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FAA regulations cover the aviation rules of the United States of America and 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, ...

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How can someone without a pilot's license arrange an initial test flight for a homebuilt aircraft?

I think this has more to do with culture and expectations than actual rules, so maybe this might attract opinionated answers, but I still want to know what people think: If a person were to construct ...
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Does the “Climbing right turn” instruction of this SID violate the “Climb to 400 feet above DER before turning” requirement?

I was examining the LaGuardia Five SID, and I noticed that for runway 13 (Coney Climb) it gives the instruction, immediately after takeoff, "Climbing right turn heading 180 degrees to intercept CRI R-...
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Could a civilian aircraft in distress land in Area 51? [duplicate]

Just curiosity, but in case of a real life-threatening emergency (where you can't fly to closest airport or strip), would they (Air Force, military or whoever) allow the plane to land on the Area 51 ...
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Why are some ATP CTP providers not on the FAA's approved list?

The FAA has published a list of ATP CTP provider schools. But I can still find other schools not listed in this list, like "ATP flight school". I'm sure that only approved facilities can provide an ...
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Can hours accumulated in a glider count towards the 1500 hours for an ATP certificate?

If you have ratings in Glider, ASEL, AMEL do all your PIC hours in all categories count towards an ATP certificate, or must the Glider hours be kept separate?
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What is the maximum body weight allowed for a pilot?

What is the maximum allowed body weight for a new commercial pilot student? Would someone weighing 130kg be rejected on the basis of health? If so, what should that person weigh to avoid the ...
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Can I find the minimum IFR altitude based only on a SID plate?

I noticed this question here on aviation stackexchange, and I was wondering if there is a way to deduce the minimum IFR altitude (either 1000ft or 2000ft above obstacles, depending on whether or not ...
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What is the type of a SID that is neither RNAV nor RNP?

I am studying FAA's Order 8260.46F and I have noticed that, as far as the different types of SIDs are concerned, it states: [3-5] (1) “RNAV 1” will be the default designation for RNAV DPs. Annotate ...
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Is there an equivalent of the Threshold Crossing Height for departure procedures?

The definition for the Threshold Crossing Height is, according to the sources that I have checked, "the theoretical height above the runway threshold at which the aircraft's glideslope antenna would ...
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What does the indication “ATC” in some Take-Off Minimums mean?

While studying FAA's Standard Instrument Departure Procedures, I came across the La Guardia Five Departure SID. Take, for example, the Take-Off Minimums for runway 13L: Rwy 13 (Coney Climb): 400-2 ...
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What does the instruction “Climb heading [BEARING] to [NAVAID] 2.5 DME” mean?

I am examining FAA's Standard Instrument Departure Procedures (SIDs) and while reading their textual description, I came across this instruction from LGA's La Guardia Five Departure SID, for Runway ...
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What class is the airspace at KGCN when the tower is closed?

I was wondering if someone could help me figure out how the airspace around the Grand Canyon National Park Airport (KGCN) works. The chart supplement here says: AIRSPACE: CLASS D svc 1 Jun thru 30 ...
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What's the minimum legal height in Europe for a low pass at an airport?

Does anyone know in which document I can find the legal minimum height for a low pass at an airport, assuming the pass has been approved by ATC? I have been discussing this topic a lot with several ...
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What is the difference between a rating and a certificate?

I did some research on what it would take to become a private pilot. I am totally green to the aviation world, so bear with me on my question. I see the licenses also referred to as certificates but ...
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Are these logged time assumptions correct for commercial checkride applicants?

If an applicant is an ASEL private pilot without an instrument rating, are these assumptions correct? Multi-engine dual time can be used to satisfy the 10 hours complex time requirement Cross-country ...
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How long is a clearance void time valid?

You're picking up your IFR clearance on the ground and you get a 10 minute void time from now. What phase of flight is that 10 minute void time clearance good until? ..your wheels are up? ..a ...
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How can two private pilots flying together log time and split costs legally?

