Good samaritan, dangerous flying or both?

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yo yo ma

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Does this break any flying break any flight regulations? I don't know enough about it.

"Eagle-eyed helicopter pilot spotted remote control plane crash landing in branches at the top of a tree.

Watch the daring manoeuvre of a passing helicopter pilot who spotted remote control in a tree, retrieved it and then returned model to grateful owner.

Footage captures co-pilot leaning out of the helicopter in mid-air as he strains to grab the model plane."


Daring rescue caught on camera as pilot hovers helicopter close to tree tops to retrieve remote control plane | Mail Online


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Does this break any flying break any flight regulations? I don't know enough about it.

Not in the USA according to my discussion with a helo pilot there about 6 weeks ago. If outside controlled airspace there are no restrictions just a requirement to be safe. Probably a different story if it was in Australia where rules are different (remain 500 feet clear of obstructions except when landing or something like that). Straitman may be able to explain more accurately.
 

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The guy in the left seat seems to be smoking - pretty sure that breaks regulations!
 

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Not in the USA according to my discussion with a helo pilot there about 6 weeks ago. If outside controlled airspace there are no restrictions just a requirement to be safe. Probably a different story if it was in Australia where rules are different (remain 500 feet clear of obstructions except when landing or something like that). Straitman may be able to explain more accurately.

Correct, the safe bit is what got a certain owner into CASAs spotlight in the NT for thinking the same type of chopper made a good ski boat! The R in R22 does not stand for reckless.

It's our chopper and we'll ski if we want | News | NT News | Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia | ntnews.com.au


 
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Boris spatsky

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Smoking in an aircraft is not against the law, unless its RPT or has a sign up indicating so, CAR Reg 255

I thought it was prohibited in FAR91 somewhere, considering the video is of a US aircraft. I'll see if i can find it.
 

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I thought it was prohibited in FAR91 somewhere, considering the video is of a US aircraft. I'll see if i can find it.

FAR Part 135 Sect 127 actually specifically empowers the pilot to allow smoking in the coughpit

(1) On-demand operations. The pilot in command of an aircraft engaged in an on-demand operation may authorize smoking on the flight deck (if it is physically separated from any passenger compartment), except in any of the following situations:
(i) During aircraft movement on the surface or during takeoff or landing;
(ii) During scheduled passenger-carrying public charter operations conducted under part 380 of this title;
(iii) During on-demand operations conducted interstate that meet paragraph (2) of the definition “On-demand operation” in § 110.2 of this chapter, unless permitted under paragraph (b)(2) of this section; or
(iv) During any operation where smoking is prohibited by part 252 of this title or by international agreement.
 
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