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Class G airspace below 1200AGL


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Ok, here's one for all of you who can find everything in the FAR/AIM book.

My instructor and I were talking about G airspace. He asked me what the night VFR minimums are for G under 1200AGL. I thought it was see and avoid... but I can not find it in writing. All I can find is below 1200 is See and Avoid for helicopters...but it does not specify for day and night or just for day etc.

 

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

 

I know that above 1200 and below 10,000 msl is the night is 3SM (I think)..

 

Any commments from all of you oh so knowledgeable pilots? ;)

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It is airspeed to see and avoid.

 

Class G:

1,200 feet or less above the surface (regardless of MSL altitude)

Day, except as provided in §91.155(B ) 1 statute mile Clear of clouds.

Night, except as provided in §91.155(B ) 3 statute miles 500 feet below.

1,000 feet above.

2,000 feet horizontal.

Both day and night say "except as provided in 91.155(B )" and 91.155(B ) says:

 

(B ) Class G Airspace. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (a) of this section, the following operations may be conducted in Class G airspace below 1,200 feet above the surface:

 

(1) Helicopter. A helicopter may be operated clear of clouds if operated at a speed that allows the pilot adequate opportunity to see any air traffic or obstruction in time to avoid a collision.

So therefore you can operate at night below 1,200 ft at an airspeed to see and avoid. Now the question is, would you?

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So therefore you can operate at night below 1,200 ft at an airspeed to see and avoid. Now the question is, would you?

 

Absolutely. I'd estimate an airspeed to see and avoid for me at night would be about 3 miles and 2000' over a very brightly lit city. ;)

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