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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 good study guides/practice tests for the airframe maintenance certificate? [on hold]

I am approaching my 18 month mark on the job. Wanting to get my A license first. I have done all kinds of airframe work in this time period. Wondering if anyone has suggestions for the names of the ...
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When to use beacon, anti-collision, strobe, logo, and navigation lights?

During taxi, the taxi lights are used, and I think the landing lights are required to be used up to 10.000 feet for all commercial flights. However, my question is regarding the abovementioned lights:...
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Clarification on flight hours as compensation

I've seen the phrase "flight hours as compensation" before, and would like some clarification on it. What I've read seems to generally concern operating an aircraft on a PPL for a commercial purpose, ...
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Can the Class-E-to-surface airspace near Eagle County Regional airport KEGE be ignored when the tower is open?

Can the Class-E-to-surface designation indicated by the dashed magenta lines outside the dashed blue circle at Eagle County Regional airport KEGE be ignored when the tower is open? http://vfrmap.com/...
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May an ultralight vehicle pass directly above KEGE at 9200 MSL at 1600Z with no prior authorization without violating FAR 103.17?

May an ultralight vehicle pass directly above KEGE at 9200 MSL at 1600Z with no prior authorization without violating FAR 103.17? http://vfrmap.com/?type=vfrc&lat=39.643&lon=-106.916&zoom=...
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Can I pass the EASA ATPL exams by studying FAA materials?

If I have the theoretical knowledge required for an FAA ATP, could I use that knowledge to pass the EASA ATPL exams?
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Are non-military aircraft allowed to fly with no registration numbers (tail numbers)?

There have been several news reports about aircraft (light planes and helicopters) flying without visible registration numbers or identifying marks in the USA: The NYPD referred to the helicopter ...
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Where in the FAR or AIM is a high speed taxi defined?

While monitoring coms I recently heard a Cessna Centurion that had just cleared the runway request a "high speed taxi", which was approved by the tower. I'm assuming that means he wants to taxi at a ...
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Are there equivalents to the USA's HIMS programme in other regions?

The question How to determine if pilots in crashes flew again? made me think about the Human Intervention Motivation Study programme (see the answer https://aviation.stackexchange.com/a/65410/14197) ...
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In actual practice, do ARTC Center personnel generally follow the rule that a SVFR clearance may be granted in E2 airspace but not E4 airspace? (US)

In actual practice, in the US, do ARTC Center personnel generally follow the rule that a SVFR clearance may be granted in E2 airspace ("surface areas designated for an airport") but not E4 airspace ("...
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Are “Tally-ho” and “no joy” acceptable ATC terms for civil operations?

I keep meaning to ask this question. I heard "Tally-ho" used for the first time by a pilot on Liveatc.net. I know these are pretty standard phrases in military aviation but I wondered if civil pilots ...
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What is the legal altitude to fly through Yosemite Valley (US)?

I have a question regarding flying in the Yosemite Valley national park, which I flew over last weekend in an open-cockpit gyroplane. The sectional states you must be a minimum of 2,000 ft about the ...
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When is a procedure turn not required? [duplicate]

If you are not being radar vectored to the FAF or on a “no PT” transition, are there any other circumstances where a procedure turn that is depicted on an approach chart is not required?
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When are procedure turns not required?

Today, at my part 141 flight school I failed a stage check (flight test), because I did not perform a hold. I'm in com-multi training and was shooting a single engine approach in a Beechcraft Baron. I ...
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As of June 2019, can a DPE in the United States renew a CFI's certificate based on completion of a FIRC?

Flight instructors need to renew their CFI certificates every 24 months. One of the ways to do that is by completing a FIRC. In the past, you had to take your completed FIRC to the local FSDO and have ...
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Are crossing restrictions on an ILS/LOC approach mandatory when flying on the glideslope?

Some "ILS or LOC" approaches have crossing restrictions that are shown before and/or after the final approach fix/glideslope intercept. Are these restrictions for the LOC only approach, or do they ...
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May a VFR-only pilot without high-performance or complex endorsements be the safety pilot for an IFR currency flight?

For an IFR currency flight in a high-performance and/or complex airplane where the pilot flying has all the appropriate ratings and endorsements to be PIC, does another pilot with strictly a private ...
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Does aeronautical experience ever expire?

Do the hours of flying with instructor or solo ever expire? I have my 50 (yes, 50) year old pilot's Flight Log with CFI entries for 20 hours dual and 1 solo. Do I have to start over, or would some of ...
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What are the fatigue regulations in the US and Australia for military transport helicopters/rotorcraft?

For transport category military helicopters, what are the fatigue regulations as specified by the US and Australian regulatory bodies? I've managed to find that FAA has FAR 29.571 (US) but this ...
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Is there an FAA definition of what “normal flight operation” means?

Some documents talk about normal and abnormal operation. Is there a definition by FAA what normal operation is?
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Where does it say that type certificates are required?

I am doing research and looking for a regulation (from FAA, Transport Canada, ICAO or anywhere else) that explicitly states that a type certificate is required for aeronautical products (aircraft, ...
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Do you need type ratings for private flying?

This question popped into my head when I learned some Citation X series have shared (?) type ratings. So a theoretical situation: I am a happy person with PPL and IFR ratings and then I decide to ...
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May an instrument instructor log instrument approaches that a student flies in simulated conditions as approaches for currency purposes?

I was told by a fellow CFII today who says he was told this by a former DPE that a CFII who is providing training to a student can log that student's simulated instrument approaches as the instructor'...
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How can I find a final approach fix (FAF)?

