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  • How do I get permission to fly an airplane with a non-safety-related airworthiness issue, like being out of annual or having an inoperative radio in order to take it somewhere that it can be fixed?

  • Are there any online records that may indicate why a specific DPE may have lost qualifications recently?

  • As a numbers/statistics geek I would like to be able to look up information on how "busy" particular airports or regions are. I'm sure the FAA collects this data, but is it accessible to the general public?

  • I have some headache problems and my examiner submitted my data for deferred examination on the FAA website. The results have yet to come back but let's suppose that I fail on this one - can I apply for an examination again after a certain period of time - For instance, when my conditions are better?

  • The FAA issues Notices and other non-legislative rules (e.g. Advisory Circulars). These documents are distinct from the laws in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations. What are the differences between them? Do they have legal force?

  • The FAA issues Letters of Interpretation and Chief Counsel Opinions in order to clarify existing rules and regulations. Where these can be found and searched when looking for clarification of a rule?

  • You can find anecdotal mention of this phrase among pilots you may talk to as well as postings on various forums. The idea conveyed is that telling a controller to "mark the tape" means they will mak...

  • Is there a procedure in place to request a copy of the audio recording of a specific ATC position over a specific time interval? How is the request made? What are the limitations of such a request? ...

  • How does someone request a letter of interpretation from the FAA if a particular situation surrounding a regulation or policy is not clear?

  • If I'm selling a plane that has been de-registered, can the new owner re-register the aircraft with the same number (or do they have to get a new one)? Does the airworthiness certificate transfer as w...

  • Aircraft which have been in service for a long time often have a lot of entries in their logbooks for Airworthiness Directives (ADs). What are they, and why are they important?

  • Say, anybody who made an outstanding contribution to technology, flight methodologies, etc (for example, the Wright Brothers); has the FAA ever issued a license (private pilot, etc.) to anyone that deserved such honor?

  • Also wondering which agencies regulate weather modification activities? Any idea where I can find more information about this?

  • Assuming I've got the hardware and software that meets the FAA requirements for a BATD (Basic Aviation Training Device), what is the process I would go through to get the simulator certified?

  • I've read a couple of times that "own-ship position display" is not authorized for use on Class 1 or 2 EFBs (by the FAA), and that both the FAA and EASA are cautioning against that feature's use on EFBs in general. Own-ship position is an aircraft's GPS position displayed against georeferenced charts and diagrams. Obviously the use of a portable device - iPad or otherwise - should not be enough for primary navigation, but what safety concerns do the authorities have with own-ship display? Specific accident reports or official citations would be great.

  • There seems to be many regulation bodies across the globe, how are they different and how are they alike? Specifically, how is ICAO different from the rest?

  • I know some uncontrolled airports can have more operations per day than many controlled airports. That got me wondering what the process is for the change to a towered, controlled airport. I know a control tower was recently built (2005) at Provo, UT (KPVU) which is the second busiest airport in Utah. Is there simply a threshold of average operations/day? Do the number of accidents and incidents come into play? Does the FAA start the process or does the community have to lobby for the tower? Who pays for the tower, is it all federal FAA funds or does the state and city where the airport

  • If an airplane is already equipped for RVSM flight, how do we obtain a Letter of Authorization (LOA) for RVSM in order to actually fly in RVSM airspace?

  • I was looking at http://www.gelib.com/aeronautical-charts-united-states.htm, where you can download shape files for Google Earth that show US airspaces. I'm writing some software that has a similar need and need to find a source for this data. I'm looking for data that defines the extents of airspaces including MOAs, restricted areas, etc. I have been pouring through the FAA's website... the poor results. I also called the FAA and can't seem to find anyone there that knows where to transfer me. So, does anyone here have any helpful pointers on finding said information? I want to pull

  • A popular airport near me (KMYF) has two parallel runways, 28/10 R/L and a crosswind runway, 5/23. Almost always, 28R/L is in use. I'm sure they knew that there was generally a sea breeze in the area,...