Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs)

In my Monday’s Ground School class i.e. on December 12, 2011, we studied the Federal Aviation Regulations also known as FARs. The FARs are part of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). As a private pilot, one needs to know and understand Parts 1, 61, 91 and the NTSB 830 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. These regulations, among others, are published annually in the form of a book and contain the rules prescribed by the FAA regarding all aviation activities in the US. The FAR/AIM book is pretty thick containing up to 1074 pages promoting safe aviation. A variety of rules are laid down by the FAA such as, pilot training, airplane design, airline flights, air traffic patterns, hot-air ballooning, model aircrafts, height of manmade structures etc. From just this list alone one can see that the rules govern everything and anything to do with aviation. I also recently read that the rules promote safety in aviation for all involved in aviation such as pilots, passengers, the general public, flight attendants and also national security especially in the light of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

So here are the Private Pilot FAR’s that Mr. Whipple said we needed to know (at the very least):

1. FAR Part 1 – FAA Definitions

2. FAR Part 61 – Pilot Licensing and Ratings

3. FAR Part 91 – General Operating Rules

4. NTSB 830 – Accident and Incident Reporting

NTSB stands for the National Transport and Safety Board.

When I registered for my Ground School course to prepare for the FAA written exam, I was told that I would need the FAR/AIM book, but didn’t need to purchase it until we began covering them in class. Last Monday we covered the FARs and I purchased the 2011 edition of the book for $18.12 including tax: 

The 2012 FAR / AIM Book

The 2012 FAR / AIM Book


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