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The pilot in command has final authority over Air Force One Air Force Instruction 11-202, Volume 3 says the following in Chapter 1, part 1.1.1 (as in, the very first thing in the document): 1.1.1. Pilot in Command Authority. The Pilot in Command (PIC), regardless of rank, is responsible for, and is the final authority for the operation of the ...


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You won't see it done in the fixed wing world unless the aircraft is tied down or otherwise securely restrained (like when you tie off the tail to something when hand starting your no-starter taildragger; some pilots just use chocks or parking brakes to hand bomb their airplane, but it's a terrible idea). However, it's common in the helicopter world ...


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The FAA has an airmen inquiry search portal. I put Nathalie Brown and came up with Nathalie Myrtle Brown with the following details: Certificate: PRIVATE PILOT Date of Issue: 11/25/1968 Ratings: PRIVATE PILOT AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND INSTRUMENT AIRPLANE As @FredLarson points out in comments ...


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Some reasons for an airline to sell some of its fleet: they need quick cash (as ratchet freak points out). This usually means the company is in serious trouble they're changing their route network and there's no more need for it (e.g. KLM dropped a lot of very short flights in the 1990s and early 2000s, and got rid of the aircraft that were operating them ...


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How does an oversight like this exist for such an extended period of time? Because it doesn't get reported. Is this something that should be reported? Yes, it should be reported, otherwise this oversight will exist for an extended period of time. This dAFD website contains a link that should be followed to [r]eport any A/FD errors or changes. ...


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It looks to me like you need to file FAA Form 7480-1, Notice of Landing Area Proposal. There is a checkbox for "Deactivation or Abandonment". The form explains that you have to give 90 days advance notice. So you shouldn't make any changes until 90 days after filing the form. This presumably gives them time to update charts, so that pilots know the ...


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The FAA chart user's guide says: Hard-surfaced runways greater than 8069' or some multiple runways less than 8069' It's the latter case of some multiple runways less than 8069'. This is also confirmed in the post, "What is significant about the number 8069 ft?" Specialists also place these polygons around the runway pattern of aerodromes with ...


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If: Your unmanned aircraft weighs between 250g and 25kg (including fuel and cargo), You are not flying under the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, also known as section 336 You intend to operate it outdoors, and You are operating it in the United States, you need to register your drone through the FAA's online registration system. If your drone is heavier ...


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You can't get real-time data from the FAA without an operational need, and organizations which do receive real-time data cannot legally re-distribute this data publicly, except to other organizations approved by the FAA. An operational need pretty much means you have to be a flight dispatcher for an airline or commercial operator, not just have an interest ...


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When I have had to file NOTAMs for skydiving demonstration jumps, I just called AFSS (1-877-4-US-NTMS) and asked to file. The folks at Lockheed are way more helpful than the Feds used to be and will walk you through the process, but it is still good to have your information together before you call. At a minimum you need a description of your activity, ...


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Well, sort of. The Kennedy Space Center, where the shuttle operations were conducted, has an ATC. but then, the show was run by NASA, not FAA. The shuttle operations were coordinated through the Aerospace Control Officer (ACO) at the Air Force 45 th Space Wing’s Eastern Range (it used a military TACAN). FAA was informed of the shuttle landing and nothing ...


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Although Lnafziger's answer is correct, I'd like to elaborate on the purpose of the airspace classes. Class A: This airspace is intended for high-speed, point to point travel. That is why pilots flying in Class A must be instrument rated and in contact with air traffic control (ATC); aircraft above 18,000 feet are likely to travel quickly and may not have ...


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The short version, for non-aviation people is as follows: Class A: All Airspace above 18,000 ft. Anybody flying here must receive a clearance from, be talking to, and be controlled by ATC. Class B: Airspace within approximately 30 miles and 10,000 feet of the ground around the busiest airports in the US. Again, anybody flying here must receive a clearance ...


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I'd say no, you're likely to be busted under 91.13... 14 CFR § 91.13 - Careless or reckless operation (a)Aircraft operations for the purpose of air navigation. No person may operate an aircraft in a careless or reckless manner so as to endanger the life or property of another. Having had a parking brake slip on a small GA aircraft once or twice ...


