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Use this tag for questions which are specific to the United States, but not regulatory in nature. For questions about aviation regulations in the US, use the faa-regulations tag.

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Can foreign pilots get an FAA ATPL and work for a US-based commercial airline?

Could a non-US citizen come to the US, receive flight training, earn an FAA CPL and be hired by a US-flagged airline? Are there any specific rules regarding the employment of foreigners as pilots for ...
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What is the largest flight school in the U.S. that does not offer a degree?

Definition of "largest" for the purpose of this question: the greatest number of flight operations per year on average. What is the largest flight school in the United States that does not offer a ...
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What is the maximum distance for class C service?

Sectionals say to contact the approach center of a class C airspace within 20 miles. Is this a suggestion or a rule? What is the maximum distance to contact them via radio, other than signal ...
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Can a U.S. President have a non-government owned aircraft that would routinely be given the call sign AF1?

Can a US president use a personally owned jet with the call sign AF1? Would the Air Force be obligated to add security and defense measure to this aircraft if the president refused to fly in the VC-25?...
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What is the ratio of Commercial + ATP pilots with employment as pilots in the US?

Of all certificated commercial/ATP pilots in the US under the age of 65, how many are employed in full-time pilot roles vs commercial/ATP pilots with some other profession than a pilot?
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Has FAA published any A-RNP STAR or A-RNP / RNP AR DP SID?

After reading FAA's Performance Based Navigation Strategy 2016, I tried to search for already published Departure Procedures of RNP specification. I could only find some that require RNP-1, even ...
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Ferry Permit for aircraft outside the U.S

The aircraft originally had a U. S. airworthiness certificate then was exported to Brazil. It is now being sold to a company in the U. S. for U. S. operations. Can this aircraft be issued an "N" ...
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Why does the U.S. have so many general-aviation aircraft?

In a comment on my previous question about the paucity of South Korean general-aviation aircraft in the 1990s, @Pondlife pointed out (in response to my comparison between the numbers of GA aircraft ...
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Where can I rent a float plane?

Is it possible to rent a float plane with a private pilot's license? Flying floats is one of the main attractions for me to learn to fly. However, after some searching on the internet I can only ...
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When is squawk 1000 assigned in USA?

From Are squawk codes used with ADS-B?: Yes, squawk codes are still used and required with ADS-B. The post is 3 years old though. And from Wikipedia List of transponder codes: 1000: Used ...
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Why isn't KTEX's runway designation 10/28 instead of 9/27?

Why is the marking on the runway written as (9/27) Telluride (KTEX), Colorado, USA. whereas the direction is 284 degrees? Shouldn't it be (10/28) instead?
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Why are special aircraft used for the carriers in the United States Navy?

Why are aircraft such as the legacy F-14 and now the F/A-18 used by the US Navy carriers? It seems to me that developing a new aircraft from the ground up is very expensive. Is it not possible to ...
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Why doesn't the US have a flag carrier airline?

With the recent United Airlines fiasco, I was reading up on their history and the airline industry and to my surprise I found that United Airlines is not the US flag carrier. In fact, the US does not ...
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Where can a civilian obtain centrifuge training/testing?

Where can a civilian get high g-force training/testing in a centrifuge? (Likely by paying.) Preferably with and without a g-suit. Preferably based in the US, maybe Canada. I'm betting the US Air ...
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Why are TFRs issued around stadiums during games in the U.S.?

I want to know the FAA's reasoning behind issuing TFRs whenever a game is going on in a stadium. Is it just because of a large crowd of people? Do engine noises just bother people? Could an aircraft's ...
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Did commercial airliners have microwave ovens in the past?

So I went on 2 long (total of 16 hours) flights with a major US airline, and they did not provide a free in-flight lunch (grr) during either flight. I had brought a sandwich with me just in case, but ...
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How does one deal with a UNICOM operator directing aircraft like at a towered airport?

Seems like an odd scenario, however I have experienced this a few times now. A non-towered airport will have someone on the radio directing traffic and reading out weather info like barometric ...
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Why does a sport certificate have no distance restriction while recreational does?

A recreational pilot certificate only allows flights within 50 miles of home airport. A sport certificate has no distance limits even though it's easier to get - no medical certificate, less flying ...
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What are the regulations regarding plane spotting in the US?

I was told that certain plane spotting activities like taking photos of aircraft taking off and landing could be illegal in the US since 9/11? What are the regulations on this, and what should I be ...
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What is the purpose of squawking 7777?

Aircraft use transponders to communicate to ATC their position and status. Some squawk codes are reserved, such as 7700 (emergency), 7600 (communication failure), 7500 (hijacking), 1202 (glider), 1200 ...
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Is there a public NOTAM archive that's searchable by airport?

Pilotweb lists NOTAMs currently in effect. Is it possible to view or sort the history for a particular airport?
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Is there a radio frequency that is sure to be quiet?

When flying in beautiful VFR weather, I often search for a quiet frequency so I don't listen to a lot of chatter. Guard (121.5) sometimes works, but sometimes has "Guard"-ians on it. ("Yer on gaaard")...
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Can I legally land an airplane in in Badwater Basin, CA?

Would it be legal to land a light plane in the Badwater Basin salt flats in Death Valley National Park? Let me add that you can obviously land in the park, as you have runways at both Furnace Creek ...
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Why doesn't a radar-equipped Tower say "radar contact"?

