There are two separate regs at work... weather minima and minimum safe altitude
First, Class D weather minima are the same as for Class C... To be "VMC" in class C or D, the airport must be reporting at least 1000 ft ceiling and visibility of 3 miles.
VFR flights in Class C or D airspace must have 3 miles flight visibility, and fly an altitude at least 500 feet below, 1,000 feet above, and 2,000 feet laterally from clouds.
Second, you are responsible for complying with FAR minimum safe altitudes, which apply except for takeoff and landing.
That means that even though the airport is reporting "VFR", and you could maintain the VFR 500/1000/2000 cloud clearances, if you are unable to maintain the minimum safe altitude requirement you would not be legal....
· 9 years ago