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Why did the FAA allow Boeing to self-regulate?

The MAX fiasco wasn't a case of the FAA being behind the technology, or a case of "self regulation" in the sense of Boeing being left completely alone. It was a case of the relationship ...
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Are tower controllers trained on not overloading pilots with complex taxi instructions while landing?

ATC are specifically advised not to give taxi instructions before touchdown or immediately after. From FAA Order 7110.65Z, section 3-10-9: Runway exiting or taxi instructions should not normally be ...
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Are passengers required to obey pilots' commands?

There is no such general requirement. However, passengers are forbidden from interfering with crewmember duties, per 91.11: No person may assault, threaten, intimidate, or interfere with a crewmember ...
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What to do when an AD is published but your aircraft is nowhere near a maintenance facility?

First thing you would do is study the compliance requirements of the AD. Most ADs come with some kind of "fly-by" compliance period either by calendar date or hours/cycles. It's pretty ...
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What's the rationale for requiring ATP applicants to be at least 23 years old?

Brain development. An airline transport pilot has to deal not only with by-the-book situations, but also with situations that aren't going by the book. If they didn't, we'd have them replaced by AI ...
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Are tower controllers trained on not overloading pilots with complex taxi instructions while landing?

It's the controller trying to save you the trouble of having to stop on the taxiway and call ground (it's likely the same person if it's a smaller GA airport anyway, so they're saving themselves some ...
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Can I legally put non-approved fuel into unused airframe fuel tanks?

Don't do it. You would get busted on a ramp check (it's normally just a check for documents and the ramp check official is unlikely to go sniffing your fuel tanks, but if they did, or if they came up ...
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Can you disassemble a plane, then rebuild it, and register it as experimental amateur-built?

The criteria to receive an experimental amateur-built airworthiness certificate are in §21.191(g): aircraft the major portion of which has been fabricated and assembled by persons who undertook the ...
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Are tower controllers trained on not overloading pilots with complex taxi instructions while landing?

Yes, controllers are in fact "trained" not to give complex taxi instructions during rollout. However, this training seems to be more after-the-fact problem-fixing than an inherent part of on-...
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Is a passenger who is flying the aircraft liable for regulations that they violate?

In most cases, Alice is the only one with liability. As PIC, she is directly responsible for the operation of the airplane. Bob could have some liability depending on the circumstances. An obvious ...
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Is "Aviate, Navigate, Communicate" legal in Part 121 operations?

121.557(a) is pretty clear: In an emergency situation that requires immediate decision and action the pilot in command may take any action that he considers necessary under the circumstances. In such ...
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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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At non-controlled fields, what are the regulations concerning "line up and wait"?

There are no regulations explicitly against lining up and waiting at untowered airports. However, you are turning your back to final approach for the runway you are on for the indeterminate amount of ...
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What's the rationale for requiring ATP applicants to be at least 23 years old?

I'm going to set aside the "18 year old captain" and approach this matter form an "18 year old airline transport pilot" point of view. It is well documented in medical science ...
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What is the difference between an aircraft and a projectile?

Federal criminal code aside, the definition of an aircraft under Title 14 CFR §1.1 defines an aircraft as “a device that is used or intended to be used for flight in the air”. Flight, in this context,...
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What (if any) is the fastest way to make money with a pilot's license (without being full time employed)?

To answer your first question, there are five types of pilot certificate: A Student Pilot certificate is the very first type of certificate you will get while you're learning to fly. With this type, ...
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Can a US state declare an airplane unairworthy?

No, and Massachusetts law doesn't claim to. Massachusetts only forbids you from flying in Massachusetts if you are supposed to register in Massachusetts and fail to. From 702 CMR 3.02(6): No person ...
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What is a good sight picture for telling urban vs rural areas (wrt minimum AGL)?

The regulations make no reference to "urban" and "rural." It makes reference to "congested," "other than congested," and "sparsely populated." They ...
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Is this Common carriage?

Common carriage is a holding out of a willingness to transport people or property from place to place for compensation or hire. Note that you are being compensated under the FAA's definition since you ...
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What are FAA rules regarding FBO operations encouraging food/ refreshments for pilots?

It is not within the jurisdiction of the FAA to regulate ground-based food service.
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Does U.S. ATC have the authority to clear an aircraft for a low approach along a runway at an altitude of 200 feet AGL?

No. ATC never has any authority to authorize you to break the law. If ATC gives a pilot instructions that are contrary to the FARs (for a more common example: issuing an IFR clearance to a VFR-only ...
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Can you disassemble a plane, then rebuild it, and register it as experimental amateur-built?

In North America, you have to complete more than 50% of the construction yourself. In the case of a project like that, you'd have to negotiate with your local authority to agree on activities that ...
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