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Why did the FAA allow Boeing to self-regulate?

The FAA does not have enough resources to post inspectors to all the situations that require them, so it relies on the concept of delegation through designation to do its job. That ranges from ...
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In the US, in a non-emergency situation, can an airplane get a clearance from a tower to take-off or land from or on a taxiway, at their own risk?

No. FAA Order 7110.65AA provides for such takeoff clearances for helicopters in 3-11-2. Note that "at your own risk" departures are not actually clearances- they are in lieu of clearances: ...
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Is a flight for compensation legal for a Non-stop sightseeing trip?

Yes. If you're flying their aircraft there is no rule against you being compensated and this is a legal part 91 operation. It's no different than being hired to fly someone's business jet. But you ...
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Have any regulatory exceptions been made to allow a supersonic aircraft to fly over land so that it can follow the path of a solar eclipse?

The blanket ban on supersonic flight over the US only applied to civilian aircraft. The military has the ability to design supersonic flight profiles in concert with the FAA, so the X59 idea could be ...
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Is it legal to rent out an experimental aircraft?

There does not appear to be any prohibition against it. 91.319(f) applies to E-LSA but not to E-AB aircraft. 91.319(a)(2) says that no person may operate an experimental aircraft "carrying ...
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Providing flight instruction on a "N" aircraft towards an EASA license in Europe

It's legal. Refer to 14 CFR § 61.3(d)(3)(v): A flight instructor certificate issued under this part is not necessary [...] Under paragraph (d)(2)(iii) of this section, if the training is given by an ...
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Do I have to follow airways to meet the IFR cross country 250 NM flight requirement in 61.65?

It must be under IFR, so flight following is not an option. You don't have to follow airways as long as you're following a route as directed by ATC. Radar vectors, random RNAV routes, and airways are ...
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