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 an aircraft be issued a standard airworthiness certificate after being operated under and experimental certificate?

14 CFR, §21.191 (b) states that experimental airworthiness certificates can be used when: Showing compliance with regulations. Conducting flight tests and other operations to show compliance with ...
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When does an instrument approach “begin” per §135.225(a)

§135.225(a) states that, "...no pilot may begin an instrument approach procedure to an airport unless— (1) That airport has a weather reporting facility operated by the U.S. National Weather Service, ...
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Is B 737 Max able to comply with certification if MCAS is off or removed? [duplicate]

Boeing 737 Max updated MCAS will probably be cutted off in case of AoA disagree. Without MCAS, the plane is no longer similar to 737 NG (stick force per g requirement). Does that mean a new ...
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When is a runway considered to be wet or slippery for 135 or 121 landing performance considerations?

For the purposes of following FAA regulations, when is a runway considered to be wet or slippery in the context of landing performance calculations? Specifically, what definitions or guidance on ...
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Is a Cessna 172S still airworthy if factory-installed instrumentation not required for day VFR flight is inoperative?

A C172S I occasionally rent had the EGT gauge placarded INOP when it had a JPI EDM-700 engine monitor installed. The placard sits on the gauge so you can no longer see the needle. Probably the single ...
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If Boeing used two sensors instead of one simultaneously, wouldn’t they be in the same position today?

this article states that the original version of MCAS was suppose to rely on two sensors, One sensor will detect a high angle of attack, therefore activating MCAS The other sensor will ...
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Is there any agency or meeting, at global level, that rules flight zone interdictions? [duplicate]

Considering the number of conflicts in the world, and the tragic event of the airliner crash over Ukrainia caused by military action, there are a lot of flight interdiction zones on the world. From ...
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Did Boeing need MCAS because the 737 MAX didn’t meet FAA longitudinal stability requirements, or was it to make the MAX feel like the NG?

I’m confused on this. I’ve read in multiple different places that MCAS was required due to the easier stick forces at a high angle of attack and a high G force, and because of this, the Max didn’t ...
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What is needed to remove my CPL restriction after becoming a US citizen?

I hold a US commercial pilot certificate based on my foreign commercial pilot certificate. This was allowed prior to the ruling that foreign pilots would only be issued a private certificate. On the ...
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What regulations apply to changing liveries on private jets in the US?

Things like the manufacturer's livery, do they need to follow that? Anything else that will be required when purchasing a new jet and changing the paint to the new owner's choice and requirements.
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Could a controller or airport in the US decide to use English-style landing clearances?

In the U.S., controllers are allowed to clear multiple planes to land on the same runway, with the assumption that the first plane to land will be out of the way by the time the second plane gets ...
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When does a pilot ask for landing clearance, and when do they recieve it? [duplicate]

Could a pilot flying directly overhead of the airport gain landing clearance, Could a pilot on the wrong end of runway heading get landing clearance, Or would they require approach instructions, or ...
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How close is a pilot allowed to get to a runway without landing clearance?

I heard it was 100 feet above minimums, I'd just like verification.
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Does turning off WAAS turn off ADS-B out as well?

I'm a CFII and for training GPS approaches with advanced students, I like to occasionally turn off the WAAS receiver on the 430/750/G1000/etc. when they are not looking, to simulate a WAAS failure and ...
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Who would be allowed to operate with no navigation lights over a populated area?

I know little about aircraft, FAA or FARS, but I've tried to research something I saw one evening without much success. I was hoping an expert could chime in. One evening, while watching for ...
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Can you log both XC PIC time and simulated instrument time together?

Are you permitted to log both XC PIC time as well as simulated instrument time (during the voyage over) whilst with a qualified safety pilot? I am pursuing my IR and would like to know if doing this ...
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Can a safety pilot acting as PIC also log cross country time?

I am working on my instrument rating and I need to build up both my instrument time and Cross Country time to meet the requirements. I am planning on making most of that time by flying with a friend ...
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Is it illegal to fly a Cessna 172S under day VFR with an inoperative vacuum gauge?

Let's say my vacuum gauge is not working on my C172S and I want to go day VFR flying. There is no MEL. 14 CFR 91.213 details procedures for inoperative instruments, and I think the following ...
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Can the clearway be located on a lake?

From the FAA AIM: All 14 CFR Part 139 airports report declared distances for each runway. Other airports may also report declared distances for a runway if necessary to meet runway design standards ...
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Does burning fuel to get to your max landing weight violate any regulations?

Consider a hypothetical situation where where an unexpected tailwind will cause a flight to arrive at its destination above maximum landing weight. After reviewing all reasonable changes to altitude ...
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Does a pilot need clearance to enter the traffic pattern?

In one video, I saw a Cessna that got its instructions to enter the pattern along with landing clearance, but I saw another where the pilot just flew in and got clearance somewhere around late-...
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What to do if trapped on top VFR?

In the event that, despite his best efforts, a VFR-only pilot has gotten trapped on top of a solid cloud layer, what is(are) the safest course(s) of action? For example, consider a long cross-country ...
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Why is it runway “1” instead of “01” in America?

In the case of a runway with a magnetic heading of 10° in America the runway number ("1") isn't hugely distinguishable from the runway centreline IMHO, (for example see Washington Airport and San ...
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When can a taxi clearance allow me to cross multiple runways?