Most/all of the control towers in my area have radar displays, and I know from visits that it shows all the same things as in TRACON miles away--even aircraft on the ground. I hear them occasionally ...
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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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On a flight with short stops, do you terminate flight following at each stop?

On a cross-country trip, is it normal to terminate FF at each stop and reacquire it (potentially just a few minutes later) for the next leg, or would ATC prefer that you advise them it'll be a short ...
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For how long are state and federal aircraft registrations valid?

How long is a state registration valid for and how long is a federal registration valid for? and for state I mean North Dakota if any of you know where to look for that.
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Within the US: When, and by whom, is the Transition Level determined/published?

There are several SE Q&As that deal with the terms Transition Altitude, Transition Layer, and Transition Level. The very-brief, paraphrased definition of the Transition Level (TL) is: The ...
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Can you broadcast a very low power nav vor signal in air?

Are there any FCC restrictions on broadcasting a test nav signal on 108.0 in the air? Or perhaps on other nav frequencies that can be received within the navigation band?
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Is there any comprehensive source for landing fee information? [closed]

Is there any comprehensive source for landing fee information for US airports? Airnav and the facility directory do not have landing fee information. Also, going to airport web sites often is ...
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Why is the aiming point distance shorter in the US vs. Europe for long runways?

In essence, if you compare EGLL and KJFK (but it works for other airports too) you would see that US airports generally adhere to the rule of 1000 ft in distance between threshold and aiming point ...
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What is the procedure following a near miss?

This is a follow-up to this question - in particular, to this video posted in MichaelK's answer. What would be the correct procedure for the pilot to follow in this situation? (That is, after a near ...
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Where can I find runway usage statistics of USA airports? [closed]

Ok I’m looking for stats and data of planes arriving at various airports and what runways they use most. I need to know the most used runways for arrivals in airports here in the States. Can anyone ...
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Is a license required to transmit in the designated aviation band?

Is an FCC license required for people to operate a radio in the aviation band?
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USA: Why don't airports raise landing fees to make up for low passenger fees?

A question from travel.stackexchange.com about luggage carts prompted a discussion on the economics of airports. The gist was: American airports have much lower passenger service fees which are ...
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What about hours flown solo without a student pilot certificate?

My instructor has ruined my training. 2.5 months ago when I started private pilot training (FAR61) I had zero knowledge about aviation. After 1.5 months he signed me off for solo and I finished all ...
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How to become a helicopter pilot? [closed]

I once had a dream of becoming a helicopter pilot. Then life happened: married young, kids, school, career, etc. I'm working in a good career while finishing a Ph.D. in engineering. But still, I find ...
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Why are some non-towered airports charted with an empty circle?

Guntly Memorial Airport (62C) is shown as an empty circle with four hash marks around the edges. Why is it empty versus some of the other airports around (such as 96C, C89, BUU, etc.) that have a ...
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Can I take friends flying with a private pilot glider license?

In the US, will glider clubs let you take up friends in a two-seater if you have a private license? Or do you need a commercial license?
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What is the purpose of a Victor Airway?

I see lots of great questions related to Victor Airways, but I haven't seen any which indicate why someone would want to fly one or what really makes them special or unique. I get that they are ...
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What does this wind symbol mean? [duplicate]

At https://www.aviationweather.gov on the Forecasts puldown, then the Aviation Forecasts selection, the chart opens and often shows what looks like a letter R with a tail in the lower right, in ...
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What options do pilots and mechanics have when an aircraft owner doesn't pay up?

If someone does a contract flight, or a mechanic does contract maintenance for an aircraft owner and they refuse to pay after the fact, what options do they have to "encourage" the owner to pay? ...
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Where can I find data on the number of single propeller aircraft currently in operation in the EU and US?

Are there publicly available data for aircraft registered in operation? Specifically I am looking for number of single propeller aircraft in US/EU, ideally with aircraft types as well. However, any ...
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Where are the planes going that fly west over Niagara Falls at night?

Where are the planes landing that fly over Niagara Falls, New York late at night heading in a western direction? And what altitude are they flying at? Between 10pm and 12am Wondering if they are going ...
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Why do some approaches have suffix letters such as Y and Z?

There are cases with instrument approaches where there will be multiple approaches to the same runway, in many cases uses some of the same nav aids and positions, but differentiated using alpha ...
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How big was the F-14 fleet compared to other US carrier-based aircraft in 1981?

Back in the 80's I was away jesting about the F-14 are here to protect the carriers and the carriers to deploy F-14. I know there are a number of other aircraft here for other purposes but I really ...
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What callsign should an ultralight use?

I plan to operate an ultralight aircraft domestically (in Oregon, USA) in uncontrolled airspace and will not venture out of the country nor will I come near the Canadian or Mexican borders. I have ...
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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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Has the United States started a drone crop spraying program for farmers?

On "NHK World" (2018.06.01), a news segment showed Chinese farmers being taught to use drones to spray chemicals on their crops. The Chinese Government hopes to train all the farmers in an entire ...
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Are landing fees due for an aborted landing in USA?

Suppose I receive landing clearance for an airport that charges a landing fee, and begin my decent. Then, for some reason I have to abort the landing and instead of going around and landing there I ...

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