a frequency change?

Usually, when the aircraft enters a new flight information region for example, ATC will ask the pilot to enter a new frequency. I'm curious about when they do. Is there a rule about it (in an IFR ...
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Are there any limitations of diopters (corrected eyesight) in the US?

According to FAA standards, there seems to be no diopters limitation for a first class medical. I'm Japanese. JP CAC limits it. UK CAA also does. I would appreciate it if you could tell me whether my ...
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Can drones/UAVs fly over international waters without being subject to the FAA's regulations?

Can UAVs or drones (consumer/commercial scale) operate over international waters (12 miles out from the shore) without being regulated by the FAA? Just wondering if companies can do things like ...
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What are the communication procedures for flying from one Class D airspace directly into another Class D airspace?

What is the communication procedure for descending through Class D airspace to land at a different controlled airport in a separate class D airspace that is directly next to it, such as Long Beach (...
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How much runway does an amphibious Cessna Caravan require for VFR part 135 operations?

I am trying to determine the length required for us to build a simple paved runway for a Cessna Grand Caravan EX Amphibian to depart for water landings and and return (VFR/VMC only, Part 135). ...
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For general aviation small aircraft flying VFR under 10,000 feet, can I use my phone GPS for navigation in the US?

For general aviation small aircraft flying VFR under 10,000 feet, can I use my phone GPS for navigation in the US? So no onboard GPS (which are expensive), no VOR/DME, of course there is always dead ...
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Is there a maximal time to pass a type rating?

Let's say you begin a type rating for a long haul carrier (e.g. A350 or B787) at day 1. After few days, your training stops due to external causes (airline paying your training bankrupt, all aircraft ...
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Can I act as SIC with these specific type ratings?

Can I act as SIC on a part 91 ferry flight, if I hold... a DC-9 type rating and the flight is in an MD-80? a B-737 type rating, can I act as SIC on a B-737NG?
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Are three airports or four required for private pilot cross country?

The cross country requirement for the private pilot certificate says that I need to complete a cross country flight of over 150 nm with full stop landings at three points and one leg at least 50 nm. ...
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What is meant by a “pressure system” in FAR 91.205?

FAR 91.205 states: § 91.205 Powered civil aircraft with standard category U.S. airworthiness certificates: Instrument and equipment requirements. (a) General. Except as provided in ...
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What is the status of a bravo airspace when the associated TRACON is evacuated?

On 18 March 2020, an earthquake struck just south of KSLC, causing an evacuation of the control tower and TRACON facilities. The airport was closed. Later in the day, I found myself unable to ...
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Does a CFI have to be a CFII to fly with a student in IMC?

A CFI wants to fly with a student under the following conditions: CFI has ASEL pilot cert with Instrument Rating CFI has ASEL Instructor cert with NO Instrument Rating CFI is current in all regards ...
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Are the VFR weather minimums in 91.155(d) redundant because of 91.155(a)?

14 CFR 91.155(d) specifies that: ... no person may take off or land an aircraft, or enter the traffic pattern of an airport, under VFR, within the lateral boundaries of the surface areas of Class B,...
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Does wearing glasses mean you automatically meet the first class medical requirements?

I have been wearing glasses for a very long time. If you wear permanent eyeglasses do you automatically meet the FAA first class medical vision requirements?
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How can a glider pilot add sport pilot privileges?

If I understand the rules correctly, if one already has a Private Pilot rating, then one has Sport Pilot privileges but will need an endorsement for a new category/class of aircraft. What if one has a ...
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Is a lapsed Advanced Ground Instructor certificate acceptable to use as proof of FOI when taking CFI initial?

I have an AGI certificate that I haven't exercised the privileges of in the preceding 24 calendar months. When I initially got the AGI, I had planned to take my CFI almost immediately but didn't. I'm ...
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What Transponder code to use flying between Oakland and Hawaii? [closed]

Where to find the appropriate Transponder code for crossing the Pacific?
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FAA's handbook, “in the middle of instrument”means where in this page?And is there anything wrong in ths page that I can correct?

Excuse me, does anyone know how to correct this page. My English and knowledge of aircraft is not well. this is one of FAA's handbook, "Instrument Flying Handbook" and its "Instrument Flying Handbook ...
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In reference to airspace, what does the FAA mean by “within the lateral boundaries of”? Is this construed to also imply a vertical limit?

Several FARs use the phrase "within the lateral boundaries of" (x airspace). What does the FAA interpret this phrase to mean? Specifically, what is the vertical extent of the airspace encompassed by ...
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Does the FAA have a document that details each step found in a Component Maintenance Manual?

Is there a standard FAA document type for 'general' maintenance steps that a Component Maintenance Manual (CMM) can reference? For example: Once the bulb has been locked into the socket, reference ...
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What exactly are these frequency uses mentioned in the FAA's advisory circular on VHF use?

The FAA's document AC 90-50, (currently AC 90-50D) sets forth how the aviation communications frequencies (118.000-136.975) are allocated in the United States. Many of the assignment designations are ...
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What is the two-person cockpit rule, as of February 2020?

