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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How should I request an IFR approach at the end of a VFR flight?

Here's the scenario: The flight starts night VFR, with broken ceiling at destination (class C airspace) and expected to improve according to the pre-flight abbreviated briefing. I'm IFR certified but ...
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Is it legal to land when an airfield is reporting low IFR due to fog with a visual approach?

Suppose you are on an IFR flight plan and are coming in to land at your destination. The weather at the destination is reporting 600RVR due to dense fog. The fog isn't very high as you can see ...
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How far back in time does FAA Institutional Authority for 61.160 (R-ATP) minimums go?

61.160 contains the requirements for an R-ATP certificate, and there is a list of FAA approved institutions that are eligible to graduate applicants to meet the R-ATP requirements. There is a column ...
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When are pilots required to have approval to conduct practice approaches?

I would like a clarification about requesting practice approaches. I have seen pilots at uncontrolled airports shoot practice approaches such as VOR, SDF, etc. without needing approval; obviously. ...
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How close to a Restricted Area can a pilot be cleared to fly?

In my local area there is an instrument approach that skirts the edge of a restricted area by a mile or two. The TRACON for this approach is not the controlling agency for the restricted area. When ...
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How is Turbojet defined by the FAA?

During my commercial ground school today, we were asked if turbojet and turboprop aircraft are defined differently by the FAA. While I know the answer is yes, I don't know where in Title 14 the answer ...
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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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Are instrument lights required for night VFR flight in an SLSA?

Our flying club is operating an SLSA that has all the exterior lights as required by FAR 91.205(c). But don't the instruments that are also required by 91.205(b) need lights as well?
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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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Can I use dual time for the 10 night takeoffs and landings required in 61.129?

For the 5 night VFR hours and 10 T/O at class B/C/D required in 14 CFR 61.129(a)(4)(ii), can you mix/match solo and dual instruction (as PIC) time for these hours and landings? In other words, are ...
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How did the FAA decide that firewalls should resist fire for 15 minutes specifically?

I'm searching for information on where the criteria of 15 minutes come from, in which the firewall is subjected to by a flame of 2000 °F (according to the now-obsolete 14 CFR 23.1191). I know that ...
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How are aircraft identified as unregistered?

When someone operates an unregistered vehicle on public roads we know how they are caught: Police routinely pull people over, and they always check registration of vehicles. In fact, police will ...
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Would FAR 91.227, or any other regulation, forbid use of ADS-B-out in an unregistered ultralight?

In the US, would FAR 91.227, or any other regulation or law, forbid use of ADS-B-out in an unregistered ultralight? Could the N-number field simply be left blank, without violating any regulation or ...
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If I'm instrument current in an ASEL, am I also considered current in an AMEL?

FAR §61.57(c)(1): Within the 6 calendar months preceding . . . logged at least the following tasks and iterations in an airplane, powered-lift, helicopter, or airship, as appropriate . . . I would ...
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What happens when the logbook of an aircraft is lost?

If the logbook for an aircraft is lost, how does one replace it? Is the airplane still airworthy?
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When do carriers overhaul their flight schedules with flight re-numbering?

A (US domestic) carrier can obviously stop flying a flight, or some legs of that flight, for a host of reasons. But - occasionally it makes more significant changes, like re-numbering many flights, or ...
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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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Which altimeter setting is used to define airspace boundaries?

Let's say that we're flying VFR over the top of Class D airspace at 3,000 feet. The Class D extends up to 2,900 feet - we're above it, but just barely with a 100' buffer. We're also talking to ...
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Can the FAA 8130-3 have “modified” status if a part is converted by replacing piece-parts from IPC?

I have been trying to identify if the FAA 8130-3 Instructions have some clarity but am unable to deduce if this situation is indeed acceptable. A sequence of events (Of sorts) is given below: A Part ...
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Does the FAA always require a neuropsychological assessment battery for applicants with a history of ADD?

I'm in the middle of a medical struggle with the FAA. I'm applying for a 3rd class medical certificate but was hit with a deferral letter due to a childhood ADD diagnosis. Currently the FAA is only ...
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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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What is the primary reason that the non-towered airports ACV, TVL, SGU, BIH, and SIT/PASI 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 ...
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What are cloud clearance requirements around scuds?

I'm a private pilot (in the U.S.) and I was doing hood instrument training with my instructor under VFR. I put on the hood and we did an instrument takeoff, and I flew up to 4,500 feet to do some VOR ...
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Can a 16 year old student pilot “pre-take” the checkride?

I am a student pilot, and I soloed about one month after my 16th birthday. I know I can't become a private pilot until I am 17, but I'm wondering if there is a way to take the check ride before you ...
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Are the student solo endorsements a “package deal” with that one specific instructor?

If someone receives a student who’s completed his old instructor’s 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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Is there a specific procedure for grounding a pilot?

When a pilot gets grounded by the FAA, is there a specific procedure that happens? I have heard of situations where the pilot is recommended or told to ground themselves. Is this the same as if the ...
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Could I issue clearances at a private airstrip without being a controller?

Hypothetically, if I owned a private airstrip on my property, with all the necessary permissions to do so, and I only want certain aircraft landing there, would I be allowed to issue takeoff and ...
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Is an aborted landing considered an incident for the FAA?

