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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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Airwothiness directives [on hold]

Does the owner of the aircraft have to do all the ad-applications to the aircraft? For example, even before the birth of the aircraft
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Does the FAA have any special requirements for oxidizer tanks on rocket-powered aircraft?

There are quite a number of strict FAA requirements for aircraft fuel tanks (must withstand such-and-such many Gs from such-and-such directions, must be inerted, must be puncture-resistant, et cetera, ...
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do commercial flights need to carry epipens? [on hold]

My friend has a severe nut allergy and brings multiple epipens aboard flights. This is apparently the safest thing to ensure the proper treatment of a potential alleric reaction, especially in the ...
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Do I need FAA permission to install tundra tires on a Piper PA-28 Cherokee 140?

I do a lot of back county flying and a lot of times the landing area is not in the best possible shape. I would like to install 29" tundra tires on it. Due to the change in wheel and tire size do I ...
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An Aircraft Maintenance Engineer wants to become an aerospace engineer [on hold]

I have a bachelors degree in AME but I want to continue Master's in Aerospace and I'm wondering if it's possible.
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Aircraft separation distance [on hold]

What are the factors that affect the longitudinal, lateral and vertical distance between aircraft? Please include decreasing or increasing effects
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At what position or distance from an airport are you considered to be in the “traffic pattern”

image source In the United States, as an aircraft is approaching or departing a non-towered airport, at what position or distance from the airport are you considered to be in or out of the "traffic ...
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In Ethiopia, what are the minimum hours to be a pilot in a passenger jet?

With regards to the flight crew on board the Ethiopian flight, I have read many times that the young F/O with only 200 hrs wouldn't have been allowed to transport passengers if he were a pilot in the ...
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When is a CFII required to provide instrument training?

61.195(c) states: (c)Instrument rating. A flight instructor may conduct instrument training for the issuance of an instrument rating, a type rating not limited to VFR, or the instrument ...
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What lights to use for a high-altitude weather balloon?

I am designing a high-altitude weather balloon for a college project. The balloon may fly at night, which means that, per FAA regulations, I need a light that is visible for 5 miles. Does anyone ...
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Why do some airports have class E airspace to the surface only at certain times?

Below is the depiction of the Truth or Consequences airport on the VFR sectional. Notice that it states that Class E to the surface is only effective for certain hours. The Chart Supplement lists ...
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Why are there 40 737 Max planes in flight when they have been grounded as not airworthy?

Many countries have already grounded 737 Max planes and as of Mar 13, 2019 the FAA have stated: The FAA is ordering the temporary grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft (PDF) operated by U.S. ...
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For IFR flights that require two alternates, is there a regulation that requires enough fuel to reach the furthest one?

For flights that have two alternate destinations, I'm looking for a reference - either EASA or ICAO - that states that you need enough fuel to reach whichever alternate would require the most fuel to ...
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What flying boat has the highest maximum takeoff/landing sea state?

I assume that flying boats have limits on the sea states they’re certificated to take off and/or land in (for instance, hitting a ten-meter wave head-on in a five-meter wooden plane is probably ...
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Is it possible to get permission to fly a quadcopter around the St. Louis Arch for non-professional means

Is it permissible to fly a small quadcopter (<1 kg) around St Louis Arch for non-commercial means? If so what permit/permission is required?
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Carburetor Heat Required on Carburetor equipped GA aircraft?

Is Carburetor Heat Required (by FAA Certification regulations) on Carburetor equipped GA aircraft? If not, what (if any) certified carburetor-equipped GA aircraft do NOT have Carburetor Heat installed ...
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As a commercial pilot, can I fly my spouse for her work?

So I hold a commercial license and have a 2nd class medical. My wife is an engineer and a product she works on needs to be altitude tested (unrelated to aviation). She was suggesting that we could ...
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Are 100 hour inspections required to rent out a plane?

According to 14 CFR § 91.409 - Inspections: (b) Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this section, no person may operate an aircraft carrying any person (other than a crewmember) for hire, and no ...
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How are businesses able to use experimental aircraft?

I saw businesses like this using military jets to sell rides to civilians. Since warbirds are considered experimental aircraft, does the FAA issue special certs to fly them commercially? According ...
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Is there a regulation that requires manufacturers to cover AD's for the life of the equipment?

