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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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What liability does an aviation inspector have for errors & omissions?

In reading online, I've come across the term "pencil-whipping". The actual term is new to me but I'm familiar with the practice; it's when someone fills out the paperwork that attests something is ...
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Can you fly a light GA airplane into a major hub? What operational considerations are there if you do?

I did my training around the Seattle area, and was told that landing at SeaTac Airport (the region's major International/Commercial airport), while not strictly forbidden, was definitely frowned upon ...
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Where can I find the information from the back of a TAC if I don't have a physical copy?

The Atlanta TAC has a note that says "See back of this chart for procedural information within the Atlanta Class B Airspace": If I don't have a physical copy of the TAC - because I'm using a flight ...
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What's the standard print size for a sectional chart?

I'm checking out the Dallas sectional in digital form for my own amusement. The image, in TIFF format, is massive. I wonder, if you buy one of these in printed form from the FAA (or your local GA ...
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Is there a general radio frequency in Class G for broadcasting intentions?

Let’s say you’re in class G and doing some aerobatics. Is there any standard frequency you might use (perhaps MULTICOM on 122.9?) to communicate your intentions? Assume you’re not using flight ...
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Where did the “K” identifier prefix for US airports come from?

Airports in the United States are (mostly) three letters, prefixed with a K. Where did this standard originate? Why K? This is similar to "where did the U.S. N ...
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Can resistive fuel senders/transducers be repaired/reconditioned?

I need to replace two fuel senders in each wing of a Socata TB20, and a replacement is almost $500. I wanted to know whether a shop exists in the US that reconditions these? After some research, I'm ...
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Why EU/US airline checked baggage allowance limited at 32kg?

For most full services on EU/US airlines, the permitted weight of each of the checked baggage allowance is 32kg. It is similar for the routes operated by non-EU/US airlines, even though their overall ...
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What is the range and accuracy of ATC radar systems?

What is the average range, accuracy, and update frequency of radar systems used to monitor airspace in the USA? I'm primarily interested in capabilities for tracking smaller general aviation aircraft ...
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What airports close to the east coast of the US have attractions that are easy to get to? [closed]

I'm currently living in Boston and fly out of KBED regularly. I'm looking into making a long cross country in a Cessna 182T to the Bahamas and am planning my route. I'm IFR rated. I'm looking for ...
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Do other countries create the equivalent of a TFR when US VIP's visit?

In the US, there's a TFR everywhere a designated VIP (US president or vice president) is going to be. When (most?) foreign VIPs visit the US, I don't think there are TFRs in place for them (unless the ...
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How are military aircraft type certificated?

It seems that FAA requirements for any particular aircraft revolve heavily around the aircraft's type certificate. Civil aircraft are broken up into several categories based on weight or passenger ...
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Does a Mexican citizen studying in the US with an FAA license need a visa when landing at airports in Canada?

I'm from Mexico but worked in San Francisco for 4 years under a TN Visa. During that time I learned how to fly and obtained a PPL and then an IFR rating. I'm now living in Boston getting a Masters ...
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What mental health standards must a candidate meet in order to qualify for a pilot's medical certificates?

What are the mental health standards (if any) that a candidate pilot must meet in order to qualify for a medical certificate? Answers for Canada, the US, and Europe would be particularly interesting ...
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Is the FAA Medical Exam an IRS Medical Expense?

Does the FAA Medical Exam for a medical certificate qualify as a Medical Expense per IRS Publication 502 (thus allowing one to deduct the expense, or utilize a Health Savings Account (HSA)/Flexible ...
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Is ATIS information - including identifier - available on the internet?

According to Section 2-9-1-a of the FAA's Air Traffic Organization Policy, a phonetic letter is assigned to each tower-issued ATIS update. This information is available on the ATIS VHF frequency for ...
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What should I expect during a first class medical examination?

About 57 months ago I got my first FAA medical, a second class certificate. I am currently a sophomore in college. I'm in AFROTC trying to become an Air Force pilot so I wanted to get a first class ...
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Is there any combination of aircraft and airports where no alternate landing airport would be possible?

In the comments on this answer an interesting assertion was made, that you never have a situation in the US where there is no possible alternate airport. Assuming that: you're flying an aircraft ...
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Are there international standards to Air Traffic Control procedures similar to US standands?

