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 “when used as an alternate” mean in the context of 135.225(e)?

Here's the text of 135.225(e) [No pilot may begin an instrument approach procedure to an airport unless] The MDA or DA/DH and visibility landing minimums prescribed in part 97 of this chapter or in ...
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If I'm cleared for the approach while established in a hold, can I turn inbound immediately?

If you are established in holding and on an outbound leg (say you are 30 sec outbound on a 1 min or 3.5nm on a 7nm leg) and you are subsequently “cleared approach,” are you allowed to immediately turn ...
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Feasibility and process for the approval of a modified glider [closed]

I am looking into a business idea that requires glider sized semi-automatic drones but I am very naive when it comes to the regulations and rigour of the aviation and airline industry, so I am hoping ...
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Do airliners get substantially different weather briefings from the rest of us?

Southwest Airlines flights were delayed and cancelled this week due to an outage in their third-party weather provider. I understand if they have a streamlined business process for getting weather ...
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Can a commercial pilot fly under this situation? about private carriage [closed]

scenario 1. I'm a commercial pilot/flight instructor and employee of the flight school, who carries the flight school’s CEO and other staff on business trips, do you know what part of the regulations ...
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When can an ASEL CFI with Commercial AMEL rating provide and log dual given?

Specifically Does not hold MEI. Has 0 hours in Cessna 310. Can he provide and log dual given in that Cessna 310? and, What if he is not AMEL only ASEL? Current regulation? 14 CFR 61.51(e)(3) https://...
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My medical cert is expired and can I fly as a sport pilot?

I'm CFI and one of my student haven't flown after he got his private pilot license in 1990's and he wanted to fly again. The thing is his medical is expired already and he doesn't fit medical ...
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Are vortex generators considered high lift devices on US ultralights?

Are US ultralights allowed to have vortex generators? I understand US ultralights are required to have a landing speed of 28mph without the use of high lift devices. I understand this is so that the ...
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What are the minimum pilot certification and flight time to serve as SIC under Part 135?

What are the minimum pilot certification and flight hours to serve as SIC under Part 135 in a normal, fixed-wing operation?
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Pilot without medical needs me to fly with him. Can I log?

I have spent most of my career in the military and just started flying for a civilian flight school, so I am still trying to learn some of the gray areas of the civilian world. I am a CFI/CFII. An ...
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If an airplane has a Vertical Speed Indicator is there a requirement that it be periodically checked for accuracy?

I believe I understand that there is no specific US FAA requirement for aircraft to carry a Vertical Speed Indicator (VSI). I believe I understand the basic operation of a VSI. It measures the rate ...
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Does my instrument rating 250nm cross-country also count for my 100nm commercial one?

Can the 250nm XC required for the instrument rating per 61.65(d)(iii)(A) also count for the 100nm day dual commercial XC required in 61.129(3)(iii)? My 250nm XC during instrument training included a ...
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How do we renew an aircraft's expired FAA registration?

How do we renew an expired aircraft registration? It needs repair and is not airworthy. The loan on the aircraft was paid off. We may need to sell the aircraft and transfer the title. How is the ...
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Does the FAA's restriction on adjustment of attitude indicators (14 CFR 23.1303(f)) still apply to aircraft today?

The GA planes I fly (with a club) have Garmin G5 PFDs. On these, the horizon/attitude indicator shows a few degrees pitch-up when in level flight. They're adjusted to indicate level on the ground ...
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Can a person legally mount a fake gun on an amateur-built aircraft?

Is there an FAA rule that states that no amateur-built aircraft are allowed to have a weapon mounted to it? (If so, I'd certainly like to see this rule and its conditions) Say I want to build an ...
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Can a certified mechanic ground my airplane?

The courtesy (under-wing) lighting and the rear seat overhead map light were on the same switch. I didn't like having the bright outside light on while my passenger read his magazine, so I separated ...
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FAA Aircraft Registration Form AC 8050-3 doesn't exist

I am preparing to certify a self-built aircraft as flightworthy and legal to fly, and was reading the required documents listed on FAA's Amateur-Built Aircraft Airworthiness Certification page when I ...
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Is it legal to build your own plane and fly it?

Is it legal to build and fly your own airplane? This essentially leads to two central questions: Will the FAA even let you build and fly your own airplane?, and Will there need to be inspections and ...
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How can I be US aircraft maintenance technician?

I have only an airframe-related experience of 8 years without a license, but have logbook, my US citizenship in process, and want to become an aircraft technician. How can I become a US aircraft ...
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Why would it not be OK to replace a map light bulb with an LED?

In the question about if it's OK to change your own map light, why did JScarry say "don't you dare replace [your map light] with an LED"? Or was he kidding?
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Checkride and Basicmed [closed]

I am about to take my check ride, but my FAA 3rd class medical is still pending. I have not been denied, just jumping through some FAA hoops. I have taken and completed the online course for basic med....
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Do regulations require electronic checklists to be displayed on a cockpit screen or EFB?

As per regulation is it required to have the checklist (Normal and Emergency (drive by any alert)) as a part of the Cockpit Display System or EFB?
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What medical issues or procedures can cause denied medicals?

Are there a lot of things that can cause a denied medical? Can fairly routine procedures be grounds for denial? (Please don't hate me for having 2 questions in one!)
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Can a commercial pilot rent an airplane and use it for hire?

Can the holder of a commercial pilot certificate rent an airplane (with a recent 100-hour inspection) from a fixed-base operator and use it to carry passengers for hire? I believe the answer this is a ...
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Can a person be operating an aircraft in a “Careless” and “Reckless” manner at the same time? Or are these two different standards?

U.S. 14 CFR Part 91.13 Careless or reckless operation states: (a) Aircraft operations for the purpose of air navigation. No person may operate an aircraft in a careless or reckless manner so as to ...
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Why require a minimum of 1500 hours to become an airline pilot?

In the United States, under parts 61 standards for pilot certifications, for a person to apply for an airline transport pilot certificate one of the aeronautical experience minimums is a minimum of ...
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Can I document a VOR check with a photo to comply with 91.171(d)?

I'm interested in understanding the limits of what it means to "sign" a record. While enroute for any meaningful length of time, I try to tune two VOR's and I take a photo of the G1000 NXi ...
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I’ve always heard about the dreaded ramp check. What does it actually entail?

What happens during a ramp check? How likely are you to experience one? What happens if they find something wrong? (A major and a minor example if you don’t mind)
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Does having permission waive the 500 foot distance requirement in 91.119(c)?

The FAA expressly forbids flying within 500' of people, structures, etc...: § 91.119 Minimum safe altitudes: General. Except when necessary for takeoff or landing, no person may operate an aircraft ...
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How can I log simulated instrument time and approaches in a single-place aircraft?

Is there a way to log instrument approaches in VMC when all you own is single-place aircraft? (or aircraft with only one pilot station - I own a Long EZ). The regs seem to indicate that I have to rent ...
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Are there specific engine TBO requirements for aircraft used in flight instruction?

If I own a plane, say a Piper arrow, and I want to charge 175/hr for the aircraft and 50/hr for instruction, is there any regulation on when to perform engine overhauls (TBO)? askacfi.com and avweb....
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Can air-to-air refueling be done in compliance with the FAR's?

I am wondering if any FAR's would prohibit the air-to-air refueling of two civilian aircraft in the US. In our use case, the receiving aircraft would be custom-built, and it would receive fuel pumped ...
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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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