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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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PA/APV Glidepath Descent and Obstacle Clearance Slope's lowest point determination

I am studying the US Terminal Instrument Procedures manual (TERPS) and as I was skimming through the guidelines about Sloping Obstacle Clearance Surface, I came across the image below from section 2-1-...
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Would it be safer if Drones carried transponders? [closed]

The current FAA regulations don’t permit UAS above 400’ AGL, but that doesn’t mean that the machines are not capable of flying higher than that. Since a Mode-C (at the minimum) transponder is ...
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In the United States, are ultralights legally considered aircraft?

I sometimes here it stated that in the United States, ultralight vehicles are not legally considered to be aircraft. For example, Wikipedia used to state: In the United States ultralights are ...
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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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What is the youngest age allowed to fly any sort of plane in the USA?

I have wondered this for quite some time, but what is the youngest age to fly any sort of plane in the USA? Does it also vary on what type of plane you're flying? (Commercial, Private, Training.)
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What are the rules for flying drones in National Recreation Areas? [closed]

National Recreation Areas allow powerboats on lakes and roads for vehicles, so can drones fly in this area? Can model aircraft fly in this area? Can model boats be used on the lakes or rivers? Can ...
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Can Private Pilot training, funded by employer, count as company hours?

My employer would like me to get my Private Pilot License, and is funding the remainder of my training. The intention is to have me do my training on company time. I am an engineer, and sit in the ...
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What are the regulations for crossing the Atlantic in a twin engine prop plane

Are there ETOPS like regulations for private planes? If the plane has the range (4000km+), can it do it in one go?
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Can a DPE do a checkride in any plane of the same class?

Do DPEs have to be certified in a specific aircraft type, or can they do a checkride in any airplane of the same class? For example, if I have done all my training in a Cirrus SR22 and want to do my ...
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Can an amateur-built aircraft ever be used for commercial activities?

There are some non-recreational activities, such as aerial photography, wildlife observation, environmental monitoring, etc., that seem well-suited to certain amateur-built aircraft. The open-cockpit ...
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For FAA currency purposes, must flight time be in an N-registered aircraft?

I currently hold a Commercial Pilot Certificate issued February,2018. My Flight Review has to be done no later than February 2020. I have convalidated my FAA License to Colombia. The 90 day currency ...
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Does the 2020 ADS-B -Out requirement apply to aircraft with only a wind-driven generator (electrical system)?

Since my J3 Cub was was not originally certificated with an engine-driven electrical system it's clear the 2020 ADS-B-Out mandate (U.S.) does not apply (except where specifically noted in FAR part 91)....
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Does an active pilot based outside the US require a flight review to maintain FAA currency?

If a pilot is a holder of both Canadian and FAA commercial pilot certificates and is flying regularly in Canada, does this pilot still require a Flight Review to maintain currency of their FAA ...
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Is the student solo endorsement's a “package deal” with that one specific instructor?

If someone receive's a student whose completed his old instructors pre written solo exam and received an endorsement. Do I need to give him my solo test and endorsement? Or go ahead and complete the ...
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What defines the end of a “cross-country flight” for ppl aeronautical experience purposes and for general logbook purposes?

Assume "pilotage" is used for all flights other than circuits around the pattern. Assume, in the flights that follow, at any point where required, an instructor travels to the departure point and ...
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Does a safety pilot log PIC, or SIC? [duplicate]

I just got my private pilot license and I want to build-up time with another private pilot lets say I am acting as a safety pilot and we make a flight of 3.7, and his time under the hood was 3.4 in ...
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Can I use the private pilot written exam for sport pilot?

I'm planning to first get my sport pilot license and then continue on to private pilot, to save on written exam costs is it possible to just take the private pilot written exam for the sport pilot ...
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What regulations discuss the red/white marked areas on a tarmac at a terminal?

This is the terminal at KSTS. Someone mentioned to me that your can't overfly this area. (I fly helicopters direct to the ramp adjacent.) What regulations discuss this? I don't see it in the AIM.
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FAA PPL certificate on N reg aircraft in EU

I have a stand alone FAA certificate (not based on foreign licence). Can I fly N reg aircraft in the UK and EU with my full FAA certificate privileges? BFR and FAA medical are current. I live in ...
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Is an A&P certificate ever required to work on military aircraft?

Are military aviation mechanics - including civilian contractors - ever required to obtain an A&P certificate to work on active military aircraft?
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Do IFR / VFR weather minimums include ceilings?

I'm not really sure how to ask my question, but there are classifications for weather conditions for MVFR, IFR, and LIFR. The FAA also has weather minimums for flying VFR in the different airspaces ...
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Why are TFRs issued around stadiums during games in the U.S.?

