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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : y70|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 300|
agl bound upper : 500
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Any Unknown or Unlisted Aircraft Manufacturer|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : cfi
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 126|
flight time total : 1077
flight time type : 724
|Function||observation : observer|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
other spatial deviation
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
While taking aerial photographs, the typical altitude for our company is between 300 ft and 500 ft AGL. It is our belief that the far's state that you may fly at any altitude as long as you can make a safe landing if you have an engine failure. I was taking aerial photographs at altitudes between 300 ft and 500 ft AGL. A resident of one of the homes I was taking pictures of called the state police to report a low flying aircraft. I do not know the specific altitude I would have been at during the occurrence. I do know that I operate my aircraft with safety first in mind at all times. I have notified the police that I will be taking the pictures and they have indicated that it will be no problem. In the future I can try to keep my altitude higher so as not to offend anybody. This flying is not pleasure barnstorming but rather a professional business that keeps the safety of everybody in mind while flying.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: COM PLT OF A SMA SEL FLEW BELOW THE MSA DURING A PHOTO FLT.
Narrative: WHILE TAKING AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS, THE TYPICAL ALT FOR OUR COMPANY IS BTWN 300 FT AND 500 FT AGL. IT IS OUR BELIEF THAT THE FAR'S STATE THAT YOU MAY FLY AT ANY ALT AS LONG AS YOU CAN MAKE A SAFE LNDG IF YOU HAVE AN ENG FAILURE. I WAS TAKING AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS AT ALTS BTWN 300 FT AND 500 FT AGL. A RESIDENT OF ONE OF THE HOMES I WAS TAKING PICTURES OF CALLED THE STATE POLICE TO RPT A LOW FLYING ACFT. I DO NOT KNOW THE SPECIFIC ALT I WOULD HAVE BEEN AT DURING THE OCCURRENCE. I DO KNOW THAT I OPERATE MY ACFT WITH SAFETY FIRST IN MIND AT ALL TIMES. I HAVE NOTIFIED THE POLICE THAT I WILL BE TAKING THE PICTURES AND THEY HAVE INDICATED THAT IT WILL BE NO PROB. IN THE FUTURE I CAN TRY TO KEEP MY ALT HIGHER SO AS NOT TO OFFEND ANYBODY. THIS FLYING IS NOT PLEASURE BARNSTORMING BUT RATHER A PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS THAT KEEPS THE SAFETY OF EVERYBODY IN MIND WHILE FLYING.
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.