Rules & Regulations


  • There is a saying that the Federal Aviation Regulations are written in blood
  • What it means, is the information contained is there because someone before you has done something which created an unsafe situation that probably resulted in loss of life
  • While difficult to read, and often uninteresting, these regulations are the rules of the sky designed to keep you and other pilots safe
  • Ultimately it creates a known point from which all procedures can then deviate from
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Rules and Regulations for Pilots:

Rules and Regulations for Operations:

  • In order to discuss aircraft rules and regulations, their hierarchy must be understood
  • Beyond a pilot's responsibility, aircraft must be maintained in accordance with the operation they are flown
  • Starting with determining airworthiness, aircraft must also follow appropriate Visual Flight Rules or Instrument Flight Rules
  • If the aircraft is to be operated for commercial purposes, pilots must also understand the concept of Carriage

Word Usage

  • The concept of word usage and intended meaning as used in most regulations, as well as this website are:
    • "Shall" or "must" means an action/procedure is mandatory
    • "Shall not" or "must not" means an action/procedure is prohibited
    • "Should" is used when application is recommended
    • "May" and "need not" are used when application is optional
    • "Will" is used only to indicate futurity, never to indicate any degree of requirement for application of a procedure

Additional Rules & Regulations:


  • Rules are written in blood and the FAA's mission is to keep air travel safe
    • Don't be afraid to be a part of this effort and if the FAA calls, it may be an opportunity, not a danger
  • While rules and regulations can be traced back to a source, they're not in place to punish
    • The FAA utilizes compliance philosophy with which to educate when an accident or incident occur
    • This may result in solicit for a "709 ride"