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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Can the holder of a commercial pilot certificate rent an airplane (with a recent 100-hour inspection) from a FBO operator and use it for hire?

Can the holder of a commercial pilot certificate rent an airplane (with a recent 100-hour inspection) from a fixed-base operator and use it to carry passengers for hire? I believe the answer this is a ...
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Can a person be operating an aircraft in a “Careless” and “Reckless” manner at the same time? Or are these two different standards?

U.S. 14 CFR Part 91.13 Careless or reckless operation states: (a) Aircraft operations for the purpose of air navigation. No person may operate an aircraft in a careless or reckless manner so as to ...
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What medical issues or procedures can cause denied medicals?

Are there a lot of things that can cause a denied medical? Can fairly routine procedures be grounds for denial? (Please don't hate me for having 2 questions in one!)
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Why require a minimum of 1500 hours to become an airline pilot?

In the United States, under parts 61 standards for pilot certifications, for a person to apply for an airline transport pilot certificate one of the aeronautical experience minimums is a minimum of ...
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Who is responsible for aircraft separation in IFR (limited/no visibility)?

I was reading how-much-is-the-minimum-safe-distance-between-two-planes-in-flight and realized part of it confused me (or maybe I'm just tired.) In a low- or no-visibility environment (i.e. under IFR ...
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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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In the US, in actual practice, workload permitting, will ARTC facilities grant SVFR clearance for surface-level Class E “extensions” (E4 airspace)?

In the US, in actual practice, workload permitting, will ARTC Centers and Approach Control facilities grant clearance for Special VFR operations in surface-level Class E "extensions" (E4 ...
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Can air-to-air refueling be done in compliance with the FAR's?

I am wondering if any FAR's would prohibit the air-to-air refueling of two civilian aircraft in the US. In our use case, the receiving aircraft would be custom-built, and it would receive fuel pumped ...
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What is the FAA definition of solo flight?

If I'm a student pilot (for commercial), and I flew for pleasure with friends one night, do I log those hours as solo? Does solo mean, only pilot in the aircraft? Or does it literally mean only person?...
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Do solo night time and “towered” landings total separately toward the solo night requirements in FAR 61.129?

FAR 61.129(a)(4)(ii) reads as follows for an applicant for commercial airplane single-engine, and makes similar provisions for other categories and classes. (4) Ten hours of solo flight time … that ...
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Can I document a VOR check with a photo to comply with 91.171(d)?

I'm interested in understanding the limits of what it means to "sign" a record. While enroute for any meaningful length of time, I try to tune two VOR's and I take a photo of the G1000 NXi ...
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Which parts of class E airspace can an ultralight (part 103) fly in without prior ATC authorization?

I'd like to clarify a very specific statement from 14 CFR Part 103: 103.17 OPERATIONS IN CERTAIN AIRSPACE No Person may operate an ultralight vehicle within Class A, Class B, Class C, or Class D ...
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How should I operate within the dashed magenta lines next to Class D airspace?

I am unsure of how to operate within this area (red dashed line) without connection to ATC. It appears to come off of class D airspace. Can anyone provide an explanation of what this area is and how ...
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In the US, how does the distinction between E2 and E3/E4 airspace affect pilots?

In the US, practically speaking, how does the distinction between the E2 and E3/E4 subtypes of Class E airspace affect pilots?
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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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I’ve always heard about the dreaded ramp check. What does it actually entail?

What happens during a ramp check? How likely are you to experience one? What happens if they find something wrong? (A major and a minor example if you don’t mind)
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Does FAR 91.155c apply to class E surface extensions?

Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 91.155 says under (c): Except as provided in §91.157, no person may operate an aircraft beneath the ceiling under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) within the lateral ...
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Does an SVFR clearance extend to Echo surface extensions?

Sec. 91.157 Special VFR weather minimums. (a) Except as provided in appendix D, section 3, of this part, special VFR operations may be conducted under the weather minimums and requirements of this ...
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Is the official weather report for an airport in Class D airspace controlling for its Class E surface extension?

If the official weather report for an airport for which Class D airspace is designated is showing IMC, is that controlling for a Class E surface extension (designated for that airport)? For example, ...
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How can I log simulated instrument time and approaches in a single-place aircraft?

Is there a way to log instrument approaches in VMC when all you own is single-place aircraft? (or aircraft with only one pilot station - I own a Long EZ). The regs seem to indicate that I have to rent ...
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Does having permission waive the 500 foot distance requirement in 91.119(c)?

The FAA expressly forbids flying within 500' of people, structures, etc...: § 91.119 Minimum safe altitudes: General. Except when necessary for takeoff or landing, no person may operate an aircraft ...
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Are there specific engine TBO requirements for aircraft used in flight instruction?

If I own a plane, say a Piper arrow, and I want to charge 175/hr for the aircraft and 50/hr for instruction, is there any regulation on when to perform engine overhauls (TBO)? askacfi.com and avweb....
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Can I file IFR DIRECT with a non-WAAS GPS?

The AIM 1-1-17 2 (a) states: Aircraft using un-augmented GPS (TSO-C129() or TSO-C196()) for navigation under IFR must be equipped with an alternate approved and operational means of navigation ...
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Can I fly a practice LNAV approach with an iPad?

I'm doing training for an instrument rating, and I'm thinking I'd like to do some solo VFR cross country flying and do some practice instrument approaches. The C152 I'll be flying doesn't have a GPS ...
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Regulatory Documents To Carry Medical Kits and Defibrillators On-Board

Are there any regulatory release documents applicable to Medical Kits and Defibrillators? Question is for Commercial Airlines. For example for: Components, you are required to have an EASA Form 1 or ...
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Why is there a disparity in the conversion from runway visual range (RVR) to statute miles?

