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Congested Area?
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Anyone know what is considered (by theFAA) to be a "congested area" as contemplated by §103.15? Ok, an open air assembly of people, like a football stadium, of course. But couldn't any city or town be considered congested? Certainly NYC, Chicago, LA, etc. How close together do the houses, or buildings, or cars, or people have to be in order to be considered congested?
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DeViL - 5/1/2008 8:44 PM

Anyone know what is considered (by theFAA) to be a "congested area" as contemplated by §103.15? Ok, an open air assembly of people, like a football stadium, of course. But couldn't any city or town be considered congested? Certainly NYC, Chicago, LA, etc. How close together do the houses, or buildings, or cars, or people have to be in order to be considered congested?

Look at an FAA Aeronautical sectional. Anything in yellow for purposes of FAR 103 would be considered congested area. And of course regardless of chart depiction any open air assembly of people has you mentioned.
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Fly Army - 1/26/2013 3:45 AM

DeViL - 5/1/2008 8:44 PM

Anyone know what is considered (by theFAA) to be a "congested area" as contemplated by §103.15? Ok, an open air assembly of people, like a football stadium, of course. But couldn't any city or town be considered congested? Certainly NYC, Chicago, LA, etc. How close together do the houses, or buildings, or cars, or people have to be in order to be considered congested?

Look at an FAA Aeronautical sectional. Anything in yellow for purposes of FAR 103 would be considered congested area. And of course regardless of chart depiction any open air assembly of people has you mentioned.

That's what I have always been taught also, but when you look into enforcement actions and legal precedent, you will find that the definition for "congested area" is a moving target, depending on the specific set of circumstances. The bottom line is, no-one will question if you overfly an area that might be congested UNTIL YOU HAVE AN ACCIDENT.

It's sort of like that cloud that's 1999 feet beside you. So long as another aircraft doesn't bust-out of that cloud and have to dodge you, no one will ever question you being close to it.
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