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 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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Why are flight instructors in the US called CFIs?

I live in EASA-land (Europe), here we call our flight instructors simply that, "FIs". That they hold an instructors certificate is simply implied. Why are flight instructors in FAA-land (US) ...
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As a US citizen living in Europe, must I use a trust as the owner of an N-reg aircraft?

I have found lots of information online about European pilots owning and flying N-reg aircraft using trusts set up in the US. I live in Europe, but I'm a US citizen, so must I also set up a trust ...
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Is it mandatory to go missed following full scale CDI deflection?

In the USA, AIM 5-5-5 paragraph a1 specifies when a missed approach is required. I have also heard that a missed approach is required if the aircraft reaches full scale CDI deflection on a localizer ...
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Can an LLC formed solely to own and operate an aircraft be operated under Part 91?

A non-pilot purchases an aircraft and puts it into an LLC. Then non-pilot hires pilots, places insurances, rents a hangar and pays for all other costs and expenses with the sole purpose to fly the his ...
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Can a pilot use legal psychoactive cannabinoids?

How do the FAA and airline companies treat pilots using substances like Delta-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol on their down time? Like CBD, Delta-8-THC is a legal derivative from marijuana.
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What is ''reference turbulence intensity'' in 25.341?

14 CFR 25.341(b)(3)(i) says: Uσref is the reference turbulence intensity that varies linearly with altitude from 90 fps (TAS) at sea level to 79 fps (TAS) at 24,000 feet and is then constant at 79 ...
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What is the required accuracy of an airspeed indicator?

What FAA document specifies the accuracy to which an airspeed indicator must be calibrated to?
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Which FARs does the Boeing 737 MAX conform to with respect to turbulence?

Based on this question/answer it seems that the FARs in relation to turbulence handling have been updated several times over the years. Does the Boeing 737 MAX conform to the latest FARs or to the ...
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Is the procedure turn mandatory at non towered airports? [duplicate]

Here is instrument VOR-A approach at Eagle Lake. If I am coming from the north, it looks to me a big waste to make a procedure turn. On the other hand there is nobody there to approve straight-in ...
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What is the accepted ADS-B quality indicator value from EASA/FAA?

I'm doing research that has to do with the ADS-B quality indicators. With the ADS-B quality indicators I've received, I want to compare them with EASA's or FAA's requirements for each ADS-B Version (...
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On the LAANC map for sUAS operations, why does the permitted ceiling drop to zero southeast of KGFL?

Above is a screenshot from the LAANC map for obtaining authorization to operate sUAS (model airplanes, "drones", etc), centered on KGFL, which is Floyd Bennett airport near Glens Falls NY. ...
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How does the FAA decide if a PPL applicant with ADHD can fly?

For the past few years, I've been struggling with fidgeting, difficulty spending long periods of time on creative tasks, difficulty finishing long and complicated tasks, and a few other symptoms. ...
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Private Pilot Compensation

I am a new private pilot. My parents want me to take them flying. I do work and have a bit of my own money, but compared to the cost of flying it is not much. My parents paid for most of my training. ...
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Does paragliding count towards total time?

Does Paragliding count towards flight hours for "Total Time" in either commercial license 250 or the ATP 1500? If not, what are the cheapest ways to acrue raw "total time" hours? ...
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Why does CFR §91.215 part (b) list specific areas for transponder operations?

Why does part (b) list individual sections where transponder operations are required when part (c) states that transponder operation is required in all controlled airspace? All sections listed in part ...
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Can I fly a STAR (standard terminal arrival route) if I can't maintain the minimum speed for it?

I fly a single-engine airplane not capable of more than 120 KIAS. I'd love to fly a STAR (standard terminal arrival route) into my local airport (US), but want to make sure I fully understand the STAR ...
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What were the rules for logging “simulator” instrument time in 1994 (non-full motion)?

Long before the FAA updated the rules of BATD, AATD, FFS, and FTD, what were the rules for logging simulated instrument time in a synthetic trainer? Specifically, this question came up, an older pilot ...
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How do I keep the neighboring Remote Control Airfield from flying over my property?

I live in the North Georgia Mountains. The neighboring remote control airfield was put in front of my house where my mountain view is. I have no issue with them flying over their lease, just not over ...
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How to log Flight Training Device (FTD) and Full Flight Simulator (FFS) time in the US?

I just completed the ATP CTP Course in the US as a pre-requisite for taking the ATM Written Exam. During the course, according to the syllabus, I have flown 4 hours of B733 in a FTD (fixed-base) and 6 ...
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How long is my first class medical certificate good for as a third class certificate? [duplicate]

My first class medical exam was on 01/07/2020. I am 64 years old. Is it now valid as a third class medical certificate until 01/31/2022?
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What FAA or other regulations apply to autonomous quadcopters?

I am a software engineer and hobby roboticist and I have just successfully built a quadcopter drone with a full-fledged microcontroller (running firmware that I wrote myself) inside of it, that flies ...
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Does the FAA require a specific grade of supplemental oxygen for part 91 operations?

In a recent FAA knowledge exam, a question was asked whether medical grade or industrial grade oxygen can be substituted for the aviation grade supplemental oxygen for General Aviation, Part 91 flight....
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When can I start an approach if I lose comms and my clearance limit is not an initial approach fix?

