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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : 2v2|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 800|
agl bound upper : 800
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 100|
flight time total : 665
flight time type : 350
|Function||observation : observer|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
other spatial deviation
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I was asked to take someone up for a photo shoot of some construction in progress near a shopping center. The area around the shopping center has quite a few fields and open areas so I felt that 500 ft AGL and above would be a good altitude that would give the photographer a chance for good pictures and a safe and legal altitude. The flight was lovely, the photographer happy with the shots. I never went below 700 ft AGL and thought that we were in a safe position at all times. All was well until about an hour after I had returned from the flight. A call had been received at the FBO inquiring about 'how high was that plane flying.' my honesty got the best of me and I said 'between 5700 and 5800 ft.' (field elevation is 5050 ft.) then and only then did I think that maybe someone had felt that I was flying over a congested area and was violating FARS. I drove over to the area this morning and still feel that this is not what I would call a very congested area. However, from now on, I feel that as long as I am anywhere near the edge of town and not right in the country I will not go lower than 1000 ft AGL just to avoid my 'anguished mind.' pilots flying for photographers have to really think the situation through and beware of the inherent nature to help the 'shoot' by dipping down too low.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: AN SMA PHOTO PLT FLEW LOW TO GET A BETTER PICTURE.
Narrative: I WAS ASKED TO TAKE SOMEONE UP FOR A PHOTO SHOOT OF SOME CONSTRUCTION IN PROGRESS NEAR A SHOPPING CTR. THE AREA AROUND THE SHOPPING CTR HAS QUITE A FEW FIELDS AND OPEN AREAS SO I FELT THAT 500 FT AGL AND ABOVE WOULD BE A GOOD ALT THAT WOULD GIVE THE PHOTOGRAPHER A CHANCE FOR GOOD PICTURES AND A SAFE AND LEGAL ALT. THE FLT WAS LOVELY, THE PHOTOGRAPHER HAPPY WITH THE SHOTS. I NEVER WENT BELOW 700 FT AGL AND THOUGHT THAT WE WERE IN A SAFE POS AT ALL TIMES. ALL WAS WELL UNTIL ABOUT AN HR AFTER I HAD RETURNED FROM THE FLT. A CALL HAD BEEN RECEIVED AT THE FBO INQUIRING ABOUT 'HOW HIGH WAS THAT PLANE FLYING.' MY HONESTY GOT THE BEST OF ME AND I SAID 'BTWN 5700 AND 5800 FT.' (FIELD ELEVATION IS 5050 FT.) THEN AND ONLY THEN DID I THINK THAT MAYBE SOMEONE HAD FELT THAT I WAS FLYING OVER A CONGESTED AREA AND WAS VIOLATING FARS. I DROVE OVER TO THE AREA THIS MORNING AND STILL FEEL THAT THIS IS NOT WHAT I WOULD CALL A VERY CONGESTED AREA. HOWEVER, FROM NOW ON, I FEEL THAT AS LONG AS I AM ANYWHERE NEAR THE EDGE OF TOWN AND NOT RIGHT IN THE COUNTRY I WILL NOT GO LOWER THAN 1000 FT AGL JUST TO AVOID MY 'ANGUISHED MIND.' PLTS FLYING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS HAVE TO REALLY THINK THE SIT THROUGH AND BEWARE OF THE INHERENT NATURE TO HELP THE 'SHOOT' BY DIPPING DOWN TOO LOW.
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.