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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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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How can a glider pilot add sport pilot privileges?

If I understand the rules correctly, if one already has a Private Pilot rating, then one has Sport Pilot privileges but will need an endorsement for a new category/class of aircraft. What if one has a ...
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Is a lapsed Advanced Ground Instructor certificate acceptable to use as proof of FOI when taking CFI initial?

I have an AGI certificate that I haven't exercised the privileges of in the preceding 24 calendar months. When I initially got the AGI, I had planned to take my CFI almost immediately but didn't. I'm ...
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What Transponder code to use flying between Oakland and Hawaii? [closed]

Where to find the appropriate Transponder code for crossing the Pacific?
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FAA's handbook, “in the middle of instrument”means where in this page?And is there anything wrong in ths page that I can correct?

Excuse me, does anyone know how to correct this page. My English and knowledge of aircraft is not well. this is one of FAA's handbook, "Instrument Flying Handbook" and its "Instrument Flying Handbook ...
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What does the FAA mean by “within the lateral boundaries of”?

Several FARs use the phrase "within the lateral boundaries of" (x airspace). What does the FAA interpret this phrase to mean? Specifically, what is the vertical extent of the airspace encompassed by ...
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Does the FAA have a document that details each step found in a Component Maintenance Manual?

Is there a standard FAA document type for 'general' maintenance steps that a Component Maintenance Manual (CMM) can reference? For example: Once the bulb has been locked into the socket, reference ...
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What exactly are these frequency uses mentioned in the FAA's advisory circular on VHF use?

The FAA's document AC 90-50, (currently AC 90-50D) sets forth how the aviation communications frequencies (118.000-136.975) are allocated in the United States. Many of the assignment designations are ...
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What is the two-person cockpit rule, as of February 2020?

In the comments to the accepted answer on this question, there is some conflicting information about the current regulations around the 2 person cockpit rule. I was under the impression that there ...
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Would “Mad” Mike Hughes' steam-powered rocket have been certified airworthy by the FAA?

Daredevil 'Mad' Mike Hughes died after his homemade rocket crashed on 22 February 2020. The cause appears to be the premature deployment of the parachute used for a safe return. He was hoping to reach ...
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What is the maximum takeoff weight allowed for a part 103 ultralight?

What is the max takeoff weight (MTOW) for a part 103 vertical takeoff (VTOL) ultralight? And is the value peak or continuous limit?
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What is the current regulatory progress regarding autonomous aircraft carrying passengers?

Are there any lobbying groups working towards this? Has there been any word whatsoever from the FAA on this topic yet?
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Does the FAA construe FAR 91.225 to prohibit aircraft w/o electrical systems w/o ADS-B-out from flying above 10,000' MSL unless below 2500' AGL?

Does the FAA construe FAR 91.225 as imposing a general prohibition on flight above 10,000' MSL (excluding airspace below 2500' AGL) in aircraft without ADS-B-out, even for aircraft without engine-...
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How often can I fly my own small plane?

I was wondering about how often can one fly a privately owned plane? Is it somehow like owning a car where you just light up the ignition and just drive away? Obviously, there are a lot of regulations ...
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Is it permitted to land amphibian plane in the ocean on Californian coast?

Given the length of the Californian coast, I was surprised to find so few seaplane services. I would expect air taxis between Long Beach and the coast, for example. Is it permitted to land seaplanes ...
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Is ADS-B required for flight under class B airspace but outside the Mode C veil?

In the U.S., can a non-ADS-B equipped aircraft legally fly under class-B airspace extensions that are outside of the 30nm Mode-C Veil circle?
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What is an approved weather source for flying an instrument approach into an airport with no working ATIS?

What can you use as viable weather information landing at an airport with ATIS inoperative due to the tower being closed after hours? Let's assume the approach secondary weather source is also ...
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Can a part 103 ultralight weigh 400kg fully loaded? [duplicate]

I am designing an electric VTOL personal part 103 ultralight. My question is: I have 114kg for the ultralight, 100kg for the pilot and 30kg for the baggage. About 260kg is enough to be take off ...
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What indications has the FAA given that phrases like “surface area of Class E airspace designated for an airport” do or don't include E4 “extensions”?

The dashed magenta shape on the sectional chart around KGUP depicts the horizontal extent of the Class-E-to-surface at KGUP. Inside this perimeter, Class E airspace extends all the way down to the ...
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Can I do a dual VOR check on the ground?

I know that the regs are ambiguous on the subject, but does anyone have a good argument as to why or why not you can do a dual VOR check on the ground if the VOR signal is good? For my particular ...
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How can I certify an ultralight design as complying with part 103?

Can you help me about which procedure do I need to follow in order to have a certificate that my design is part 103 ultralight. And as a information how long would it take to get the certificate and ...
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Is it legal to land when an airfield is reporting low IFR due to fog with a visual approach?

Suppose you are on an IFR flight plan and are coming in to land at your destination. The weather at the destination is reporting 600RVR due to dense fog. The fog isn't very high as you can see ...
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What happens if an aircraft tries to land at MTOW (if greater than MLW)? [duplicate]

Here's a scenario: Just after Take-Off, there's an emergency on-board and pilot wants to land immediately. But, the weight of the plane wouldn't have decreased by large margins (usually 0.02*MTOW). ...
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Would FAR 91.227, or any other regulation, forbid use of ADS-B-out in an unregistered ultralight?

