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Legal Interpretations & Chief Counsel's Opinions

The Office of the Chief Counsel has reviewed its policy for responding to requests for interpretation submitted to the agency from members of the public. Effective immediately, only those requests that present a novel or legally significant issue, as determined by the Chief Counsel, will be considered as potentially warranting a legal interpretation. Each person submitting a request will be notified whether the FAA accepts the request for an interpretation.

Legal Interpretations and the Chief Counsel's opinions are now available at this site. Please note that not all interpretations or Chief Counsel's opinions are available at this time. This database consists of legal interpretations issued from 1990 to the present and will be updated on a regular basis.

To search the entire collection (ALL years), you must supply at least one Keyword. If you wish to see all interpretations for a given year, first select the year and enter a space within parentheses ( ) in the Keywords field.

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