What are FARs & where can I find them? What is FAR 23, 25, 135, etc?

Danny Beckett
  • What are FARs & where can I find them? What is FAR 23, 25, 135, etc? Danny Beckett

    The FARs (or Federal Aviation Regulations) are the regulations imposed by the FAA on aviation within the United States.

    Many questions make reference to FAR 23, or FAR 91 etc. What are each of these? Where can one lookup the text?

  • In the US the "Federal Aviation Regulations" (FARs) is shorthand for referring to Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

    You can browse all sections of FARs at this link:

    http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title14/14tab_02.tpl

    FAR 23, for example, covers airworthiness standards. ยง 23.25 regulates weight limits.

  • FARs on the web

    There are several sites on the web, but my favorite is the FAA's own Regulatory and Guidance Library at http://rgl.faa.gov/. If you click the Code of Federal Regulations link on their main page, you can look at current and historical regulations as well as preamble information, links to the dockets, NPRM's, and more. Just click on "By Part" under the "Current CFR" section, and you can browse through each section. If you then scroll down, you will find the two that you asked about:

    Part 23 - AIRWORTHINESS STANDARDS: NORMAL, UTILITY, ACROBATIC, AND COMMUTER CATEGORY AIRPLANES

    and

    Part 91 - GENERAL OPERATING AND FLIGHT RULES

    Click the arrow next to each part and it will show links to the full text of each regulation.

    Extra Info

    The site also includes the following databases:

    • Advisory Circulars
      • Draft Advisory Circulars
    • Airworthiness Directives
      • AD NPRMs
    • CARs/CAMs/Aero-Bulletins
    • Code of Federal Regulations
      • CFR NPRMs
      • CFR Final Rules
    • Equivalent Levels of Safety
    • Exemptions
    • Orders/Notices
    • Parts Manufacturer Approvals
    • Policy
    • Regulatory Basis Tool
    • Special Airworthiness Information Bulletins
    • Special Conditions
    • Supplemental Type Certificates
    • Technical Standard Orders and Index
    • Type Certificate Data Sheets

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