Today the city called the tower to complain about a Cub flying within 25 feet of a crane. Probably me; I get clearances for early crosswinds, and that crane is about 300’ south of the runway, going up 150 feet. I am sure I got within 100 feet of it.
I suppose I shall hear from the FSDO - not sure I remember the distance regulation that applies to cranes on crosswind.
Different crane from the one I mentioned at the top. That one has been replaced by a yellow outhouse on top of a 3 story office building about a quarter mile out on final. I wonder if the reg on cranes applies to that outhouse? It sure looks like it is right smack in the middle of a Bonanza approach profile.
If anyone has wondered why some of us don't love the idea of every flight we make being tracked and recorded forever, and used against us for purposes of enforcement action, this is why.
I've looked at plenty of my Flightaware tracks since installing ADS-B and seen that they don't represent my actual flight paths, so I have no faith they will absolve you in this case.
At two different class D airports in my area I've had controllers ask me for an early turn when I was just clear of the ground, so I gave them one. No complaints from tower.
In fact when I ferried the T-6 for annual recently I had my hangar neighbor fly my Citabria to pick me up. He took off right after me and the tower asked him for an early turn. He wasn't quite sure how to proceed, so he thought he should probably at least use up most of the runway.
They were a little perturbed that he waited even though he was only 800 AGL. They must have been expecting me at the controls.