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04-29-2004 02:43 PM  13 years agoPost 1
Angelos

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Hello All,
this question is mainly for UK but I welcome views from everyone.

Assuming that all BMFA safety guidelines are followed, is it legal to fly over someone’s land? I mean empty land, no houses, no animals, no property to be damaged.

For example, if we find a small patch for taking off and landing which is public land, can we overfly adjacent farm land? Of course, there is no intension to cause a dispute with the land owner. I am just curious of what is the legal situation with this. Perhaps there is a minimum altitude where flight is not permitted?

Thanks for your views,
Angelos

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04-29-2004 02:49 PM  13 years agoPost 2
Brett

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Angelos

In the US it could very a tad from state to state but for the most part the air rights above the land are the property of the land owner up to a certain point than they become civil and Federal air space. I would bet that this is the case most everywhere. On the other hand I dont think that any one would hassle ya if you were not a nusance.

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04-29-2004 04:03 PM  13 years agoPost 3
johnb

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Hi Angelos, it's an interesting question.

i'd say it's ok to do as airspace is generally classed as 'public' (i guess)

Certainly some of the clubs i've flown at own their field with the landing strip in but then fly over the other fields either side.

i think it's just a case of how 'public' the space you intend to fly in is, you don't want any joe bloggs wandering anywhere 'dangerous' etc. I think the BMFA would discourage it, preferring you to fly at recognised clubs/sites etc - also not sure how insurance works if you're in a random public place.

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04-29-2004 04:26 PM  13 years agoPost 4
brooksnb

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I don't think you have any real worry about using "safe" airspace over private property...however the best argument for you getting permission would be in the event of a recovery after a crash or unforseen reason to land..

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