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Use this tag for questions about the FAA itself. Questions about FAA regulations should use the faa-regulations tag. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) is the agency responsible for regulating and administering the United States National Airspace System.

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How can I find my grandmother's OLD instrument rating documentation?

This is my grandmother, Nathalie Myrtle Brown: The big-eared kid she's posing with is my dad. She has a claim to fame in that she was the first female instrument-rated pilot in the state of Iowa, a ...
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Who has final authority over Air Force One?

U.S. FAA FAR 91.3 ("Responsibility and authority of the pilot in command") says that: The pilot in command of an aircraft is directly responsible for, and is the final authority as to, the ...
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What is the proper air strip closure procedure with the FAA?

I own a grass airstrip that was registered for me by a good friend. I want to sell my land and the guy that registered it is dying and can't help me. What do I need to do to have this airstrip ...
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Is there an API to get real-time FAA flight data?

I have been using an Android app to track flights. Their information is pulled from their own proprietary database, and some (with 5 minute delay) from the FAA. I was thinking about making an app ...
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How do I submit a NOTAM?

I (a hypothetical person) am involved in an activity like laser light shows, model rocket launches, fireworks displays, or construction which I think might be important to pilots. How can I submit ...
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What is a TRACON?

What is a TRACON or Terminal Control? When do pilots need to be helped by a TRACON? Where is it usually located and what is the difference between TRACON, En Route and Tower?
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What should I do if the FAA requests health records that no longer exist?

I am working on obtaining my FAA Medical Certificate and I was deferred. I received a request for more information and one of the items that was requested were medical records related to a surgery I ...
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Do I need to register my drone?

Recently the FAA released some new regulations that require drone operators, including hobbyist, to register drones with the FAA. As I am a novice in both aviation and legalese, can someone please ...
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Why did Southwest ask the FAA to ground their flights, rather than doing it themselves?

According to a tweet from the FAA, "Southwest Airlines requested the FAA pause the airline’s departures." Southwest Airlines tweeted We have had to implement a ground stop as a result of ...
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What is the difference between the airspace's classes (for non-pilots)?

When I'm reading about aviation, it's very common to see references to Class B or Class C airspace and airports. What are the different classes and what are the differences between them?
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Was the Shuttle Orbiter in contact with air traffic control during its descent & landing?

The Shuttle Orbiter crew were obviously in contact with ground control in Houston during their landing, but were they also in contact with any air traffic control, especially once they reached US ...
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Under what conditions do airliners retire aircraft and sell them to other airlines?

How often (and under what conditions) are airliners resold to another organization with...less stringent qualifications? Is there a certain number of hours after which an airliner has to be retired ...
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What is a counseling session with the FSDO/FAA?

I just flew into Bravo unintentionally 48 hours ago. My error: I thought I was 1,500 feet above the ceiling, but I was 1,000 feet below it. Furthermore, I had an incorrect frequency for Approach, and ...
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FAA Aircraft Registration Form AC 8050-3 doesn't exist

I am preparing to certify a self-built aircraft as flightworthy and legal to fly, and was reading the required documents listed on FAA's Amateur-Built Aircraft Airworthiness Certification page when I ...
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Why does the airport plate list a VASI that does not exist?

I have a small but quite busy GA (General Aviation) airport I operate out of that gets over 140,000 of operations per year. It's a popular GA destination, has an active school, and the area schools ...
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Why would an airport be depicted with symbology for runways longer than 8,069 feet even though it is reported on the sectional as 7,200 feet?

This airport, KMKO, Muskogee-Davis Regional in Oklahoma southeast of Tulsa is depicted on the sectional chart with symbology normally reserved for airport with a hard surfaced runway longer than 8069 ...
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What happens when I tell ATC to "mark the tape"?

You can find anecdotal mention of this phrase among pilots you may talk to as well as postings on various forums. The idea conveyed is that telling a controller to "mark the tape" means they will ...
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Do Cargo flights carry anyone other than the crew?

This question talks a bit about the crews that are involved in a commercial cargo flight, but I'm wondering if Cargo flights every carry other sorts of people on their flights? Say, a photographer to ...
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How do airlines dispose of a passenger jet when it's no longer airworthy?

When a plane is finally considered to not be airworthy, what happens to them? Do they take them apart bit by bit? Do they sink them offshore to make them into reefs? Are parts stripped and sold as ...
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What is the difference between ICAO, JAA, FAA, EASA, and CAA?

There seems to be many regulation bodies across the globe, how are they different and how are they alike? Specifically, how is ICAO different from the rest?
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What is a SAAAR / RNP AR instrument approach?

I understand that a SAAAR / RNP AR is a "special" approach and that special approval is required to even get the approach plate, but what exactly is it? Aspen is an example of an airport that has one....
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How can someone get clarification from the FAA on the intent of a regulation?

How does someone request a letter of interpretation from the FAA if a particular situation surrounding a regulation or policy is not clear?
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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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What is meant by a "congested area of a city/town/settlement" in FAR 103?

FAR 103.15 states: No person may operate an ultralight vehicle over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons. I'm wondering what is meant by "...
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Where can I get the FAA data that defines airspace, including MOAs etc.?

I was looking at http://www.gelib.com/aeronautical-charts-united-states.htm, where you can download shape files for Google Earth that show US airspaces. I'm writing some software that has a similar ...
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How do you report reckless pilots?

