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We are getting a revised Ops Spec already, A021 I think it is. It will now require us to identify the highest obstruction within several miles of our route of flight. Then it goes on to say that for night flights we must then fly 500' above said obstruction height. For day it would be 300'. This is even if you are not going to fly right over said obstruction but several miles away from it. Was to be in place on the 21st. However, been pushed back a little while more details can be worked out.

 

This brings up a whole new set of problems. My company is working with our POI to come to middle ground.

 

JD

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AO21 was already in the works before the hearing. It has no lateral separation requirements, as proposed. Individual POIs might put them in company ops specs, but the overall one has none, at least for now. With no lateral separation stated, things become ambiguous. Do you have to take into consideration every obstacle in the US, or just miss by a foot? As usual, the feds seem to be clueless. I've never met a FSDO person who knew anything about what (s)he was doing. They're jumping through their collective anal orifices to get something, anything, done after the Chicago area accident. It's not like helicopters hit towers every week or so. They do fly into the ground in poor weather pretty often, but I don't see increased regulation of that.

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Sounds similar to what we have in Canada and it works pretty well. Unless taking off/landing/we have to be...

Built up areas: 1000' over the highest obstacle within a radius of 2000' of the aircraft

Areas not built up: 500' above the highest obstacle within 500' of the aircraft.

Non Populous areas: 500' AGL so long as no hazzard is created

 

Exemptions can be made for certain operations of course, and it's far easier to flight plan than it sounds.

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We are getting a revised Ops Spec already, A021 I think it is. It will now require us to identify the highest obstruction within several miles of our route of flight. Then it goes on to say that for night flights we must then fly 500' above said obstruction height. For day it would be 300'. This is even if you are not going to fly right over said obstruction but several miles away from it. Was to be in place on the 21st. However, been pushed back a little while more details can be worked out.

 

This brings up a whole new set of problems. My company is working with our POI to come to middle ground.

 

JD

 

This is an 8900.56 notice effective 2/22/2009. Don't think the POI has any wiggle room since the numbers are imbedded in the notice and compliance is mandatory. At least the goggles give you some relief. Check out Navaware...pretty slick program and very affordable that should really help with this type of planning.

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This is an 8900.56 notice effective 2/22/2009. Don't think the POI has any wiggle room since the numbers are imbedded in the notice and compliance is mandatory. At least the goggles give you some relief. Check out Navaware...pretty slick program and very affordable that should really help with this type of planning.

 

 

Mike, don't know if you remember but we met very briefly when I landed in Imperial County. Thanks for your help!

 

I'll check out the Navaware. It's fairly easy to look at the chart to see the highest elevation/obstruction along the route.

 

Thanks!

 

JD

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