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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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Which pilot license is required in the US to engage in glider towing?

As a former member of a US glider club (I live in Europe now, and it's all winch launches), I always thought being a tow pilot was a good way to build time. Can a private pilot tow gliders in exchange ...
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When is a procedure turn not required? [duplicate]

If you are not being radar vectored to the FAF or on a “no PT” transition, are there any other circumstances where a procedure turn that is depicted on an approach chart is not required?
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Airliner speed when descending through 10,000 feet

How do airliners get to 250 kts when descending through 10,000 feet as required by the FAA? Do you level off at 10,500 feet until speed is less than 250 and then descend further? Must pilots ask ATC ...
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Can I get a second class medical if I have a third class with a SODA for depth perception?

I currently hold a third class medical certificate but this required a statement of demonstrated ability due to concerns about depth perception given my right eye will not meet existing standards. I ...
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Is there a minimum weight requirement for flying manned aircraft in controlled airspace (B, C, D, E)?

The Colomban Cri-Cri is a small twin engine plane with an empty weight of ~200 lbs and a MTOW of ~400 lbs. Can I fly this in controlled airspace? What are the requirements for aircraft registration?
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Will the IFR Grade GPS be an requirement in the future?

This question is directly related to my other question so I have to ask it I think its obvious why I ask this if you read that question but I will repeat myself again. Station based navigation is ...
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Do crew rest seats count towards the maximum allowed number of seats per flight attendant?

We work as flight attendants on a 737-400. We were taught that we must have one FA per 50 seats. Normally our planes have 150 seats and with three FAs we have no issues. Recently the seat ...
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Is there anywhere I can find examples of letters seeking interpretation of FARs, sent to the FAA Office of Chief Counsel?

Is there anywhere I may find examples of letters seeking interpretation of FARs, sent to the FAA Office of Chief Counsel? What is the appropriate salutation, if one is needed, on a letter to the FAA ...
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Does ATC clear IFR helicopters for a visual approach if landing at a helipad on a high-rise?

I'm guessing that most helipads on downtown high rises don't have any instrument approaches. If a helicopter is on an IFR to a helipad without any instrument approaches, does ATC just clear them for ...
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What are the historical precedents of today's E2 and E4 airspace? (US)

What are the historical precedents of today's E2 and E4 airspace? From what previous airspace classes did these airspaces evolve? How do these precedents help us understand the significance of the ...
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U.S trustee for non US citizens seeking to buy “N” registered airplane [closed]

To register a plane, owners need to be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident. However, the FAA will allow foreigners to register their planes by transferring a title to a U.S. trustee. For $5, an ...
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What are E2 and E4 airspace?

We have a number of questions here about E2 vs. E4 airspace (see summary of links in this answer) but what does that mean? As far as I can see, neither the AIM nor the ATC Orders mention E2 or E4 ...
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What written tests are required to become a ground instructor?

What are the written tests required to become a ground instructor? Do I have to take the FOI, BGI and IGI? Or just the FOI and IGI tests? I got confused if I should take the whole three tests - FOI, ...
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In the US, is there much variation among the various ARTC Centers as to where a SVFR clearance may be granted?

In the US, is there much variation among the practices followed by the various ARTC Centers and Approach Control facilities as to where a Special VFR clearance may be granted?
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In actual practice, do ARTC Center personnel generally follow the rule that a SVFR clearance may be granted in E2 airspace but not E4 airspace? (US)

In actual practice, in the US, do ARTC Center personnel generally follow the rule that a SVFR clearance may be granted in E2 airspace ("surface areas designated for an airport") but not E4 airspace ("...
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In the US, can airspace simultaneously be E2 and E4? What happens at KSTC to the airspace in the dashed magenta boundary when the tower closes?

In the US, can the same airspace simultaneously be E2 and E4? Consider the case of KSTC -- St. Cloud Regional Airport, MN. http://vfrmap.com/?type=vfrc&lat=45.546&lon=-94.059&zoom=10 On ...
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Are there regulations on building homes at the end of a runway?

I live next to a golf course (Butter Valley Golf Port) in Bally PA that has a paved single engine air strip that runs through a portion of the course. Off the end of the runway (in one direction) ...
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Can the Class-E-to-surface airspace at Eagle County Regional airport KEGE be ignored when the tower is open?

Can the Class-E-to-surface designation indicated by the dashed magenta lines outside the dashed blue circle at Eagle County Regional airport KEGE be ignored when the tower is open? http://vfrmap.com/...
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Can I use a rental airplane to conduct air tours?

Can a commercial pilot perform non-stop air tour operations under part 91 within 25SM of the airport using a rental airplane from the FBO? I noticed that in the LOA application, the operation needs ...
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What additional US-power or ICAO requirements apply to a departing US-based crew with a US-registered aircraft flying to land in Mexico?

What are additional requirements (equipment, licenses, identification, etc.) for a flight operation with a US-based aircraft and crew leaving the US to enter and land in Mexico that are imposed on the ...
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What's the difference between “Nonstop Commercial Air Tour” and “Aerial Photography”?

I work for an FBO that has a LOA for Nonstop Commercial Air Tours, which are limited to a 25 statute mile radius of the airport. I was contacted by a man who is a semi-professional photographer who ...
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What is the primary reason that the non-towered airports KACV and KTLV have E4 extensions to E2 airspace?

NOTE-- this question is not about why it was desired to protect the airspace that ended up within the E4 "extensions". Rather, this question is about why that was done by designating that airspace as ...
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What is different between HIR (Hold Items Record) and DIR (Deferred Items Record)?

I wonder what is exactly different between HIR and DIR? What is different between HIR (Hold Items Record) and DIR (Deferred Items Record)?
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When two pilots are required for a private aircraft, is it a requirement for the PIC to be ATPL?

