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Questions tagged [faa-regulations]

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, filling out FAA forms, or other areas of FAA responsibility.

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What authorization do I need to fly a rebuilt aircraft that doesn't have an airworthiness certificate yet?

Let's say I rebuild an aircraft in the USA and it does not have a current airworthiness certificate. The DAR requests a check flight during the process of issuing the new airworthiness certificate. ...
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What's the difference between EFVS and CVS?

What's the difference between EFVS and CVS? Is there any aircraft certified with EFVS?
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Can time logged in foreign aircraft be applied towards an FAA certificate or rating?

Does time logged in these foreign-registered aircraft (cross country, etc) count towards US certificates or ratings? Or is it flight experience that should be excluded from an 8710?
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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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Where is Transport Category aircraft defined in CFR 14?

Commuter Category is defined rigorously, https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/14/23.3 But I was unable to find an equivalent definition for Transport Category in the regulations (not Wikipedia or ...
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Has FAA ever granted a LODA for compensated instruction in non-LSA E-AB?

I have been trying to find a list of granted LODA to get this question answered. No joy. I am considering purchasing a Sling TSI E-AB. It would be great to be able to instruct in it for compensation.
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Could I Legally Fly a Paramotor as a Commuter Method [duplicate]

I get permission from company security to fly into work using my paramotor (I don’t have one, but would like to get one). We have six offices around the city. The city has two airports: one major ...
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Can ATC terminate flight following AND approve (arbitrary) frequency change while still inside Class C airspace?

Unusual (for me) event inside Class C. Can ATC terminate flight following inside Class C and approve frequency change. Background: Requested and received VFR FF at 6500 msl prior to approaching ONT ...
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How can I convert a Peruvian pilot's license to one that will let me work in the USA? [duplicate]

My fiancé just became a U.S. resident. He's originally from Peru and is a helicopter pilot with some airplane experience as well. He has more than 8000 hours flying helicopters and around 150 airplane ...
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How do I renew my ability to fly after 40 years?

I am 83 years old and it has been over forty years since I piloted an aircraft and would like to go back to flying again. I hold a single engine rating and had flown several hundred hours, but my log ...
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What is the reapplication process for a suspended dispatcher certificate?

I had my dispatcher certificate suspended for a year for leaving the testing site before I could provide an adequate urine sample. I did not realize this was a reportable event. I accept the ...
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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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Is a mode C transponder required underneath Class C airspace?

FAR 91.215 states that a mode C transponder is required for... all aircraft in all airspace above the ceiling and within the lateral boundaries of a Class B or Class C airspace area designated ...
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How would ATC try to establish contact with a VFR craft?

Example: I'm in a 172 tailed N1234A, on a pleasure hop between Hicks Field and Addison, circling around DFW International to the north, flying at 1500ft within DFW's Mode C veil under VFR (so I'm ...
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What is the standard for tachometer calibration / Hobb's equivalency?

I've heard that 1 tach hour = 1 Hobb's hour at maximum RPM. I've also heard that tach equivalency is at "cruise" RPM, although that seems vague. I believe I've also heard that the accuracy of ...
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How much difference in heading/bearing between consecutive legs is “officially” considered a turn?

While examining FAA's TERPS manual (Order 8260.3D) and PBN manual (Order 8260.58A), I noticed two seemingly contradictory statements. TERPS 8260.3D Chapter 14. Departure Routes, 14-3-4 . Construct ...
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Why aren’t multiengine general-aviation aircraft required to be capable of sustained single-engine flight?

While perusing the See How it Flies website, I came across this alarming statement regarding multiengine general-aviation aircraft: You must not allow yourself to think that just because airliners ...
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What is “Defense Area” on a VFR Sectional Chart?

What is "Defense Area" on a VFR Sectional Chart? The words "DEFENSE AREA" (in all caps) appear all along the US/Mexico border in blue. It's the biggest text on the chart. Interestingly enough, the ...
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Can a commercial pilot get paid by friend? [duplicate]

'm a little bit headache about charge issue with commercial pilot certificate .hope someone help me figure out. IF my friend approaches to me first and ask for a flight to somewhere using my airplane ...
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What is the benefit or motivation for having Class G airspace?

I'm looking at the differences between Class E and Class G (AIM 3-2-6) airspace in the United States and I get that there are different flight condition requirements depending on AGL/MSL altitudes, ...
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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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In the US, is there a way for a pilot to legally “maneuver at will” in actual IMC?

In the US, is there a way for a pilot to legally "maneuver at will" in actual IMC? Let's say you want to practice a series of reversing 360-degree turns and not have to communicate every change in ...
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Is there a maximum horizontal acceleration for passengers?

Are there any regulations regarding the maximum acceleration forces that passengers should experience during takeoff/flight/landing? Or what would be considered to be an acceptable horizontal ...
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Case Study: Did I need to declare an emergency?

I am a fairly newly minted private pilot licensee (PPL). I had just taken off from a small private, (but open to the public) airfield. We are under the shelf of Class B, but are G up to 700 and then E ...
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Who has more power? Air Force One PIC or ICAO or FAA? [duplicate]

So, ICAO(or FAA) Controls everything in the air, but is Air Force One on top of it, or does Air Force One need to follow the ICAO's (or FAA's) regulations?
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How to understand the requirements for IFR currency?