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ICAO is the International Civil Aviation Organization, a specialized agency of United Nations. It was created after the Convention on International Civil Aviation (the Chicago Convention) of 1944 was ratified in 1947. The purpose of ICAO is according to the convention: "WHEREAS the future development of international civil aviation can greatly help to ...


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The OpenSky Network has a free open-source API for real-time air traffic data. In its current version it allows users to retrieve live (and partially historical data). The data is retrieved by a network of ADS-B receivers and consists of ICAO 24-bit transponder ID to identify the aircraft the flight's callsign aircraft's current location (latitude, ...


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Yes, in fact there are a number of Non-Federal Control Towers (NFCT) in the United States. These are NOT the same as Federal Contract Towers (FCT), which are funded by the FAA and operated by contract personnel. NFCTs, on the other hand, are usually funded by the local airport authority. Some examples (not authoritative or all inclusive): Mojave (MHV), ...


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The FAA has no authority over roads, bridges or any other public roads. Usually, it's the the event organizer who's responsible for requesting and coordinating road closures; think of triathlons, parades etc. And even without the FAA, there are very good reasons for the local police to close the bridges: rubbernecking and accidents caused by distracted ...


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A "Counseling Session" is the lightest slap on the wrist the FAA can give you (aside from doing nothing). Basically it means "you screwed up, you know you screwed up, and we (the FAA) know you know you screwed up" -- they just want to sit you down with someone from the FSDO (probably a FAA Safety Team representative) and have a conversation to make sure ...


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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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You must request a Special Flight Permit from the nearest FSDO (Flight Standards District Office). You'll need to fill out Form 8130-6, Application for U.S. Airworthiness, appropriately calling out the reasons you need a SFP (ferry flight, etc). Once the form is submitted, you may be subject to an inspection by an FAA official or representative, verifying ...


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These days, with digital recording, it's likely that nothing special happens. "Mark the tape" is a holdover from when ATC recordings were actually on tapes - you could ask a controller to "mark" a tape to hold it and prevent it being recycled for another recording while your request for a copy of the tape is being processed. (Anecdotally I've been told some ...


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The FAA provides an online reporting tool here I would say it falls under "aviation concern". In your description if you include tail number and time they should be able to figure out who was flying (or in the cockpit if its a 2 man situation). You can also contact your local FSDO and report the tail number and time of incident. Aircraft owners/renters (the ...


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According to AOPA's medical guru on their discussion board (members only, or I would link to an example) it is possible to get a medical certificate following a tumor removal but only after a 5-year wait and a battery of tests. But having said that, medical issues are very individual and the FAA's AME guidance suggests that one year is enough in some cases. ...


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Yes, cargo aircraft are like other aircraft in that there is generally at least a jump seat available. Especially larger aircraft will also have additional jump seats, a lavatory, and a galley. This area can be used for relief crew, or other crew that are just deadheading. There are exceptions though. The upper deck of the 747 is larger than just the ...


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Generally the planes are scrapped by a recycling company. The parts will either be removed and sold as spares, or chopped up and recycled or disposed of. So a lot will depend on how easy it is to remove the part, and how much of a market there is for it. Airplanes are disassembled to a large extent during heavy checks, which can provide an opportunity for ...


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I attended the ACS webinar on June 25th. This is the response from Christopher Morris at the FAA. You can also read the FAQ on the FAA website. If the pilot recognizes the stall warning and promptly makes an appropriate correction or airspeed adjustment, a momentary activation of the stall warning horn does not constitute unsatisfactory performance on ...


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Each airports timezone is listed in the Airport/Facility Directory. I think the FAA is starting to call these "Chart Supplements" now though. You can search for specific airports here but it looks like the results are in .pdf format. The value you want is circled in red here: EDIT: As far as digital sources, explicit time zone information seems missing from ...


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Straight from the FAA: Airworthiness Directives (ADs) are legally enforceable rules issued by the FAA in accordance with 14 CFR part 39 to correct an unsafe condition in a product. 14 CFR part 39 defines a product as an aircraft, aircraft engine, propeller, or appliance. When an aircraft or other component is found to have flaws or other issues, the FAA ...


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Generally there are two ways to get an interpretation of regulations from the FAA. The first (less-formal) way would be to call or email your local FSDO with your question -- they will usually get back to you pretty quickly with a verbal opinion or an email (on the two occasions I've contacted the local FSDO I've gotten an answer within 1-2 days). ...


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