Questions tagged [faa]

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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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 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 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 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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What are Operations Specifications (OpSpecs)?

I had never really heard of OpSpecs until I started a new flying job that was at a Part 135 company. So for those people who are new to this (or are just interested): What is an Operation ...
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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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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 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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Does the FAA verify or authorize VFR flight plans?

It's possible (and, at least by AOPA, encouraged) to submit flight plans for VFR flights, but ATC still do not perform many of the services they provide for IFR. Suppose I submit a flight plan for a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 sources of weather are approved by the U.S. National Weather Service?

Part 135 and (I believe) Part 121 operations all have a requirement to use a source of weather that has been approved by the U.S. National Weather Service: §135.213 Weather reports and forecasts. ...
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How does a non US pilot buy a N reg plane? [duplicate]

I wish to buy a single engine light aircraft. I have a FAA ppc. I wish to buy an N reg plane and use it outside the US. I believe I need to have a trust set up any info would be appreciated. I am not ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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Can you re-register a de-registered aircraft with the same N-number?

If I'm selling a plane that has been de-registered, can the new owner re-register the aircraft with the same number (or do they have to get a new one)? Does the airworthiness certificate transfer as ...
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What is the difference between the FAA FNS NOTAM and the FAA PilotWeb NOTAM websites?

I figured out there are currently 2 different FAA websites for NOTAM online search: FAA FNS NOTAM website available at https://notams.aim.faa.gov/ FAA PilotWeb NOTAM website available at https://...
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Will 1090 Mhz band become too congested in the future?

1090 Mhz is currently used for SSR Mode A/C replies and Mode S communication(ELS-EHS replies and ADS-B broadcasts) by civilian aircraft and some of military IFF modes. With the infamous 2020 ADS-B ...
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How can I get an FAA Class 3 medical re-examination?

I have some headache problems and my examiner submitted my data for deferred examination on the FAA website. The results have yet to come back but let's suppose that I fail on this one - can I apply ...
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Where can I get information on ATC facility activity, like the number of flights handled in a month?

As a numbers/statistics geek I would like to be able to look up information on how "busy" particular airports or regions are. I'm sure the FAA collects this data, but is it accessible to the ...
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For an FAA commercial license, can I use EASA/ICAO 2nd class medical?

I have an FAA 3rd class and EASA 2nd class medical. On my EASA 2nd class medical it says "This medical certificate complies with ICAO standards". To obtain an FAA commercial pilot license, will I ...
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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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Are there any best practices for transitioning from paper logbooks to electronic logbooks?

I've started flying again, and some of the things/places I fly are more interested in time in type than my old paper log shows. I'm considering going to some form of electronic logging (currently for ...
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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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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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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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Why do some non-towered airports have class E airspace from the surface up?

I've noticed that when it comes to non-towered airports, some are in class G airspace and others have class E airspace starting from the surface. At first I thought the airports with class E at the ...
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How can I keep my IR currency outside the USA?

I am an FAA PPL/IR holder living in Spain. My IR license was issued in May 13 of 2016, it has been over 6 months so now I need to log my 6HIT with a safety pilot. Is it possible to complete the ...
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How much is the Boeing 787 Dreamliner affected by teething troubles now, one year after commencing commercial operations?

Boeing's Dreamliners have been hit several times by small bugs, like fires in the batteries or other engineering issues. Are such incidents frequent when new types are introduced, and how much has the ...
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DP confusion. Do I turn left or right if not told?

Please take a look at the MIA5 depatarture from KOPF: MIA5 Page 1 MIA5 Page 2 The instructions seem in conflict. Specifically, suppose you are taking off RW 270R and want the WINCO transition. The ...
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What are ATC-side procedures to handle a jammed frequency?

A few days ago, I was flying into my base airport in the USA with a control tower, and something/someone was jamming the frequency with what the tower thought was a hot mic after I had established ...
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Where can a PDF of the TPP legend and supplemental materials be found?

When you buy a book of government approach plates, or a Terminal Procedures Publication (TPP) it comes with a legend and other supplemental documents along with it. Now that a lot of pilots are using ...
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When is Class Delta Airspace not Class Delta?

Although there could be many examples, I'm using the KLCQ airport in this case. This is how the airspace stands: In the CHART Supplement, it is mentioned that it's a "Class D svc other times class E"....
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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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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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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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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 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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Under what circumstances is an FAA accident report required?

Under what circumstances is an FAA accident report required? For example, if two planes are pushing back from a terminal and their wings collide is an accident report always required or does it ...
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Is the US certification process for airliners shorter or longer than in other countries?

I was researching information regarding the competitiveness of different government certification organizations (FAA, EASA, etc) and the processes (Amount of time, costs, etc) to get their nations ...