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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : mth|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 100|
agl bound upper : 500
|Controlling Facilities||tower : sea|
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Helicopter|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Route In Use||enroute other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : cfi
pilot : commercial
pilot : flight engineer
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 50|
flight time total : 6000
flight time type : 250
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Helicopter was flown on 2 photo flts of the same bridge. Aircraft altitude varied from 100-500 ft MSL parallel the bridge over the water. Far 91.119 states a helicopter may be operated at less than the mins if conducted without hazard to persons or property on the surface. Life jackets were worn by pilot and passenger. If an engine failure had occurred the helicopter would have to probably land in the water. Over water operations have an element of risk, but the FARS don't spell out what an 'undue hazard' is.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: HELI PHOTO MISSION, OVER WATER, HELI MANEUVERING TO 100- 500 MSL.
Narrative: HELI WAS FLOWN ON 2 PHOTO FLTS OF THE SAME BRIDGE. ACFT ALT VARIED FROM 100-500 FT MSL PARALLEL THE BRIDGE OVER THE WATER. FAR 91.119 STATES A HELI MAY BE OPERATED AT LESS THAN THE MINS IF CONDUCTED WITHOUT HAZARD TO PERSONS OR PROPERTY ON THE SURFACE. LIFE JACKETS WERE WORN BY PLT AND PAX. IF AN ENG FAILURE HAD OCCURRED THE HELI WOULD HAVE TO PROBABLY LAND IN THE WATER. OVER WATER OPS HAVE AN ELEMENT OF RISK, BUT THE FARS DON'T SPELL OUT WHAT AN 'UNDUE HAZARD' IS.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.