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Regulations governing aviation worldwide or in any jurisdiction. Specific jurisdictions should use a more specific tag.

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What is the applicable regulation for flying in a residential area? [closed]

What are the laws for flight in a residential area. Can I just fly around the neighborhood or do I have to have a flight plan? I have my own strip. I have had some noise complaints about just flying ...
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Are some countries' civil aviation authorities safer than others?

Okay, put down the pitchforks, I'm not pointing fingers at anyone! I'm just aware that every country has its own civil aviation authority, and I wonder if there's any reason to believe that some ...
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What, exactly is “on the MEL”?

The MEL, minimum equipment list, defines whether fault of some equipment on the aircraft prevents it from being dispatched for flight or not. However, sometimes (e.g. in comments to this question) ...
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How common are regulations limiting when the FO can be PF?

I was reading that in India regulators have specified certain airports at which the FO is not allowed to take off or land. The Pilot-in-Command shall not authorise a Co-pilot to effect ...
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What is the technical role of a flight attendant?

Everyone knows flight attendants represent the airline for the passengers, and have a commercial role by distributing meals, selling goods, managing the entertainment system, and receiving complaints. ...
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Can a colour blind person pursue a career in Commercial Flying? [duplicate]

I have been an ardent aviation geek since childhood and always wanted to be flying commercially. But sometime later during a medical examination through Ishihara plates test I learned that I am color ...
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Which manuals should I study, before flying to France, Portugal and Switzerland?

My crew and I will fly to these countries, and I am accustomed to fly to The USA, but it will be my first time to Europe, and I am studying for the differences. Which documents and manuals do you ...
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Is stall recovery training mandatory for Airbus pilots?

The recent reports about the Air Asia Flight 8501 crash mention that the plane was stalled and that the pilots could not recover from the stall. Indonesia's National Transport Safety Committee ...
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In which countries a medically unfit US pilot can fly? [closed]

For example can one get another license in a foreign country? Which countries allow that?
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Are ATC radar tracking records and audio recordings considered legally public?

In practice, they are simply available online and mostly free. Alternatively, anyone may purchase an ADS-B receiver to monitor the surrounding air traffic and air-band radio to listen to ATC. I am ...
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Is a releasable locator beacon (ELT) required for aircraft carrying passengers over a water area?

Is an Emergency locator transmitter - ELT required on any type of aircraft carrying passengers over water? Does it need to be fitted with an hydrostatic release unit so that it doesn't sink with the ...
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Can TODA ever be shorter than TORA, under any circumstance?

I've always been told that TODA* = TORA† + Clearway. I can't really imagine what a negative clearway would be, so that leads me to think that it is required that TODA >= TORA. Interestingly, a ...
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How many minutes between jetway (air bridge) detachment and take-off?

Is there a standard policy / guideline that dictates how many minutes a jetway or air bridge must be detached from a commercial aircraft before take-off?
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Are jets deliberately excluded from the “Complex airplane” definition?

A jet aircraft seems for sure very complex as such. But, referring Wikipedia, a "complex aircraft" (as legally defined) has: A retractable landing gear Flaps and A controllable pitch propeller And ...
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If a pilot license is revoked by a country's aviation authority, can the pilot still obtain another license?

There was a recent new story of a Kuwait Airways pilot that got his license revoked after an investigation into an incident on an international flight where unauthorized persons were allowed on to the ...
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What is the typical cruising altitude for a civil airplane? [duplicate]

I'd like to know the interval of altitudes airliners usually cruise at (and its reasons)? And if there are international restrictions about this? Also I read somewhere that recently about a ...
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Are there winglet modification regulations?

If an already existing fleet (737-800 and 900 without winglets) is thinking of a winglet modification, is that possible without regulations? Or what are the regulations?
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Is breaking a FAR an issue when flying outside of FAA jurisdiction?

When flying outside the US it is advisable to follow the FAA rules when they are stricter than ICAO, and when it does not violate the local flight governing body's rules. Can you still be fined or ...
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Can countries introduce new aviation policies unilaterally?

Let's say some country intends to introduce a new aviation policy that conflicts with ICAO regulations, like only aircraft certified and approved by our government can fly in our airspace. Can they do ...
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Do lights on aircraft flash in a specific pattern?

