The information here provides a centralized location to locate the federal government requirements relating to the private and commercial aviation industries. You may have to comply with additional requirements for your local, state, or international area of operations.
Frequently used information is located in this site and cross referenced on other pages. Some link directly to the FAA regulatory code. All information is for certification reference only, see the most current version at eCFR website or contact the appropriate government agency.
Bottom line is to operate safely, and to complete the application process with the FAA, you are required to operate in accordance with the appropriate regulations. During you application the FAA will determine if you are familiar enough with these regs before you will get certified.
The "AIM" is a valuable resource of information for operating safely. Although not regulatory, it is a supporting document to the Federal Aviation Regulations.
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What is an Air Carrier? Do I apply for common carrier or non-common air carrier? Occasionally even the most experienced operator has to look at these for applicability of the FAR's.
14 CFR Part 61 - CERTIFICATION: PILOTS, FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS, AND GROUND INSTRUCTORS
Part 61 is no longer located on this site, see the eCFR website for pilot certification information.
Part 91 sometimes addresses items that are not covered in Part 135. Examples include night currency for pilots, and take off minimums apply to operators under part 135 as well.
This section of the regulations addresses the management qualifications of part 135 personnel, as well as application requirements.
The heart of the operational requirements for commercial operators of aircraft of 19 seats or less.