December Legal Tip

Respecting the FAA's cloud clearance requirements in our VFR flying helps us to see and avoid other aircraft and other flying objects, such as birds and now UAVs.  It takes a lot of practice to be able to remember all of the different VFR cloud clearance, ceiling, and visibility limits in FAR 91.155.  And practice we must.  But, in a pinch, one set of three minimums can keep pilots of fixed wing aircraft in compliance with the FAA regulation when flying below 10,000 feet MSL:  visibility of at least 3 statute miles; cloud clearance of at least 1,000 feet above, 500 feet below, and 2,000 feet horizontally (152); and a ceiling of at least 1,000 feet above the surface.

Kathy Yodice
Kathy Yodice
Ms. Yodice is an instrument rated private pilot and experienced aviation attorney who is licensed to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia. She is active in several local and national aviation associations, and co-owns a Piper Cherokee and flies the family Piper J-3 Cub.
Topics: Collision Avoidance, Training and Safety

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