Careless or Reckless Operation


  • No person may operate an aircraft in a careless or reckless manner so as to endanger the life or property of another
    • This applies to both air and ground operations
  • No person may assault, threaten, intimidate, or interfere with a crew-member in the performance of the crew member's duties aboard an aircraft being operated

Dropping Objects:

  • No pilot in command of a civil aircraft or small Unmanned Aircraft System may allow any object to be dropped from that aircraft in flight that creates a hazard to persons or property
  • Neither FAR 91.15 or FAR 107.23 prohibits the dropping of any object if reasonable precautions are taken to avoid injury or damage to persons or property
B-2 Dropping Bombs
Figure 1: B-2 Dropping Ordnance

Jettisoning Fuel:

  • ATC must be advised if fuel dumping is to take place
  • Whenever practicable, fuel shall not be jettisoned (dumped) below an altitude of 6,000' above the terrain
  • Should weather or emergency conditions dictate jettisoning at a lower altitude, every effort shall be made to avoid populated areas
  • When under positive control, the PIC should advise the air traffic control facility that fuel will be jettisoned
  • ATC will broadcast or cause to be broadcast immediately and every 3 minutes thereafter on appropriate ATC and FSS radio frequencies the following:
    • ATC: "ATTENTION ALL AIRCRAFT, fuel dumping in progress over [location] at [altitude] by [type aircraft], [flight direction]"
  • Upon receipt of such a broadcast, pilots of aircraft affected, which are not on IFR flight plans or special VFR clearances, should clear the area specified in the advisory
  • Aircraft on IFR flight plans or special VFR clearances will be provided specific separation by ATC
  • At the completion of fuel dumping the pilot must advise ATC:
    • ATC: "ATTENTION ALL AIRCRAFT, fuel dumping by [type aircraft] terminated"