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Not the FAA, but the manufacturer. If the parts are composite, only a small range of colors may be approved, depending on the glass transition temperature of the resin matrix. For gliders, only white is allowed for most of the surface area, and similarly composite parts of airliners must be painted in a light color so they don't heat up too much in sunlight....


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First allow me to give a quick introduction to RNAV and RNP before geting to SAAAR / RNP AR. Area Navigation (RNAV) is a method of instrument flight rules (IFR) navigation that allows an aircraft to fly on any desired path within the coverage of referenced navigation beacons, rather than navigating directly to and from the beacons. In other words, waypoints ...


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iPads are used so the flight charts and manuals are electronic instead of the old phonebook that had to be printed and distributed every few months. This means that without it the pilot has no up-to-date copy of the flight chart of the airport where he is trying to land which is a safety issue.


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Unfortunately, you have to report it. It even says so right on the medical application (emphasis added by me): 18) Medical History - HAVE YOU EVER IN YOUR LIFE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH, HAD, OR DO YOU PRESENTLY HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING? Answer "yes" or "no" for every condition listed below (All "yes" answers require a comment. Click Add Comments to add ...


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Everything that you say in your question is correct, and to address your reliability concerns, as part of certification the FAA requires certain hardware testing (EMI testing, decompression testing, etc.) of any EFB, including the iPad. They are not however, certified to the same standards as avionics, because a failure of an iPad does not create the same ...


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In general, the aircraft owners can paint the aircraft whichever the way they want. However, changing of aircraft liveries comes under refinishing of decorative coatings has to be done by certified personnel as it is considered major maintenance. The materials used should comply to the applicable safety regulations.


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I'm not really clear on the difference between type, model and series A type is the basic airplane design, like the A320 type, which includes the A318, A319, A320, and A321. A series is the basic version of the type, like the A320-100 series. A model is the specific configuration of the series, like the A320-111 model. The model may be mainly a different ...


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Variants are seen as a modification of an existing airplane design, and only the changed parts need to be certified. The real advantage is that the set of rules the certification has to comply with are frozen at the time of the initial application, so any additional rules that had been added later are not relevant. This is called "grandfather rules". This ...


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It's an interesting question, and according to AOPA they did award one to the guy who designed the current FAA license card: The FAA awarded Dahlvang his own (honorary) certificate, nicely framed with a gold seal. But it doesn't say what's printed on that certificate and I assume it isn't actually valid for flight. If you give someone a real pilot's ...


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As far as the FAA is concerned your friend can get a medical, but he will need a special issuance medical, will only qualify for a third-class medical, and will be prohibited from operating aircraft outside the United States. In addition there are some specific requirements to obtain the special-issuance medical for insulin-dependent diabetics, and ...


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This is one of those cases where your instructor should have encouraged you to talk to an FAA medical certification expert before you talk to an AME (something like AOPA's "Pilot Protection Services") so they can help you get everything in order. You've already talked to an AME, but you can still use those same resources to help you deal with their ...


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Never lie on the medical forms. It can only come back go bite you after you have spent thousands on your certificates. You need the advice of a specialist in difficult aviation medical certifications. Some may disagree, but in my mind the very best is Doctor Bruce Chien, Peoria IL. See the following web page: http://www.aeromedicaldoc.com/ Do exactly ...


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The FAA Advisory Circular 61-136 contains the guidance for Aviation Training Devices, including the BATD's. The AC states that as long as the system has been FAA approved by the manufacturer (and in your case you say that it "meets the FAA requirements"), that no specific approval is required for training conducted under 14 CFR 61. For use under 14 CFR ...


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The best answer I can give is generally, no. In relatively few cases – for aircraft operated under Part 91 Subpart K, which applies to fractional ownership like Netjets – the operator must possess an Mspec, which would be applied for at the local FSDO. I'm not sure what that process looks like, but the FAA's Commercial Operations Branch has some good ...


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I think this depends on what "FAA-qualified" means: the FAA defines aerobatic flight in 14 CFR 91.303 but it doesn't issue any pilot certificates or ratings for aerobatics. I did find several references to FAA Form 8710‑7, Statement of Acrobatic Competency (e.g. here), but the form itself isn't even listed on the FAA's form page. There is an FAA document ...


