|By Carmelo Turdo|
"Why do we like to fly low and fast? Why do we like to fly?" Dr. Edwards asked those attending the seminar. "It's fun...Flying stimulates part of the brain that's the fun center." According to the accident data, those who get into trouble in this environment are primarily males. In general. women do not seem to take the higher risk associated with frequently flying low and fast.
A discussion of the regulations governing minimum flying altitudes, found in FAR 91.119, centered around the 1,000 foot minimum altitude above the highest obstacle prescribed for populated areas (populated area not being defined by the FAA but on "know it when I see it" basis). It could be interpreted that flying low over the runway, without landing, while in the presence of several observers on the ground nearby could be a violation should a complaint be lodged. Aircraft speed is regulated by FAR 91.117, which specifies the maximum low-altitude speeds for each class of airspace. The altitude and speed figures quoted in the FARs cannot be changed by Air Traffic Control unless it is critical for aircraft spacing in controlled airspace. Special temporary flight restrictions, such as over public venues during events, along with the FARs mentioned above, must be followed regardless of air traffic clearance to the contrary. Aerobatic flight is governed by FAR 91.303, and airshow performers must receive a "waiver" for the year when they fly in FAA approved aerobatic events.
Dr. Edwards presents this program at various times throughout the year, and it is highly recommended that all current and future aviators participate in the seminar. Check the FAAST Team web site for future dates.
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