Dangerous close-up with aircraft braking rules

Dangerous close-up with aircraft flying bellow 500 ft. He did few low passes over frozen lake. Nearest airport or airfield is 20 km away.

I think biggest problems with integrating drones into public airspace will be with small aviation. They don't want to buy expensive ADS-B equipment or similar things. Also other problem is paragliders and hot air balloons who don't even have radios...

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  • I'm referencing this document: http://www.ans.lt/static/aviation_data/agl/enroute/enr2-1.pdf

  • I'm not sure what you are quoting above, but this is covered in Canada by CAR 602.14, and the regulation there is essentially the same as the US. In paragraph b) it states "in circumstances other than those referred to in paragraph (a), at a distance less than 500 feet from any person, vessel, vehicle or structure." In other words, when not over a built-up area or over an open-air assembly of persons, you can fly as low as you want as long as you remain 500 ft. from any person, vessel, vehicle, or structure. 

  • "1.2.5.Except when necessary for take-off or landing, or except by permission from the CAA, a VFR flight shall not be flown: a) over the congested areas of cities, towns or settlements or over an openair assembly of persons at a height less than 1 000 FT above the highest obstacle within a radius of 600 M from the aircraft; b) elsewhere than as specified in 1.2.5 a), at a height less than 500 FT above the ground or water, or 500 FT above the highest obstacle within a radius of 150 M from the aircraft;"   He was breaking our country rules

  • What rules did he "brake"?

  • It's not clear that the aircraft is breaking any rule. section c) of 14 CFR 91.119 states that over uncongested areas a pilot may not operate an aircraft  below "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." In other words, over water or a sparsely populated area (the FAA does not define what a sparsely populated area is), a pilot can fly as low as he or she wishes, provided they keep at least 500 feet away from people or structure. The video appears to be in a rural area, and the pilot is flying over open (frozen) water, and there does not appear to be any vessel, vehicle, or structure within 500 ft.  So the pilot would be perfectly legal. 

    As an aircraft owner, pilot, and flight instructor myself, I do worry about colliding with drones. 

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