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  1. alta view

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    Just getting ready to fly yesterday when a helicopter passed over at about 300 ft, kinda in my airspace, or is it?[​IMG]

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  2. tcope

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    Manned aircraft is never in your airspace. You are always in it's airspace. If you actually think otherwise, please review FAA regulations and guidelines.
     
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  3. WilsonFlyer

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    This. EXACTLY this.
     
  4. lookslikely

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    from the photo, I'd say 300 meters, not feet!
     
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  5. alta view

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    I'll have to keep an eye out for the low flyers so. Looked about 300ft could have been more. I have had a look at the faa website. If i had been flying i would have landed when i heard it coming. Also had a look at the IAA website where im from.

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  6. Meta4

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    Low flying aircraft
     
  7. JoeyNice

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    I l live close to a major highway in my city, and the local news helicopters always fly over head to report on the traffic. They are constantly below 500 feet and I always have to have my head on a swivel with my ears tuned for the unmistakable thump thump thump of a bell rotor.

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  8. Reed L

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    Alta where? I'm in Alta, California and it doesn't look like your place at all :)
     
  9. Noidster

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    I believe the minimum altitude for manned aircraft is 1000' unless it's a emergency situation. In that picture it looks like it's just above that 1000' mark.
     
  10. MasterBlaster

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    Also, looked like a medical heli, no?


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  11. WilsonFlyer

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    500' for aircraft, hence the 400' recommended ceiling for us. 1000' is called "pattern altitude' as that is considered the pattern altitude at most controlled and uncontrolled airports unless otherwise noted in the charts.
     
  12. WilsonFlyer

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    He's at at LEAST pattern altitude, if not slightly higher. ;)
     
  13. AlexLim

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    Manned helicopters are supposed to adhere to regulations as well, such as minimum heights when over people... but here in Seattle there are constantly news and recreational choppers that fly within a couple hundred feet of the deck or structures... They are NOT supposed to, but unless someone reports them or complains, doesn't seem to be much monitoring or consequences. Of course if a chopper spots your drone (below 400 ft) around them it becomes a big issue, and you will absolutely be the 'bad guy'.
     
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  14. strgazr27

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    Helicopters may be operated at less than the minimums prescribed in paragraph B or C of this section if the operation is conducted without hazard to persons or property on the surface. In addition, each person operating a helicopter shall comply with any routes or altitudes specifically prescribed for helicopters by the Administrator.
    I work at the NYTRACON in Westbury (Terminal Radar Approach Control) and it is not unusual for pilots to request a patter below 500agl. They just need the authorization and clearance. As it's been said its their airspace, not yours.


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  15. alta view

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    Im in the west of Ireland

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  16. alta view

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    Yes going over to the mountain i guess to rescue someone.

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