So the requirement reads "six instrument approaches; Holding procedures; and Intercepting and tracking courses through the use of navigation systems." I am still a little unclear on how to interpret ...
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Does my 1st class medical give me 2nd and 3rd class medical privileges after it expires?

If a 35 year-old pilot were issued a 1st class medical on January 15, 2012, am I correct that that pilot would be able to exercise privileges requiring a 1st class medical until January 15, 2013? Or ...
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Can I land on an abandoned runway in California?

Can a private pilot land on an abandoned runway in southern California's remote areas? There are a few unpaved runways near scenic hillsides, ideal for camping or swimming.
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Are there any regulations about the distance between destination and alternate airports?

I didn’t notice any distance regulations or recommendations regarding how far away an alternate airport may be. However, it is reasonable that, Too close: The weather between the two is likely to be ...
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Can I get training in the USA with a PPL from another country, but without converting it?

My friend's in South Korea, and he would like to get training in the USA soon. He currently has a PPL in Korea and it is still valid. I'm sure that he can start an IFR course in the USA and another ...
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Does an IFR flight at night in VMC count as “night VFR conditions” (FAR 61.129)?

FAR 61.129 several times uses the phrase “night VFR conditions.” Does this mean strictly flights conducted under VFR at night, or does it include night flights conducted under IFR but in VMC?
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Could I use a powered parachute to fly around New York City?

NYC traffic is so horrendous that it would be pretty convenient to be able to take off with a powered parachute (PPC) from the top of a building or from a park and be able to fly above all the traffic ...
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Is there any size of tethered kite that is regulated by the FAA?

Civilians fly kites for entertainment. Is there a limit, after which the kite is considered an aircraft and becomes regulated? Is a kite considered a balloon, after a certain size? Do technology ...
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What regulations are in place for ultralight vehicles flying over US national parks?

A flight instructor i met with recently said that flying ultralight over national parks is a crime. The law section of the powered paragliders bible has nothing on parks. One would think that ...
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Starting Off My Career as a Pilot [closed]

I am 17 years old and am interesting in pursuing a career as a pilot. I am not sure what I need to do first, but I do have a flight lesson this Saturday to see if I want to continue with this career ...
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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 &...
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What makes intentional low or missed approaches legal?

A common procedure in flight training is the low approach: simulating a landing, but without actually making contact with the ground before powering up and either going around in the traffic pattern ...
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Who to call for flight following?

I was up this past weekend on my first solo cross country and decided to request VFR flight following and was a bit confused at what happened. For this question I will set up the actual situation as ...
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How exactly am I supposed to notify ATC when I fly my drone? (UAS)

I recently registered my new 250 class Quadcopter with the FAA under the Part 107 sUAS code. I want to fly within the regulations, and the only one that I'm really unsure about how to abide by is the "...
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Will Tower repeat an initial heading if it's part of my IFR clearance?

If I get an initial heading to fly in my clearance from Clearance Delivery, but the Tower controller does not repeat the heading to fly in my takeoff clearance and I stay on runway heading, can the ...
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What certifications must one have to repair/alter propellers and instruments?

According to 14 CFR 65 Subpart D A certificated mechanic may perform or supervise the maintenance, preventive maintenance or alteration of an aircraft or appliance, or a part thereof, for which he ...
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Can I apply for a Gold Seal any time, or only when I renew my CFI certificate?

Basically my CFI certificate expires almost a year from now, but I have met the requirements for Gold Seal. Can I obtain my Gold Seal now, or do I have to wait until its time to renew my CFI?
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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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What is the specific FAA regulation with regards to a pilot dropping jumpers into a solid cloud base? [duplicate]

What is the FAA regulation with regards to a pilot dropping jumpers into a solid cloud base? I saw some parachute jumpers come through a solid cloud layer with a base at around 1300 AGL. They landed ...
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Can the FAA stop the municipality owned airport from closing down?

I live in Wheeling IL. Our town owns the municipal airport there. Most of the residences here want to close down the airport. Can the FAA stop us from closing the airport?
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What FAA regulations govern a US International Airport name change, such as McCarran International to Harry Reed International?

What FAA regulations govern a US International Airport name change, such as McCarran International to Harry Reed International or Las Vegas International Airport? Can the citizenry petition the FAA ...
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If both pilots are incapacitated, what happens?

How do the airlines prepare for a situation where for some reason both PIC and SIC are incapacitated for the remainder of the flight?
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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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In the United States, is there any way I can fly without a medical certificate?

I live in the United States. I haven't been able to get a medical certificate yet, but I'm interested in flying airplanes (or maybe other kinds of aircraft). Is there any way I can fly without having ...
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My driver's license was suspended for not having insurance. Should I even bother to apply for a medical?

My insurance lapsed for a few days, and during that few days that I got caught. Furthermore, it's the second suspension in my life because I got a bunch of tickets when I was younger. I hold a sport-...