Altitude Restricted Low Approach

Wponcho

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Some questions about other facilities. At what altitude do you clear a restricted low approach at and what is your field elevation?

This is found in the .65 3-10-10

Think about what the book says and what is the real altitude its being conducted at?
 

JoshATC

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It says in black and white ... A low approach with an altitude restriction of NOT LESS THAN 500 feet above the airport.

So in the case of USMC I would say the one with field elevation of 7 feet (RJOI) and your doing 500 I would question that as its only 493ft.

I know its splitting hairs , but it doesn't say anywhere in this chapter that you round your field elevation THEN do the 500.
 

Wponcho

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Just wondering, it seems as though it's different everywhere you go and each person you ask. Since it says "500 above the airport," that means to me: "cleared low approach at or above 500." Some would say that every clearance no matter what is in MSL, meaning that a field elevation of 7' would mean 550 or 600. Just a thought, thanks for the replies. In the AF, I would and still say the above.
 

JoshATC

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Wponcho:215908 said:
Just wondering, it seems as though it's different everywhere you go and each person you ask. Since it says "500 above the airport," that means to me: "cleared low approach at or above 500." Some would say that every clearance no matter what is in MSL, meaning that a field elevation of 7' would mean 550 or 600. Just a thought, thanks for the replies. In the AF, I would and still say the above.
Your right every clearance is in MSL so if the field elevation is 7 feet I would say "cleared low approach at or above 550ft" or like atcguru said "cleared low aporoach at or above 500ft AGL". Both are correcy IMO.
 

john

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At Cairns AAF, Fort Rucker, AL we clear them for Low Approach at or above 800 and issue traffic... Field elevation 301'
 

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Hey guys, quick question here. The tower I work at is in shenanigans because I cleared an aircraft for a restricted low 500' above another aircraft taxiing down the runway who WAS NOT a departure aircraft or positioning in hold.

Me and other controllers have done this multiple times before, but for some reason some people are in cahoots over this. I'm right, right? I just want to make sure in case this shit hits the fan and I have to prove them wrong
 

j_time41

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Hey guys, quick question here. The tower I work at is in shenanigans because I cleared an aircraft for a restricted low 500' above another aircraft taxiing down the runway who WAS NOT a departure aircraft or positioning in hold.

Me and other controllers have done this multiple times before, but for some reason some people are in cahoots over this. I'm right, right? I just want to make sure in case this shit hits the fan and I have to prove them wrong
He could be 5 feet above him. As long as you have visual....your good
 

JoshATC

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Lol in the visual part...

But yes your safe, if he was back taxi, or just plane taxi. Yes you can do a restricted. You already said when you CANT do it. I would side with you.
 
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