I'm a new private pilot and I've got a neighbor who would like to do some flying in his personal Cessna 172G. He is a private pilot as well and I am wondering how the regulations apply. If he sits ...
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What are my take off minimums?

Requesting for some clarification. Part 91 operator. 0-0 visibility and ceiling minimums Departing Rwy 15 at ADS Can I depart with a standard 200 ft/nm cross DER 35 ft. since I don't need to ...
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How many hours does an ATP helicopter pilot need to get a fixed-wing Sport Pilot certificate?

I hold an FAA ATP type rated in Helicopters, and I want to get my sport pilot certificate in airplane. How many hours do I need to satisfy the requirements? And how much will the sport pilot ...
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Can I log Hours in a foreign aircraft? [duplicate]

I have my FAA Private Pilot License but I live in Chile, The thing is that I was asked by the father of a friend of mine to join him on a C182 flight in Chile (Chilean Aircraft). So, can I log that ...
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Is ATC clearance or permission required to fly helicopter routes and transitions in the Los Angeles area?

Skyvector has Los Angeles helicopter charts here and here. Are pilots required to obtain ATC clearance or permission to fly helicopter routes and transitions?
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Why is there a need for a Top Altitude in FAA's SIDs?

I am examining some of the FAA's SID charts and, as far as I can deduce, each SID provides information concerning the altitude when it is necessary and, if not changed by the controller, each ...
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Is FAA's Order 8260.58A complementary to the TERPS manual as far as SID design is concerned?

I am studying FAA's United States Standard for Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPS) to learn how a SID is designed and what kind of rules and constraints one has to take into consideration. I am ...
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How to determine RNP and XTT values from section “5-2-1 Straight Departure” of FAA's 8260.58A Order?

I am trying to understand how to determine the Obstruction Clearance Area for each leg of a SID route. I am currently studying the US Standard for PBN Instrument Procedure Design (Order 8260.58A) and, ...
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Is required that your alternate airport has approaches other than GPS approach? [duplicate]

I start to read AIM and AC90-105A about alternate considerations.If I have GPS(TSO-129 let’s say),Can I file based on a GPS-based IAP at the alternate airport,and my alternate airport only has GPS ...
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What does it mean when your destination airport is currently “below IFR minimums”?

Does it mean that absolutely nobody can land there until conditions improve? Can ATC still give you an IFR clearance to your destination airport in this case?
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Is the airspace at KUGN class G from the surface to 1200' AGL where class E starts when the tower is closed?

The chart supplement for KUGN here says "AIRSPACE: CLASS D SVC 1200-0200Z other times CLASS E." Does that mean that when the tower is closed, the class D airspace switches to class E surface area ...
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Do FAA regulations keep aircraft away from 18,000 feet MSL to avoid conflict with FL190?

In the US, is there any FAA Regulation that keeps all aircraft away from 18,000 feet MSL… Since theoretically, FL190 could be lower than 18,000 feet MSL, and create all kinds of confusion with keeping ...
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How to fly IFR to an airport without any instrument approaches?

Would I just file an IFR flight plan to the airport in question, and expect to be cleared for the visual approach if there are no instrument approaches at the destination airport?
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What is the missed approach procedure when initiated below MDA/DA/DH?

Let's say you continue below the DA/DH on an IAP because you have the APL insight; and of course no lower then 100 ft above TDZE. Now you arrive and don't see any required visual cues to continue to ...
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What are the customs decal and eAPIS requirements for flying to the Bahamas?

I'm planning to rent an aircraft and fly to the Bahamas. I've got all the requirements including the Restricted Radio license. However, there was another requirement which concerns paying of the ...
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Is recurrent simulator training required every 12 months whilst acting as SIC under Part 91?

