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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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How can a SID's MEA be above its top altitude?

The SID below has a Top Altitude of 5000 feet, but its Minimum Enroute Altitude (MEA) is above 5000 feet. Why? I am referring to the SID depicted below, from FAA's SID charts (plate and departure ...
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Are there regulations for water skiing in a ASEL aircraft?

What are the regulations regarding water skiing with ASEL aircraft, as in touching your tires down in a particular body of water such as a lake or river? Sometimes referred to hydroplaning.
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What are the consequences of falsely and/or unnecessarily declaring an emergency?

I'm curious as to what would happen to a pilot should they falsely declare an emergency to expedite their landing. By 'falsely' or 'unnecessarily' I mean that the hypothetical pilot is not ...
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Can some IAFs be skipped if more than one IAF exists?

Take, for example, this FAA official IAP plate (ILS RWY 13L CAT II JFK). Its Initial Segment consists of more than one Initial Approach Fix (IAF): COVIR, KMCHI, and BUZON. As far as I can interpret ...
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Can a private pilot get an RVSM LOA?

Can a private pilot get a Reduced Vertical Separation Minimums Letter of Authorization from the FAA? I am looking at this checklist on the FAA site and it asks for a business address. Can private ...
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What is the legal definition of separation as it relates to ATC? [duplicate]

ATC provides "separation" for all aircraft in class bravo airspace. What is the legal definition of separation? Is it the same or different than the see-and-avoid rule (FAR Part 91.113(b)) where all ...
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Is this planned building in a runway approach legal?

A 50 story building is planned in Santa Clara, CA three miles from the SJC 12R runway end. Such a building is at least 500ft tall and many such buildings are 700ft or more, is this legal? Nothing ...
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How are STCs granted for similar aircraft? Archer vs Arrow

I'm specifically interested in the Garmin GFC 500 autopilot certification, but this question can apply to any STC question. The GFC 500 is certified for a ton of Archer (PA-28) variants, but no ...
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Is taxiing a small aircraft on a residential street legal?

I live with the back of my house to a Runway that runs north to south almost perfectly. I live on the west side of the runway, Across the street from me on the further west most side of the road ...
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What is the “one-in one-out” FAA rule for IFR traffic landing or departing at an airport without a tower or at an airport with a closed tower?

Does the rule say that only one IFR aircraft may land or depart at an airport at one time? I'm having trouble finding the official rule in an FAA document. What about other VFR traffic that may be ...
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FAA Standards for oral examinations on Practical Tests

What level of detail should be expected from an FAA examiner when administering the oral portion of a Practical Test for adding an additional rating on a CFI Certificate in an Area Of Operation marked ...
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What instruments were “standard” in WWI aircraft?

What instruments made up a typical panel of a WWI airplane? Did any country regulate the required cockpit instruments prior to the United States "Air Commerce Act" of 1926?
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What are the FAA currency requirements for a foreign based certificate?

I hold a FAA private certificate that is issued based on 61.75. I have single engine land and instrument ratings on the foreign license (EASA). My FAA certificate also has these ratings listed. My ...
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What is “picture flying” and does the FAA define it?

What is "picture flying" and does the FAA define it in any of their literature? Here is an example situation. You are instructed to depart using a SID. The SID states that at 1.5NM from ABC VORTAC a ...
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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 can I tell a GPS installation is acceptable for IFR use?

I am evaluating an aircraft for use under IFR. I want to know if the GPS that is installed is acceptable for use under IFR. I have access to the logbooks and documentation. I want to check: That ...
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Could an amateur build a full-scale UAV?

FAA section 333 provides permission to fly in the NAS with an airworthiness certificate. Obviously, the design would need to be perfect with extremely redundant control schemes. Going through the red ...
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Why did the FAA ban all supersonic flights over the United States, rather than only supersonic flight in densely-populated areas?

A major part of why the Concorde was far less of a hit than predicted, and of why the many 1980s and 1990s supersonic transport projects never got off the drawing board, was that the FAA had banned ...
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Does it violate any regulations for a bag to sit on the flight deck floor?

Pilots who fly the Canadair Bombardier Regional Jet or CRJ aircraft know first-hand how cramped the space on the flight deck is. It's really a business jet cockpit, not the flight deck you'd expect on ...
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How to interpret the term “standard” which is found in FAA's Obstacle Departure Procedures (ODP) and Standard Instrument Departure Procedures (SID)?

This might be obvious, but I find it difficult to interpret correctly the term "standard", when it refers to the takeoff phase of the flight. Take, for example, the takeoff minimums for the La ...
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What are the FAA's requirements for an experimental type certificate?

What is required by the FAA to obtain an experimental type certificate for a manned prototype aircraft?
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Do I need to obtain a student pilot certificate to transition from Glider to Sport Pilot?

I am a current Private Pilot Glider, and will soon begin training to obtain my Sport Pilot Licence. My question is about the requirement to obtain a student pilot certificate to solo in the training ...
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Why do some IAPs lack an Intermediate Fix and/or include other fixes between Final Approach Fix (FAF) and Intermediate Fix (IF)?

I have noticed that some Initial Approach Procedures (IAP) do not mention an Intermediate Fix, but they do include at least one fix before the Final Approach Fix. Take, for example, this IAP of the ...
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Different takeoff minimums between an Obstacle Departure Procedure (ODP) and a Standard Instrument Departure Procedure (SID)

It seems reasonable to me that an Obstacle Departure Procedure would include more "strict" rules (steeper climb gradient) than a SID, which is more "situational" and provides a specific direction in ...
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Where does the Departure End of Runway (DER) exactly begin?