I'm usually pretty good at finding regulations, but I can't find anything in this regard. I'm curious if manufacturers such as Cessna, Piper, or even Lycoming and Continental are required by law/...
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What is the history of the CFI spin endorsement requirement?

FAR 61.187(b)(1)(xi) requires that a Flight Instructor candidate receive a logbook endorsement certifying proficiency in slow flight, stalls and spins. How long has the requirement for spins been in ...
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Do I have to prove my flight training time abroad when applying for a standalone FAA license?

I have done flight training in Germany and hence hold a German EASA Private Pilot License. For this I did the appropriate flight training which is documented in my logbook. But in Germany these ...
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How long can the stop in a stop-and-go be?

When a pilot is cleared for a stop and go, how long does this allow them to be stopped on the runway? I'd like to know if there is a limit in regulations or at least guidance for this.
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Is it allowed to scatter human cremains (ashes) from an aircraft?

A serious question, here: There's gotta be a pilot out there somewhere who has done a memorial request to spray someone's ashes over a city street. I'm gonna do it out of spite for a lousy little mill ...
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Can a private pilot placard an inoperative instrument?

For certificated small aircraft that are not required to have a minimum equipment list. If you have an instrument break while on a cross country flight and it is not a legally required instrument for ...
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If the previous 100 hour was overflown but not for hire, is the time still subtracted from the next 100 hour?

A rental plane at a local FBO had an annual inspection at 2345 hours on the Hobbs. The next 100 hour inspection wasn't completed until 2450. If the current hobbs time shows 2547, would it be legal to ...
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Why does a sport certificate have no distance restriction while recreational does?

A recreational pilot certificate only allows flights within 50 miles of home airport. A sport certificate has no distance limits even though it's easier to get - no medical certificate, less flying ...
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How can I find the communication with ATC following an aborted landing?

On February 7th, I was on a UA 4694 from DEN to SAF, upon approach the landing was aborted; upon second approach, we heard the landing gear come down, which we did not hear on the first approach; the ...
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Does an airport need to have at least one instrument approach that I can use in order to fly IFR to it?

Half Moon Bay (KHAF) does not have any instrument approaches into the airport that I can use. All the approaches require RNAV but my aircraft is not RNAV-capable. Can I fly IFR to it? I'm thinking ...
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Can a 777X legally be ferried with one or both wingtips folded?

The 777X family (777-8/-9/-10) features wingtips that fold up on the ground to let the aircraft fit in tight spaces. These have to be extended and locked in place before a revenue flight can take ...
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Is it allowed to exit the runway by opposites High Speed Taxiway?

Is it allowed to exit the runway on a High Speed Taxiway to the opposite side? (see red line in image below). Assume the situation allows it, like airplane limits, airport congestion, weather, etc.
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Is it legal for pilots to transport or use marijuana?

More and more states are legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. What does that mean for pilots? Is it legal for pilots to transport marijuana within states that have legalized it? Can pilots ...
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Can you be a pilot after being diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

Went to my primary care physician who referred me to the psychologist. Went in for two evaluations. The only thing that had been written on my medical record was anxiety, no medications of any sort ...
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Can I log the flight as the authorized instructor on board? Commercial long cross country

I was an authorized instructor on board for my students long commercial cross country. Do I log any of that flight time?
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Why descent below DA/DH or MDA could only be accomplished using natural vision?

I'm curious why descent below DA/DH or MDA could only be accomplished in visual approach conditions? Is there any regulation to indicate that?
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Can I log PIC instrument time in a sim without a current medical or flight review?

Just wondering if one is on land and in a simulator, if you need a current medical and flight review to train and log PIC time?
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Does the commercial helicopter training in 61.129(c)(3)(i) require a CFII?

For the commercial ticket in a helicopter you need 5 hours of hood time. Can any CFI provide this training or does it require a CFII? 14 CFR 61.129(c)(3)(i): Five hours on the control and ...
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What's the difference between EFVS and CVS?

What's the difference between EFVS and CVS? Is there any aircraft certified with EFVS?
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What authorization do I need to fly a rebuilt aircraft that doesn't have an airworthiness certificate yet? [duplicate]

Let's say I rebuild an aircraft in the USA and it does not have a current airworthiness certificate. The DAR requests a check flight during the process of issuing the new airworthiness certificate. ...
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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 ...