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Sep. 30th, 2005

A car takes off from private land at 14 feet off the ground using thrusters and flies over the highway, and fires accelerator thrusters, making it go forward at approximately 300 miles an hour, for one mile.

Were any laws broken?

Update:
MCL 259.2 (e) defines an aircraft as follows:
(e) “Aircraft” means any contrivance used or designed for navigation of or flight in the air.

MCL 259.9 (d):
(d) “Vehicle” means any device in, upon, or by which a person or property is or may be transported, except an aircraft.

They do not define flight, and do not state altitude at which one would be considered flying rather than hovering. If the car was a stock car, save for the minimal addition of some sort of thrust producing device to render it airborne, would it be considered an aircraft? Consider the legal status of a hovercraft.

Research links:
http://www.michiganlegislature.org/
http://www.faa.gov/
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/uscode/
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/
and last but not least: Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 of the United States Constitution

And of course, it is understood that your answers are not legal advice, whether or not you are a lawyer.

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spheraice
Oct. 1st, 2005 09:46 am (UTC)
oh yeah......something else of interest......for all objects flying below 10,000 has a speed limit max of 180 knots.
noweb4u
Oct. 4th, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
But you're ignoring the interstate commerce clause. If I leave the ground in Michigan, and go 1/4 mile,and touch the ground in michigan, carefully avoiding other aircraft engaged in interstate commerce, I don't see how the FAA has any legal basis to assert jurisdiction.