Here is the AIM's definition for a clearance limit: CLEARANCE LIMIT− The fix, point, or location to which an aircraft is cleared when issued an air traffic clearance Assume a clearance such as: &...
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(Ref AC 61-65H solo endorsements 61.87(n) and 61.87(p)). When should I give 61.87(n) vs 61.87(p)?

At first, it seems clear (according to AC 61-65H) that 61.87(n) is for the first 90 calendar-day period and 61.87(p) is for each additional 90 calendar-day period. However, when I look up the actual ...
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Can a US pilot residing in the EU fly N-reg under IFR on a US PPL?

I am a US citizen living in the Netherlands, and I have an FAA PPL(A) with current IR as well as an EASA PPL(A) without IR. I am currently trying to figure out my easiest path to IR conversion, as I ...
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Can a CFI give training outside the US in a non-N registered aircraft?

My question is if a US CFI can give instruction in other countries with an airplane that's not registered in the US (N) (as long as he has certifications to fly those airplanes in other countries)? ...
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Per the AIM, Helicopter pilots may fly non-copter approaches at half the published visibility. Where is that in the FAR?

In AIM 10-1-2 Helicopter Instrument Approaches, paragraph a1 says the visibility reduction rule comes from 14 CFR Section 97.3. From what I can see, that section is just definitions. What is the AIM ...
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Why is mid point RVR given?

I cannot understand why mid point RVR is issued and what's the significance of it
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If ATC doesn't assign an obstacle departure procedure in an IFR clearance, what should you do?

If ATC doesn't assign an obstacle departure procedure (ODP) as part of an IFR clearance can you use one anyway? And if there is no ODP, do you then follow the 35ft at runway threshold / 400ft at first ...
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Is a forward slip considered a “normal maneuver” under 91.175(c)(1)?

After an instrument approach in IMC, 91.175(c)(1) requires, among other things, that operations below the DH or MDA must allow for a "normal rate of descent using normal maneuvers." Can ...
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Does an AME's advertisement on the back of the medical certificate affect the document's validity under the FAA?

I know a guy who has a medical certificate from an AME based in Dallas Fort Worth, and the front side of the paper has a side-by-side printing of the front and reverse of the FAA medical certificate (...
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When is a pilot REQUIRED to report Negative Contact?

Where I can find the regulation or AIM section that specifically states when a pilot is required to report negative contact? It appears that different airports in the US have slightly different ...
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Roller Coaster Airline

Could an airliner legally (using a common regional jets or less likely airliners) and safely perform acrobatic maneuvers that would otherwise not be permitted for commercial passenger flights. Why? ...
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Is it possible to get permission to fly in the DCA “no drone” area?

The entire immediate Washington D.C. area is in a “no drone zone”, in a 15 mile radius from DCA. Are there ways to get an exemption for activities such as film making, property inspections, etc?
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Is there a standard for required repainting of worn runway markings? In USA

Is there an FAA regulation or advisory circular covering the allowable wear, fading, or weathering of runway markings? I can find many FAA standards for the paint of fresh new runway markings, but I ...
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Can a CFI endorse a BFR flight review through real-time video including the flight portion?

Context: To minimize the heath risk during pandemic, many CFIs, especially senior ones, are not comfortable to conduct instructional flights with students in a narrow cabin. In the meantime, many ...
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From an ATC perspective, what is an “arrival gate”?

I have seen reference to ATC assigned "arrival gates". As a passenger, an "arrival gate" is something like B12 or ...
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Can an aircraft on loan in the US be based outside the US?

I'm interested if there is any possible way to get an aircraft (Piper Navajo Chieftain) on loan for a US citizen and then base the aircraft outside the USA?
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Are instrument lights required for night VFR flight in an SLSA?

Our flying club is operating an SLSA that has all the exterior lights as required by FAR 91.205(c). But don't the instruments that are also required by 91.205(b) need lights as well?
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Do you need to have a raft if you're in a seaplane?

One of the basic rules of flying over water is that you need some kind of raft if you're out of power-off glide range from land. Does that also apply to seaplanes or amphibious planes?
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I received a 1st Class medical certificate in May 2005. Do I qualify for BasicMed?

One of the requirements for BasicMed is: Comply with the general BasicMed requirements (possess a U.S. driver's license, have held a medical after July 14, 2006). I received a 1st class medical ...
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Is Cessna 150 with incorrectly marked ASI airworthy?

I've looked a bit at the CFRs trying to determine this for sure, but haven't found a clear answer.. One of the Cessna 150s that I rent from the local FBO had it's airspeed indicator swapped out four ...
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What training is required for a class B endorsement?

14 CFR 61.95 requires solo student pilots to have an endorsement to (a) fly through class B airspace or (b) takeoff/land at a class B airport. However, the requirements to get it are pretty vague: (...
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Do dark conditions due to high-altitude smoke prevent ultralights from flying?

According to FAR103, you have to operate ultralights between sunrise and sunset, or between the times laid out in the Air Almanac (if you're in Alaska.) This means that the FAA has determined that ...

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