Discussion relating to the operations of MTA MetroNorth Railroad including west of Hudson operations and discussion of CtDOT sponsored rail operations such as Shore Line East and the Springfield to New Haven Hartford Line

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  by DutchRailnut
 
only one engineer out of 380 ;-)
and no one said Sikorsky was testing, some of pilots flying in to Sikorky for warranty work however may take easy way out in navigating ;-)
  by Patrick A.
 
Coming from a licensed pilot with over 400 hours in the cockpit, FAA regulations for minimum safe altitudes over populated areas for fixed wing aircraft is 500ft above ground level. Helicopters however are exempt from this rule however they must maintain, "an altitude allowing a safe emergency landing without undue hazard to person or property on the ground." If the guy was flying "dangerously close" to the overhead wires and thus flying recklessly, the matter would have been investigated by the FAA as ATC in the NY area is very strict and does not take irregular aircraft operations lightly.
  by DutchRailnut
 
flying close to catenay is impossible , the High voltage power lines from power company are at least 85 feet above catenary.
add to that bridges and towers and secondairy powerlines next to MNCR tracks then it seems the railfan community is telling tall tales ;-)
  by RearOfSignal
 
Maybe not, just heard 1510 report a boat following them dangerously close along the Cos Cob bridge, stay tuned for details!
  by Travelsonic
 
DutchRailnut wrote:flying close to catenay is impossible , the High voltage power lines from power company are at least 85 feet above catenary.
add to that bridges and towers and secondairy powerlines next to MNCR tracks then it seems the railfan community is telling tall tales ;-)
Until you look at general FAA regulations, in which "close" becomes less akin to the distance between two people in a room, and more of a range in tens to hundreds of - even thousands of feet depending on the circumstances.
  by kitn1mcc
 
the UI Feeders on to of the Cat Poles ends in Fairfield

Plus if it was going or coming from Sikorsky it may be FAA excempt
  by Patrick A.
 
kitn1mcc wrote:the UI Feeders on to of the Cat Poles ends in Fairfield

Plus if it was going or coming from Sikorsky it may be FAA excempt
Not to get too far off topic here but no one is exempt from the ground clearance rule, especially over a populated area in controlled airspace.