I have a problem understanding FAF - how can I find FAf on a precision approach without the lightning bolt/zigzag symbol. I know the Maltese cross means FAF for a non-precision approach. According to ...
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Do I have to declare an emergency if I cut into fuel reserves?

In another question, I wrote You only need to plan for regulatory reserves. You don't actually have to land with them and @Jan replied: you have to declare emergency if you do cut into them ...
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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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What qualifies as a “takeoff” and “landing” in currency requirements?

I just met my night-time currency requirements at KONT. Landing and taking off from a 12000 foot runway in a Cessna 152 got me to thinking (always dangerous, I know). There's more than enough room ...
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How low can a helicopter fly above a residence if the helicopter is an air ambulance landing?

Two medical helicopters just located directly across the street from my home. Their landing pad is less than 500 feet from my property. When they land, the helicopter is only 100 to 200 feet above ...
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What are the FAA regulations on grass airstrips?

What are the FAA regulations on grass airstrips like grass height, lighting, necessary aircraft equipment, and the like?
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Is there an upper age limit for pilots freight only?

When I asked my original question below, I should have been more specific. I will rephrase my question, however, I do wish to extend my thanks & appreciation to those who answered my question as ...
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Can the commercial night cross country be done under IFR?

The below doesn't mention anything about needing to be night IFR, so if you were to shoot an approach on this flight, would it be legal? Also, if the instructor isn't a CFII, but PIC does have an ...
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Where can FAA Letters of Interpretation be found?

The FAA issues Letters of Interpretation and Chief Counsel Opinions in order to clarify existing rules and regulations. Where these can be found and searched when looking for clarification of a rule?
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What are the guidelines and regulations for building a helipad for multiple aircraft?

Are there any guidelines and regulations governing the ownership and construction of a multiple aircraft type helipad in a) the USA b) Europe?
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As a drone hobbyist, is flying below the listed FAA UAS ceiling a violation of controlled airspace?

FAA (emphasis mine): In Class B, Class C, or Class D airspace [controlled airspace] or within the lateral boundaries of the surface area of Class E airspace designated for an airport, the ...
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How can I find out if there's an EASA STC for something that has an FAA STC?

I want to purchase something for my Cessna from a US web shop. The part has a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the FAA, but I don't find any information about the EASA equivalent. Is there ...
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Which aircraft are required to have a black box?

When is an aircraft required to have a Cockpit Voice Recorder or a Flight Data Recorder?
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How do I keep my home address private following new aircraft registration?

I'm looking at filing out an 8050-1 for a new airplane in the US and the FAA is asking me for my name, and address. My concern is that once I register these bits of information, specifically my home ...
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What are the rules for Public-Use Operations?

On another aviation board I'm on, (link), one poster is making the claim that operators of airplanes for Public Use Operations (eg. Police planes, Search-and-rescue aircraft, most government planes), ...
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Is it legal for a pilot to let passengers steer during take off and landing? [duplicate]

Our company plane can be flown by single pilot without the need of a copilot. Several times while flying in the company plane our pilot allowed one of our company owner's family members take off and ...
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What certificates/medical are required to fly in Japan?

I am FAA certified, but my medical certificate has lapsed. Would my pilot certificates and a fresh medical enable me to fly in Japan?
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What are the requirements to obtain an FAA private pilot's license in Bosnia?

I'm a US citizen currently living in Bosnia. Before I left the states, I was working on getting my PPL. I currently have about 65 hours and was very close to finishing, but I was unable to do so ...
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Which pilot license is required in the US to engage in glider towing?

As a former member of a US glider club (I live in Europe now, and it's all winch launches), I always thought being a tow pilot was a good way to build time. Can a private pilot tow gliders in exchange ...
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In the US, can airspace simultaneously be E2 and E4? What happens at KSTC to the airspace in the dashed magenta boundary when the tower closes?

In the US, can the same airspace simultaneously be E2 and E4? Consider the case of KSTC -- St. Cloud Regional Airport, MN. http://vfrmap.com/?type=vfrc&lat=45.546&lon=-94.059&zoom=10 On ...
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Is ground school required to get a Private Pilots License?

I know that there is a written exam that you are required to take, but do you have to go to a class in order to study for that test? If I'm really good at just learning from a book, can I just learn ...
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Are there any footwear regulations for private pilots?

Just wondering, as I'm working on my PPL during a hot summer, if it's legal (but probably more importantly, a good idea) to wear flip flops to fly a plane? I'm training in a 172, if that's an ...
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Can I get a photo with the pilots?

Could I, as a passenger, get a picture with the pilots in the cockpit before takeoff/after landing? I'm asking specifically about any rules that would deny a passenger into the cockpit. I know this is ...
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Do I have to follow airways to meet the IFR cross country 250 NM flight requirement in 61.65?

I understand that there is cross-country flight of "a distance of at least 250 nm along airways or ATC-directed routing" requirement for the IFR rating, but I'm not sure if understand what the second ...
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Airliner speed when descending through 10,000 feet

How do airliners get to 250 kts when descending through 10,000 feet as required by the FAA? Do you level off at 10,500 feet until speed is less than 250 and then descend further? Must pilots ask ATC ...
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What is the primary reason that the non-towered airports KACV and KTLV have E4 extensions to E2 airspace?

NOTE-- this question is not about why it was desired to protect the airspace that ended up within the E4 "extensions". Rather, this question is about why that was done by designating that airspace as ...
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What are the historical precedents of today's E2 and E4 airspace? (US)

What are the historical precedents of today's E2 and E4 airspace? From what previous airspace classes did these airspaces evolve? How do these precedents help us understand the significance of the ...