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    Most single engine exhaust systems are designed to effectively as possible remove exhaust and heat from the individual cylinders.
    They are an air cooled engine, so a whole different animal than an automobile.
    So, the muffler is not built to reduce noise. Doing so hinders its ability to do those first 2 things we talked about.
    The sad part for an owner is, a new system for these aircraft can cost anywhere between $2,000 to $9,000 .
    So none of us are laughing to hard when we have to write that check Lol

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    Home > Aviation Regulations > Parts Index > Part 91 > Sec. 91.119 - Minimum safe altitudes: General.

    Sec. 91.119 — Minimum safe altitudes: General.

    Except when necessary for takeoff or landing, no person may operate an aircraft below the following altitudes: (a) Anywhere. An altitude allowing, if a power unit fails, an emergency landing without undue hazard to persons or property on the surface.
    (b) Over congested areas. Over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons, an altitude of 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 2,000 feet of the aircraft.
    (c) Over other than congested areas. An altitude of 500 feet above the surface, except over open water or sparsely populated areas. In those cases, the aircraft may not be operated closer than 500 feet to any person, vessel, vehicle, or structure.
    (d) Helicopters, powered parachutes, and weight-shift-control aircraft. If the operation is conducted without hazard to persons or property on the surface—
    (1) A helicopter may be operated at less than the minimums prescribed in paragraph (b) or (c) of this section, provided each person operating the helicopter complies with any routes or altitudes specifically prescribed for helicopters by the FAA; and
    (2) A powered parachute or weight-shift-control aircraft may be operated at less than the minimums prescribed in paragraph (c) of this section.
    [Docket No. 18334, 54 FR 34294, Aug. 18, 1989, as amended by Amdt. 91–311, 75 FR 5223, Feb. 1, 2010]
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    Tony,
    a bit late to the party here, but am curious if you were able to amicably resolve this? I’m considering moving to an airpark in Sterling and don’t want to be on a strip that has a bad rep. Being a good neighbor is an important part of keeping aviation alive.

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    Are there any rules about flying times over residential areas? The reason I ask is there are a few pilots in the Sterling area that like to fly around at treetop level and do touch and go's at 11pm. I have absolutely no problems with planes coming in and landing or taking off and leaving but its frustrating when the skies above my house become an airpark when its time to sleep. Play all you want during the day I enjoy watching them fly around and over my house and dream of owning one some day but **** 11pm is not the time to be circling the neighborhood at 100ft.

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    People don’t need to be doing pattern work after 11pm! That is pure stupidity... On the other hand summer time in Alaska means people are out going places in their planes. I would talk to The yahoo about doing pattern work, you’ll have to ignore the normal summer comings and goings...

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    While I don’t condone flying that late, good chance they are doing it because the winds tend to calm down after the sun sets. Just a thought from a pilots perspective. I often feel the same way, during the summer when my neighbors teenagers are out skateboarding at midnight.
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    write down the N and then go on Landings.com and look up who owns the plane. Then go find them have a nice talk. simple detective work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 350mag View Post
    write down the N and then go on Landings.com and look up who owns the plane. Then go find them have a nice talk. simple detective work.
    You looking for another .350?
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