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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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Does a type rating give a person the privileges of an instrument rating in any category or class of aircraft which he/she is certificated in?

Suppose someone obtains a PPL-ASEL, then obtains a type rating in an aircraft requiring that rating e.g. jet, etc. This type rating functions as an instrument rating, allowing the pilot to fly the ...
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In the US, what can be done at an airport when volunteering hours?

I am a 15 years old and need volunteering hours for my course work. I am a aviation enthusiast with knowledge of the industry and love for anything that flies. I decided to fulfill my hours at a local ...
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At what age does a regularly maintained airframe most commonly start needing frequent repairs?

I am looking to buy a Cessna 182. I am trying to work out the sweet spot between age and price. I am looking for a plane that will be really reliable. I am looking to spend several months flying ...
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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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In lost comms situations, when and where do the pilots of big commercial jets expect to get green light from tower?

In the event of lost comms, GA pilots are generally expected to circle over the airport looking for light gun signals from the tower. What about big commercials jets? Are they also expected to circle ...
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Is it legal for a balloon to land at a US international airport?

Assuming the winds directed a hot air balloon near a US international airport, and the pilot has no other choice than landing, say near the runways/taxiways, would they face legal trouble/fines?
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How soon can I start my turn after reaching the missed approach point, when missed approach procedure calls for a climbing turn?

If the missed approach procedure only calls for a climbing right hand turn, at what altitude after reaching the missed approach point (MAP) can I initiate the turn on a precision approach that takes ...
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Is there a difference between an Area Control Center (US) and a Flight Information Region (ICAO)?

From the wiki page, what I understand is an Area Control Center (ACC), also known as a Center (or in some cases, en-route, as opposed to TRACON control), is a facility responsible for controlling ...
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Where is RC aircraft flying allowed in the US?

In the US, where are you allowed to fly RC aircraft? AMA says you should stay away from airports and below 400 feet. Is there any actual law about this? I'm guessing you are free to fly on your own ...
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How does ATC handle tv coverage of police pursuits in the US?

On YouTube there's a lot of aerial footage of US police pursuits to be found, usually filmed from news helicopters, flying around and doing a lot of maneuvering in the same small area, sometimes in ...
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How do foreigners (international students) work as airline pilots in the USA? [duplicate]

I am planning to study in the USA/Canada (whichever is easier to work afterwards) to get my pilot licenses from 0 to CFII or CFI-MEI, so my best bet is to apply for an F-1 visa program (since it ...
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Where to find US airport weather Service Levels?

Where can I find an airport's level of service for weather services? In other words, how do I know if a given airport's Service Standard is a categorized as Service Level A, B, C and D? For ...
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Why can US deny airspace to commercial flights?

On September 25, 2011 i flew from Mexico City (MMMX) to Frankfurt, Germany (EDDF). It was a comfortable night flight in a Boeing 747 until we started to fly over the Gulf of Mexico in holding pattern....
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Statistics - Does the majority of new pilot training occur at controlled or uncontrolled airports?

Is there any data available on where pilots undertake their training? I'm interested to know whether most (USA) pilots complete their training at a controlled airport, or at a uncontrolled field. I'...
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What are the costs involved with getting a 2 seat ultralight?

About 7 years ago I got my private pilots cert but I let my medical cert lapse. Now that life is more settled I'd like to get back into flying but I want something that I can keep at home. I was ...
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What are the qualifications for a small airport manager?

I live in a small city in the Southeastern United States and the county's airport has an opening for the manager. The airport is paved but no control tower, serves general aviation as well as company ...
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What were the 20 airspace classes in the US before 1993?

ICAO adopted the current airspace classification in 1990. The US followed suit in 1993. But, I found this: In case you didn't know, the U.S. had 20 different types of airspace designations prior ...
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Is a biennial flight review valid for any airplane category?

If I do a biennial flight review (BFR) in a glider, does it also satisfy my BFR requirement for powered flight (ASEL)?
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What does it take to maintain a private pilot certificate?

What, if any, requirements are there to maintain a private pilot certificate? For example: Do I have to renew my certificate after a period of time? E.g. annually, 5 years, 10 years Do I have to ...
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Why do people put $1 & OVC on aircraft bills of sale?

When purchasing an aircraft a bill of sale is created to show transfer of ownership from the seller to the buyer. Bills of sale include what the seller was paid in exchange for the plane. But ...
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How can I find out if the government paid to build a runway?

I've heard rumors that the government paid to build a runway at a residential fly-in community in the mountains of North Carolina to have it available as an emergency landing strip. I would ...
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What charts do I need flying VFR between KPRC and KLAS?

Some friends and I are going to fly up to Vegas from college to watch the Red Bull air races in a few weeks. And after looking at the charts, I realized I am in a pretty unique situation. The ...
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How to fly to an uncharted airport?

I'm learning X-Plane 11 and started to use an add-on called FS Economy. One of its missions is to fly to small airports that I can't find on skyvector, so I'm unable to plan a direct flight. I ...
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What happens when VFR conditions change over a longer flight? [duplicate]

If I am understanding correctly, you're not really supposed to use VFRs if the weather is not clear enough that you can ensure you're not going to run into things. Usually you do this by looking at ...
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What is the content of a Letter of Agreement between the Collaborative Decision Making participants?

Can you give a sample of a Letter of Agreement? How to calculate average taxi time at airport?
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Is data on international air traffic volume in the US freely available?

