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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 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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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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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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Was the F-4 Phantom the only fighter to be in service for the US Navy, Air Force and Marines?

As is stated here: Furthermore, the F-4 came in both ground- and carrier-based models and served in the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines. The only other frontline fighter to serve in all three ...
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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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Does flight training have any impact on my H1B visa?

I'm on an H1B visa, working in the IT industry and I need to know if I take flight training after getting an AFSP clearance from the TSA, does that affect my current visa or IT job?
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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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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 regulatory landing distance for turboprops under FAR 121-135?

Flying a FAR part 25, N registered turboprop, within couterminous FAA airspace, under FAR parts 121 & 135 operating rules and performance wise, what are the requirements regarding computation of a ...
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Is it recommended to have an ADS-B transponder in ALT mode on the ground? [duplicate]

Early on in training I was told that unless the airport specifically noted it on the chart, that the transponder was turned to ALT (altitude) mode just prior to taking the runway for take-off (lights, ...
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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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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 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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What is the legal altitude to fly through Yosemite Valley (US)?

I have a question regarding flying in the Yosemite Valley national park, which I flew over last weekend in an open-cockpit gyroplane. The sectional states you must be a minimum of 2,000 ft about the ...
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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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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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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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Why are almost half of the world's helicopters in North America?

I was reading this report and came across the following quote: North American purchase plans [for civilian-use helicopters] are a significant component of the overall 2017 survey demand, as the ...
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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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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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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 long will it take a new pilot to start flying more advanced planes like a Cirrus SR22T or Piper Malibu?

Here is my scenario. I'm 53 years old and getting ready to sell my business and retire. I've always been fascinated with aviation and have done lots of research and taken multiple training flights. ...
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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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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 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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How are sector capacity constraints set in the current US ATC system?

My understanding is that in ATC, one of the constraints when considering the distribution of flights is the number of aircraft occupying a sector. Each sector can have different capacities. I have ...
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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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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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How can a private pilot prepare for a long cross country flight in an unfamiliar area?

TL/DR: What are common preparation tips or techniques for low-hour private pilots planning long cross country flights in unfamiliar territory? I got my private pilot's license in November 2016 in ...
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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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How does Jeppesen create its US charts?

The Jeppesen and FAA IFR plates represent the same information in different ways. The FAA publishes its charts for free, but the underlying data that goes into the charts (e.g., exact coordinates of ...
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What call sign does Marine One use when the President is not on board?

How would the pilot of Marine One identify himself to air traffic control without the President on board? Does it have an N-number? If anyone knows, I would like a specific call sign/N-number of any ...
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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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Why are civilians not allowed to fly demilitarized US fighter jets?

I have seen it is possible to fly demilitarized Russian fighter jets in the US. Why is it impossible to fly American demilitarized fighter jets?
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What is significant about the number 8069 ft?

On a sectional chart legend, the airport icon with a solid magenta or blue disk is labeled as "Hard surfaced runways 1500 ft to 8069 ft in length". This seems like an extraordinarily arbitrary number ...
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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 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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What would they call the US President's personal plane?

Air Force One is called that because it is operated by the Air Force. The President's personal helicopter is called Marine One because it is operated by the Marines. What would the President's ...
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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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Why aren't there direct flights connecting Honolulu, Hawaii and London, UK?

London is by far my favorite city, and many people in Honolulu apparently feel the same. An old poll (5-6 years ago) said that 50% of polled people would go to London on that flight if it existed. The ...
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Why are aircraft registration details made public?

Recently, a friend asked me why aircraft registration details are made public since related car license plate numbers details are more regulated in access by law. Me, being an avgeek and taking this ...
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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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What prep work can I do before transitioning from SEL to SES?

I'm very interested in getting my SES rating. Is there any personal studying or prep work that I can do to minimize time in the air and with an instructor? EDIT: I do have my SEL pilot license ...

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