Legal but not compulsory or intelligent.
I recall a stormy beach in Carolina where there was a $500 fine for jumping into the waves because of the risk of drowning.
I am afraid we have a lot of dumb people in NZ and making even more laws doesn’t make them any brainier.
(1) If you are in a helicopter, and you can see another helicopter, either you are still on the tarmac, or it’s a hella busy day up there. There’s just not the same risk of collision that exists when tens of thousands of vehicles are funnelled through busy narrow corridors e.g. roads.
(2) Next to the level of training and skill of a chopper pilot, and the discipline that they operate to, people like me that only have drivers’ licenses are semi-trained monkeys at best.
1. “here’s just not the same risk of collision that exists ” – um, but then there’s always the ground…
2. “If you can’t fly and use the radio to talk to other pilots or ATC at the same time then you can’t get a pilot’s license. ” – except at least one of the cases concerns texting. Is it compulsory to be able to write emails and fly at the same time?
3. Enforcement – like most rules, it’s when you break them *and something goes wrong* when the hammer comes down.
Wasn’t there a pilot trying to go into Christchurch a few years ago using a cellphone before he hit the ground???
Quite possibly. And there have been countless other aircraft accidents where pilots where using the radio, adjusting trip computers, setting trim, managing fuel systems or just lackadaisically looking at a magazine. If the objective is to attribute accident causation to some activity, then how many other pilot activities need investigation and banning?