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First of all, the Certification Authority for Airbus is EASA, for Boeing it is the FAA. Let's look at the A320 family. All variants, A318, A319, A320 and A321 of all series are on the same type certificate EASA A.064(data sheet). For the areas where these aircraft are different from the original A320, Airbus has demonstrated that they meet the requirements ...


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First, one small clarification: ATC doesn't offer any services to an aircraft on a VFR flight plan unless you call and request them. This short Ask ATC video from AOPA has some useful comments: Controllers don't know anything about your VFR flight plan VFR flight plans are for search and rescue purposes only Even if you call ATC and request flight ...


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No verification is done. You may file what you will. This places all the responsibility for airspace incursions on the pilot in command ("PIC") where it belongs. The only real effect of the VFR flight plan is to engage the Search and Rescue folks if you don't close the flight plan on time, and give them the route you intended to fly when you filed so ...


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Nobody knows exactly what happened, but as far as I can understand the limited information available, this is what happened: These iPads are used to carry map data that the pilot needs, and which used to come in the form of forty pound of paper. That data needs to be updated from time to time, and it is supposed to be updated through WiFi automatically ...


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Many of the answers here are excellent in general. Maybe I can help flesh out some of the details. My understanding is that American had issues with the application from Jeppesen through which they distribute the charts used to navigate. In this case I believe it was the airport diagram for DCA which conflicted with an earlier version on the iPad. This ...


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First, as Ron pointed out (and as the FAA Notice you quoted says), you still need 10 hours complex (or turbine) training time for a commercial single-engine certificate. The only change is that you no longer need to do the checkride in a complex aircraft. Your main question seems to be if it will eventually be possible to instruct in a complex aircraft ...


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For general aviation no certification is required, neither is certification required for at least some commercial operations like flight training, at least for the regulatory bodies I'm familiar with (FAA and EASA). I've seen Ram and Garmin mounts being used on some smaller passenger and cargo operations as well, usually GPS and tablets in older prop ...


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In general, as I do not have the guidance in front of me presently, if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, and later taken off the medication with no adverse effect, and the symptoms are absent, you have a high probability of obtaining a medical. First, your primary care physician should document that you have been off the medication for x ...


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A short answer, but: No They can paint their planes pretty much however they want. I imagine various agencies and their customers would have something to say about it if they did something outrageous, but they can repaint their planes without asking permission or even informing the FAA.


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There are no height or weight requirements as far as I know and you dont need perfect vision. I wear glasses and have a "corrective lens" note on my medical. I think that at minimum your vision needs to be correctable to 20/20. See this link for some information as well as the information for doctors here. You can also get special dispensation for certain ...


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Development costs, complexity and need. On a system that has to be hard real time multi-core is a pain(think expensive) and most things that need to be hard real time are not that complex. Things that don't need to be hard real time don't need to be RTOS, so you have one system that handles all the hard real time stuff and one that runs Linux and handles ...


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Dealing with the FAA medical is always a tiring process. Best places to consult would be services like AOPA medical assistance, or through Aviation Medical Advisory Service (AMAS). There are other options probably, but I know AMAS is the go to consulting group for controllers and a lot of airline pilots. AMAS will often help guide you with knowing ahead of ...


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I am a Designated Senior AME in the Southern Region. Obviously, I have not seen your medical records or examined you so this is just generic advice and observations. 1) They have your records and since you applied and did not supply the requested info, you ARE denied. 2) based on what you said, the FAA stuck you in a HIMS silo of evaluation. This is the ...


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All specific requirements to obtain a U.S. FAA Medical Certificate are listed in Part §67 of Title 14 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs). §67.1 Applicability: This part prescribes the medical standards and certification procedures for issuing medical certificates for airmen and for remaining eligible for a medical certificate. It lists ...


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For most engines it would require a hardened valve seat. The reason why lead is required for aviation engines is that the value seats are not hardened and the lead in the gas helps prevent "micro-welding" that can occur on a valve seat. Micro-welding happens when the valves are hot and the the valve is pressed against the valve seat; the valve will start ...


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