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Subscriber question:

"We have a pilot at our airport that regularly buzzes houses just above the treetops and does low-altitude aerobatic maneuvers to show off for his friends. What can we do before someone gets hurt...or worse?" - Rick R.

Bob:

“You can take action. We truly are our brother’s keepers in aviation. Other’s actions do affect everyone.

For better or for worse, the Federal Aviation Regulations are written in blood which means that while we certainly honor our freedoms in this country, common sense does not always prevail and regulations must be put in place. Aerobatic maneuvers are described in the FARs. Who can accomplish them and where they can be performed is very specifically spelled out, for everyone’s safety.

Aviation accidents are huge newsmakers and they come at a tremendous loss of life and grief. Those that intentionally operate outside of the regulations have no right to bring down aviation.

Provide the facts to the Federal Aviation Administration and it will be investigated thoroughly. The individual has protection throughout the investigation process, but if they are endangering others, they must be removed from the system.”

Note: To report a situation like this, contact the closest FAA Flight Standards District Office. Request to speak with an Operations Inspector to report your concerns. Provide as much specific information as possible. This allows the inspector to conduct a thorough investigation.

If faced with a situation like the subscriber in the question above, what would you do?

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