I was a passenger on a commercial aircraft on final approach into Salt Lake City. As we desended to approximately 1000' the pilot suddenly gunned the engine, climbed and aborted the landing. He then ...
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In the United States, are ultralights legally considered aircraft?

I sometimes hear 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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Why are there some airports not charted as service-available when FBO provides fuel?

On FAA's Aeronautical Chart User's Guide - VFR Charts. It says the tick-mark charted airports provide fuel service. However, at Airport KSIY and 1O5, There are FBOs at both airports. e.g at ...
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When may I change my transponder code to 1200 when being handled by ATC?

When am I allowed to change my transponder code to 1200? Is it after clearing the boundary of regulatory airspace (ie. airspace requiring radio contact and an operating transponder)?
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Does the FAA or FSS check or authorise IFR flight plans?

There is an existing question about VFR flight plans the answers to which suggest that FSS dont check these and the main purpose of filing GA VFR flight plans is to aid subsequent S&R efforts. ...
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Is prior clearance into Class B airspace revokable?

I was piloting outside of Class B airspace in an area well known for being difficult from which to contact ATC via radio because of mountainous terrain. When I did get cleared into Class B, I was only ...
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Is the FAA expected to issue more regulations soon on drone usage in rural areas?

There are exponential increases in funding for small drone startups. When is the next publication period for the FAA to issue regulations on use of small drones in suburban areas?
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When to turn base at towered airport?

When at a towered airport and instructed to make "left pattern for runway 3," am I supposed to wait for the base leg turn until tower clears me for landing? This seems to be the norm, but I can't ...
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How much “power” do ATCs really have?

After reading this question about being cleared to go faster than 250kts in airspace that otherwise has a speed limit, I began to wonder how far can Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) can bend the rules ...
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Which ATC instructions should be repeated back by the pilot?

AIM 4-4-7 (b) says: Pilots of airborne aircraft should read back those parts of ATC clearances and instructions containing altitude assignments, vectors, or runway assignments as a means of ...
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Why are aircraft not equipped with nose cargo doors when being converted from passenger to cargo variant?

I'm trying to find any substantiation / design justification why none of the OEM/STC holders are able to provision nose cargo doors on A321 / B757 / B767 / B777 fleet as part of P2F (passenger to ...
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In the US, will the tower likely think my aircraft has been hijacked if I taxi with the flaps down?

In the US, will the tower likely think my aircraft has been hijacked if I taxi with the flaps down? Related: Why are flaps retracted when an aircraft is parked on ground? https://fsims.faa.gov/wdocs/...
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Why are these 3 planes so close?

I spotted these three planes flying east then turning south. They were over the Hopi reservation and heading toward Winslow, AZ at 10:42 AM local time (MST), today February 5 2021. They were at 15k ...
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Why do GPS Copter Approaches require a slower final approach speed than conventional Copter Approaches?

AIM 10-1-2 says helicopter instrument approaches are designed with a maximum speed of 90 KIAS. However, it specifically exempts the final segment on GPS helicopter approaches, saying the maximum speed ...
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On the LAANC map for sUAS operations, why does the permitted ceiling drop to zero southeast of KGFL?

Above is a screenshot1 from the LAANC map for obtaining authorization to operate sUAS (model airplanes, "drones", etc), centered on KGFL, which is Floyd Bennett airport near Glens Falls NY. ...
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If operating an ultralight with private pilot certificate, which rules apply?

If a holder of a private, commercial, or ATP pilot certificate operates an ultralight aircraft; and that aircraft is also equipped with the radios and transponders required by an airspace for GA ...
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Can we submit and sign the 8710 in IACRA after the check ride?

I work at a 142 school and was told we can submit and esign the 8710 after the check ride. The digital esignature shows a date time stamp 9-hours after the beginning of the oral and flight exam. I ...
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Can a CAP Form 5 flight evaluation be used as the flight portion of a flight review?

I recently completed successfully a Civil Air Patrol Form 5 flight evaluation. I was told that the Form 5 satisfied the flight portion of the Flight Review. If true, which additional seminars do I ...
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Is it possible for a non-towered airport to have keyhole extensions Class E starting at the surface?

(skyvector.com, modified) The Springfield, OH airport, KSGH, is a non-towered airport with both precision and non-precision instrument approach procedures. To support these approaches, there are a ...
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When does ATC contact the pilot for a frequency change?

Usually, when the aircraft enters a new flight information region for example, ATC will ask the pilot to enter a new frequency. I'm curious about when they do. Is there a rule about it (in an IFR ...
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When must a pilot report Negative Contact?

Which regulation or AIM section specifically states when a pilot is required to report negative contact? It appears that different airports in the US have slightly different expectations. My ...
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May a Recreational Pilot demonstrate her/his own plane to a prospective buyer?

FAR 61.101(e)(12) states a recreational pilot may not demonstrate that aircraft in flight as an aircraft salesperson to a prospective buyer;` (Please note use of the world salesperson.) AOPA's ...
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How do young pilots in the USA accumulate 1500-hours to become a first officer?

The FAA requires 1500 hours as a pilot: The rule requires first officers — also known as co-pilots — to hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, requiring 1,500 hours total time as a ...

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