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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by jdenkevitz, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. jdenkevitz

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    Does anyone know of a good resource for checking the safe flying parameters of a given area?

    I know of skyvector, which is for flight planning
    ie class B, Class E zones and their given flight floors.
    However im more concerned with lower flying traffic, such as medivac, news helicopters or other low flying craft.

    I have seen some individuals stating they have flown to 1000 feet or higher, and wondering what precautions they took.
    If you have your drone at 1000 feet and a medivac or new chopper comes in the area, a collision is possible.

    Is there a place to check on these things?

    Thanks!
     
  2. amrflyingdude

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    Go to a local FBO (where small or corporate aircraft refuel) or any flight school and purchase a "Sectional Chart" for your area, it is easy to read and very basic, on the side in one of the folds it also has a legend with all symbols and stuff should you need help. There you can see Helicopter corridors and any seaports in the area along with restricted and prohibited areas.

    As a rule of thumb I would stay 3-4 miles away from ANY airport and stay bellow 400ft. If you know what a class "B" airspace is you need to run away from that
     
  3. jdenkevitz

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    Thanks for the info, this is very helpful.

    Regarding Class B airspace, the region i would be flying in is Class B, but the floor is 3500 feet. Are you saying not to fly at all (even below 400) in this area?
     
  4. lgeist

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    The FAR's state that "No aircraft, except for the purpose of take-off and landing, can fly below 500' AGL (Above Ground Level) over a sparsely populated area or below 1,000' over a populated area". They do not define "populated or sparsely populated". If you are under Class B airspace, then I assume you are near a big city and it would probably be "populated".
     
  5. rmklaw

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    And also, the safe harbor provision of AC 91-57 states that you should stay below 400 feet. Also, the floor of Class B space is not 3500. Depending on how close to the airport it could be AGL, or 400 or 700 or 1200, etc.
     
  6. amrflyingdude

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    Once you know the "b" airspace starts high enough for you to fly then your next concern is lateral separation from the class "B" Airport . You don't want to be flying a drone a bit known for flyways near a B airport, if your phantom crosses an active runway even during a flyaway you are in trouble. I would say check the boundaries for altitude restrictions and then stay 3 to 4 miles away from that airport and you should be fine. Same for all other airports BTW.

    Also, Pilots report a lot so they are aware of situations and such (it is in some cases mandatory like moderate turbulence or ice for example), if you are near a busy "B" airport and a pilot reports a flying object they will look for it, an after 9/11 those things are not fun to go through.
     
  7. jdenkevitz

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    I may well be reading it wrong, but according to : www.skyvector.com, the Baltimore-Washington TAC map has the area I wish to fly in listed (a non yellow section between Reisterstown and Owings Mills) as being within a 100/35 ring, which I believe means 10,000 foot for ceiling, 3500 foot floor. Below that 3500 foot floor would be Class E? I may be completely wrong, just trying to clarify my understanding.
     
  8. jdenkevitz

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    So basically all RC modeling is illegal under Class B airspace? Or is it that this is the case for Class B listed as 100/SFC? Does the floor height modify this?
     
  9. jdenkevitz

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    Ok this makes sense. I have no intention of being anywhere near any airfield. The flyaway range for my Phantom 2 is probably 10 miles or more if its full charged, so im going to try for that plus several more miles as a safety.