Dropping Objects


  • No pilot in command of a civil aircraft may allow any object to be dropped from that aircraft in flight that creates a hazard to persons or property
  • FAR 91.15 does not prohibit the dropping of any object if reasonable precautions are taken to avoid injury or damage to persons or property


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