Regs: Advisory Circular 103 (AC 103)

FAR 103 | AC 103 | Preamble to 103 | FAR 91 for Ultralights U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Circular Administration  Subject: THE ULTRALIGHT VEHICLE Date: 1/30/84 AC No: AC 103-7 Initiated by: AF0-820 |Titles have been altered slightly for clarity...

Harassing the Animals

Be Careful Who You Buzz or Chase. Thanks to Ken Morrison Who hasn’t followed an animal for at least a brief time. For one thing, it’s almost surreal to fly with other birds but we have to admit that it’s not likely they reciprocate those feelings....

Who Owns the Air?

Air may be everywhere, but like most aspects of life, it gets regulated. Sometimes municipalities or other entities, pardon the pun, get in over their heads. In the U.S., navigable airspace is strictly the purview of federal government but that doesn’t stop...

Is it Legal to Fly from Here?

Unfortunately, no, it’s Probably Not Legal To Fly From There Even if you have permission from the landowner, it may well not be legal for you to fly. Nobody will likely care, but if they do, there is probably a law. Many counties prohibit flying from anything...

PPG Flying In Wilderness Areas

Is It Legal to fly in Charted Wilderness Areas? I was working on the airspace video section that deals with wilderness areas — those lines with blue dots as shown at right — and thought it deserved some attention here. Pilots are “requested” to...

Sky Diving or Base Jumping From A Paramotor

In early May, 2012, a wing suited “BASE” jumper died after leaping from a tandem paramotor. His parachute never opened. And we think our sport is unforgiving. It’s a calamity for the jumper, his family, and the paramotor pilot who was, no doubt, a...

The Rogue Inspector

Sometimes our government lets us down | About Congested Areas see 2009 July 25 Confidence Restored in FAA see 2010 July 13: Problem moved Flight Service District Offices are where the day-to-day FAA operations are conducted. If you run afoul of aviation law,...

Why Paramotor Ratings?

I fielded a question about why USPPA issues ratings. This person seemed weirdly upset, like they were put upon, or that USPPA was trying to pull the wool over pilots eyes that ratings are required. I never understand that since voluntary efforts at recognizing...

Why Know the Law?

Most of us who fly these things are free spirits, we want to be able to go where we want, when we want. But what if you spook your neighbor’s million-dollar stallion into an injurious Rampage? Laws are civilization’s way of defining the boundaries  between...

Class E Surface Area

Updated 2018-02-09  thanks to Bryan Schwartz and “aeroexperiments” on forum.hanggliding.org. We normally launch in Class G airspace and climb into E which starts at 1200 (or 700′) AGL and goes up to 18,000′. We canNOT fly in the “lateral...

Regs: FAR 103 Preamble

FAR 103 | AC 103 | Preamble to 103 | FAR 91 for Ultralights Adopted: July 30,1982 Effective: October 4,1982 (Published in 47 FR 38770, September 2,1982) SUMMARY: This amendment establishes rules governing the operation of ultralight vehicles in the United States. The...

Regs: FAR 91 (for Ultralights)

FAR 103 | AC 103 | Preamble to 103 | FAR 91 for Ultralights FAR 103.20 requires ultralight pilots to comply with these FAR 91 rules, mostly to address security concerns in the aftermath of Sept 11, 2001. Note that the NOTAMs referred to in this regulation can be found...

Regs: FAR 103

FAR 103 | AC 103 | Preamble to 103 | FAR 91 for Ultralights Secs. 307, 313(a), 601(a), 602, and 603, Federal Aviation Act of 1958 (49 U.S.C. 1348, 1354(a), 1421(a), 1422, and 1423); sec. 6(c), Department of Transportation Act (49 U.S.C. 1655(c). Source: Docket No....

Too Much Regulation?

Do we have too many regulations in aviation? It depends on your perspective. If you’re trying to pilot aircraft or profit from them, than you will think we do. If you’re a passenger or ground pounder wanting not to get killed by airplanes, you probably...

Issuing / Filing a NOTAM

If you have a U.S. event, or do training, or towing where there will be a lot of paramotor or paraglider flights, it’s helpful to give general aviation pilots the opportunity to know about it. That’s done by filing a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM). It starts by...

Is This Legal? Clouds

Pictures don’t do it justice: airflow on exposed skin, the immediate smells, feeling temperature changes, and yes, playing near the clouds like this make open-air flying irresistible for some of us. But is it legal? Can we fly this close to clouds? For sure we...

Banning Paramotors at Marion Airport?

Story of possible Ultralight discrimination and resolution | See also Ultralights at Airports In 1975 I flew my first aircraft, a glider, at Marion, Ohio. Malcom Green took me up in a Schweizzer 2-33 sailplane and soon after releasing from tow, said the magic words...

Law Enforcement Run Amok

The vast majority of police officers are conscientious and do a good job. But every now and then they get carried away and, when it involves aviation, that can make a pilot’s life living hell. Our job is certainly to fly within the law but, beyond that, we must...

Regs: Congested Areas

So what is “congested?” That’s hugely impactful given that we (ultralight pilots) aren’t allowed to fly over congested areas at any altitude yet”congested” is not defined. The PPG Bible delves into several court cases that have...

Hualapai Indians Declare Airspace War

A Paramotor Pilot Is Arrested for Merely Overflying Hualapai Nation Tribal Lands | Airspace Lionel De Antoni contacted us a week ago after being arrested and having his gear confiscated by Indians. His crime? Merely flying over their land, even though he never set...