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    Default Essendon Airport ... how low can small planes fly ?

    120 metres is as we all know the maximum height we can fly our drones in Australia.

    I've always considered 120 metres quite a conservative limit but recently moved to Oak Park and see planes like small Cessna's approaching to land pretty low.

    So does anybody know what the minimum height is for small planes approaching/departing Essendon Airport ?



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    Airservices Australia website says the following :

    Minimum heights are governed by Regulation 157 of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988. This states that pilots must not fly over cities, towns or populous areas at a height lower than 1000 feet, or over any other area lower than 500 ft, taken as height above the highest point in the terrain. However exceptions do apply, for example:


    in situations where the weather requires lower flying
    for helicopters flying within specified access lanes
    where the aircraft is engaged in air work for which the operator has a permit (such as media helicopters)
    for police and search and rescue operations
    where an aircraft is in the course of taking off or landing at an airport.

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    Landing into Essendon is typically around 200 ft crossing the airport perimeter.

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    Thanks guys.

    Looks like I'm underestimating the height of these Cessnas.

    300 metres (approx 1000 feet) is way way above the height any of my drones have reached

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