In regards to air traffic control, FAA Order 7110.65 is the standard for policy and procedure in the USA. Do other countries use this also? Is there an 'international standard' for air traffic ...
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UAV project in aerospace department [closed]

I am 2nd year PhD student in Physics. Can you think of any UAV project which won't contribute to army? UAV designing is a career of my dream, but I want to serve the greater good. However, all ...
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What is a red airway on the VFR sectional?

The VFR sectionals show a number of airways/routes marked in red. Here are several near KMTH, you can see B-646 extending east of the NDB: There are others in Alaska that are lettered A, R or G, e.g. ...
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How can someone get FAA commercial flight training as part of an aviation degree?

If someone can't afford to pay for flight training directly, is it possible to get commercial flight training with financial aid as part of a college degree? For the UK answer, see: Do any UK ...
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On a chart, how can I find the frequency for flight following?

Is there a map I can refer to in order to pick up the correct frequency for VFR flight following while enroute? I know I can request a frequency from ATC as I depart, but what if I want to fly around ...
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How do the various DUATS differ?

In terms of technical capability, what are the comparative advantages and disadvantages between the following? CSC DUATS from Computer Sciences Corporation DTC DUAT from Data Transformation ...
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What regulations in the US exist for jetpacks?

In 2010 Fox News posted an article in which they quoted a representative of the FAA saying that the FAA might not regulate jetpacks (the representative did say that they could fall under Part 103). Do ...
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What is CENRAP?

According to the AIM, in class B and C airspace separation of VFR traffic is "suspended during CENRAP operations": Separation of VFR aircraft will be suspended during CENRAP operations. Traffic ...
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Is it possible to get access to flight logs of USAAC trainer planes from the 1930s?

After answering this question on History.SE, I started to wonder if it would be possible to find out even more detail about the plane now that its serial number is known. I have no idea what kind of ...
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Emergency landing at Air Force airfield [duplicate]

What would happen if I perform an emergency landing at an Air Force airfield? Would they send fighters planes to intercept me? Would they arrest me? Would they detain my aircraft?
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Can military personnel land their own private aircraft at military bases?

First off, I am asking similar, but logistically different question to What process do I follow to land a civilian aircraft on a military base? If I am in the US Military (with a valid ID), am I free ...
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What are the best practices for gathering preflight weather and information?

As a VFR student pilot, I'm still developing a pre cross-country flight routine. Weather has without a doubt been the most difficult portion of my preflight information to digest, as there are so many ...
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Are there any pitfalls to be wary of when purchasing an “umbrella” insurance policy?

Typically, a pilot will have airplane insurance (or renter's insurance, if flying un-owned aircraft), car insurance, home insurance, life insurance and then for good measure purchase an "umbrella"-...
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Can I display the route which I have created with skyvector.com on google maps?

I really appreciate skyvector.com as a tool for initial route planning and providing me with a good lookout to the upcoming VFR flight, but honestly I'm not very satisfied with the FAA Sectional ...
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Where to obtain a list of active NDB approaches?

Does anyone know where to find a list of active NDB approaches? I can find a list of ones proposed to be eliminated, but I'm having a problem coming across a list of remaining ones.
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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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Is the phrase “going missed” standard in the US?

The use of the phrase "going around" is specified by ICAO Doc 4444 as the phrase to use when we're aborting the landing and heading for another lap in the traffic pattern if we're on a visual or VFR ...
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What security clearances does a foreign citizen doing a flying course in the United States have to pass?

I remember reading that the security for foreigners doing a flying license in the United States were rigorous (as would be expected). As a European Union citizen, what would I expect to need to do ...
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What records should a CFI keep to prove they took due care in the quality of their instruction?

I know there has been some cases where a flight instructor is sued after a current or former student does something that gets themselves (the student) killed or causes damage. I know that there have ...
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Is it legal to bring (or allow someone else to bring) a firearm on a private flight?

Say that I want to leave the city and go hunting somewhere. Is it legal to bring a hunting rifle and ammunition with me in a private airplane? If yes, are there specific procedures to follow in ...
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What is the minimum possible number of hours required to carry passengers?

Not factoring learning curve, personal safety minimums, and pilot proficiency, what is the absolute minimum flight time that must be logged in order to carry a passenger in a piston engine aircraft in ...

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