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Can a person be operating an aircraft in a "Careless" and "Reckless" manner at the same time? Or are these two different standards?

From a legal perspective, 'careless' and 'reckless' sound similar but are quite different. Careless is the antonym of prudent and careful. There is usually no attempt to analyze the state of mind of ...
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Why are electric shavers specifically permitted under FAR §91.21

This is an educated guess, based on history: Electric razors were once well known as prone to generating elctromagnetic interference -- the ones available in the 1940s could pretty well blanket a ...
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Where is an example of "foreign airspace designated in the United States" mentioned in 91.129?

The Sault Ste. Marie Airport (CYAM) is a Canadian airport with Class D airspace that extends into US territory: Skyvector
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What does "the other's right" refer to in 14 CFR Part 91.113?

You wrote that: it would seem both aircraft will either perceive themselves as being to the left or right of the other meaning either both aircraft or neither aircraft would have the right of way. ...
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Why can military aircraft descend below the DA / MDA during an instrument approach?

The most simple reason is the military has its own set of flight rules (AFI 11-202, OPNAVINST 3710.7U) that for many years duplicated many of the applicable FAR/AIM regulations. In addition, the ...
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Can tower clear aircraft for take off with traffic still on the runway?

According to the ATC orders controllers can indeed clear an aircraft for takeoff 'early': 3−9−5. ANTICIPATING SEPARATION Takeoff clearance needs [sic] not be withheld until prescribed ...
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What is the difference between "anywhere" and "other than congested areas" in regard to minimum safe altitude?

The difference is subtle, but here it is: anywhere means anywhere: At all times you need to operate at an altitude where, should you lose power, you can put your ...
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When can I start an approach if I lose comms and my clearance limit is not an initial approach fix?

Note: this may be a dupe of this question. However, you seem to be saying that you've read and understood the regulations on what to do, you just don't believe that ATC or the FAA really expects you ...
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If RVR equipment is inoperative what visibility should be used for an approach where the RVR minimum is 1800 ft?

According to the AIM, you should not interpolate these values. You should use the next higher RVR instead: 5-4-20 Approach and Landing Minimums a. Landing Minimums. The rules applicable to landing ...
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How should the VFR Cruising Altitudes (FAR 91.159) be applied over rising terrain?

First, you said you're cruising at 4500 indicated, but then state that you are 4500 AGL. Indicated altitude is usually MSL, so this means the terrain is at 0 ft MSL until the base of the cliff, which ...
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Can tower clear aircraft for take off with traffic still on the runway?

All references for this answer are in the FAA Order 7110.65. A departure cannot start their takeoff roll before the previous arrival has cleared the runway. What most controllers will do, is use a ...
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If the map (reading) light bulb is burned out in my own Cessna 210, what are my options if I want to fly FAR Part 91 under night-time VFR?

As the owner, you (likely) may replace the bulb yourself It comes down to the complexity of the work. Owners can now do far more preventive maintenance than the 32 listed items For many years, the FAA ...
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What does "the other's right" refer to in 14 CFR Part 91.113?

Consider two aircraft converging at a 90° angle, as two cars arriving at a stop sign. "Rightness" or "Leftness" would be determined by the shortest angular distance between them: ...
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Can air-to-air refueling be done in compliance with the FAR's?

I can't provide a definite yes or no, but I can discuss some of the FARs that will need to be considered. In most cases you have to consider three groups of FARs; covering aircraft, aircrew, and ...
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Can a person be operating an aircraft in a "Careless" and "Reckless" manner at the same time? Or are these two different standards?

In aviation law and elsewhere, these terms have clearly defined meanings that make them distinct. Here is an excerpt from a law firm analysis on the distinction as it pertains to motor vehicles: The ...
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Is ADSB required in Class C airspace when the tower is closed?

If an airspace is only class C when the tower is in operation, then it is no longer class C airspace when the tower is closed. In that case, the rules applicable to the class E or G airspace apply ...
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If the map (reading) light bulb is burned out in my own Cessna 210, what are my options if I want to fly FAR Part 91 under night-time VFR?

First, is the map light required for night VFR under part 91? 91.205(b) and (c) list required VFR equipment for day and night operations, and a map light isn't on the list. Second, is the aircraft ...
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How do AHRS systems meet the "gyroscopic" requirement of 14 cfr 91.205.d?

In regulations, instruments are always defined functionally. They say what the instruments must measure, not how. Any actual implementation then has to be certified, but that certification concerns ...
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Can a holder of a Commercial Pilot License be compensated for business flight expenses?

To answer your question. Yes, you can be compensated for all those scenarios provided your company owns the aircraft. You will fall in the second bullet point below. You can use your commercial ...
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Can I legally log PIC time in a high performance airplane without a high performance endorsement?

You can act as a safety pilot, as long as you are rated in class and category. You can not log PIC time. The usual way for a safety pilot to log PIC time is via 14 CFR § 61.51(e)(1)(iii): When the ...
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How is the term "Coast" defined for FAA regulatory purposes?

As @Florian answers, the short answer is that we actually need to look at the term "baseline," which is the legal term used in international treaties. The authority for FAA jurisdiction over ...
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What are the FAA requirements for when to use an airline call sign & flight number versus the aircraft registration number?

I found something relevant buried in the depths of JO 7340.2 on contractions (i.e. abbreviations) for airlines, aircraft types etc. Section 1-4-2 says: The company designator, together with a ...
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What is the FAA's definition of "for hire"?

Without combing through the regulations, and the vast collection of LOI on the subject, I will give a general answer. For hire for the purposes of 91.409 applies to the carriage of persons. So the ...
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How should the VFR Cruising Altitudes (FAR 91.159) be applied over rising terrain?

I think you may be over-using the term cruise or underestimating your role as PIC. If you are maneuvering in a reasonable and predictable way to maintain obstacle/terrain clearance, then you aren’t ...
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If I fly both Part 135 and Part 91 in a 24 hr period, which regulations apply?

Part 91 contains the General Operating and Flight Rules. These rules apply to almost every civil flight within the USA. Part 135 contains the Operating Requirements for Commuter and on-demand ...
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Under what circumstances can Part 91 allow compensation for air transportation?

The only way you can carry passengers for hire as a common carrier without an air carrier cert (either 121 or 135) is the sightseeing exemption -- 25 SM, landing at point of takeoff. However you will ...
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Is it legal to fly GA aircraft in temperatures above what is shown on the performance charts?

Yes, it is legal, disregarding any catch-alls such as 91.13 reckless operation or ones pertaining to pre-flight planning data like takeoff distance. It is simply left to the pilot's good judgement ...
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Is an FAA Part 121/135 checkride conducted under Part 91 or Part 121/135?

Any flights operated by a certificate holder must be operated in accordance with the authorization of their certificate. Authorization will vary. An Air Carrier may conduct training1 flights under §...
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