Low pass whith a Zenith CH 601

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Comment by Walt Snyder on November 26, 2014 at 2:30pm

Ari, that's interesting, it carries the same intent as here of protection of others, the main difference is here we can hit the deck in areas where there are no people, structures, etc, and we do have a lot of those areas, particularly in the west.

Walt Snyder

Comment by Ari Hulkkonen on November 26, 2014 at 11:56am

Just for everyone's information, a quote from the 

Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA)

  1. f)  Except when necessary for take-off or landing, or except by permission from the competent authority, a VFR flight shall not be flown:

    1. (1)  over the congested areas of cities, towns or settlements or over an open-air assembly of persons at a height less than 300 m (1 000 ft) above the highest obstacle within a radius of 600 m from the aircraft;

    2. (2)  elsewhere than as specified in (1), at a height less than 150 m (500 ft) above the ground or water, or 150 m (500 ft) above the highest obstacle within a radius of 150 m (500 ft) from the aircraft. 

In EASA-countries it is pretty straightforward: no matter whether you're above land or sea, the minimum altitude is 500ft AGL. No matter how fun it might be, in Europe, kind of flying demonstrated in the video is not legal without a specific permission from the aviation authorities.

Fly safe!

Comment by André Luiz Moreira Peterlini on November 25, 2014 at 10:17am
Very Nice video...
Comment by Walt Snyder on November 24, 2014 at 12:11pm

And this is off thread, but since there's no other place to post it, I know another back country flyer that got busted big time for posting a picture of where he landed his plane, which happened to be in a designated wilderness area. The rangers familiar with that area recognized it, and it caused him a lot of problems. All it takes is one person to see it and make it their mission to stop it. 

Walt Snyder

Comment by Walt Snyder on November 24, 2014 at 11:57am

Curtiss, yes, you're correct, just to point out in the US you'd get a call from the FAA if they saw this. I fly with a friend who got a spanking from the sheriff's department and then a letter from the FAA for buzzing a motorhome in the desert. Three inch numbers still show on cell phone pictures. 

Walt Snyder

Comment by Curtis Eggen on November 24, 2014 at 11:18am

Walt, it seems like the aircraft, pilot, and locale are French. Questionable safety issues aside, I'm assuming you are referring to the FAR's simply as a tool to point out to any like-minded US flyers that a similar flight, resulting in such close proximity to a vehicle, would not be legal here in the USA.

Comment by Walt Snyder on November 23, 2014 at 9:52pm

Paul, I don't want to get into any other debate than whether this is legal, to prevent some newbie getting the idea he can do this legally. It's about as clear as can be in the FARs.

Walt Snyder

§ 119 of Part 91 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR):

Over Open Water or Sparsely Populated Areas: an altitude allowing for a linear distance greater than 500 feet from any person, vessel, vehicle, or structure;

Comment by Paul Bonasera on November 23, 2014 at 8:09pm

What makes you all think that he did something wrong? one car is not densely populated.  The extra airspeed is stored energy so engine out and you can pull up.

Take a chill pill

Comment by Paul Bonasera on November 23, 2014 at 8:00pm

Now that's what I call   I F R   

Comment by Greg Booker on November 23, 2014 at 4:02pm

Looked like great fun unfortunately that's how we get band from flying over many Federal Parks...Environmentalist Lobby. Terrorizing the wild life never mind the other users of the area....  Some people like to get away from the noise and hassle....never mind getting buzzed by aircraft. Alas, we can't barnstorm any more. As a pilot, great video;  as a concerned empathetic pilot .... sorry people a fellow pilot had a brain cramp. 

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