I want to know the FAA's reasoning behind issuing TFRs whenever a game is going on in a stadium. Is it just because of a large crowd of people? Do engine noises just bother people? Could an aircraft's ...
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Can the FAA CPL 2-hour cross country flight requirement include stops?

One of the requirements for an FAA commercial certificate is: §61.129: (3) 20 hours of training on the areas of operation listed in §61.127(b)(1) of this part that includes at least— ... (...
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What happens when flying on a Victor airway but through a class B or C airspace?

I think it´s a very simple doubt but also very important, and i can´t find the answer. If you are flying on a Federal Airway that at some point cross a class B airspace (for example)...do you need ...
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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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What is the procedure when a required A/D inspection via an AMOC has gone overdue?

I recently purchased an aircraft that was legally (and otherwise) airworthy. There is a visual inspection due (any private pilot can perform it) every 10 hours, but the ferry pilot may have ...
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What does LNAV engagement exactly mean?

I notice the term LNAV engagement being frequently mentioned in aviation related discussions or in several FAA's relevant material. Take, for example, this quote from Order 8260.58A (PBN Instrument ...
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Is it normal to choose a left or right pattern based on the wind direction? [duplicate]

I fly at Las Cruces International (KLRU) which is in an area with high winds (20 knots or more). My flight instructor wants me to fly the traffic pattern according to the crosswind direction on ...
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Under what circumstances can the Initial Climb Area extend more than 2 nautical miles?

While studying of FAA's Instrument Procedures Handbook, I noticed that on page 1-16 (Chapter 1: Departure Procedures) it defines the Initial Climb Area (ICA) as follows: The ICA is the segment of ...
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Does the “follow” instruction give an aircraft clearance to turn onto a taxiway and/or cross a runway?

Consider this ATC instruction from a ground controller: N123, continue down Alpha, turn right at Kilo, hold short of RWY36. N456, follow N123. Does this instruction mean N456 can turn right ...
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Is 1N2 (Spadaro) in class G or D airspace?

I am confused about the situation where an airport is located in class G airspace and at the same time located in class D airspace. As we can see the picture below Spadaro (1N2) is located inside the ...
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Can I get a third-class medical if I have sleep apnea?

Some year-and-a-half ago my physician recommended that I take a sleep study. Some preliminary exam (overnight finger-carried monitor) indicated that a few times per night my oxygen level dips below 91%...
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Can a non FAA CFI (EASA for eg) sign off a high performance endorsement on an FAA PPL certificate?

I have an FAA PPL cert, flying in the UK. Can a qualified EASA CFI sign off a high performance endorsement on my FAA certificate. Thanks
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Traversing a tall suspension bridge during low overcast [duplicate]

Suppose a pilot is flying VFR with excellent visibility and calm wind but with a ceiling of 1000, along a wide river at 500 feet. At some point she approaches a suspension bridge. Climbing and trying ...
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Can a CFII log Dual Given if flying as SIC?

I am an MEI/CFII/ATP type rated and authorized jet pilot in Part 135 operation. On the legs where I'm SIC slinging gear and working radios, is it ok to log this time as "dual given" and PIC time as ...
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Can a flight instructor without instrument rating legally provide instrument training?

In the US the FAA requires student pilots to receive at least 3hrs of instrument flight training. Can a flight instructor that does not hold an instrument rating legally provide a private pilot ...
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As a contractor for an FBO, is it okay for us to transmit Internet signals right above the tarmac?

I have been looking for the FAA Regulations on this with no luck, we are contracted IT with a local FBO and they want to provide internet to all their hangers. The easiest way would be to put a line ...
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What is a 5 Tube System?

I've been going over the new Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL) for Textron Aviation Model 500 Series Citations and on page 70 an Electronic Flight Information System (EFIS) 5 or 3 Tube System is ...
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What is a Ground Power Dispatch Switch?

I've been going over the new Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL) for Textron Aviation Model 500 Series Citations and on page 36 a Ground Power Dispatch Switch is mentioned but I can't find any ...
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Any FAA or other regulations prohibiting taxiing between parked aircraft?

So the other day I was getting checked out at a local FBO, after returning to the ramp, instructor told me to taxi between two parked (tied-down aircraft). It was a tight squeeze but I taxied at about ...
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Is a reversal of heading allowed in the NYC Hudson VFR corridor?

The special rules chart indicates that northbound traffic should follow the eastern edge of the Hudson and southbound should follow the west one. Suppose a pilot wanted to only go mid-way through the ...
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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 ...