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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When can I proceed inbound in a hold in lieu of a procedure turn when cleared for the approach?

Let’s say I am holding on a published hold in lieu of a procedure turn but not yet cleared for the approach. Upon receiving approach clearance (say on the outbound leg of the hold) would I have to ...
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Are weather-reporting requirements for an airport in Class D airspace more stringent than for an airport in surface-level Class E airspace?

In the US, are weather-reporting requirements for an airport in Class D airspace more stringent than for an airport in surface-level Class E airspace? Are there other requirements that would cause an ...
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Why depict TRSA on a map?

Participation in TRSA services is completely optional. The depicted airspace is all still class E, and you can fly straight through it sans radio or transponder without violating any regulation. ...
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In the US, are there any operational control towers located in surface-level Class E airspace or in Class G airspace?

(This question pertains to the airspace of the United States.) FAR 91.126 gives some general rules for operating at or near airports in Class G airspace, and FAR 91.127 gives some general rules for ...
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Can an aircraft flying VFR with a squawk code enter adjacent class C or D airspace after being handed over to the destination tower? [duplicate]

In the US, a VFR aircraft request VFR flight following and is given a squawk code after takeoff. 15nm before arriving at it's destination class D airport, the TRACON facility instructs the pilot to &...
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Do small or regional airports have maintenance staff or companies onsite?

Do small airports or regional airports with just a couple of flights per day, maybe even from different airlines all have on-site aircraft maintenance staff? It hardly seems economical to have ...
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Does a hold-entry count as a hold for instrument currency?

So in looking at the instrument currency requirements for the FAA (6 approaches, holds, intercepting & tracking courses), I'm having difficulty nailing down what constitutes a hold. Based on AIM 5-...
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Can I Restrict Commercial air Traffic above My Land for ordinary use and enjoyment? [duplicate]

I have 7.72 acres in the Southern California Desert. It's outside of Palm Springs Ca. My land was granted to My Grandfather in 1961 as a homestead. The patent states that I have ALL Rights, Privileges,...
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Does the Cessna 208B still require a part 23 waiver to operate with 14 seats?

The selected answer to this question refers to the applicability of part 23 to aircraft of nine passengers or less. Other countries certified the 208B with as many as fourteen passenger seats, using a ...
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Are return springs on a carburetor throttle mandatory or not?

In many GA aeroplanes throttle control is connected mechanically to the throttle of carburetor via a cable. I read in some AFMs that in case of a cable failure, return springs will open the throttle ...
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May pilots receive compensation for performing preventive maintenance under US regulations?

Under FAA regulations, I know that at least a private pilot certificate must be held in order for a pilot to perform preventive maintenance on an aircraft. May a pilot also get paid by someone else ...
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How would the FAA catch people without licenses?

It is know that the FAA conducts ramp checks at airports. However, is it likely to be caught flying without a license from uncontrolled airports or grass strips? If so, how would one be caught?
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What does “the other's right” refer to in 14 CFR Part 91.113?

There's a part in 14 CFR Part 91.113 (regarding airborne right-of-way rules) that's been confusing me: Converging. When aircraft of the same category are converging at approximately the same altitude ...
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Is it required to report climbs and descents within a block altitude assignment?

The following is assuming US FAA and IFR. This question stems from a question on CRUISE clearance. Section 4-4-3.d.3 of the 2021 AIM says that in a CRUISE clearance Climbs/Descents within the block ...
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What is the relationship between STARs, IAPs, and feeder routes?

From what I understood, if I want to do some approach procedure, I need to get to the waypoints marked at the STAR chart, and then I go to the IAF marked at the IAP chart through the feeder route. ...
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I am licensed as a Private Pilot, Airplane Multiengine Land, what do I need to do to be able to fly as PIC in a Single Engine Land aircraft?

I basically got my Multi Engine Rating however not a single engine rating even though most of my training was in ASEL. Now I am curious what I would have to do to be able to fly friends and family in ...
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Are NPRMs published in the Federal Register?

Are FAA NPRMs (Notices of Proposed Rulemaking) published in the Federal Register? I am currently researching the history of some airspace rule changes from the early 1990's, and am trying to figure ...
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What endorsements does a student pilot need to practice maneuvers solo with no limitations on distance from the airport?

