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How low can a plane safely fly?
Low flying rules in the US An aircraft must maintain an altitude of 500 feet above the surface, except over open water or sparsely populated areas. In those cases, the aircraft may not be operated closer than 500 feet to any person, vessel, vehicle, or structure.
What’s the slowest a plane can fly?
Technically this is the so-called ‘stall speed’, where air passes over the wings fast enough to sustain altitude, and for small planes this can be less than 50km/h (31mph).
How low can a helicopter legally fly?
In other words, if you live in a congested area, an aircraft is not allowed to fly any lower than 1,000 feet over the highest obstacle. If you live in a sparsely populated area, an aircraft is not allowed to fly any lower than 500 feet to any person, vessel, vehicle, or structure including your house.
Can you fly while snowing?
Snow (and cold weather, more generally) is basically safe to fly in—temperatures in the upper atmosphere, where a plane cruises for most of the flight, are around -70ºF, colder than anywhere on Earth.
What is the slowest speed an aircraft can fly without stalling?
The slowest speed an aircraft can fly on level without stalling is trivially called ‘stall speed’. In reality, stalling is not about the speed, but the angle of attack. The slope of the flight path is so steep now that the wing loses all lift.
How low can a plane fly over the ground?
Except when approaching or departing an airport, a plane may not fly lower than 1000 ft over a populated area. Elsewhere, a plane may not fly within 500 ft of any person or building or vessel.
What is the minimum speed of an airplane?
Aeroplanes, or airplanes if you’re American, need to maintain a certain speed to allow flight. Technically this is the so-called ‘stall speed’, where air passes over the wings fast enough to sustain altitude, and for small planes this can be less than 50km/h (31mph).
Why do planes have to fly so fast to take off?
But at such low speeds, the aircraft is easily destabilised, and could fail to leave the runway. So for safety and stability at take-off, commercial airliners must achieve substantially higher speeds exceeding around 250km/h (155mph).