Questions tagged [airspace]

Airspace means the air above a specific country (e.g. US airspace) but for aviation purposes it is usually divided into different types, each of which may have different regulations.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
8
votes
1answer
618 views

Can multiple airfields be in the same airspace?

After reading this answer that a restricted airport caused a strange cutout in Class B, I am wondering if it possible that there are multiple airfields in the same airspace? If yes, then: Which ATC ...
15
votes
1answer
1k views

What is this strange cutout in Class B of Kansas City International Airport?

To the Northwest of the KMCI Class B airspace, there is a strange cut out in SFC/80 airspace, which I highlighted at this link (and shown in picture below): highlighted in purple - Image Source: www....
5
votes
2answers
1k views

Who controls VFR flights in class B airspace in Europe?

I was reading about this incident where a near miss occurred in class B airspace between IFR and VFR flights that were in contact with different controllers. So I would like to know which controller ...
20
votes
3answers
4k views

Why does Class D overlap class B around SeaTac? …and other Seattle Bravo airspace strangeness

I noticed KBFI's class delta overlaps SeaTac's bravo by 500 to 700 feet. Does anyone know which tower the overlapping airspace belongs to? Does it classify as Bravo airspace and do you need to hear ...
27
votes
6answers
5k views

Do I have any authority over airspace above my land?

With all this talk about drones flying around and delivering parcels for the merchant websites, I'm wondering from a "landlubber's" perspective, how much say I have over the airspace of my private ...
26
votes
3answers
20k views

Can I fly “into” the Grand Canyon?

I haven't looked at the Grand Canyon on a sectional yet, but I know that it is definitely big enough (by far) so that someone could fly a plane under the level of the rim and stil meet all of ...
13
votes
3answers
2k views

What is it like flying in class B airspace?

I'm a student pilot at a class C airport in the USA. Last weekend I did pattern work. Mostly touch and goes, but it was busy and my approaches were less than perfect so there were some go arounds and ...
15
votes
2answers
2k views

How are airspace violations detected?

Are airspace violations (e.g. entry to class B without clearance) based on primary radar and/or Mode C transponder, or something else? I read that Mode C altitude is based on pressure altitude, i.e., ...
6
votes
1answer
246 views

What are the Single European Sky (SES) and Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs)?

Air Transport World is reporting that the European Commission has initiated legal proceedings against Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Luxembourg; for not implementing FABs by the ...
6
votes
1answer
2k views

Which country has jurisdiction over incidents in flight? [duplicate]

If an incident occurs on board an aircraft in flight which could be considered as criminal in one country, what decides which country the incident falls under? For example, if a man was found to be in ...
23
votes
4answers
18k views

What is the difference between the airspace's classes (for non-pilots)?

When I'm reading about aviation, it's very common to see references to Class B or Class C airspace and airports. What are the different classes and what are the differences between them?
15
votes
2answers
2k views

Are civilian/GA pilots expected to “see and avoid” fast military jets in VMC?

I don't know if this also applies to the U.S. or just to Europe, but in Europe the civilian airspace is frequently used by military jets. On numerous occasions I've seen F-16's and other fighter jets ...
8
votes
3answers
2k views

How safe is IFR in class E?

In class D and E airspace, there is no separation between IFR and VFR traffic. However, most airspace in the United States below 18,500 feet MSL is class E airspace, which is exactly where non-...
20
votes
1answer
2k views

What is a counseling session with the FSDO/FAA?

I just flew into Bravo unintentionally 48 hours ago. My error: I thought I was 1,500 feet above the ceiling, but I was 1,000 feet below it. Furthermore, I had an incorrect frequency for Approach, and ...
34
votes
2answers
10k views

What does “OBJECTIONABLE” indicate on a VFR chart?

On the Tulsa, Oklahoma VFR sectional the top of the outer Class C ring says "OBJECTIONABLE". Does this indicate some information on the chart is in dispute? I don't see anything in the VFR chart ...
15
votes
5answers
8k views

Where can I get the FAA data that defines airspace, including MOAs etc.?

