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Recipient Name
Review the Operations Specifications and the associated Operations Manuals of each helicopter operator licensed to conducted scenic air transport operations to ensure any reference to dispensations for lower minimum height to be flown in adverse weather be reviewed in relation to the terrain and the overall consideration of passenger safety.
Reply Text
I am confident that the current provisions of Regulation 38 are adequate. Paragraph 38(3)(a) applies to conditions encountered en route, and these do not allow any operator to deliberately embark on a flight which would be below minimum safe heights because of the weather.

When the rules are rewritten, I will see if this can be put unequivocally, but in the meantime, New Zealand Flight Safety will belabour this point once again.
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