When helicopters are instructed to air-taxi direct to a location at the airport, are they allowed to pass above other aircraft / people / road traffic?

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    $\begingroup$ The FAA helicopter flying handbook says "it is expected that the helicopter will remain below 100 feet AGL with an appropriate airspeed and will avoid over flight of other aircraft, vehicles, and personnel," which would make it inadvisable to do so, whether or not it's allowed. $\endgroup$ – Zach Lipton Jun 30 '18 at 5:44
  • $\begingroup$ In my experience, the helicopters stick to the taxiways and their ground clearance is similar to that of other fixed wing aircraft. They are only cleared if the taxiway is clear and allows them to reposition without conflict. $\endgroup$ – Prashant Saraswat Jun 30 '18 at 17:26
  • $\begingroup$ @Zach - that looks like it should be an answer (for the FAA's realm, anyway) rather than a comment. $\endgroup$ – Toby Speight Jan 18 '19 at 9:14

No. A helicopter taxiing has to follow the exact same rules as any other taxiing aircraft.


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