Federal Aviation Regulations

images_figures_03fig06Who set all these rules? Because flying often occurs across state lines it’s a federal agency that determines and publishes the rules. It’s the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that regulates who can fly, what they can fly, how they can fly, and what they must do to keep themselves and others safe. The skies are not crowded with aircraft, nor will they be in the foreseeable future. Let’s take a look at how the FAA regulates the skies.

The FAA publishes and updates a document called the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs). Published together with the Aeronautical Information Manual, it is referred to as FAR/AIM. You can purchase a copy directly from the FAA or Government Printing Office (GPO) or you can buy a copy from an authorized republisher.