A question regarding the purpose of 61.93(a) and the distance limitations on a student pilot solo'ing in the local practice area. Scenario: A CFI trains a student in accordance with 61.87. They ...
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When can I descend on a feeder route if instructed “maintain … until established”

AIM 5-4-6 discusses how Approach Clearance applies to feeder routes. It says that when ATC clears an aircraft for the approach, the aircraft is expected to use a feeder route if applicable. My ...
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Will prior hospitalization for alcohol intoxication prevent the issuance of a first class medical cert.?

I recently went to the hospital for alcohol intoxication, will that cause any issues getting my first class medical exam this week? I live in the US, I am a college student and I have rarely drank ...
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Can I use my FAA Private Pilot (Foreign Based) without a valid EASA SEPL to fly in USA? [duplicate]

Can I fly in the US using my FAA Private Pilot (Foreign Based) based on my EASA PPL without having renewed SEP(L) - it's EASA's class rating for single piston engine airplanes. By flying I mean using ...
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How far back in time does FAA Institutional Authority for 61.160 (R-ATP) minimums go?

61.160 contains the requirements for an R-ATP certificate, and there is a list of FAA approved institutions that are eligible to graduate applicants to meet the R-ATP requirements. There is a column ...
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How close to a Restricted Area can a pilot be cleared to fly?

In my local area there is an instrument approach that skirts the edge of a restricted area by a mile or two. The TRACON for this approach is not the controlling agency for the restricted area. When ...
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How is Turbojet defined by the FAA?

During my commercial ground school today, we were asked if turbojet and turboprop aircraft are defined differently by the FAA. While I know the answer is yes, I don't know where in Title 14 the answer ...
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Can I fly a practice LNAV approach with an iPad?

I'm doing training for an instrument rating, and I'm thinking I'd like to do some solo VFR cross country flying and do some practice instrument approaches. The C152 I'll be flying doesn't have a GPS ...
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Can I use dual time for the 10 night takeoffs and landings required in 61.129?

For the 5 night VFR hours and 10 T/O at class B/C/D required in 14 CFR 61.129(a)(4)(ii), can you mix/match solo and dual instruction (as PIC) time for these hours and landings? In other words, are ...
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How did the FAA decide that firewalls should resist fire for 15 minutes specifically?

I'm searching for information on where the criteria of 15 minutes come from, in which the firewall is subjected to by a flame of 2000 °F (according to the now-obsolete 14 CFR 23.1191). I know that ...
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Where can I find canonical examples of radio communications at non-towered airports?

I'm trying to find any canonical examples of radio communication patterns at non-towered airports. The FAR/AIM has very little in terms of sample announcements, etc. The AC-90-66B (https://www.faa.gov/...
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If I'm instrument current in an ASEL, am I also considered current in an AMEL?

FAR §61.57(c)(1): Within the 6 calendar months preceding . . . logged at least the following tasks and iterations in an airplane, powered-lift, helicopter, or airship, as appropriate . . . I would ...
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When do carriers overhaul their flight schedules with flight re-numbering?

A (US domestic) carrier can obviously stop flying a flight, or some legs of that flight, for a host of reasons. But - occasionally it makes more significant changes, like re-numbering many flights, or ...
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Can the FAA 8130-3 have “modified” status if a part is converted by replacing piece-parts from IPC?

I have been trying to identify if the FAA 8130-3 Instructions have some clarity but am unable to deduce if this situation is indeed acceptable. A sequence of events (Of sorts) is given below: A Part ...
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What are cloud clearance requirements around scuds?

I'm a private pilot (in the U.S.) and I was doing hood instrument training with my instructor under VFR. I put on the hood and we did an instrument takeoff, and I flew up to 4,500 feet to do some VOR ...
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Can a 16 year old student pilot “pre-take” the checkride?

I am a student pilot, and I soloed about one month after my 16th birthday. I know I can't become a private pilot until I am 17, but I'm wondering if there is a way to take the check ride before you ...
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Which altimeter setting is used to define airspace boundaries?

