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Old 25th Jul 2015, 17:52
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500 and 1000 foot rule

Please can one of the clever CAP quoters remind me of the difference between the 500 and 1000 rule when using an unlicensed site for landing/departing? I seem to recall there is a 1000* foot requirement when using an unlicensed strip, and 500 when it's a licenced one???

* Unless with an instructor, when it's 500 feet???
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Old 25th Jul 2015, 18:06
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There ain't no such thing no more as far as I know, basically you can't take off or land within 1000 metres of any gathering unless you are arriving or departing from a recognised airstrip.
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Old 25th Jul 2015, 19:07
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Doesn't apply if you're "Landing in accordance with normal aviation procedures." and that includes private strips. A low level pass or a go around into a private strip is technicaly illegal.
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Old 25th Jul 2015, 19:12
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Ok, that's good news, although it doesn't tally with an LAA article a few years ago which is why I wanted to reconfirm the rules.

So, as it stands, it's perfectly ok for me to land over the M4 into a grass paddock? I miss the road by about 50 feet.
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500 and 1000 foot rule

...unless a Special Cargo 51' tall is being transported along the motorway at the time...
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Old 25th Jul 2015, 19:37
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Monocock asked:
So, as it stands, it's perfectly ok for me to land over the M4 into a grass paddock? I miss the road by about 50 feet.
Provided that, in the event of engine failure, you can glide clear of the road, of course.
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Old 25th Jul 2015, 19:52
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My general understanding is that, when taking off, landing, and practicing approaches, (intentional go-arounds) at a licenced airfield, you are exempt from the 500', and the 1,000' rule.

When taking off and landing at an unlicenced airfield, you are exempt from the 500', but not the 1,000' rule.

There are some exceptions for training flights.


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Ps. I've subsequently discovered that, under SERA, the 1,000' rule no longer applies, so long as you are taking off or landing, regardless of the type of airfield. It does still apply to practice approaches(intentional go arounds) at unlicenced airfields.

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Old 25th Jul 2015, 19:58
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I have to ask, when is a private strip a private strip or just a field ? reason I landed in field with permission of the land owner but clearly it was just a field and not listed as a private strip.
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Old 25th Jul 2015, 22:25
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My general understanding is that, when taking off, landing, and practicing approaches, (intentional go-arounds) at a licenced airfield, you are exempt from the 500', and the 1,000' rule.

When taking off and landing at an unlicenced airfield, you are exempt from the 500', but not the 1,000' rule.
That is correct (but insert "Government or" before unlicensed airfield. You need to obtain a written permission from the CAA to land at an unlicensed site in a congested area. 113 per application at the last count. I have a folder full of them.

Judging by past experience, most people don't seem to bother do so (or even understand the requirement) but you may be prosecuted if you don't get the permission.
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Old 25th Jul 2015, 22:30
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Old 25th Jul 2015, 22:34
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Unless, of course, you decide that an emergency landing is required just as you are adjacent to your friend's field.
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Old 25th Jul 2015, 23:13
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50 foot over the M4

I would suggest the question is 'is it reasonable' to operate in such a way.
Why would anyone wish to put themselves 'and others' in such a position that a mistake or tech failure could cause a major incident of huge proportions that would see the privileges of private aviation questioned.
What are we trying to prove; there is plenty of scope within the law and common sense for everyone to enjoy flying without being seen as being above behaving with courtesy to others.
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ATC: A 'field' essentially becomes a 'private strip' as soon as you land an aeroplane in it, so there is technically no difference.

Shy: I think you meant, 'Government, or Licenced airfields'.

I deliberately left out reference to Government airfields, as the OP specifically asked about licenced, and unlicenced airfields.

Pobjoy: The question you pose is a perfectly reasonable one, but the OP asked about the legalities.

Radix: See below:-

Civil Aviation Authority Safety Notice SN–2014/010

Page 7 of 11

Appendix A General Exemptions from 4 December 2014

Part A Exceptions to the Minimum Height Requirements

1) General (SERA.5005(f)(2))

a) The CAA permits, under paragraphs SERA.3105 and SERA.5005(f), an aircraft to fly
at a height of less than 150 metres (500 feet) above the highest obstacle within a
radius of 150 metres (500 feet) from the aircraft, subject to the condition set out in
subparagraph (b).

b) The aircraft must not be flown closer than 150 metres (500 feet) to any person, vessel,
vehicle or structure except with the permission of the CAA.