In the comments to the accepted answer on this question, there is some conflicting information about the current regulations around the 2 person cockpit rule. I was under the impression that there ...
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Would “Mad” Mike Hughes' steam-powered rocket have been certified airworthy by the FAA?

Daredevil 'Mad' Mike Hughes died after his homemade rocket crashed on 22 February 2020. The cause appears to be the premature deployment of the parachute used for a safe return. He was hoping to reach ...
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What is the maximum takeoff weight allowed for a part 103 ultralight?

What is the max takeoff weight (MTOW) for a part 103 vertical takeoff (VTOL) ultralight? And is the value peak or continuous limit?
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What is the current regulatory progress regarding autonomous aircraft carrying passengers?

Are there any lobbying groups working towards this? Has there been any word whatsoever from the FAA on this topic yet?
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Does the FAA construe FAR 91.225 to prohibit aircraft w/o electrical systems w/o ADS-B-out from flying above 10,000' MSL unless below 2500' AGL?

Does the FAA construe FAR 91.225 as imposing a general prohibition on flight above 10,000' MSL (excluding airspace below 2500' AGL) in aircraft without ADS-B-out, even for aircraft without engine-...
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How often can I fly my own small plane?

I was wondering about how often can one fly a privately owned plane? Is it somehow like owning a car where you just light up the ignition and just drive away? Obviously, there are a lot of regulations ...
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Is it permitted to land amphibian plane in the ocean on Californian coast?

Given the length of the Californian coast, I was surprised to find so few seaplane services. I would expect air taxis between Long Beach and the coast, for example. Is it permitted to land seaplanes ...
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Is ADS-B required for flight under class B airspace but outside the Mode C veil?

In the U.S., can a non-ADS-B equipped aircraft legally fly under class-B airspace extensions that are outside of the 30nm Mode-C Veil circle?
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What is an approved weather source for flying an instrument approach into an airport with no working ATIS?

What can you use as viable weather information landing at an airport with ATIS inoperative due to the tower being closed after hours? Let's assume the approach secondary weather source is also ...
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Can a part 103 ultralight weigh 400kg fully loaded? [duplicate]

I am designing an electric VTOL personal part 103 ultralight. My question is: I have 114kg for the ultralight, 100kg for the pilot and 30kg for the baggage. About 260kg is enough to be take off ...
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What indications has the FAA given that phrases like “surface area of Class E airspace designated for an airport” do or don't include E4 “extensions”?

The dashed magenta shape on the sectional chart around KGUP depicts the horizontal extent of the Class-E-to-surface at KGUP. Inside this perimeter, Class E airspace extends all the way down to the ...
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Can I do a dual VOR check on the ground?

I know that the regs are ambiguous on the subject, but does anyone have a good argument as to why or why not you can do a dual VOR check on the ground if the VOR signal is good? For my particular ...
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How can I certify an ultralight design as complying with part 103?

Can you help me about which procedure do I need to follow in order to have a certificate that my design is part 103 ultralight. And as a information how long would it take to get the certificate and ...
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Is it legal to land when an airfield is reporting low IFR due to fog with a visual approach?

Suppose you are on an IFR flight plan and are coming in to land at your destination. The weather at the destination is reporting 600RVR due to dense fog. The fog isn't very high as you can see ...
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What happens if an aircraft tries to land at MTOW (if greater than MLW)? [duplicate]

Here's a scenario: Just after Take-Off, there's an emergency on-board and pilot wants to land immediately. But, the weight of the plane wouldn't have decreased by large margins (usually 0.02*MTOW). ...
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Would FAR 91.227, or any other regulation, forbid use of ADS-B-out in an unregistered ultralight?

Would FAR 91.227, or any other regulation, forbid use of ADS-B-out in an unregistered ultralight? Could the N-number field simply be left blank, without violating any regulation or law? One possibly ...
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At what altitude, if any, may an ultralight overfly the Gallup airport (KGUP) with no prior authorization without violating FAR 103.17?

At what altitude, if any, may an ultralight overfly the Gallup, New Mexico airport (KGUP) with no prior authorization without violating FAR 103.17? This is a question about the meaning of "within ...
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Am I required to be current in my aircraft type to start CFI training? [closed]

Do i have to be current on my type (Cessna 172) to start flying the flight instructor training course?
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How does the ADS-B signal transmission randomization work?

As the FAA mentions, the ADS-B messages like Identification, Position and Velocity are transmitted randomly uniquely between $ 04 \pm 02 $ sec. How does the transmitter define that randomization? Is ...
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How do I get an airworthiness certificate for a prototype aircraft?

If I were to build a plane of my own design as a prototype for possible sales, what steps would I need to take to get an airworthiness certificate from the FAA? If it's truly a certified aircraft and ...
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Can a commercial airplane overtake another airplane going in the same direction?

If there are two commercial airplane flying towards the same destination, on the same flight path, and the second plane is being faster than the first plane, is the second plane allowed to overtake ...
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What is the difference between high altitude vs low altitude approach?

Is there any factor that influences the decision of whether to take a high or low instrument approach (e.g. Hi Tacan or Low Tacan)? What are the differences between these two approaches?

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