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6th Aug 2001, 21:16
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Aviation Administration
14 CFR Part 61
(Docket No. 75487345, Notice No. 88-523040306)

REGULATION OF MILE HIGH CLUB OPERATIONS

ACTION: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)

SUMMARY: This notice proposes to require additional qualifications and testing before a certificated pilot may engage or continue to engage in Mile High Club Operations (MHCO) while also exercising the privileges of a pilot certificate.

DATES: Comments should be received before December 31, 2001.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be mailed or delivered in sextuplicate to: Federal
Aviation Administration, Office of Chief Counsel, Attention: Rules Docket
(AGC-204), Docket No. 75487345, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington DC
20591. Comments may be examined in the Rules Docket weekdays, except Federal holidays, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Need for Rulemaking

Under the provisions of the East Chitlin Switch, Kansas, Wheat Silo Subsidy Act (P.L. 100-872398-A), Congress has mandated the FAA to regulate the activities of the formerly unregulated Mile High Club (MHC). Under
present rules, anything accomplished at an altitude of one statute mile (5,280 feet) above ground level (AGL), regardless of the degree of difficulty or the level of expertise demanded, earns a certificated pilot a scroll illustrated by Milton Caniff and a three-color bumper sticker.
Through a procedure of self-regulation, the organization has set forth requirements that activities take place at an altitude of at least 5,280 feet above ground level to prevent Denver pilots from messing around on the ramp. Although the organization has adopted rigid admission requirements
for its pilot members, a recent National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
report dis-closed an accident in a light training aircraft (LTA) caused by
pilot error in the form of disorientation of a student pilot (sex unknown)
after the Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) (sex un-known) attempted to introduce the student to a maneuver not included in the MHC syllabus. Similarly, the crash of a corpo-rate-owned Learjet in western
Pennsylvania was thought to have been caused by the absence of the crew from the cockpit at the time the aircraft arrived in Pittsburgh. Further, evidence sug-gests that some hitherto unexplained accidents may have been due to pilot fatigue following Mile High Club Operations (MHCO) activities.
These accidents have amply demonstrated that there is a compelling need for regulation of MHCO activities for the protection of the public and property under the flight paths of such aircraft.


The FAA is proposing to expand the scope of Part 61 of the FARs by the addition of paragraphs 61.300 through 61.305 to prohibit the propositioning of any occupant of a certificated aircraft by any licensed and current pilot who has not first demonstrated the ability to execute the duties of
pilot-in-command and/or co-pilot to the satisfaction of an Operations
Inspector or a designated Pilot Examiner. It is further proposed to establish minimum experience, age, and skill levels for the issuance of MCHO ratings to pilots' certificates. To ensure that a satisfactory level of proficiency is maintained by certificated pilots possessing MHCO
ratings, it is proposed that biennial proficiency reviews be mandated.

Environmental Impact Statement

The adoption of these regulations is not anticipated to have a significant impact
upon the environment including an impact upon population pressures.

Economic Impact Statement

The proposed rules would not materially impact the economics of MHCO activities, including those conducted for hire under Part 135.

Definitions

For the purposes of this NPRM, the following Definitions are established:

PILOT: An applicant for or possessor of a MCHO rating regardless of sex,
creed, color, political affiliation, proclivities, or physical dimensions.

CO-PILOT: Any person regardless of sex, creed, color, political
affiliation, proclivities, or physical dimensions assisting a certificated,
MHCO-rated pilot in carrying out MHCO activities.

PASSENGER: Any reliable witness to an MHCO flight test who does not
actively participate.

FLIGHT ENGINEER: Anyone other than a co-pilot who assists the pilot in
establishing the proper conditions for accomplishing the minimum
requirements of MHCO activities.

AIRCRAFT: Any vehicle aloft suitable for MHCO activities. Does not include
automobiles or parachutists falling from high places.

GLIDER: Anyone performing an MHCO activity entirely in mid-air such as
during the free-fall period of a parachute jump.

HANG GLIDER: Glider with above-average equipment.

SOLO FLIGHT: A practice session where the pilot is the sole manipulator of
the controls.

DUAL FLIGHT: An MHCO activity during which the pilot uses both hands.

AUTOPILOT AUTHORIZATION: An authorization from the FAA permitting someone
else to do it for a shy pilot.

The Proposed Rule

For reasons set forth above, the FAA is proposing to amend Part 61 of
the Federal Aviation Regulations as follows:

PART 61 - [AMENDED]

1. The authority citation for Part 61 continues to read as follows:

Authority: Secs. 313(a), 314, 601, 602, Federal Aviation Act of 1958,
49 U.S.C. 1354(a), 1355, 1421, 1422; sec. 6(c), Department of Transportation Act, 49 U.S.S. 1655(2), unless otherwise noted.