What are the regulations on recurrent training for a crew member who is type rated as PIC but is acting as SIC, flying internationally on a Bombardier Global Express Part 91 operation (not subpart K)? ...
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Can actual instrument time count as simulated instrument time for the PPL? [duplicate]

Just wondering if actual instrument time can be added with simulated instrument time for the requirements of the Private Pilot minimums (3 hour instrument). I have actual instrument time from when my ...
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Is a class B endorsement required for a Private checkride?

I was just wondering if a Class B endorsement was required for a Private Pilot Check-ride in the US?
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Can a Private pilot fly a company aircraft for business purposes if he is not being paid?

I understand that if you are carrying passengers and getting paid, then you have to have a commercial license. What about this scenario? I have a PPL (Private Pilot License). My friend owns a ...
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To become a BGI, what are the minimal requirements from the FAA?

To become a Basic Ground Instructor (BGI), what are the minimal requirements from the FAA? I am especially interested in understanding the minimal certifications (PPL/CPL) that are needed to obtain ...
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Is it legal for a non-IFR rated pilot to fly a SID on a VFR flight?

Just wondering in case the pilot is unfamiliar with the airport / terrain or is flying at night and wants obstacle / terrain separation.
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What is the definition of “occupant” in 14 CFR 91.307?

Does a solo pilot performing aerobatics constitute an "occupant" for the purposes of requiring a parachute per 91.307(c)?
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In the US, do ultralight aircraft have tail numbers?

Just wondering if ultralight aircraft in the United States have tail numbers like the larger general aviation aircraft have?
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What qualifies for “mass disseminated data” for an abbreviated briefing?

I'm reading about the different types of pre-flight briefings you can get and in the section for Abbreviated Briefing (AIM 7-1-4c) is mentions the phrase "mass disseminated data". Request an ...
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What are the 40 hours requirements for a PPL?

According to 14 CFR 61.109, a private pilot applicant must log 40 hours of flight time. (...) that includes at least 20 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor and 10 hours of solo ...
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Are there any situations in which drones may legaly fly higher than 400ft?

FAA FAR 107 states, "The maximum allowable altitude is 400 feet above the ground, and higher if your drone remains within 400 feet of a structure." Are there any exceptions to this rule that ...
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How do Class B transitions work in the US? [closed]

I'm just wondering about VFR requests relating to class bravo airspace in the US: Is requesting VFR flight following in a class bravo the same thing as requesting a class bravo clearance? Does ...
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If you're flying VFR in controlled airspace and in contact with ATC, do you need permission to change altitudes? [duplicate]

I think the controller sometimes gives altitudes for VFR traffic to fly, but do pilots actually need permission to change their altitude?
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Is a 61.31 solo endorsement a one-time thing, or does it need to be repeated?

The FAR 61.31(d)(2) reads that a person can act as pilot in command if they: Have received training required by this part that is appropriate to the pilot certification level, aircraft category, ...
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Why is an auditory alarm necessary when the autopilot disengages?

The FAA gives one requirement for the autopilot in the following FAR... FAR §25.1329 Flight guidance system. (j) Following disengagement of the autopilot, a warning (visual and auditory) ...
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If a SID chart says “GPS… required”, can the plane use a different GNSS?

This US/FAA standard instrument departure says "Note: GPS or DME/DME/IRU required." If the aircraft could tune into a different GNSS like GLONASS, could the pilot still legally fly the departure ...
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Can I get a medical after having had a seizure eight years ago?

In 2010 I had a seizure (as of this writing that would be 8 years ago.) I was a CFI/Commercial Multi pilot, and the FAA took away my medical. I have never piloted since, though I've missed it ...
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Does the FAA prescribe radar cross-section requirements for civilian aircraft?

Are there any FAA regulations stipulating the minimum permissible radar cross section for civilian aircraft (i.e., making sure that civilian aircraft are at least such-and-such cross-section visible ...
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Is a 100 hour inspection required for an aircraft to be used in a checkride?

Is a 100 hour inspection required when renting an aircraft for a practical test with a DPE, to whom you are paying a fee? Lots of money is being exchanged, yet the DPE told me that it is not "For ...