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Subject: [TowerTalk] Helicopters
From: (Chad Kurszewski WE9V)
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 1997 14:04:58 -0500
At 01:38 PM 6/30/97 -0400, David Clemons wrote:
>       Does anyone know if there is a minimum elevation required for 
>helicopters when flying over residential neighborhoods?  The helicopters
>in question are privately owned and are hired out to do work in cranberry
>bogs nearby.

>From Part 91 of the F.A.R. (Federal Aviation Regulations):

Sec. 91.119  Minimum safe altitudes: General.

Except when necessary for takeoff or landing, no person may operate an
aircraft below the following altitudes:
    (a) Anywhere. An altitude allowing, if a power unit fails, an emergency
  landing without undue hazard to persons or property on the surface.
    (b) Over congested areas. Over any congested area of a city, town, or
  settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons, an altitude of 1,000
  feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 2,000 feet of
  the aircraft.
    (c) Over other than congested areas. An altitude of 500 feet above the
  surface, except over open water or sparsely populated areas. In those cases,
  the aircraft may not be operated closer than 500 feet to any person, vessel,
  vehicle, or structure.
    (d) Helicopters. 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.

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