TBL 5-4-1 in the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) provides conversion from RVR to visibility in statute miles. I've reversed the first two columns from the AIM table to allow for comparison of ...
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What is a gold seal flight instructor?

What is a gold seal flight instructor and how does it differ from a usual flight instructor? Does it offer any additional privileges or prestige?
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How Does the FAA Define the Dimensions of the Touchdown Zone?

Does the FAA give a regulatory definition of the term "Touchdown Zone" for use within the context of landing operations? In 14 CFR 91.175 the FAA requires—in certain cases—that pilots must ...
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What indication has the FAA given that phrases like “surface area of Class E airspace designated for an airport” do or don't include E4 “extensions”?

This question pertains to the airspace of the USA. 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, ...
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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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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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Could a private pilot violate 'commercial' rules if there is no compensation or expense sharing at all?

How might a private pilot run into regulatory trouble by flying a passenger if they don't receive any compensation at all? I'm interested in some specific scenarios. In all of these cases, let's ...
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When can I proceed inbound in a hold in lieu of a procedure turn when cleared for the approach?

Let’s say I am holding on a published hold in lieu of a procedure turn but not yet cleared for the approach. Upon receiving approach clearance (say on the outbound leg of the hold) would I have to ...
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How can a sUAS operator contact ATC/identify themselves when contacting ATC?

In a comment, abelenky offered some words of wisdom which I personally agree with regarding sUAS ops near a surface Class C: When in doubt or close, call Tower and state your intentions. They'll ...
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Are weather-reporting requirements for an airport in Class D airspace more stringent than for an airport in surface-level Class E airspace?

In the US, are weather-reporting requirements for an airport in Class D airspace more stringent than for an airport in surface-level Class E airspace? Are there other requirements that would cause an ...
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In the US, are there any operational control towers located in surface-level Class E airspace or in Class G airspace?

(This question pertains to the airspace of the United States.) FAR 91.126 gives some general rules for operating at or near airports in Class G airspace, and FAR 91.127 gives some general rules for ...
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FAR 91.215 (b)(3)(ii) — transponders— does the “or below 10,000' MSL” clause have any practical significance?

Here are some of the airspaces where FAR 91.215 requires aircraft to have transponders-- (b) ... (2) All aircraft. In all airspace within 30 nautical miles of an airport listed in appendix D,...
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May pilots receive compensation for performing preventive maintenance under US regulations?

Under FAA regulations, I know that at least a private pilot certificate must be held in order for a pilot to perform preventive maintenance on an aircraft. May a pilot also get paid by someone else ...
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Does a hold-entry count as a hold for instrument currency?

So in looking at the instrument currency requirements for the FAA (6 approaches, holds, intercepting & tracking courses), I'm having difficulty nailing down what constitutes a hold. Based on AIM 5-...
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Why depict TRSA on a map?

Participation in TRSA services is completely optional. The depicted airspace is all still class E, and you can fly straight through it sans radio or transponder without violating any regulation. ...
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Do small or regional airports have maintenance staff or companies onsite?

Do small airports or regional airports with just a couple of flights per day, maybe even from different airlines all have on-site aircraft maintenance staff? It hardly seems economical to have ...
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Do you ask ATC for HILPT?

This specifically pertains to VOR approaches, but I guess it can apply anywhere else that has a hold in lieu of procedure turn (HILPT) also. There are numerous examples but let's try one: KUKI VOR-A. ...
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Why does only class C airspace have an “outer area”?

There is an area called "outer area" near class C airspace. As described by this AIM: Though not requiring regulatory action, Class C airspace areas have a procedural Outer Area. Normally this area ...
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Can an aircraft flying VFR with a squawk code enter adjacent class C or D airspace after being handed over to the destination tower? [duplicate]

In the US, a VFR aircraft request VFR flight following and is given a squawk code after takeoff. 15nm before arriving at it's destination class D airport, the TRACON facility instructs the pilot to &...
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Does Flight Following automatically include permission to fly through class C or D airspace?

The situation is as following - I requested flight following at approach, got a squawk and instructed to maintain VFR with heading and altitude at my discretion. My route is through class D and class ...
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Can I Restrict Commercial air Traffic above My Land for ordinary use and enjoyment? [duplicate]

I have 7.72 acres in the Southern California Desert. It's outside of Palm Springs Ca. My land was granted to My Grandfather in 1961 as a homestead. The patent states that I have ALL Rights, Privileges,...
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Are return springs on a carburetor throttle mandatory or not?

In many GA aeroplanes throttle control is connected mechanically to the throttle of carburetor via a cable. I read in some AFMs that in case of a cable failure, return springs will open the throttle ...
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Why must the long cross-country flight for a commercial rating be solo?

Assuming I am interpreting the below FAR correctly, one must either be solo, or have an instructor present to complete the long cross country requirement. More specifically, it seems to me that you ...
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What can be logged as Total Time?

The FAA regulates logging time in FAR 61.51. There are plenty of questions about logging PIC time, as well as SIC time. Another type remains: what can be logged as total time? It's only mentioned once:...
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How should a Traffic Control Tower notify aircraft that their frequency just changed?

What is the policy for ATC towers to notify aircraft the frequency they broadcast and monitor on has changed? How do they do it, if radio isn't available (because they just changed their frequency)?

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