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Regulatory Documents To Carry Medical Kits and Defibrillators On-Board

Are there any regulatory release documents applicable to Medical Kits and Defibrillators? Question is for Commercial Airlines. For example for: Components, you are required to have an EASA Form 1 or ...
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What is the process of obtaining a commercial license after revocation?

I held a 2nd class medical and a commercial pilot license. My certificates were revoked due to an alleged DUI which I didn't get convicted of. I have been trying to contact every division in the FAA ...
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Can private pilots drop skydivers if the pilot pays a pro-rata share?

This question was inspired by this other question. If a private pilot was to pay the pro-rata share of a flight for some skydiving friends, could they take those friends up and let them jump out? If ...
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Does the FAA consider flights that generate content for profitable YouTube channels displaying airborne video to be commercial operations?

Is there any guidance from the FAA such as an Advisory Circular, Letter of Interpretation, or other document that directly clarifies the scenario below? If a pilot creates aerial video content while ...
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Can I charge for editing footage from a video that was taken during a flight as a private pilot in US?

I am a private pilot, and I went with one of my friends to a skydiving trip in a rented Cessna 172 that we split the cost on pro-rata. I also used my video making equipment to record the duration of ...
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Do I need to be 'current' or hold a medical to become a Basic Ground Instructor?

I want to become an aviation ground instructor BGI. I hold a commercial, multi, instrument and F/E pilot certificate but haven’t flown in a long time. Do I need to be “ current” to become a BGI? Do I ...
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How can a plane be cheaply owned by multiple people?

How can multiple owners save on the cost of a plane that sits 1-4 people. If each nonprofessional person contributes equally in money, how would it contracted up to share all the costs are divided ...
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What is the best procedure for landing at my destination if I have a full electrical failure at night?

What is the best procedure for landing VFR at the intended destination airport and I have an electrical failure, in the following scenario? Let's assume this is a VFR flight and I'm 50 miles from the ...
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How do I obtain permission to fly in surface class E airspace under FAR-103?

I'm a paramotor pilot operating under FAR 103, and I'm trying to determine who I need to ask for permission to fly in class E airspace that extends to the surface and is designated for an airport. For ...
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Can I count solo complex time as complex training time for a commercial certificate?

Does a combination of both dual and solo hours in a complex aircraft (PA28R-180) which total 10 or more flight hours meet the commercial pilot training requirements of FAR 61.129(a)(3)(ii) or must all ...
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What rules allow a student pilot to add oil to an airplane?

A private pilot oral exam guide I'm reading asks a basic question about an issue I had taken for granted: You have just completed the first leg of a long cross-country and notice that the oil level ...
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Can I log time in an RV-12 towards a commercial certificate, and is it a TAA?

Can I legally log hours flying RV-12 towards commercial airplane rating? Does RV-12 qualify as a TAA?
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Is some sort of clearance, such as a clearance to enter nearby controlled airspace, required to legally fly in IMC in Class G airspace?

In the US, is some sort of clearance, such as a clearance to enter nearby controlled airspace, required to legally fly in IMC in Class G airspace? Or to put the question another way, in the US, may an ...
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Why are some airports not allowed as IFR alternates, even if conditions there are VFR?

Why are some airports disqualified for use as an alternate (as listed in a approach procedure for that airport (A N/A)), when there is a provision in part 91 that an airport without an instrument ...
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How do I maximize flight hour usage in getting an instrument rating?

I recently finished a private pilot certificate and I'd like to get a instrument rating while keeping my costs low. I understand I'll need 50 hours of cross country PIC time (VFR) and 40 hours ...
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For the recertification flight(s) of the 737Max, will the FAA want to see a live runaway stabilizer?

With Boeing ready to start the testing Monday, will the FAA want to see a simulated runaway trim failure in flight?
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Do I understand the rules of logging cross-country time as a Safety Pilot correctly?

Let's say there is a private pilot ("primary pilot") practicing instrument training under the hood and a private pilot who is a Safety Pilot, and the flight involves a landing at an airport ...
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Is there a legal requirement for planes to start from the ground?

If I could somehow store a plane inside another plane, would I be allowed to start the second plane somewhere in the air? Maybe different countries have different laws for this kind of aviation? I ...
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How is the term “Coast” defined for FAA regulatory purposes?

14 CFR 91.1 defines the applicability of part 91. This paragraph defines two areas of jurisdiction where certain parts of part 91 apply: within the United States, including the waters within 3 ...
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What altitude restrictions are there in Class C airspace?

So if I'm flying into a Class C airspace, I call approach and I establish radio contact and tell them I want to land, then I enter the airspace. If I'm still talking to approach and haven't been ...
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What is the role of a CFI (not CFII) as safety pilot for hood time?

I am an instrument student at a flight school with a "primary" CFII whom I'm logging dual instruction time. Things are going pretty well, making progress but the instructor has been ...
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Can the acting PIC sit in the back?

For a planned ferry flight under FAA Part 91, this is the scenario: Two of us, let's call us A and B (rated pilots for that airplane), want to sit in front and do the flying. A highly experienced ...
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Am I required to report an incident that isn't specifically mentioned in 49 CFR 830?

I have read an understand NTSB Part 830, and know that IMMEDIATE notification to the NTSB is required for aircraft accidents and the listed serious incidents. My question is, is there a requirement to ...
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Descend via STAR, after getting crossing restriction previously

The ATC issues "Cross BHAWK at FL240" initially. After few minutes, the ATC instructs "Descend Via FYTTE5 arrival". Should we comply with the crossing restriction at BHAWK, or the ...
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Could a flight ever be considered to be operating under Visual Flight Rules and Instrument Flight Rules at the same time?

In the US, could a flight ever be considered to be operating under Visual Flight Rules and Instrument Flight Rules at the same time? If not, where in the FARs is this spelled out? Consider the ...
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Does a glider pilot need to file an IFR flight plan to legally fly in cloud in class E airspace in the US?

Does a glider pilot need to file an IFR flight plan to legally fly in cloud in class E (controlled) airspace in the US? Or could he or she contact ATC and receive a clearance to enter cloud without ...
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Was flying a helicopter below building height against FAA regulations? [duplicate]

I'm referring to this incident: https://twitter.com/Dacheslow/status/1267638389421072384 Some people were saying it was illegal under FAA rules to fly that low and close to a crowd, and also to use a ...
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What is the minimum weight aircraft in which someone can build logged flight time?

What is the minimum weight aircraft in which someone can build logged flight time? Is logging flight hours in an ultralight possible?
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Are there any restrictions on long overwater flights by private aircraft?

It is talked about in many questions here that (with the exception of older 3+ engine aircraft) airlines and their planes must be ETOPS certified if they are going to fly more than 60 minutes away ...
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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 when flying from KSNA to KAVX?

If I'm flying to Catalina Island (KAVX) from John Wayne Airport (KSNA), which is 30 miles over water, 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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