After discussion on who could be a captain, I would like to clarify, is having ATPL a requirement for PIC on an aircraft that requires two pilots to fly?
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“The pilot must know the center of gravity and gross weight to fly” — True or false?

I've been trained to know the calculated gross weight and center of gravity for takeoff and landing for every flight for which I have acted as pilot in command. I've had other instructors dispute ...
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Is it possible to fly VFR above the IMC floor or VFR-On-Top without a specifically filed route, both using an IFR flight plan to go through IMC?

*Note, I'm not trying to recommend this, but I am curious if it can be done. In this question, Steve V.'s answer made me wonder about this: One time during my commercial training, my instructor and ...
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How do you know when you are entering different air spaces? [duplicate]

I've been looking at VFR Sectionals and learning about all the different air spaces, but my what I don't know is how, when flying, do you know you're approaching an air space that requires clearance ...
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Does a failure to respond to FAA questions on ME disqualify for sport pilot?

I had submitted a medical evaluation to pursue a private pilot certification. The FAA had requested further evaluation by specialists. I didn't respond to their questions. Does this disqualify me for ...
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Is there a forced retirement age for Part 135 pilots?

I know that international Part 135 operations have a set retirement age of 65, however if one was to stay within FAA jurisdiction is there a set retirement age for Part 135 operations?
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Are there regulations that limit the airports an air carrier can visit based on rescue equipment?

ICAO Annex 14 (which deals primarily with SARPS for international airports) outlines requirements for rescue and firefighting that the airports shall have based on the fuselage lengths of the planes ...
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Are all student pilots required to have a TSA background check or just non-US Citizens?

I know that non-US Citizens have to go through approval with the TSA before beginning flight training, however could one avoid that fee by waiting until after getting Citizenship to start flight ...
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Why does 14 CFR have skipped subparts as seen in the ASA 2019 FAR/AIM book?

As an example, part 91.101 skips every even number until 91.126. Why are they not in sequence as 101, 102, 103, etc?
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Do I have to follow airways to meet the IFR cross country 250 NM flight requirement in 61.65?

I understand that there is cross-country flight of "a distance of at least 250 nm along airways or ATC-directed routing" requirement for the IFR rating, but I'm not sure if understand what the second ...
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How is US Class B airspace enforced in Canada?

Detroit, MI is the center of Class B airspace, however a good portion of that airspace within the inverted wedding cake is in Canada. What are the mechanisms that allow US to define Class B airspace ...
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What priviliges and limitations does an Aircraft(General) mechanic have versus an A&P?

The FAA provides practical test standards for Airframe, Powerplant, and General mechanic certificates. Mechanics seem to demonstrate a preference for Airframe & Powerplant, so much that "A&P" ...
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Did the FAA order the installation of “Cooper vanes?”

On November 24, 1971, a man hijacked a Boeing 727 and parachuted away, never to be found. According to Wikipedia, this prompted (together with 2 other hijackings) the installation of "Cooper vanes" ...
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Does an AD terminate by issuing new one?

When an AD superseded by a new one, Does the operator still retain the instruction of superseded AD even though the AD include repetitive action?
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To use the equipment suffix “G”, does the GPS have to be certified for IFR?

To use the equipment suffix "G", does the GPS have to be certified for IFR flight?
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Has FAA published any A-RNP STAR or A-RNP / RNP AR DP SID?

After reading FAA's Performance Based Navigation Strategy 2016, I tried to search for already published Departure Procedures of RNP specification. I could only find some that require RNP-1, even ...
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What safety issues led the FAA to ban Constellation flights into/out of the U.S.?

Although the Lockheed Constellation (like the other late, large piston airliners) was superseded in the 1960s and 1970s by newer jets (plus turboprops for shorter/lighter routes), it hung on into the ...
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May a student continue a discontinued checkride if the CFI who endorsed them voids that endorsement?

The Situation CFI Charlie endorses Student Sara's logbook for a checkride. Sara begins the checkride but discontinues, and receives a letter of discontinuance. So far so good. Before Sara can ...
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135.293 if you do not complete your recurrent check by your grace month was the flying in the 13 month legal? [duplicate]

135.293 if you do not complete your recurrent check by your grace month was the flying in the 13 month legal?
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Is it OK to decorate a log book cover?

I'm a student pilot and am thinking about putting a tasteful decal on my log book, if for no other reason than to identify it as my own. Is that OK, or would that be frowned upon? Thanks.
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Do you need a rotating beacon if you have strobes?

If I were to replace my left nav light with a SkyBeacon ADS-B + strobe, could I remove the rotating beacon at the top of the tail?
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Why are piston-engined aircraft generally exempted from U.S. flight recorder requirements?

Most, if not all, of the FAA’s requirements for carriage of flight recorders do not apply to piston-engined aircraft. For instance, 14 CFR 91.609(c)(1) (emphasis added): No person may operate a U....
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What are the different vehicle roadways markings?

I was going through the AIM (Aeronautical Information Manual) chapter 2, which talks about airport lights and markings. There are 2 types of lines that designate a vehicle roadway. One is a solid line ...
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Laminating required documents?

Airworthiness Certificates, Registration Certificates, Radio Licenses, Medical Certificates, Temporary Airman Certificates and other important documents are commonly printed on paper, which can be ...
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How is flyblackbird.com operating under Part 91K?

The website states they're not a Part 380. Love their service -- how will they avoid the same fate as Flytenow?
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Who applies an airworthiness directive when the airframe is newer than the AD?

For example, an AD was issued in 1990 while the aircraft was manufactured in 2002? Who applies the AD, the manufacturer or the owner?
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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, ...