On a clear night, everyone can spot planes quite easily: they have flashing lights. I have noticed that the pattern seems different for different planes, and tried to find a meaning. What I saw so ...
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Why are speed restrictions imposed for flights flying below 10,000 ft?

I know that restrictions do not always apply and ATC can cancel them or pilots can request for speed restriction being canceled. But why is there such a speed restriction in first place? Are there any ...
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Why are combi airliners no longer being built?

Why are combi airliners no longer being built? Is the reason structural, economic or regulatory?
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Why do Turkey and UAE limit the age of aircraft flying over their territory?

Why do the civil aviation authorities of Turkey (15 years civil, 25 years cargo) and United Arab Emirates (20 years) limit the age of aircraft flying over their territory? I think if an old plane ...
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How are aviation regulations treated on a global stage?

I know that the two large aviation regulatory authorities are the FAA and EASA, but every country also has its own civil aviation authority. Focusing on airliners that need to operate all over the ...
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Can a captain fly in the right seat as SIC under part 129?

Re a Part 129 air carrier that is short of co-pilots: Can a pilot who usually flies in the left seat (B737 aircraft: non-US registry) as the Pilot-in-Command fly in the right seat as the SIC (co-...
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Are those devices allowed on a flight which create their own WiFi signals?

I am going from Canada to Mexico but I don't want to be dependent on in-flight entertainment. Thus I got seagate wireless plus so I can stream to my iPad. I couldn't find any policies I can use this ...
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Why is the sound quality of onboard public address so bad?

While not a frequent flyer, I did fly common airliners quite a lot, and each time the (very) low sound quality of onboard public adress system has always struck me. We all know technology makes it ...
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Difference between EASA and FAA regulations for airliners? [closed]

The design of large transport aircraft is governed by EASA's CS-25 regulation and the FAA's FAR Part 25 regulation. It seems however that these regulations are nearly identical. It is obvious that a ...
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Where can I find regulations in different countries for flight level rules based on direction of flight?

I'm from Brazil, and here we use the West/East rule, so we use an odd flight level when we fly between 0/360 - 179, and when we fly between ...
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What is the difference between aviation “accident” and “incident”?

When I hear speaking about aviation crashes, sometimes I hear about "accidents" and other times about "incidents". What distinguishes them? Is there an international standard that determines how ...
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Which airports have ILS Cat IIIC?

Are there any airports with ILS working CATIIIC? What do the charts for this procedure look like? Is there a missed approach procedure?
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Where can I find the transition altitude in different countries/regions?

Where can I find the transition altitude in different countries or regions? Hoping to cover as many places as possible. Links to the applicable regulations would be nice. See also: What is the ...
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How flat does a runway need to be?

I always assumed that big runways are flat (or more specifically straight: they might have a slight slope in either direction), but while watching some crosswind landing footage shot at Birmingham ...
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What is the history of the aircraft logbook?

I need to know when the mandate to maintain a logbook started. Was it a US requirement, or was it from another regulator in the world? Did the aircraft logbook start at the same time as the pilot ...
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Why do people say aviation regulations are written in blood?

I have heard it said that all aviation regulations are "written in blood". I think this means that every rule in the book exists because someone died - and there was a lesson learned. Is this accurate?...
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Can a passenger request to visit the cockpit during a flight?

As a kid, I remember going to the cockpit of a plane with my mom (I believe the airline was AOM French Airlines). Is this still possible now? I understand the answer might differ with different ...
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Routers on airplanes [duplicate]

I think this is an okay place to ask this. Let me know if it is not. In about a month, my school is going on a school trip and the plane ride is going to be around 15 hours. I was think about setting ...
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Is it legal to land aircraft in national parks and state forests in Australia?

I was reading about the (very) short takeoff and landing capabilities of the SuperSTOL light aircraft and it occurred to me that it would be pretty easy to set down in a national park or other remote ...
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Rules and restriction for toy UAV in India on very low heights ? (max 50 meter from ground ) [duplicate]

We want use RC UAV to take some pictures of heritage forts (Gadh) around Pune. Do I need a special permission for that ? I have seen some one doing it before but just for to be sure I need to know. ...
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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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Is defacing the airline logo of a wrecked airplane illegal?

I was listening to episode #25 of the Hello Internet podcast where Brady Haran mentioned that it's not unheard of for airline employees to rush to their own airplane's respective accident scene to ...