§ Mr. David Young
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will review the regulations concerning flying over urban areas by small aircraft and, in particular, microlight aircraft.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
All aircraft, irrespective of size are subject to rules of the air and air traffic control. Rule 5 requires that an aeroplane shall not fly over any congested area of a city, town or settlement:
- (a) below such height as would enable it to alight clear of the area and without danger to persons or property on
215 the surface in the event of failure of a power unit; or
- (b) a height of 1,500 feet above the highest object within 2,000 feet of the aeroplane;
whichever is the higher. This rule has proved adequate for the safety of people and property on the ground, and I see no reason to review it.