Code of Federal Regulations


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Part 91 GENERAL OPERATING AND FLIGHT RULES
Subpart B--Flight Rules
Visual Flight Rules

Sec. 91.157

Special VFR weather minimums.

(a) Except as provided in appendix D, section 3, of this part, special VFR operations may be conducted under the weather minimums and requirements of this section, instead of those contained in Sec. 91.155, below 10,000 feet MSL within the airspace contained by the upward extension of the lateral boundaries of the controlled airspace designated to the surface for an airport.

(b) Special VFR operations may only be conducted--


    (1) With an ATC clearance;

    (2) Clear of clouds;

    (3) Except for helicopters, when flight visibility is at least 1 statute mile; and

    (4) Except for helicopters, between sunrise and sunset (or in Alaska, when the sun is 6 degrees or more below the horizon) unless--


      (i) The person being granted the ATC clearance meets the applicable requirements for instrument flight under part 61 of this chapter; and

      (ii) The aircraft is equipped as required in Sec. 91.205(d).

(c) No person may take off or land an aircraft (other than a helicopter) under special VFR--

    (1) Unless ground visibility is at least 1 statute mile; or

    [(2) If ground visibility is not reported, unless flight visibility is at least 1 statute mile. For the purposes of this paragraph, the term flight visibility includes the visibility from the cockpit of an aircraft in takeoff position if:


      (i) The flight is conducted under this part 91; and

      (ii) The airport at which the aircraft is located is a satellite airport that does not have weather reporting capabilities.

(d) The determination of visibility by a pilot in accordance with paragraph (c)(2) of this section is not an official weather report or an official ground visibility report.]

Amdt. 91-262, Eff. 5/23/2000


Hide details for Document HistoryDocument History
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Actions:
Not Applicable.

Final Rule Actions:

Final Rule. Docket No. 24456; Issued on 12/18/1995
Final Rule. Docket No. FAA-2000-7110; Issued on 3/21/2000