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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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Can short term escalation be applied exceeding life limit on Form 8130-3?

I have a case where there is maintenance item to replace a component when it reaches its life limit. This component life limit is stated on Form 8130-3 of said component referring to component manual. ...
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Can I work civilian aircraft with just an FAA Airframe certificate?

I am currently in the Air force, but plan on separating after my contract ends. I really like the field of avionics and aviation in general.(I am a B-1 Offensive Avionics Systems guy) However, when I ...
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What are the limits for IFR legal heading indicator and compass?

I am a student pursuing CPL/MEIR at a flight school in Turkey that's equivalent of a part 141 in the US. Our instrument equipment check procedures for IFR flight contains comparing the compass heading ...
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What can you do with an ATP that you can’t with an R-ATP?

So I know about the different requirements for an ATP vs R-ATP but I can’t find what you are able to do with a full ATP that you can’t do with an R-ATP
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What is a control area? [closed]

I read a controlled area is a controlled airspace extending upwards from a specified limit above the earth. But what is the difference between a contolled airspace and a control area.Also what about ...
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Are there significant differences between EASA and FAA when teaching jet aircraft performance?

Both regulatory bodies did a great effort in regulation harmonization, but I'm looking for any significant differences (if any) in how is taught the subject from the pilot point of view, i.e. ...
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Airplanes Parking On Taxiway

I've noticed one or two planes at my airport continuously park on the Taxiway and stay for sometimes an hour+. I keep looking and can't seem to find any regulations on this topic. (Only finding stuff ...
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Can I log dual received if I received training from a CFI and I sit in the back seat?

(h) Logging training time. A person may log training time when that person receives training from an authorized instructor in an aircraft, full flight simulator, flight training device, or aviation ...
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Private plane without a flight number - is it illegal?

This article from the Detroit News describes the arrest of a rapper on various charges, which aren't relevant here. However, there are a couple of aviation-related statements in it that seem to imply ...
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If I get a speed restriction from ATC, at what point am I no longer obligated to comply with the restriction?

If a controller clears me for a procedure, and also says "...do not exceed ___ knots", how long does that restriction apply for?
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Is there a designated air-to-air HF frequency in the USA?

Suppose I'm flying somewhere over the middle of the United States, happily telling stories exchanging important flight-related information with another aircraft on 122.75, the designated VHF air-to-...
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Is an aircraft considered experimental if built when having A&P licence?

I got my Airframe and Powerplant while in the Army 20 years ago, never used it after I got out. If I built an aircraft from scratch would it be considered amature experimental?
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How can I best use the ACS?

I'm a student pilot and I feel I'm well studied but there are some concepts that I seem to forget. I'm trying to get beyond the point of relying fully on memory and more so using common sense to ...
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Do aircraft have to be certified specifically for skydiving?

As a skydiver, I have jumped from many different types of aircraft. Most have been specially modified for the sport. Are there requirements outside of the mechanical modifications for an aircraft to ...
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When should I slow to approach speed?

When do I have to slow to approach speed in order to qualify for a particular category? Specifically, if I want/need cat A minima, what is the exact point at which I need to be at 90 kt (or less)? I’d ...
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Can the holder of only a Commerical Balloon pilot certificate conduct the ground training for a "Flight Review" for Airplane only rated pilots?

In the U.S., since there is not a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) rating for "lighter-than-air" category pilots, someone who holds only a Commercial Balloon pilot certificate can provide ...
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Can an EASA Part 66 AME License be accepted by the FAA?

I am holder of an EASA Part 66 AME License (Category L3H / hot air balloon). Can it be accepted by the FAA so that I would be allowed to do maintenance and annual inspection of American-registered ...
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Can a missed approach be used to satisfy the requirements for the long cross country as part of an instrument rating?

The long cross country requirements are as follows: §61.65(d)(2) (ii) Instrument flight training on cross country flight procedures, including one cross country flight in an airplane with an ...
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Which time zone applies for annual maintenance?

