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When it is legal to take the active runway?

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Where in the FARs does it state when it is legal to taxi onto the runway or take off? I was taught to wait until any aircraft is past the hold short line exiting the runway. I had another pilot ask me to find it in the FARs and I cannot. He thinks you just have to be a safe distance and it is ambiguous.

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  1. Matthew Waugh on Aug 01, 2010

    I don’t think you’ll find it in the FARs.

    At a controlled airport you only do what you’re told, so that’s covered under the obey ATC regulations.

    At an uncontrolled airport you just have to be safe, and what is safe will be determined by the FAA at the subsequent investigation, otherwise it’s all safe.

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