I was looking at http://www.gelib.com/aeronautical-charts-united-states.htm, where you can download shape files for Google Earth that show US airspaces. I'm writing some software that has a similar ...
16
votes
1answer
905 views

What's the process for an uncontrolled airfield to become controlled/towered?

I know some uncontrolled airports can have more operations per day than many controlled airports. That got me wondering what the process is for the change to a towered, controlled airport. I know a ...
7
votes
1answer
17k views

What is the minimum ceiling and visibility limits in Class E airspace?

With the intention of landing, taking off, or entering the traffic pattern at an airport in Class E airspace, what is the minimum ceiling and visibility as a VFR pilot in the USA.
27
votes
2answers
5k views

What should you do if you are forced to enter restricted or prohibited airspace?

Apparently, even if you have declared an urgent situation or an emergency, you cannot enter restricted or prohibited airspace, and ATC may not be able to clear you into the area. So, my question: If ...
11
votes
1answer
4k views

When conducting a circling approach, how close do you have to stay to the airport (especially with the new FAA requirements)?

I heard that the FAA recently changed how they calculate the protected area for circling approaches, and it looked quite complicated because it changes based on altitude and speed, etc. Can you ...
11
votes
3answers
2k views

Can gliders access restricted airspace?

If I recall, in America there were several "Prohibited Access" airspaces and others required permission, via radio, to enter in a typical aircraft. But, what if I'm gliding over a restricted airspace? ...
15
votes
3answers
4k views

Are fireworks a hazard to aircraft?

Tonight's fireworks got me wondering: With all of the firework displays happening at the same time, how do they keep aircraft away from them? Is there any risk of collision or blinding the pilots? ...
22
votes
4answers
10k views

Can you bust a TFR while operating under IFR?

Is it possible for the pilot to be held responsible for violating a Temporary Flight Restriction if the controller makes a mistake while you are operating under an Instrument flight plan (ie: does not ...
32
votes
5answers
23k views

What is Class F airspace, and why is it not used in the US?

I've read that ICAO defines Class F airspace but the FAA has chosen not to use the airspace class in the US. What is the ICAO definition of Class F airspace and how does it differ from other airspace ...
6
votes
1answer
1k views

What protocol should be followed after accidentally entering restricted airspace with a UAV?

This is related to my earlier question. Delhi has a lot of areas with restricted airspace and no fly zones. Assuming we are able to get the necessary licenses and permissions to fly, what should we ...
13
votes
2answers
4k views

What restrictions apply to flying RC and UAV planes in India at very low altitudes?

We are working on a UAV and will soon get to the testing phase. We intend to fly at a maximum altitude of 300-400 meters. I wanted to know as to what restrictions apply to the airspace in India (...
14
votes
4answers
7k views

Is it required to contact approach when flying VFR into a Class D airfield?

Is it required when under VFR to contact an airfield's approach when approaching to land at a class D? KDLH is my example airfield. They possess independent radar approach and departure (same ...
10
votes
1answer
3k views

What is an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ)?

China recently caused some controversy by announcing an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea. There is also an ADIZ surrounding most of North America. What exactly is an ADIZ ...
19
votes
3answers
10k views

Is it legal to fly in RVSM airspace with an inoperative autopilot?

FAR Part 91, Appendix G, Section 2 says: (c) Altitude-keeping equipment: All aircraft. To approve an aircraft group or a nongroup aircraft, the Administrator must find that the aircraft meets ...
76
votes
3answers
20k views

I just flew into class B airspace without a clearance, what should I do now?

Hypothetical: Let's say (for whatever reason) a pilot became distracted or disorientated, and found themselves in class B airspace. What steps should they take immediately and after landing to be ...
37
votes
2answers
4k views

How do I “sightsee” in a class Bravo airspace?

There are some good sights to see inside of class Bravo airspace. What is the best way to plan and communicate to ATC that my intention is to fly into the airspace to see some specific landmarks?

1 2 3 4
5