HC Deb 18 July 1984 vol 64 cc214-5W
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:

  1. (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
  2. (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.