I am having trouble understanding the concept of Departure End of Runway. Most sources state that DER is at the end of the portion of the runway that can be used for takeoff (which, as far as I can ...
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How is notification of UAV flight handled in an area with multiple heliports?

I'm trying to get up to speed on drone licensing and regulation. I'm in central Houston, well away from either of our major airports; but there are literally 50 heliports listed on B4UFLY as being in ...
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Are there any locations where I could launch a rockoon with minimal red tape?

I'm currently working on a research project on hypersonic control surfaces, and as part of it, I'd like to launch a rocket-assisted lifting body from a high-altitude balloon. Are there any locations ...
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What are the implications of no longer requiring a complex aircraft for the commercial/CFI checkride?

Are there any other implications for flying Complex Airplane (getting endorsements, etc.) now that the CFI and Commercial Pilot Practical tests no longer require the applicant to provide a Complex ...
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How can I keep my A&P license active without being in aviation?

I am no longer in aviation. I do not want my A&P license to go dormant. Are there any ways to keep my A&P license active without being in aviation for over two years?
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Will the steep beta descent mode become illegal for new aircraft?

The PC6 is a popular skydiver carrier due to its ability to use steep nose down beta descent to get back to the ground quickly, even beating free falling skydivers. (YouTube) FAA AC25.1155x (I only ...
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Can I get a pilot's license if my driver's license has been suspended?

My driver's license is suspended because I got a bunch of tickets. It was the first time and I've paid the tickets. Can I still go for a private pilot's license?
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Under what circumstances does a flying club need to do 100-hour inspections?

I am part of a not-for-profit 501(c)7 flying club that owns a handful of airplanes. These airplanes may be used only by the club members. Members pay monthly membership dues; and pay for Tach time to ...
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What are the FAA regulations on operating UAVs in class E airspace above FL600?

What are the regulations on flying UAVs (commercial or experimental) above FL600, i.e. in class E airspace above class A? I want to make a HAPS (High Altitude Pseudo Satellite) and operate it in the ...
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How do I find the floor of controlled airspace on sectional charts?

So, I understand finding floors and such when seeing something a fraction like 45/10 or 39/SFC, but I've been reviewing and gotten a couple of questions that look like this: What is he floor of the ...
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Is it legal to rent out an experimental aircraft?

Is it legal to rent out an E-AB aircraft (not a light sport aircraft)? The aircraft will not be used for hire or compensation but to rent out to a pilot who wants to fly from point A to point B. ...
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Why aren't requirements to use GNSS systems in the Regulations?

I've been sorting through the publications outlining the proper use of GPS in IFR scenarios. Looking at AIM 1-2-3 (dated 10/12/17), it appears that there is some regulatory language in (b) and (c). ...
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Under what conditions can a pilot log simulated instrument time?

Can a pilot log simulated instrument time with these conditions and what regs would justify this: VMC Safety pilot on board View limited device VFR-only aircraft Unapproved instrument navigation ...
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When can I log PIC time in a new category of aircraft?

I am currently a Private Pilot Rotorcraft and I am doing an addon for ASEL. When can I log PIC time? I've been told it's only when you're the solo occupant but after some reading I'm not so sure. 14 ...
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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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Does an aircraft equipment suffix denote how many VOR radios are installed?

I'm studying IFR. Does an aircraft equipment suffix specify if and how many VOR radios are installed? I'm guessing that the suffix is used by ATC to know if they can give you an RNAV or a an approach ...
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What are the procedures for flight checking a glideslope and localizer?

What are the FAA and ICAO requirements and procedures for flight checks and calibration of glideslope and localizer transmitters? I'm interested in both the engineering and piloting aspects.
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Need help to clarify the terms “arrival”, “departure”, “approach”, “terminal” and “transition” fix for US STAR and SIDS

I find it a bit difficult to clarify, while consulting the US published STAR and SID published charts, which fixes are designated as arrival, departure, approach, terminal and transition. Could ...
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Does in-flight Wi-Fi require regulatory approval?

Does any country have regulations that require a certificate or approval of the aircraft that use portable Wi-Fi in flight? Is there an FAA or EASA regulation or advisory, or an ICAO document or ...
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What does the FAA mean by “Make and Model” of aircraft?

Short Version: How does the FAA define the terms "make" and "model" in regulatory documents, particularly in the context of referring to pilot experience in aircraft? Long Version In 14 CFR 135—and ...
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Why can't I hang glide in NYC?

I was stopped by NYPD for attempting to hang glide in an uncongested area by Midland Beach, Staten Island. They called their Legal Bureau and came back with "Illegal Navigation" and if I was to ...
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What are the minimum hours required for private instrument fixed-wing plus commercial helicopter?

I want to get my private pilot plus instrument rating in fixed-wing aircraft for personal use. In addition to that I want to get my private and commercial in helicopters to start a career in flying ...
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Can a FAA “Letter of Authorization” be used when there are no pilots that are current on a type rating?

A pilot has multiple type ratings and wants to train for another aircraft (e.g. DC-4) which is on his Part 125 certificate. Unfortunately, there are no available pilots with currency on this aircraft ...
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Can I log flight training outside the US in a US-registered aircraft?

I work outside the USA. I have access to fly an airplane with work. I'm working on my instrument rating. Can the time I'm flying be used towards my instrument rating requirements? We always fly on an ...
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Does currency in one C172 model apply to other models?

If I am current on one model of a Cessna 172, am I also legally meeting the currency requirements for a different version of the same aircraft model? For example, if I have many hours in a Cessna 172M,...
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Reduction in Service Ceiling / Change in RVSM

I did some research and minimum vertical separation used to be 2000ft but it changed to 1000ft in 2002 and they want to change it to 500ft on american territory. Is this correct? Why they wouldn't ...