2. Section 61 would be amended by adding the following:

61.300 An applicant for a Mile High Club Operations (MHCO) rating on a pilot certificate must meet the following minimum qualifications:

(a) The applicant must have reached his/her fifteenth birth-day or
possess a deep voice.

(b) The applicant must present a high school diploma or equivalent
indicating a grade of Failing or better, or a notarized statement proving
the applicant has compromised at least one substitute teacher.

61.301 An applicant for an MHCO rating must pass a written exami-nation on
the following applicable aviation subjects:

(a) Care, operation, a periodic maintenance of articulating seats in
certificated U.S. civil aircraft.

(b) Basic anatomy and other considerations in selecting a co-pilot.

(c) Dangers associated with the destruction of aircraft panel
instruments by bare feet.

61.302 An applicant for an MHCO rating will be tested on the
following maneuvers:

(a) Takeoffs. Applicant will prepare the co-pilot for MHCO activities.

(b) Stalls. Applicant will demonstrate any acceptable and workable
method of delay maneuvering to avoid premature results.

(c) Approaches. Applicant will demonstrate at least six (6) precision
or three (3) non-precision approaches to a co-pilot who does not suspect
the purpose of the flight.

(d) Soft Field Landings. Applicant will show proficiency in selecting
procedures to be utilized under soft conditions.

(e) Short Field Landings. Applicant will show proficiency in
utilizing the proper procedures under short conditions.

(f) Forced Landings. Applicant will will accomplish the minimum MHCO
activities despite co-pilot's objections.

(g) On-pylon Eights. Applicant will select two prominent landmarks
and maneuver between them. If the co-pilot is not endowed with sufficiently
prominent landmarks, the activity may be performed in a flight simulator
approved by the Administrator.

(h) In-flight Emergencies. Applicant will conduct a suitable approach
with the zipper jammed in the "up" position and will demonstrate the smooth
emergency extension of gear before contact.

(i) Holding Patterns. The Applicant will show proficiency in covering
all points of interest with only two hands.

(j) Radio Navigation. Applicant will insert the radial into the
omnibearing selector and achieve station passage before the "off" flag appears.

(k) Back Course Approach. Not an approved procedure.

(l) Diverting to an Alternate. Applicant will make an approach to a
passenger when it becomes obvious that the original destination has gone
below minimums because of a cold front.

(m) Maneuvering with an Inoperative Engine. Self explanatory.

(n) Weather Recognition. Applicant will readily identify cold fronts
and warm fronts with the cockpit lights inoperative.

(o)Lost Communications Procedures. Applicant will show proficiency in
blocking the co-pilot's voice channel using a broad-band antenna with great
frequency.

61.303 Proficiency Review.

(a) No person may conduct MHCO activities unless, within the
preceding 24 months, that person has --

(1) Accomplished a proficiency review given to him, in an aircraft for
which the person is rated, by an appro-priately certificated flight
instructor or other person designated by the Administrator who possesses a
valid MHCO Inspection Authorization.

(2) Had his/her log book endorsed by the person con-ducting the review
certifying that the person has satisfactorily accomplished all the required
activities of the review.

(3) However, a person who has, within the preceding 24 months,
satisfactorily completed an MHCO proficiency check conducted by the FAA or
otherwise been satisfactorily screwed by the FAA need not accomplish the
flight review required by this section.

61.304 General Experience. No person may engage in MHCO activities as
pilot-in-command of an aircraft carrying passengers, nor of an aircraft
certificated for more than one required pilot flight crewmember unless
within the preceding 90 days that person has satisfactorily carried out
MHCO activities and has made suitable log book entries attesting the fact.
This requirement does not apply to persons holding an air-line transport
pilot certificate or to activities conducted while operating under part 135
of this chapter.

61.305 Instrument Experience. No person may engage in MHCO activities
unless, during the preceding 6 months, that person has conducted MHCO
operations in the immediate vicinity of cold fronts and successfully logged
at least 6 hours under actual or simulated IFR conditions which involved at
least six approaches.

Rollingthunder
6th Aug 2001, 21:39
Ahh modern life.

And I thought it was supposed to be - love at first sight, regardless of where we were, as it has been, a couple of times.

ExSimGuy
6th Aug 2001, 22:38
RT - only a couple?

(rememberng a lovely blond BY hostie . . .)

Rollingthunder
6th Aug 2001, 22:43
Well Yes, real Love at first site as opposed to the artificial type.