Questions tagged [class-b-airspace]

Class B airspace is controlled airspace where both Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) and Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flights are permitted. Air Traffic Control will provide separation services to all flights in class B airspace.

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What is the best way for a VFR pilot to get a class B clearance when entering the DC SFRA?

When flying into BWI I need to enter class B airspace but also the Washington DC SFRA. Assuming I have filed my flight plan to enter the SFRA correctly before my flight, how do I manage the radio ...
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What airspace class is the New York Hudson/East River SFRA airspace, and what is its visibility requirements?

In general, the airspace below a Class B shelf is Class E airspace until 1200' or (more often) 700' AGL, and then Class G to the surface. Immediately surrounding the Hudson and East Rivers in New York ...
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Why does entry into Class B specifically require clearance?

Entering Class B airspace requires an explicit clearance. Entering Class C or Class D airspace requires only establishing two-way communications, upon which the pilot can still be explicitly refused ...
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Which class B airports support GA?

As a student pilot (soon to be private pilot), flying into any class B airport is intimidating. Many class B airports simply do not support general aviation and discourage pilots from coming in. For ...
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When filing a VFR Flight Plan, where/how do you include intent to use a Class B transition?

When intending to use a VFR transition route through Class B airspace, do you put the intended route on the flight plan, the alternate route (if you don't get clearance for some reason), or both? ...
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Does the flight always switch to TRACON on a go-around in class B airspace?

I have been listening to class B go-around ATC recordings. After the initial climb of the go-around, the tower gives the flight a heading and altitude. Then, on some recordings I hear the tower say &...
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What training is required for a class B endorsement?

14 CFR 61.95 requires solo student pilots to have an endorsement to (a) fly through class B airspace or (b) takeoff/land at a class B airport. However, the requirements to get it are pretty vague: (...
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Is there a common route that Seattle GA pilots use to circle Mt Rainier while avoiding class B airspace?

I'd like to fly around Mount Rainier in a C172 out of Renton (KRNT). What route do people usually take? I wonder if I can climb quickly enough once out of Seattle class B airspace for terrain around ...
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How is US Class B airspace enforced in Canada?

Detroit, MI is the center of Class B airspace, however a good portion of that airspace within the inverted wedding cake is in Canada. What are the mechanisms that allow US to define Class B airspace ...
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Is mode C required for CVFR in Canadian Class B airspace?

(This is in reference to Canadian Airspace) Can you fly in Class B airspace under CVFR (Controlled Visual Flight Rules) without a transponder with Mode c (altitude encoding) capability? To enter ...
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How does the traffic pattern at a large airport affect nearby, smaller airports?

Do the landing and takeoff directions for a smaller airport (GA and bizjet traffic) change when the traffic direction at a nearby large airport changes? Specifically, I'm wondering about how traffic ...
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How do Class B transitions work in the US? [closed]

I'm just wondering about VFR requests relating to class bravo airspace in the US: Is requesting VFR flight following in a class bravo the same thing as requesting a class bravo clearance? Does ...
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What does the "T" on sectional charts mean in reference to airspace altitude?

These are present in the San Francisco class bravo / Oakland class charlie and O'Hare class bravo / Midway class charlie.
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Sightseeing in a class Bravo airspace?

I went to go fly around DFW today, wanted to do some sight see of the city and such. When I got in the air I contacted approach to get VFR flight following and was going to remain outside of the class ...
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Does TRACON airspace override Class B airspace in terms of control authority when controlling approach or departure procedures?

This is a simple schematic description of Class Airspace. My understanding is that Class B has strict rules, specific lower and upper altitude limits and requires clearance to enter. However, I have ...
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Why do NY ARTCC Standard Operation Procedures have different altitude limits than the NY Class B airspace?

The NY Class B airspace is defined, officially, as seen in this document, which can be found in the VFR Class B Graphics in the FAA website. In this graphic (and in the corresponding shapefile, Class ...
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Where does the Olive Branch (KOLV) class D ceiling meet the Memphis (KMEM) class B floor?

I'm having an internal debate on interpreting the Class D ceiling in part of the the Memphis TAC. My understanding was in the case of a Class D under a Class B shelf, the ceiling of the Class D ends ...
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Going from VFR in Class B to IFR [duplicate]

If I departed a heliport in Class B airspace, on my way out can I tell approach that I want to cancel my VFR flight plan to pick up an IFR flight plan? I figured I could because Approach will be ...
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When do you contact ATC when departing from a non-towered airport into class B controlled airspace?

When do you contact ATC when departing from a non-towered airport into class B controlled airspace? This is the situation where the uncontrolled airport sits under the Class B shelf.
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What is the minimum recommended cruising altitude to avoid bird strikes?

I was surprised to see geese flying some 200 ft above my aircraft at 2000 ft MSL. I obviously would like to avoid them but I am based too close to the New York City Class B, where there are much ...
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Is an ultralight aircraft allowed to fly near Class B airspace?

May an ultralight vehicle operating under FAR part 103 operate within Class G and E airspace while within the mode C veil surrounding a Class B airport? Quoting directly from Title 14 CFR 91.1 ...
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Why does a pilot want to hold a Squawk Code when leaving Class B airspace?

I was listening to liveATC today... Controller clears this guy into the class B for a transition and throws him a code. Some time passes and the pilot has now transitioned the bravo and is leaving the ...
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Does the transponder need to be on in the upper limit of Class B airspace?

Is a transponder needed to be turned on to operate above the upper limit of class B airspace?
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What is "airspace underlying a Class B airspace area designated for an airport"?

For the purposes of airspeed restrictions within airspace, the FAA regulations list the following area description (emphasis mine): 14 CFR 91.117 (C) No person may operate an aircraft in the ...
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What does "Clear Of Clouds" mean in reference to Class B Airspace in the United States?

Does "clear of clouds" mean you cannot touch a cloud or does it mean that that Class B airspace must not have any clouds in it?
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When is a transponder required below class B airspace?

I just wanted to clear up questions I have about flying within the 30 mile veil of Class B. My understanding is that the Class B is the inverted wedding cake, having tiers as the airspace moves ...
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Is the "Bay Tour" flight path documented, or is it a more informal route? Are there similar flight paths for other cities?

During my Private Pilot's Licence days out in San Francisco, we often flew a "Bay Tour": a sightseeing flight northbound from San Jose through SFO's Class B , over the city and Golden Gate Bridge, ...
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Can an appropriately-fitted UAS (of any size category) be flown in Class B airspace?

If I fitted an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) with an operating Mode C transponder and maintained two-way radio contact with ATC, could my UAS be cleared into class B airspace in the USA? (Inspired ...
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How should I refer to a transition through class B or class C airspace?

In Seattle, it is common to request a transition over KSEA by asking for either the "Bremerton Transition" or "Kent Transition" (depending on what direction you're travelling). I learned these names ...
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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....
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why was this helicopter denied entry to Class B airspace?

This question is somewhat related to this other one. I listened to this exchange between a helicopter and Newark. The helicopter wants to land at Newark. The controller tells the helicopter to ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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