17 Nov 2011

Pilot fined for flying too low

9:14 pm on 17 November 2011

A helicopter pilot has been fined for flying too low over a golf course near Christchurch.

The Civil Aviation Authority says the pilot was fined $1000 and ordered to pay $130 in court costs after he took several players and caddies on free low-level flights over the Pegasus golf course.

The Authority says the pilot flew at least as low as 60 metres, well below the legal limit of 150 metres.

Director of the authority Steve Douglas says the pilot put members of the public in danger because, by flying so low, he had less time to make an emergency landing if his aircraft malfunctioned.