rules of the road


In addition to Federal Aviation Regulations, the "Rules of the Road" applicable to the operation of boats, apply also to seaplane operations. "Inland Rules of the Road" apply to all vessels navigating upon certain waters inshore of the boundary line which divides the inland waterways from the high seas; "International Rules of the Road" apply to all public or private vessels navigating on the high seas outside the boundary line. The U.S. Coast Guard, of course, has jurisdiction over operations on the high seas. It is strongly recommended that seaplane pilots acquire copies of the pertinent rules, become thoroughly familiar with their contents, and comply with the requirements during all operations. In the interest of safety, it is particularly important that seaplane pilots become familiar with such navigation aids as buoys, day and night beacons, light and sound signals, and also steering and sailing rules.

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