If a a Military Operations Area (MOA) is designated from 10,000 to 18,000 feet, can I fly under the airspace without any permission?

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    $\begingroup$ You can fly IN an MOA without permission, so you can certainly fly under one. $\endgroup$
    – Dave-CFII
    Sep 4 '19 at 12:27
  • $\begingroup$ @Dave-CFII -- that's true for VFR, but not necessarily for IFR. And it's often ill-advised to fly in a MOA even VFR: students flying formation & acrobatics at speeds up to 500 kts don't really mix well with General Aviation aircraft at ~100 knots. That all said, the floor is the floor and your point about flying under one is entirely correct. $\endgroup$
    – Ralph J
    Sep 4 '19 at 14:29
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    $\begingroup$ Under IFR you really don't fly anywhere without a permission from ATC, unless you are handling an emergency. $\endgroup$
    – Jpe61
    Sep 4 '19 at 14:44

Yes you can. The MOA floor, 10000ft in this case, is the lower limit of any restrictions a MOA imposes. Otherwise there would be no point in assigning a floor to MOA (or any other airspace for that matter) See FAA AIM Section 4. Special Use Airspace


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