There are regulations that cover how low an aircraft can lawfully fly. Flying below these heights can be a breach of the regulations, although there are situations where low flying is permitted. These situations include, but are not limited to:
- flying in the course of taking off, landing or conducting a missed approach
- flying in accordance with instructions from an air traffic controller
- undertaking certain kinds of specialised aerial work, for example, power line inspection, geographical survey work, aerial firefighting, agricultural spraying.
The regulations usually require that pilots fly no lower than 1000 feet over built-up areas, or 500 feet over any other area, and we may investigate low flying incidents.
To investigate a low flying incident, we need enough information to identify the aircraft. Photographs are helpful, and details of the aircraft’s registration number, type, make and model as well as the date and time of day the low-flying activity should be provided if possible.
You can report a low-flying aircraft by completing a report a low flying aircraft form, along with any information to support your complaint.