I have never reported reckless behavior by other pilots to the FAA, but I have thought about it several times. The only problem is that usually I will only know the tail number, not the name of the ...
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What's the process for an uncontrolled airfield to become controlled/towered?

I know some uncontrolled airports can have more operations per day than many controlled airports. That got me wondering what the process is for the change to a towered, controlled airport. I know a ...
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What exactly did Trent Palmer do that was supposedly "wrong"?

https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2023/april/19/trent-palmer-battles-faa-over-word-necessary To summarize, he made a low pass over a potential off-airport landing site to check whether or ...
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What is this small number on the top right of an IAP?

I've looked in the instrument procedures handbook, and I cannot locate a reference for what this 5-digit number on the top right above the approach name is. What is this number, and what does it mean?...
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Are there legal limits associated with the use of the autopilot in the US?

A lot of new avionics basically fly small planes for you. Looking at a Beechcraft with a pretty cool glass cockpit, it claims to do everything for you except within 50 feet of the ground. Basically ...
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What is the wording on outline of Wright Flyer on FAA pilot license?

I was told once that the outline of the Wright Flyer was taken from a speech given by the Wright Brothers. In the picture below you can very clearly see the words on the Wright Flyer. Does anybody ...
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What are the advantages, disadvantages and current state of affairs for text-based ATC?

This answer has a rather interesting (and quite lengthy) discussion, on a concept of using text-based rather than voice-based communication between ATC and the cockpit. As it turns out, the FAA has ...
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How do I obtain permission to fly an airplane that isn't airworthy?

How do I get permission to fly an airplane with a non-safety-related airworthiness issue, like being out of annual or having an inoperative radio in order to take it somewhere that it can be fixed?
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How can I get a report from the FAA stating that I haven't had any accidents?

To validate my FAA licence in Argentina and fly aircraft with LV tail numbers they require some documents, one of which is a report that states that I haven't been in any accidents. This report must ...
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What is an Airworthiness Directive?

Aircraft which have been in service for a long time often have a lot of entries in their logbooks for Airworthiness Directives (ADs). What are they, and why are they important?
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Why were "pattern a" and "pattern b" removed from the Instrument Flying Handbook?

If you search around on the Internet, have an older copy of the Instrument Flying Handbook, or talk to a seasoned CFII, you may run across the concept of "pattern a" and "pattern b." These were ...
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Are there any/many US airports (with instrument approaches) still without RNAV approaches?

GPS approaches being so trivially easy to establish and maintain, are there any/many US airports with instrument approaches which do not have at least one RNAV approach?
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Why is radar required on some FAA instrument approaches?

The ILS / LOC approach at KCXY states radar is required. I understand I can't fly the approach if not in radar contact. However, if flying the LOC approach I think I can identify both final and HORVI (...
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Can an airport without an FAA controlled tower have their own tower and controllers?

Can an airport not eligible for an FAA tower and controllers choose to fund their own air traffic control tower? Can that airport require pilots to taxi, approach, land, and take off according to ...
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What are the rules for Public-Use Operations?

On another aviation board I'm on, (link), one poster is making the claim that operators of airplanes for Public Use Operations (eg. Police planes, Search-and-rescue aircraft, most government planes), ...
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What concerns do the FAA and EASA have in 2014 with "own-ship position display" on EFBs?

I've read a couple of times that "own-ship position display" is not authorized for use on Class 1 or 2 EFBs (by the FAA), and that both the FAA and EASA are cautioning against that feature's use on ...
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Why would a NOTAM outage cause a nationwide ground stop?

From the FAA this morning The FAA is working to restore its Notice to Air Missions System. We are performing final validation checks and reloading the system now. Operations across the National ...
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What is the FAA definition of a "flight"?

For the purposes of aeronautical experience for glider ratings, the FAA requires a certain number of "flights". However, I cannot find a definition of "flight" in the federal ...
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What is the "8900" that the FAA uses for guidance?

The 8900 is sometimes quoted as a reference when trying to determine FAA policies. What exactly is it and where can it be found? Is it regulatory in nature?
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Why does the ACS forbid activation of the stall warning during slow flight?

In section VII. Slow Flight and Stalls, page 54 of the Private Airplane ACS, the Skills section contains in part $$\begin{array}{l|l} \bf{Skills} & \text{The applicant demonstrates the ability ...
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What is the procedure to turn a certified aircraft into an experimental aircraft?

Last year at EAA Airventure I saw a helicopter (can't remember the model, but it was something like a Eurocopter EC135 or similar with a full glass cockpit). It was US registered (N-Number tail) but ...
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Where can FAA Letters of Interpretation be found?

The FAA issues Letters of Interpretation and Chief Counsel Opinions in order to clarify existing rules and regulations. Where these can be found and searched when looking for clarification of a rule?
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How can I find telephone numbers for FAA ATC facilities?

It is often desirable to call an FAA air traffic control (ATC) facility on the telephone: To ask a question about a "mark-the-tape" incident To request a tour To notify the facility of unregulated ...
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Can I get official recordings of ATC audio?

Is there a procedure in place to request a copy of the audio recording of a specific ATC position over a specific time interval? How is the request made? What are the limitations of such a request? ...
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What is an FAA Notice? Does it have legal force?

The FAA issues Notices and other non-legislative rules (e.g. Advisory Circulars). These documents are distinct from the laws in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations. What are the differences ...
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