For some time now, we have had a single-engined plane performing loops, rapid descents with pull-out, etc. over our residential area. Surely, this sort of thing is unlawful? If it is, who do we contact to complain?
The minimum height an aircraft may operate over a city, town or settlement, is 1000 feet above the highest obstacle, except when taking off or landing. Generally, this is the height at which aircraft are flown when operated within the circuit of an aerodrome.
The minimum height over any other area is 500 feet. There are a number of exceptions such as when carrying out agricultural aircraft operations, when operating within a low flying training area, and when the bona fide purpose of the flight requires the aircraft to be flown at a lower height.
Unless he is in a restricted zone, no it is not unlawful. What to you may seem a built up area can be surrounded by miles of countryside, it is not until you fly that you realise the tiny amount of countryside that is actually built on. If you phone the local aerodrome you can complain to them, they may have local noise and flight prohibitions.
We get them over our village on an almost daily basis and there is nothing more annoying for me on a quiet summer day to have the damn things droning around, cutting their engines, restarting them and generally being inconsiderate. If it were someone on a motorbike going up and down the village street they would soon be told to stop. I have asked our local council about the nuisance but apparently there is nothing I can do because they 'perform' at or around the legal height.