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Why does ATC assign a SID and then give different instructions after takeoff?

I have had many occasions at different airports flying a small single engine piston aircraft out of a Charlie or Delta and they will assign the SID, but give different instructions upon getting ...
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Can ATC reject a GA aircraft IFR flight plan to a busy Bravo/Charlie airport?

This may be a dumb question, but can ATC reject or amend your flight plan to prevent a GA training aircraft from flying into a busy airport (i.e. Atlanta)? As an example, flying VFR near Nashville, ...
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Reporting to ATC when losing visual to traffic?

I'm a PPL student and I recently flew to a class C airport. One of my first flights into class C, actually. Once I contacted the tower and stated my intentions, I was asked to report if I had another ...
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Class D under Class C but through another Class D?

New Pilot here, just planning a VFR trip to KGMU but not sure of the transition rules here. I know flight following will take care of the Class C but who do I need to talk to about the other Class D? ...
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Bottom of class C vs top of class D

When a top of class D ([45] on the chart below) conflicts with bottom of class C (37) which prevails?
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When on VFR flight following into a Class C airport, is it typical to cancel before arriving (as with Class D and uncontrolled airports)?

student pilot here getting close to my PPL checkride. I've flown with flight following into and out of Class D airports before, including on my solo XCs. Every time I've gotten flight following, I've ...
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VFR through Class C to land at Class D (located within Class C)

Student pilot (US) here prepping for long solo XC. I'll be landing at a Class D airport (KSCH) within Class C airspace (KALB). I have a few questions regarding procedure and what is appropriate for ...
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Which frequency to contact when arriving at a Class C airport when the tower is open, and which frequency when it is closed?

I came across this question on my PPL exam and I'm not able to properly interpret some pieces. The question is: When approaching Lincoln Municipal from the west at noon for the purpose of landing, ...
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Is ADSB required in Class C airspace when the tower is closed?

Many Class C airspaces do not have a full-time tower and the airspace reverts to Class E or G when the tower is closed. The wording in CFR Part 91 § 91.225 doesn’t specifically say whether ADSB is ...
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Staying in pattern at a class C airport

Before departing VFR from a class C airport, I contact Clearance Delivery and tell them what I want to do. If I am just looking to stay in the pattern, though, what do I need to tell them?
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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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How to sightsee in Class C and D airspaces?

There's a good explanation of procedures for Class B, all of which makes sense since pilots need specific clearance to enter Class B: How do I "sightsee" in a class Bravo airspace?? However, ...
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Tiny margin between VFR cruise and over Class C?

Our class C airspace at KRDU has a 4400 ceiling. If I fly Westbound above the airspace at VFR cruise, I'm expected to be at 4500. Since this is a tiny margin and I don't want to bust into the airspace ...
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What is the maximum distance for class C service?

Sectionals say to contact the approach center of a class C airspace within 20 miles. Is this a suggestion or a rule? What is the maximum distance to contact them via radio, other than signal ...
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How do pattern and overflight altitudes work for airports underneath Class C airspace?

Lowell City Airport (24C) has an elevation of 700 feet MSL. So normally, the pattern altitude is going to be 1,700 feet, and the altitude for overflying the pattern is going to be 2,200 feet. However,...
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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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What equipment is required to operate in Class "C" airspace? [closed]

I'm nearing my pre-solo test and I need to know this answer.
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What is the criteria for determining whether an airport will be towered or uncontrolled? [duplicate]

I thought about this in reference to the question about Schamburg Airport in Chicago. Is there a particular criteria for an airport, for instance the amount of instrument traffic going into and out ...
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What are approach control's expectations regarding weather information for flights to satellite airports?

I have never passed through class-C airspace without intending on landing at the primary airport. If the flight is conducted under VFR, and I am planning on landing at a satellite airport to the ...
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Does Flight Following automatically include permission to fly through class C or D airspace?

The situation is as following - I requested flight following at approach, got a squawk and instructed to maintain VFR with heading and altitude at my discretion. My route is through class D and class ...
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May I enter Class C airspace if I'm told "remain VFR"?

During a flight yesterday, the approach frequency for a local Class C was unusually busy. I was heading back to an underlying Class D and the frequency finally quieted down enough for me to poke in a ...
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When departing from a class C or D airfield, what is the proper VFR procedure?

Specifically, when is it legal to turn to your on-course heading? I find that sometimes the tower will give me an instruction to "turn on course" but sometimes they don't. Are you supposed to stay on ...
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Why does only class C airspace have an "outer area"?

There is an area called "outer area" near class C airspace. As described by this AIM: Though not requiring regulatory action, Class C airspace areas have a procedural Outer Area. Normally this area ...
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