Would FAR 91.227, or any other regulation, forbid use of ADS-B-out in an unregistered ultralight? Could the N-number field simply be left blank, without violating any regulation or law? One possibly ...
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At what altitude, if any, may an ultralight overfly the Gallup airport (KGUP) with no prior authorization without violating FAR 103.17?

At what altitude, if any, may an ultralight overfly the Gallup, New Mexico airport (KGUP) with no prior authorization without violating FAR 103.17? This is a question about the meaning of "within ...
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Am I required to be current in my aircraft type to start CFI training? [closed]

Do i have to be current on my type (Cessna 172) to start flying the flight instructor training course?
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How does the ADS-B signal transmission randomization work?

As the FAA mentions, the ADS-B messages like Identification, Position and Velocity are transmitted randomly uniquely between $ 04 \pm 02 $ sec. How does the transmitter define that randomization? Is ...
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How do I get an airworthiness certificate for a prototype aircraft?

If I were to build a plane of my own design as a prototype for possible sales, what steps would I need to take to get an airworthiness certificate from the FAA? If it's truly a certified aircraft and ...
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Can a commercial airplane overtake another airplane going in the same direction?

If there are two commercial airplane flying towards the same destination, on the same flight path, and the second plane is being faster than the first plane, is the second plane allowed to overtake ...
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What is the difference between high altitude vs low altitude approach?

Is there any factor that influences the decision of whether to take a high or low instrument approach (e.g. Hi Tacan or Low Tacan)? What are the differences between these two approaches?
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Is the Boeing 777X being certified as a derivative of the 777 Classic?

Given the corner cutting Boeing did with the Max certification, is the FAA allowing the 777X to be certified as a derivative (easier) of the 777 Classic or requiring a new Type Certificate? (harder) ...
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How many aircraft types can a 135 pilot be assigned to?

Is there a limit to how many aircraft types a §135 operator may assign a pilot to fly? In other words, could a pilot type rated to fly—for example—a Learjet 75, Citation X, and Challenger 300 be ...
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Who decides when landing gear requires an overhaul?

"If the landing gear on your aircraft is required to be overhauled periodically..." So is there a case where its been decided that landing gear does not require to be overhauled?
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Can a Pilot hold multiple foreign licenses and practice the privileges of it in each country?

Is it possible for a CASA CPL holder to convert to both an FAA and CAAUK license and hold all three at the same time? Would the pilot then be qualified to exercise the privileges of the CPL in ...
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Are helicopter pilots required to use GPS navigation?

Some helicopter crashes are caused by a disoriented pilot. This would presumably be impossible with a GPS with terrain maps. Are pilots required to use a GPS when flying a helicopter in the US?
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Are there any single-pilot aircraft certified in the Part 23 Commuter category?

Is it possible to certify an aircraft under FAR 23 Commuter Category with single pilot ops only? Like, there is just one seat in the cockpit and up to 19 passengers. Does anyone know of such an ...
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How was the endurance test in the Cessna 172 legal?

The flight in the Cessna 172 lasted around 64 days with two pilots switching to fly the plane. To my knowledge both FAA and EASA have rest periods which pilots have to follow. Also the refueling was ...
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Can an aircraft be issued a standard airworthiness certificate after being operated under and experimental certificate?

14 CFR, §21.191 (b) states that experimental airworthiness certificates can be used when: Showing compliance with regulations. Conducting flight tests and other operations to show compliance with ...
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When does an instrument approach “begin” per §135.225(a)

§135.225(a) states that, "...no pilot may begin an instrument approach procedure to an airport unless— (1) That airport has a weather reporting facility operated by the U.S. National Weather Service, ...
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Is B 737 Max able to comply with certification if MCAS is off or removed? [duplicate]

Boeing 737 Max updated MCAS will probably be cutted off in case of AoA disagree. Without MCAS, the plane is no longer similar to 737 NG (stick force per g requirement). Does that mean a new ...
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When is a runway considered to be wet or slippery for 135 or 121 landing performance considerations?

For the purposes of following FAA regulations, when is a runway considered to be wet or slippery in the context of landing performance calculations? Specifically, what definitions or guidance on ...
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Is a Cessna 172S still airworthy if factory-installed instrumentation not required for day VFR flight is inoperative?

A C172S I occasionally rent had the EGT gauge placarded INOP when it had a JPI EDM-700 engine monitor installed. The placard sits on the gauge so you can no longer see the needle. Probably the single ...
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If Boeing used two sensors instead of one simultaneously, wouldn’t they be in the same position today?

this article states that the original version of MCAS was suppose to rely on two sensors, One sensor will detect a high angle of attack, therefore activating MCAS The other sensor will ...
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Is there any agency or meeting, at global level, that rules flight zone interdictions? [duplicate]

Considering the number of conflicts in the world, and the tragic event of the airliner crash over Ukrainia caused by military action, there are a lot of flight interdiction zones on the world. From ...

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