Low Altitude Limit?

I was outside putting siding on my parents house today when a multi-engine plane flew over at low altitude(Probably 250'). There isn't an airport for miles in any direction from here. I heard you aren't allowed to drop below a certain altitude near homes. When I was a kid, I can remember C-130's doing the same exact thing for training exercises flying out Morgantown West Virginia (MGW). Is there a low altitude limit outside of landing and taking off? If so, what is it.
 

E_Dawg

Moderator
500' sparsely populated, other than congested areas 500' from any person

congested areas 1000' above the highest obstacle within 2000' horizontally


 

Derg

New Arizona, Il Duce/Warlord
Staff member
Might be near a military training route? A MOA (Military Operations Area), an emergency? Low approach? SAR mission? Training?

Could be a variety of things.
 

Eagle

New Member
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Isn't there something called a transponder or something on a plane that tells the ATC what altitude you are at.

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only if you turn it on,
 

Johnathan

Well-Known Member
You're right Doug, you never know what it could have been doing. I have been seeing some planes kind of low near my house and it got me thinking to look around where I live and see if there is a Military base or anything. I know my airport is pretty far so that can't be it, I wounder what it is?
 

pavelump

Well-Known Member
You gotta get low so that when you drop off your "payload", your below radar coverage...


Dave
 
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