Transponder and Altimeter Checks

by Francis Griffiths

I have an N registered light aircraft that I fly in Europe, mainly in France and England.

Can I fy VFR outside of controlled airspace if the transponder and altimeter 24 month check is out of date?

ANSWER: If you were in the U.S. I would say yes. However, FAR 91 does not apply to operations outside the U.S.

FAR 91.411 - Altimeter system and altitude reporting equipment tests and inspections.

FAR 91.413 - ATC transponder tests and inspections.

So, you must adhere to the operational rules of the specific ICAO member country you are flying in. In this case England and France.

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