I always thought the tower threshold for FAA approval and Lighting was 170
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Sent: Friday, December 30, 2011 08:22 PM
Subject: TowerTalk Digest, Vol 108, Issue 117 - Message: 1. Re: FAA &
Private Airstrips (K8RI)
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2011 17:32:39 -0500
From: K8RI <K8RI-on-TowerTalk@tm.net>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] FAA & Private Airstrips
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On 12/30/2011 10:55 AM, Mickey Baker wrote:
> Since there isn't a published instrument approach to this strip, anyone
who flies there under instrument conditions and makes a descent to land is
taking their life in their own hands.
> It is illegal to fly @200' almost everywhere except during an approach
> to an airport,
No it's not! It may not be smart, but it's not illegal. The legality is
determined by the horizontal and vertical distances from structures and
That landing is while landing. It doesn't have to be at an airport.
You can fly right down to the weeds most anywhere in sparsely populated
areas as long as you maintain the proper distance from structures and people
and stay high enough to make a safe landing should the engine quit.
> but that doesn't mean someone won't do it.
> I would make sure to file the FAA/FCC paperwork and note the proximity to
the field, giving them the opportunity to put the tower on charts. They'll
allow the construction to 200', almost certainly, but if I were flying into
that airport, I'd want to know where and how high that tower is...
I think they only put lighted towers on the charts as anything over 200 feet
(or commercial) which must be lighted.
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