Let's say that we're flying VFR over the top of Class D airspace at 3,000 feet. The Class D extends up to 2,900 feet - we're above it, but just barely with a 100' buffer. We're also talking to ...
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Is the FAA expected to issue more regulations soon on drone usage in rural areas?

There are exponential increases in funding for small drone startups. When is the next publication period for the FAA to issue regulations on use of small drones in suburban areas?
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Why are aircraft not equipped with nose cargo doors when being converted from passenger to cargo variant?

I'm trying to find any substantiation / design justification why none of the OEM/STC holders are able to provision nose cargo doors on A321 / B757 / B767 / B777 fleet as part of P2F (passenger to ...
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In the US, will the tower likely think my aircraft has been hijacked if I taxi with the flaps down?

In the US, will the tower likely think my aircraft has been hijacked if I taxi with the flaps down? Related: Why are flaps retracted when an aircraft is parked on ground? https://fsims.faa.gov/wdocs/...
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Why are these 3 planes so close?

I spotted these three planes flying east then turning south. They were over the Hopi reservation and heading toward Winslow, AZ at 10:42 AM local time (MST), today February 5 2021. They were at 15k ...
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Why do GPS Copter Approaches require a slower final approach speed than conventional Copter Approaches?

AIM 10-1-2 says helicopter instrument approaches are designed with a maximum speed of 90 KIAS. However, it specifically exempts the final segment on GPS helicopter approaches, saying the maximum speed ...
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Can an airline schedule two same-number flights to leave the same airport on the same day?

I've read: Why have different flights with the same flight number? and I guess I understand this can make sense. But - is it allowed for a domestic US airline to schedule two flights with the same ...
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Can a CAP Form 5 flight evaluation be used as the flight portion of a flight review?

I recently completed successfully a Civil Air Patrol Form 5 flight evaluation. I was told that the Form 5 satisfied the flight portion of the Flight Review. If true, which additional seminars do I ...
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Can we submit and sign the 8710 in IACRA after the check ride?

I work at a 142 school and was told we can submit and esign the 8710 after the check ride. The digital esignature shows a date time stamp 9-hours after the beginning of the oral and flight exam. I ...
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If operating an ultralight with private pilot certificate, which rules apply?

If a holder of a private, commercial, or ATP pilot certificate operates an ultralight aircraft; and that aircraft is also equipped with the radios and transponders required by an airspace for GA ...
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May a Recreational Pilot demonstrate her/his own plane to a prospective buyer?

FAR 61.101(e)(12) states a recreational pilot may not demonstrate that aircraft in flight as an aircraft salesperson to a prospective buyer;` (Please note use of the world salesperson.) AOPA's ...
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What are the repercussions of flying an aircraft with an invalid N number on the side?

I have requested a new N number for my airplane a few months ago. Thinking the change would come through I had my airplane painted with the new number. What will happen if I fly it without the number ...
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Why does part 135 require a maintenance log on board the aircraft, but part 91 does not?

During a dispute within friends, it came to my attention that in 135.65 the maintenance log copies must be present in the aircraft, and that 91.407(b) and 91.417(c) have similar rules, but, meanwhile, ...
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If an aircraft has two altimeters what is the allowed difference between them?

If an Altimeter must be within +/- 75 of known field elevation, and the aircraft has two altimeters, one could be +74 while the other could be -74 and both would be within 75 of known field elevation, ...
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Is it legal to use GPS to navigate VOR Airways?

A previous question concludes that it is legal to fly an aircraft in the US with only an IFR-approved GPS/WAAS system and no other navigation equipment on an IFR flight plan. My question is about how ...
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Does the FAA always require a neuropsychological assessment battery for applicants with a history of ADD?

I'm in the middle of a medical struggle with the FAA. I'm applying for a 3rd class medical certificate but was hit with a deferral letter due to a childhood ADD diagnosis. Currently the FAA is only ...
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Question on sUAS course in lieu of knowledge test for Part 61 certificate holders [duplicate]

If I am a PPL already, it appears that you can just take a course and pass a quiz to satisfy requirements for part 107 as such: "If you are a part 61 pilot certificate holder and you have a ...

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