Water Under The Bridge

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  1. Velocity173

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    ...and 160th in between the two.

     
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  2. benyflyguy

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    Wow. That is super cool!!! Is that legal?
     
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    I got to do some training with those guys several times over the years, it’s some of my more memorable experiences.
     
  4. timwinters

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    Who's going to tell them it's not? ;)
     
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    Didn’t you notice the police helicopter chasing them with its blue lights flashing?
     
  6. arnoha

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    Totally legal. Helicopters are exempt from the distance requirements planes have. They only need to exercise due care.

    I haven't flown under the Brooklyn Bridge, but I've flown under the Golden Gate bridge. Very cool experience.

    My question would be: would a seaplane be OK flying under a bridge in the process of landing?
     
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    I would hope ANY plane in the process of landing would be legal. For example, if Sully had had to duck under the George Washington Bridge instead of over it...
     
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    That was an emergency, so he was clear to do anything defensible.

    Could a seaplane plan to land under a bridge? I'm sure a water taxi would be fine under the bridge, of course, but how about still in the air in the process of landing?
     
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    I'd hope the minimums would be relaxed on landing... every landing I've had has violated the minimum altitude requirements. Hell, I'm pretty sure I've even gotten close to 0 AGL on a few of them. ;)

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  10. TylerSC

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    In America we assume everything is legal until proven otherwise.
     
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    I think you mean outside of California.

    In California, it’s safer to assume it’s illegal until proven otherwise.
     
  12. Everskyward

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    In California, I have see helicopters flying under the Golden Gate Bridge... I have a photo.

    P5262496.jpg
     
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    You guys are making me want to look at doing a helo add-on...
     
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    Under wire under bridge flight was a Normal mission training task in the Army Aviation for a long time...did not realize it was so unusual...really cool video!
     
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    Yep, I've done that. I've got a video somewhere of the bottom of the bridge.
     
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    When I was 13, I flew under the Verrazano Bridge in a Champ. I was a CAP cadet and the flight was a compensation ride for mowing the runway at Miller Field. Pilot was a CAP Lt. Col. The Champ was his. The bridge was only 4 years old...
     
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    Not all of us...
     
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    You mean it didn't make you want to learn sailing? :p
     
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    I saw a plane fly under the New River Gorge bridge near Fayetteville, West Virginia.

    I was doing fire patrol in part of the Appalachian Mountains, and Charleston (WV) approach called traffic for me. I saw the plane down in the New River Gorge. The controller asked me if that plane did anything unusual. Nope, just flying low looking at the scenery.

    One thing about this bridge is that it does not go up, instead it is level with the ground when driving across. To fly under it you have to be below ground level.
    [​IMG]

    Can't say I didn't entertain the thought of flying under it myself....
     
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    You should check it out sometime on "bridge day". One day, or weekend, a year they let base jumpers launch themselves off of that sucka! It's a fun event. I assume it is still held annually...
     
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    I think I was out on the water in a sailboat one day when I looked up at an airplane and thought how cool it would be up there...
     
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    I saw it from the air... 2018 bridge day is 20 October. It is held every third Saturday in October.

    While I met $5 dollar Frank, I never flew with him. They just don't make them like this anymore.

    http://articles.latimes.com/1994-01-09/news/mn-10083_1_white-knuckle-rides

     
  23. Shepherd

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    I've flown under almost all the bridges in the tri-state area.
    Sometimes I get yelled at, sometimes I don't.
    Other than the congested area rule, I don't know any rule against it.
    I'm sure there must be something, somewhere, but until they post a sign on the bridge forbidding it, I won't go looking for the rule.
     
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    "... the aircraft may not be operated closer than 500 feet to any person, vessel, vehicle, or structure ..."
     
  25. ircphoenix

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    It's a bridge, not a structure. Obvii.

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    You see!!! somebody is always tryig to harsh my mellow.
    Lucky for me I'm old and in a week I will have forgotten all about this post.
     
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    How about formation through a hangar...
     
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    What post? ;)
     
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    Something to think about.
    To fly the Hudson River Exclusion, and stay under the class "B" airspace, you fly over the George Washington and Verrazano bridges with just a few feet to spare.
     
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    Would it be legal in an ultralight? There's no 500' rule for ultralights, you're not allowed to fly over any congested area, but the regs don't say anything about flying under a congested area...