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What is an FAA Notice? Does it have legal force?
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As SSumner pointed out, the FAA produces all kinds of paper - some of which is "regulatory" and/or have legal force, and some of which isn't. I won't go into all of the specific document categories, ...

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Do aircraft owners need to purchase insurance?
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Aircraft insurance for personal aircraft is not legally required by any part of the US FARs, nor to my knowledge is it required by any state government, though I'm only familiar with New York in that ...

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How can I customize my training to become a flight instructor?
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First, if you haven't already go check out AOPA's Let's Go Flying site - specifically their page on how to pick a flight school/instructor. Some of the advice I'm going to give you is pretty much ...

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What protocol should be followed after accidentally entering restricted airspace with a UAV?
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Well this one I can answer even without being an expert on India's airspace regulations: Entering a "no-fly zone" or other restricted area with an aircraft - even an unmanned one - is going to be some ...

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Do 121.5 MHz ELTs have to be replaced with 406 MHz models?
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I can't speak for the other countries, but at the moment (December 2013), at least in the United States, the answer is no. The FAA and the FCC have been engaged in a bit of a regulatory battle of ...

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Can you tell ATC you are a "student pilot" when you are not?
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Is it legal? Sure. As others have pointed out it's also pretty darn honest! I'm a private pilot. I'm also a student pilot, working on my instrument rating. When I'm done with that I'll probably ...

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What is the regulatory definition of AOG?
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There is no regulatory definition of the phrase "Aircraft On Ground" as used in work orders or repair orders in the FARs (14CFR), it is used by convention to indicate that the order is urgent as the ...

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Can legislation help prevent CFIT or will it restrict freedoms too much?
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I'm going to start by rejecting the three major premises of your question: First, Your "personal freedom" in this case is already restricted by regulation. Whether a penalty is assessed for each ...

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How long to keep ASRS report?
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Generally the FAA inspectors are supposed to complete their EIR within 75 days of the date they learn of the violation, and regional review should be completed 15 days after that - so you should ...

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Are squawk codes used with ADS-B?
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Yes, squawk codes are still used and required with ADS-B. It's possible that in the future this may change, but because of the bifurcated implementation the FAA has chosen for ADS-B I don't think it's ...

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Can I file a VFR flight plan for a training flight?
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Absolutely. In fact it's not a bad idea to do so, if only to get some practice filing flight plans and using the system. In the US VFR flight plans are a search-and-rescue tool: They're only used if ...

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Where does the final approach segment begin on an ILS approach?
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It's pretty easy to answer as best I can determine: The Final Approach Segment begins at the Final Approach Fix. On FAA/NACO charts this is shown on the profile view with the Maltese cross: The "...

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Are there any documented example usages of film (ie, film film, not video or digital) for in-flight entertainment?
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I know film projectors were definitely used on early 747s - converting part of the passenger area into a theater is part of the design. I was able to dig up the photo below showing the projector ...

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Do quadcopter propellers break the sound barrier?
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It's possible, but I would say unlikely. Supersonic propeller tips really mess with efficiency. The tip speed of many aircraft propellers is close to supersonic, and if not properly controlled can ...

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Can an aircraft or helicopter run into its own wake vortex?
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Helicopters are not easy to fly - whether full-scale manned aircraft or RC models. I would bet that your issues are more related to pilot error than any fault of the machine (other than the fact that ...

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Where are the communications antennas normally located on general aviation aircraft?
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Honestly? That AOPA article overstates the issue of airframe shadowing (at least for light GA singles): Both antennas will usually work fine on the ground, and will probably work without any issues in ...

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How is "information relating to the safety of flight" defined by the FAA?
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The language is intentionally vague. Much like Justice Stewart said about pornography, when it comes to "information relating to the safety of flight" you'll know it when you see it. Birds flying ...

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How do pilots and controllers deal with TFR's that lie directly on an approach?
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There is exemption language in FDC 4/3621 (note the underlined section in the screen grab below): THE RESTRICTIONS DESCRIBED ABOVE DO NOT APPLY TO THOSE AIRCRAFT AUTHORIZED BY AND IN CONTACT WITH ...

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Can you do your PPL solo time in an ultralight?
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Nope. Your solo time must be done in the category and class of aircraft for which you are seeking a pilot certificate (the FAA doesn't come out and say it in those words, but that's what the "...

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How does a flap load relief system work?
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I'm not sure how common flap load relief systems are - I know the Airbus A330 has them and I believe all the Airbus A3xx series do. I've also found at least one post that seems to imply it's common on ...

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What materials make up most of the weight of an aircraft?
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A general breakdown by material type isn't really useful (or possible) because the heaviest components of most aircraft are composed of multiple materials, and not all aircraft are built of the same ...

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Backup airspeed indicators (lack thereof)
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In order to answer your question first we need to figure out what we're trying to accomplish with airspeed. For the most part the goal is "envelope protection" - keeping the pilots from either ...

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How much lag does an Attitude Indicator experience?
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Talking about vacuum-driven gyros, which are what I'm mainly familiar with: When everything is working as designed (sufficient air pressure for normal gyro rotor speed, moderate maneuvers) there is ...

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How do the various DUATS differ?
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Both DUAT (DTC) and DUATS (CSC) provide the same information. They are functionally equivalent. You also left one out: Lockheed-Martin operates a web-based briefing service at https://www.1800wxbrief....

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What are the best practices for gathering preflight weather and information?
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At least in the US there are plenty of ways to get a flight briefing. My usual sources of pre-flight information are, roughly in order: The Weather Channel No kidding, if I'm planning a long/multi-...

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How difficult is it to avoid ground loop in practice?
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What you're experiencing is the natural tendency of an aircraft to turn left under high power. Several forces combine to cause this as shown in the diagram below: (These forces are also discussed in ...

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What is the rationale of a weight/passenger value for the ICAO TCAS requirement?
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The numbers aren't random, though at first glance the rationale may not be obvious. Weight 5700 kilograms is (roughly) 12,500 pounds - This aligns with the FAA definition of a "large aircraft&...

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Are there "Introductory flights" available to see if I want to pursue training?
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As has been pointed out, most flight schools aren't going to take you up "for free" -- at a bare minimum they need to recoup the cost of fuel (right now somewhere between US\$50-70 for an hour in the ...

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Can you legally obtain Boeing maintenance documents?
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Everything is available for a price, and you don't need Google's help: You can get the Boeing Maintenance Performance Toolbox right from Boeing if you contact them. You can also Google around and get ...

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Can a modified aircraft be imported and certified in the US?
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Well, pretty much anything can be given a US airworthiness certificate provided it's not literally falling to pieces. You could certificate such an aircraft as a Special Airworthiness Certificate in ...

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