(This question is silly, but fitting for the end of the month.) When is the latest that a plane owner can legally fly a plane which is due for annual at the end of the month? Is it 23h59m UTC on the ...
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What is required for repeated use of an unimproved area for *repeated* aircraft operations? [duplicate]

My friend and I were talking about their new house with 7 acres in rural Massachusetts. Since I'm always shopping for excuses to log hours, I half=jokingly talked about coming out to visit if they ...
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Why is FAA Aircraft Certification Service department named as AIR?

The acronym AIR doesn't match with the functional name "Aircraft Certification Service" "AIR (the Aircraft Certification Service) is the department within the FAA that develops and ...
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Does a primary student, training in a high performance airplane, need an high performance endorsement prior to solo?

A pre-solo private pilot student is training in a Cessna 182 they purchased, do they also need a high performance endorsement, as well as the solo endorsement prior to their first solo flight?
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i have an FAA foreign based license on my ICAO. (SEP LAND only) Do I need a check ride every 2 years so I am current, with an American CFI [duplicate]

I was told that I need a check ride with an American CFI every 2 years so I can keep current my foreign based FAA license. I think as it is base on my ICAO which I have to renew every 2 years it is ...
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Private airstrip regulations

Once a private airstrip has been certified, do you have to get faa approval to make changes to the runway such as adding crossings, access etc…?
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Restricted airspace and lower limits

I am a new UAS pilot who will be flying agricultural fields. Naturally, my first flight location is close to a restricted airspace for military practice. I want to make sure I my flights are compliant....
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Calendar months "preceding month" vs "before date"?

What is the difference between 14 CFR 61.39(a)(6)(i) which states, "Has received and logged training time within 2 calendar months preceding the month of the application in preparation for the ...
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Initial six calendar months of instrument currency

FAR 61.57 states that to act as PIC under IFR or weather conditions lower than the minimums prescribed for VFR, you must have performed & logged, within the previous 6 calendar months prior to the ...
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May a pilot take off from an outlying airport in Class E Surf area if conditions at t/o airport are above all relevant mins, but not at main airport?

Assume there is an airport at the town of "Kearny", SE of KSHR. Assume there is no official weather reporting there. Assume a pilot on the ground determines ceiling and visibility to be ...
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May a SVFR clearance be granted if the ceiling and visibility at the associated airport are unlimited?

The scenario-- ceiling and visibility at KSHR are unlimited, but there is an area of broken low cloud extending east from the town of Big Horn, the base of which appears to be around 900 to 1000' AGL. ...
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SVFR required when transitioning through class E to the surface?

So my question is that since we are transitioning through a class E surface area, do we need an SVFR clearance? Part 91.155(c) is not applicable since we are not beneath the ceiling of 1000 ft; ...
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Why is TSO named so? Where is the 'order' part in this? Isn't it just a standard?

Wiki says: A Technical Standard Order (TSO) is a minimum performance standard issued by the United States Federal Aviation Administration for specified materials, parts, processes, and appliances used ...
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14 CFR § 91.213 - Inoperative instruments and equipment. <Cessna 172S NAV III>

I am working on a commercial right now, but still, this confuses me a lot. For example, during the preflight, I found that the airplane has inoperative equipment. And our operator has no MEL. Then I ...
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When was 91.155(b)(2) (night VFR cloud clearance and visibility in Class G airspace in traffic pattern) implemented?

We have all memorized the helpful triangle, but now this paragraph: (2) Airplane, powered parachute, or weight-shift-control aircraft. If the visibility is less than 3 statute miles but not less ...
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How many holds to be IR current?

14 CFR 61.57(c)(1)(ii) requires "Holding procedures and tasks" to be IR current. Within the 6 calendar months preceding the month of the flight, that person performed and logged at least ...
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Is this exam question on traffic patterns wrong?

