This article is from the Aviation FAQ, by Geoffrey G. Peck email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
Guenther Eichhorn maintains a very well-organized set of information
on general aviation which is available on the web:
The information below has been extracted from this page for those who
are not web-capable and would like ftp access to a few key items.
The Federal Government maintains a fair amount of FAA information
which may be obtained by ftp from:
These documents are in a number of different formats, including text,
various versions of MS Word, Adobe Acrobat, several compressed archive
files, and more. The FARs (FAR_xx.DOC) are text files; the Practical
Test Standards (PTS_xxx.n) are Word 6.0 for Windows.
A list of major airports, including code letters and latitude and
longitude, may be obtained by ftp from:
This site also contains a set of FAA data tapes, last updated 9/14/95.
These data tapes are large and not particularly easy to process; if you
are looking for data with which to do flight planning, please read Q13
and Q10 below.