Filing Flight Plan
- Jan 18, 2019
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If those coordinates are correct it looks like a more than adequate place to put a Kitfox down, that strip is 500' long and clearly more than 500' from the nearest house (which doesn't mean he didn't get closer than 500' to a house on approach or climbout).
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But a backcountry strip that's adequate one day may not be usable the next day due to field conditions, length of the grass, angle of the sun affecting visibility, etc., that's why you do a low pass to check things out first.
Does anybody know which house was the house in question? 500' AGL is about 1.7nm from the threshold at a 3 degree slope. Assuming he didn't do a long straight in, I can see how it is plausible that he flew over a house less than 500' while on a stabilized approach. There is no requirement to maintain 500' from anything if for takeoff or landing, so if he was less than 500', it's irrelevant. But that dead horse has been beaten to death. Guess my point is that, from that picture, it seems plausible that he flew over/near a house (<500') while on a stable, normal approach and not "buzzing" anything. I'm too lazy, but I'd be curious to distance measure each runway threshold from that strip to each house in the area. Any house within 1.7nm could theoretically be flown over under 500' while making a stabilized approach to that strip.