I was just reading the FAA instrument procedures handbook and saw the paragraph below in Ch 1. I'm puzzled by this, because I routinely get "Cross runways XX right and XX left on Alpha" as part of my ...
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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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Use of a leased/rented aircraft for business use and flown by a company employee

I believe this is allowed under 91.501 but not sure what the definition of "operated by the company" is. A pilot with ATP,MEL,MEI is employed by the company as its corporate pilot and paid a salary. ...
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What is the maximum allowed difference between two altimeters for flying in RVSM airspace?

What is the allowable altitude difference reading between two altimeters while flying inside RVSM airspace?
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Are commercial VFR flights legal?

I live in Southern California and was surprised to learn today that a local company is operating very short-haul VFR flights as an alternative to car commuting. https://www.floatshuttle.com/ I can ...
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What requirements are needed to fly an approach that requires you to fly over the US/Mexico border?

I was flying North of El Paso Texas listening to El Paso Approach when I heard Approach ask a Falcon Jet if they could fly into Mexico to fly a Runway 4 GPS approach. At El Paso, the runway 4 ...
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Requirements for multi-engine rating

In a facebook group I stumbled over this nice little picture: Also there was a discussion about the type rating of this plane, especially if it classifies as a multi-engine plane. It is a Colomban ...
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Can I land my aircraft on the grass next to the runway at a public airport?

The pavement is hard on my tires, so I prefer to land in the grass.
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Is a cIearance only valid once it's accepted?

I've read somewhere that "a clearance is not valid until read back correctly," but I can't remember where or find a specific rule saying that. I understand some clearances can be accepted with "Wilco"...
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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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Does this trip count for the commercial 300NM cross country requirement?

I'm an instrument-rated PPL and recently flew (M20J) solo from NJ to Florida with one leg of 280NM and 3+ landings (not counting the return flight because I had 2 passengers). Will this trip satisfy ...
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Why are some cardiac conditions disqualifying even if asymptomatic and corrected?

The FAA's website, in its list of medical conditions disqualifying for a would-be pilot, includes a number of cardiac conditions and procedures that would not intuitively seem, on their own, to ...
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Why don't multiengine aircraft have to demonstrate spin recoverability?

(Building off this earlier question about spin-testing airliners.) For normal-category aircraft1 in the U.S. (at least), only single-engine (or, in the case of some gliders, no-engine) airplanes need ...
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How do logbook endorsements work?

I'm just finishing up Air Force Pilot Training (UPT). The day after graduation we are issued commercial certificates for SEL and MEL. The military does things pretty different from the civilian ...
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Do ultralights need to have EPA-compliant engines in the USA and Canada?

Do ultralights need to have EPA-compliant engines in: The USA? Canada? Just wondering if you could use a hobby type 2 stroke engine for a twin engine Lazair type ultralight. I don't think they are ...
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Is it a rules violation for a pilot to intentionally frighten a passenger to the point of hysterics?

I saw a "viral video" inside what looks like an inline two-seater being flown from the front seat (shot from the back seat). In the video the pilot slumps over sideways against the window and ...
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Is there a manual which describes the algorithmic procedure on which the Vertical Navigation Guidance is based?

I am interested in the methods implemented by Flight Management Systems in order to calculate a trajectory path of vertical navigation guidance (VNAV), which takes into consideration the legs of the ...
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What is the maximum permissible error of Vertical Speed Indicator for General Aviation flight operations according to FAA?

I know that if VSI shows +100 during preflight cockpit check that can be considered as 0 and flight can be conducted based on that but what is the max error permissible for VSI usage.
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Do ferry flights to the US that are not ADS-B Out equipped require a special ferry permit from 1 Jan 2020?

The aircraft is not compliant with ADS-B Out DO 260B and will be parked in Arizona after return. Can this aircraft fly to the State for ferry flight only to US without ADS-B Out DO 260B? Should I ...
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How to remove limitations on foreign license?

Actually i got all of the pilot certificate from south korea and came here for converting my license to FAA i was converting my PPL license as soon as i came here and already passed IRA Written test ...
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What is the difference between experimental and amateur built aircraft in the US?

What is the difference between experimental amateur and amateur built aircraft in the US, or are they the same? If not, is there a difference re specifications, inspections, engines, passengers, etc.?...
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Is it allowed to let the engine of an aircraft idle without a pilot in the plane. (For both helicopters and aeroplanes)

Is it allowed to let the engine of an aircraft idle without a pilot in the plane. (For both helicopters and aircr). Would there be a difference between a C172 and a 737?
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Do I need to keep my foreign based PPL after passing an FAA instrument checkride?

I have a foreign based PPL (PPL issue on the basis and valid only as long as my foreign PPL is valid). I'm going to go for an instrument rating checkride very soon. Assuming I pass the checkride ...
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How to log pattern work time during X-country? [duplicate]

I am working on my IFR part 61 and must have 50 hours of X-country as PIC. Lets say my instructor and I fly to an airport that is 55 miles from my take off airport - it takes us 0.8 hours from take ...
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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 be in a ...
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Is there any current and/or upcoming technology that alerts Air Traffic Controllers in case of loss of aircraft separation?

Currently doing an assignment and it to analyse an accident where older atc systems could have been at fault. In 1995 there was an incident where two aircraft came closer than the then current ...
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What are the minimum requirements for a student to solo a second make and model aircraft?

Suppose I've done my Private Pilot training in aircraft Make/Model "A" and the one I have access to breaks two weeks before my checkride. My instructor also teaches in model "B". What do I need to ...