I'm looking for air traffic flow data which has the passenger air traffic from countries outside of the US to every international airport in the US. Ideally, I would like to know how many passengers ...
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How are aeronautical procedures created in the US?

In creating new procedures for an airport, does someone from the FAA go to an airport, examine all their information, and choose what kind of approach/departure (for example) will be created? Or do ...
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Are CTAF and UNICOM frequencies routinely recorded?

ATC communications are recorded for later examination by accident investigators or regulatory agencies. Are CTAF frequencies at untowered fields usually recorded? How about manned UNICOM frequencies?
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Do I need to get a new AFSP approval if I change my instructor or aircraft?

I plan to remain with the same provider though.
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How are winds aloft forecasts derived in the USA?

This question pertains specifically to the US NWS FB Forecast Product. Winds aloft forecasts, technically the "Wind and Temperature Aloft Forecast (FB)", are issued 4x daily, at 00, 06, 12, and 18z. ...
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61 vs 141: What's better for future US ATP? [closed]

The pros and cons of each are all over the internet. Price and flexibility, which of the two routes looks better when applying for an airline regional or legacy, does it matter? More importantly which ...
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In case of a drone strike with an airplane below 400 feet, who is at fault?

If a plane is flying VFR (see and avoid) below 400 ft, and the pilot collides with a drone due to not seeing the drone until it's too late to take evasive action, then would the pilot be at-fault for ...
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How long does a non-ETOPS flight need to be able to fly in an one-engine-out situation?

Let's say that you're in a 737, mid-cruise in a non-ETOPS situation, and you lose one engine. Are there any FARs governing how long you need to be able to stay airborne? Or is all that's required the ...
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How can I continue my flying career in the USA? [closed]

I'd like some guidance for my career. I completed my basic CPL from South Africa in 2009 and got a job in January 2015 flying a C208B in Nepal. Now I'm in the USA for more than a year and I'm thinking ...
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Why isn't the Presidential 747 “Air Force One Heavy”?

Aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of at least 300,000 pounds add the word "Heavy" to their callsign. (Example: Lufthansa 415 Heavy in this video.) The current Presidential 747's have a maximum ...
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I live directly south in the line of a north-south landing strip of a low-traffic airport. What should I know? [closed]

There is an airport in my city that is relatively low traffic. It has a landing strip that runs north-south, and it looks like if you were to go ten miles straight south from that landing strip, you'd ...
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What were the typical dimensions of a WW2 US bomber formation?

The idea behind daylight raids was that bombers were more accurate when they could actually see targets so the damage inflicted would be concentrated more so that a night time carpet bombing.* All of ...
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What security regulations apply to US private airstrips?

What kind of security regulations govern the 15,000 private airstrips in the U.S.? Do they fall under TSA jurisdiction? I'm a freelance writer working on a story and wondering how senior Al Qaeda ...
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Is it legal to use handheld radios to listen to aviation frequencies in the USA?

Is it legal to use handheld radios to listen to (general aviation) airport frequencies in the USA? Can I go to an airport with a handheld radio and listen to their frequencies?
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What's usually going on in a “hot” military operations area (in the US)?

Like many people in aviation, I've been around pilots who've flown in or through the edge of a Military Operations Area (MOA) while operating under visual flight rules. Usually they ask ATC if the MOA ...
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Is a degree from an overseas institution likely to be a barrier to employment with a major US airline?

I'm currently enrolled at a university in Jamaica. However, on my school break I often come to the US for flight training. I would like to know if a major US airline would employ me after completing ...
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Why do airlines in the United States of America use total time as an eligibility requirement for employment?

Airlines in the United States of America have varying total time requirements to determine eligibility for the potential employment of applicants. Why do airlines set total time requirements beyond ...
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What are concrete examples for class G up to 14500?

It is said that there are some places where class G goes up to 14500 and then class E starts. However, I find they all overplayed with some special use airspace by looking at NorCal and SoCal ...
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Is ATC communication subject to FCC profanity regulations?

I've never had instance to swear or use profane terminology on ATC frequencies but I've always wondered if the same FCC restrictions which apply to terrestrial entertainment radio stations are in ...
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How does the training for an EASA license from the US compare to that from Europe?

My plan is to work as a commercial pilot in Europe. But, I heard that the training in Europe might be more expensive and harder than in the US. For example, to get your PPL you have to face some 1000 ...
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Why does a pilot want to hold a Squawk Code when leaving Class B airspace?

I was listening to liveATC today... Controller clears this guy into the class B for a transition and throws him a code. Some time passes and the pilot has now transitioned the bravo and is leaving the ...
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Where can I find that video of a college built blown wing aircraft?

I once found a video of a single engine, piston and propeller, high wing plane that had been built, or modified by a US college/university. They added a 200 HP turbine engine behind the baggage ...
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Is it legal to fly an aircraft with no navigation beacons, and only solid lighting?

Is it permissible for an aircraft to fly without red, green, and white strobe position lights? Is it possible for any aircraft to legally fly with only a solid white or solid red light on the ...
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Could robots take over pilots' jobs and fly planes - if they can, then how? [duplicate]

As technology is advancing, could robots take over pilots' jobs? If so, how might they accomplish this?
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Is public data available for routes that enter/exit a certain airspace?

I'm interested in air traffic density and flux (i.e., traffic that enters and exits) for the ZLA airspace. A good first pass would be flights that begin or end in ZLA (and that data is pretty easy to ...

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