I just don't know the difference between Left-hand traffic and Right-hand traffic. I thought Left-hand traffic uses when land to the East and right-hand traffic for when land to the west. Is anyone ...
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Do rotorcraft flight hours count for airlines requirements?

I have a question about flight hours. Many civil airlines require first-officers to have over 1500 hours. I have 300 hours for fixed-wing, and also have 2000 hours for rotorcraft(helicopter). In this ...
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After declaring an emergency can a pilot legally resume normal navigation without landing?

If a pilot declares an emergency and then in the process of working with ATC is able to resolve the issue, would they then be able to resume normal navigation (as a non-emergency aircraft) and ...
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Prediction of flight delay. What kind of information is available to a company at the moment of scheduled departure of a flight?

I am working on a data science task of trying to predict the departure delay of flights, but I don't have much knowledge of aviation itself. I have a dataset that contains some information of the ...
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Regaining airworthiness of a commercial aircraft

If a large commercial part 121 aircraft has lost it's airworthiness, and remained in that state for several months while being operated despite the loss of the airworthiness, what inspections and ...
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Who has jurisdiction over NMA (non movement areas) at an airport?

Since non movement areas are not controlled by ATC, does that mean the FAA doesn’t have jurisdiction in them? Are NMAs privately owned property inside of a government owned property (I.e FBOs)? Are ...
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Is landing gear-up against the regs?

Typically, landing a plane gear-up results in costly damage, which easily triggers the NTSB reporting requirement. However, as a glider pilot I can easily see how landing a glider gear-up would cause ...
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Does dual given in an approved AATD/FTD under Part 141 count towards the total sim time allowed for ATP in 61.159(a)(6)?

Reviewing 61.159(a)(6), it mentions that an applicant cannot credit more than 100 hours in simulator towards their total aeronautical experience as long as it was conducted as part of a 141, 142, 121, ...
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I have two VOR receivers, but if one VOR is out of tolerance, can I still fly IFR?

According to 91.171, I am not allowed to fly IFR unless: "...unless the VOR equipment of that aircraft - (1) Is maintained, checked, and inspected under an approved procedure; or (2) Has been ...
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How can these flights operate legally without tail numbers? [closed]

At dusk, several unmarked white buses unload a few hundred people and children who board these white unmarked jets. They leave and return empty within 24 hours. This is a daily occurrence. Harlingen ...
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Can a formation flight operate in class B if only the lead aircraft is equipped with a transponder?

We all know that you can't fly in Class B airspace without a transponder. But, when doing a formation flight, only the lead plane has their transponder turned on. Does that mean that it's possible for ...
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Can I still can apply for R-ATP 1000 hour, if I get my multi engine add on under part 61?

I have completed my private, instrument rating, and commercial under part 141. Can I still able apply for R-ATP 1000 hours, if I get my multi-engine add-on under part 61?
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Do airline pilots really put on an oxygen mask when alone in the cockpit above 25,000 ft?

The FAA requires a pilot to put on the oxygen mask if the other pilot leaves cockpit when cruising above FL250. It also requires that one pilot always wears an oxygen mask when flying above FL410. Do ...
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Can a private pilot legally act as a safety pilot for an instrument student performing approaches under the hood? [duplicate]

Someone is looking for a safety pilot so that they can build instrument hours under the hood and practice instrument holds / approaches. Is there any reg that would prevent me (a private pilot) from ...
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Can the holder(s) of a Student Pilot Certificate, properly endorsed for solo flight privileges, participate in a Formation Flight?

In the U.S., is it legal for the holder(s) of a Student Pilot Certificate, properly endorsed for single engine airplane solo flight privileges (in accordance with the training/proficiency requirements ...
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VFR through Class C to land at Class D (located within Class C)

Student pilot (US) here prepping for long solo XC. I'll be landing at a Class D airport (KSCH) within Class C airspace (KALB). I have a few questions regarding procedure and what is appropriate for ...
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