2) Landing and Taking Off
The CAA permits, under paragraphs SERA.3105, SERA.5005(f) and SERA.5015(b), an
aircraft to fly below the heights specified in SERA.5005(f) and SERA.5015(b) if it is flying in
accordance with normal aviation practices and:

a) practising approaches to land at or checking navigational aids or procedures at a
Government or licensed aerodrome;

b) practising forced landings if it is not flown closer than 150 metres (500 feet) to any
person, vessel, vehicle or structure; or

c) flying in accordance with a notified procedure or when specifically authorised by the
CAA in accordance with SERA.5015(b).

3) Landing and Taking Off at a Training Aerodrome

a) The CAA permits, under paragraphs SERA.3105, SERA.5005(f) and SERA.5015(b),
an aeroplane of which the maximum total weight authorised does not exceed 2,730 kg
to fly below the heights specified at SERA.5005(f) and SERA.5015(b) if it is flying in
accordance with normal aviation practice in the circumstances specified in
subparagraph (c).

b) The CAA permits, under paragraphs SERA.3105, SERA.5005(f) and SERA.5015(b), a
gyroplane or helicopter of which the maximum total weight authorised does not exceed
3,175 kg to fly below the heights specified at SERA.5005(f) and SERA.5015(b) if it is
flying in accordance with normal aviation practice in the circumstances specified in
subparagraph (c).

c) The circumstances specified in subparagraphs (a) and (b) are:

i) the aeroplane, gyroplane or helicopter is taking off from, landing at or practising
approaches to landing at a training aerodrome; and

ii) the flight is one on which instruction in flying is being given to a person or a
flying test is being performed by a person for the purpose of becoming qualified
for the grant of a pilot licence or the inclusion or variation of an aircraft rating, a
night rating or a night qualification in a licence.

d) For the purposes of subparagraph (c)(i), a ‘training aerodrome’ means an aerodrome
which the pilot-in-command of the aircraft is satisfied, on reasonable grounds, has
adequate facilities for the safe conduct of flights on which instruction in flying is being
given to a person for the purpose of becoming qualified for the grant of a pilot licence
or the inclusion or variation of any rating or qualification in the licence



MJ

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Old 26th Jul 2015, 06:21
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The UK legal document is ORS4-1065
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Old 26th Jul 2015, 06:45
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Thanks. I've read it, and I'm not entirely clear on it, I must admit.

Basically, is there anything illegal about landing at a private site that isn't an airstrip, and whilst doing so, flying within 500 feet of a person, vehicle or structure?
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Old 26th Jul 2015, 07:07
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Basically, is there anything illegal about landing at a private site that isn't an airstrip, and whilst doing so, flying within 500 feet of a person, vehicle or structure?
No.

But, practice approaches (intentional go arounds) are subject to the 500' rule.


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Ps. In the case in your other thread, uninvited guests have not broken any rules of the air, so long as they land, and takeoff.

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Old 26th Jul 2015, 07:26
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The written CAA permissions I've been granted in the past (helicopter landings inside congested areas) specify a minimum distance from persons, vehicles, vessels or structures. This is usually either 20 or 30 metres.
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Old 26th Jul 2015, 07:42
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Basically, is there anything illegal about landing at a private site that isn't an airstrip, and whilst doing so, flying within 500 feet of a person, vehicle or structure?
That was more or less my query as well, in theory then you can land in any field with the land owners permission provided you comply with:-

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No. (unless they have to fly over a congested area below 1,000' to do so.)

But, practice approaches (intentional go arounds) are subject to the 500' rule.
Am I reading that correctly ?
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Old 26th Jul 2015, 08:15
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Am I reading that correctly ?
Yes.


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Old 26th Jul 2015, 08:51
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Thanks MJ.

Ps. In the case in your other thread, uninvited guests have not broken any rules of the air, so long as they land, and takeoff.
No, it wasn't to do with that. It was just checking I'm not doing anything illegal when I pop between farms and use paddocks and stubble fields to land in.
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